13-inning heartbreaker for Pittsburgh, fall to Milwaukee 12-10. – Bucs Dugout

13-inning heartbreaker for Pittsburgh, fall to Milwaukee 12-10. - Bucs Dugout
Hiuras HR in 9th sets up wild win for Crew
It was looking pretty bad by the bottom of the third inning, with the Pirates already down five runs. Starter Nick Kingham was done, having surrendered a single, an RBI triple from Yelich, then a sacrifice goundout for Ryan Braun which brought Yelich home.

Then in the second inning Kingham walked first baseman Eric Thames, and proceeded to served up an 90-MPH fastball right down the middle that Orlando Arcia promptly drove out of the park.

Saturday, only Rookie Davis and Geoff Hartlieb (two scoreless innings each) had clean stat lines among six Pirates pitchers. Clay Holmes walked two of the three batters he faced in the sixth, Francisco Liriano relieved and served up the Yelich home run (though he was harmed by Colin Moran and Kevin Newman misplaying a foul pop-up on the prior pitch) and Vazquez blew his first save since last September.

PITTSBURGH — The book on Brewers rookie Keston Hiura is inconsistent defense but a heck of a bat, and for the 28,770 Pirates fans who were watching the 22-year-old for the first time on a marathon Saturday at PNC Park, that sounded about right. Hiuras misplay on a potential inning-ending

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PITTSBURGH — The book on Brewers rookie Keston Hiura is inconsistent defense but a heck of a bat, and for the 28,770 Pirates fans who were watching the 22-year-old for the first time on a marathon Saturday at PNC Park, that sounded about right.

It was Arcia’s eighth home run of the season, and it capped the fourth lead change after Milwaukee took a 5-0 advantage through 2½ innings against beleaguered starter Nick Kingham. The Pirates answered with seven consecutive runs until reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Brewers win back and forth marathon 12-10 against Pirates

Hiuras misplay on a potential inning-ending double-play ball helped spark an unlikely Pirates comeback, but his tying, two-run home run in the ninth off lights-out Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez extended the Brewers hopes for four more innings before they won in the 13th, 12-10, on Orlando Arcias second two-run home run of the day.

Brandon Woodruff was rolling coming into the game, going 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in five games in May, but his first start of June would be one to forget. In the third inning, Keston Hiura botched a double play attempt that would have ended the inning cleanly. That opened the door for the Pirates to drive in four runs with two outs. The Bucs chased Woody in the fifth with a game-tying RBI single, then Junior Guerra allowed a two-run homer to Jose Osuna. The deep bomb put Pittsburgh up 7-5.

Long Saturdays at the office have become habitual for the Brewers, who have gone to extra innings four of the past five weeks. Two of those games surpassed the five-hour mark, and another fell four minutes shy. This Saturday was the longest by time, clocking in at five-hours and 23-minutes.

Brewers relievers would navigate through the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th cleanly. In the top of the 13th, Hernan Perez doubled with two men out, allowing Orlando Arcia the chance to win the game. Arcia would end up saving the day with a two-run homer, his second bomb of the day and the first multi-homer game of his career. Adrian Houser pitched his second clean inning in the bottom half, and the Menomonee Valley Nine would end the day tired, but happy.

That was almost literally true. The Brewers bench was empty by the ninth inning, leading to a pinch-hit appearance for Sunday scheduled starter Zach Davies in the 12th. Five relievers combined to pitch nine innings, including Matt Albers and Adrian Houser for two scoreless innings apiece after the ninth, leaving Corbin Burnes as the only rested reliever in the bullpen.

One of baseballs best closers, Felipe Vazquez, came on for the save. Hed hit Moustakas with a 101 mph pitch to the hand, putting a runner on with no outs. Two batters later, Keston Hiura and hit a deep home run to left field, tying the game at 10 a piece. Bad news from that innin though, Moose had to leave the game due to a bruised hand. No word on how long he might be out with that injury.

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Arcias seventh and eighth home runs this season came about five hours apart before he helped Hiura gain further redemption. The duo teamed for a slick double play to end the game — the second of extra innings in which Hiura took part.

The Pirates will have Jordan Lyles on the mound for the 11th time of the season in this one. Lyles didn’t have his best stuff last time out, allowing three runs in four innings against the Reds in an 11-6 defeat. The eight-year veteran right-hander hasn’t been sharp in two straight starts, although overall he is having a terrific season, registering a 3.09 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP accompanied with a 5-2 record in 55.1 innings of work. Lyles has performed well in his career against the Brewers, going 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 54.2 innings. Ryan Braun is 6 for 20 against Lyles, while Yasmani Grandal is 6 for 19, and Christian Yelich is 0 for 5.

The call at first base initially was safe, but it was overturned upon review. That ruling sent the Brewers into the month of June with a hard-fought win.

Zach Davies will make his 12th start of the season on Sunday in place of Gio Gonzalez who has landed on the injured list. Davies was stellar in his previous performance, tossing six shutout innings against the Twins, leading to the no-decision in a game the Brewers lost. The young right-hander is having a spectacular season, compiling a stifling 2.19 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP paired with a 5-0 record in 61.2 innings of work. The Pirates have given him trouble as he stands at 2-5 with a terrible 5.98 ERA in nine career starts. Adam Frazier is 4 for 10 against Davies, while Gregory Polanco is 4 for 13, and Josh Bell is 1 for 10.

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He bounced back, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Hiura. The home run was huge, off a really good pitcher. Thats big league baseball. You get another chance.

I recommend taking a look at the over in this one. The Brewers continue to generate significant offense and hit plenty of the long ball, ranking third in the big leagues with 98 homers. While Lyles should contain the Brewers bats, the Pittsburgh pen is an issue as they hold a 5.06 ERA on the season, so I expect some offense from Milwaukee in the later innings, plus the over is 7-0 in the Pirates last seven games against a team with a winning record.

Now the question is whether Hiura will continue to get chances. Infielder Travis Shaw is due back from a rehab assignment by Tuesday, and will resume duties at third base. That presumably would push Mike Moustakas back to second, though Moustakas exited Saturdays game with a bruised right hand after Vazquez hit him with a 101 mph fastball. X-rays were negative.

Pittsburgh will don a uniform mostly based on those worn by the 1938 Pittsburgh Crawfords, at the time a member of the Negro National League. The 1938 season was their last in Pittsburgh before relocating to Toledo for 1939. Legendary Crawfords players included Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, and Josh Gibson.

Whatever happens, happens, Hiura said. Ive always gone about that saying, Wherever they send me, wherever they have me playing, Im going to give my best effort.

This will be the seventh time the Pirates have worn a Crawfords uniform since 2008, they last wore them on July 13, 2018 against the Brewers. Overall this is the fourth time the Pirates and Brewers have worn Negro League throwback uniforms against each other.

Before the games smooth finish, there were plenty of moments in which whatever could go wrong for the two teams, did, from Hiuras third-inning error that didnt go into the books as an error, to Christian Yelichs go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth after the Pirates missed a foul popup, to the first blown saves of the season for each teams All-Star closer.

But Hiura answered Starling Martes three-run homer off Josh Hader with a two-run homer off Pittsburghs Vazquez, who not only had converted all of his saves this season, but 41 of his last 42 chances dating to last year. Hiura hit a 97.9 mph fastball with an elite spin rate of 2,517 rpm, the sort of pitch a hitter is not supposed to drive over the fence. With MLB on a record-setting home run pace, it was only the 10th long ball across the game this season on a pitch with that kind of velocity and spin.

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Hiura delivered another hit in the 11th, but the Brewers continued to come up empty until Arcia hit the games 499th pitch, a two-seamer from Pirates right-hander Alex McRae of New Berlin, Wis., in McRaes third inning of work. It sailed into the Brewers bullpen to break the tie.

In 2019, he has kept up those changes while also hitting the ball harder. His hard-hit percentage is up 4 points from last year and almost 10 points from 2017. This has helped his HR/FB rate stay around 20% on the year and helped deliver last night’s line of 4-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Like most batters in the league, he’s seeing more and more breaking stuff; however, this season he has taken great strides in his success with them. He is hitting nearly .300 while slugging over .500 against breaking pitches. Many hoped a full season in Milwaukee could help bring Moustakas to another level as it did for Christian Yelich. So far, we are seeing Moustakas at the best he’s ever been.

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Thats going to happen to all players. Youre not going to make every play, said Arcia of Hiuras earlier miscue. He was able to make an adjustment there later on in the game, make a good throw and we were able to turn it.

Lorenzo Cain (OF, Milwaukee Brewers)—3-6, R, 2 2B, 4 RBI. Cain has not looked himself this year in his hopes to repeat his fabulous first year in Milwaukee. He’s not hitting for average, not walking, and not stealing as many bags. He is still a ground-ball hitter like last year (over 50%), but he’s not hitting the ball as hard. Also, his BABIP is down more than 60 points and is 50 points below his career average. He is also swinging and missing more often, especially on balls out of the zone, which he is chasing more. This has prevented Cain from getting on base as frequently as last year giving less stolen base opportunities.

At the start, it looked like the Brewers might breeze to a win behind top starter Brandon Woodruff, who was spotted a 5-0 lead. But it began to slip away in the bottom of the third inning after Hiura couldnt convert a one-out grounder off Josh Bells bat into a double play; Hiuras feed to Arcia was high, and the Brewers got only the out at second base.

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Instead of an 18-pitch scoreless inning, it turned into a 39-pitch, four-run inning for Woodruff, who went: RBI single, walk, three-run double, hit batsman, walk, to the next five hitters. The Pirates pulled within 5-4, and would take a 7-5 lead two innings later against Woodruff and Junior Guerra.

Anytime somebody struggles, youre going to go back to the drawing board and see what adjustments you need to make, Stallings said. He has been struggling a little bit lately, and I just thought his fastball looked really good. I thought his mechanics looked really good in his pen in Cincinnati. He was throwing his two-seam [fastball] to both sides of the plate, which we did tonight. … He did a great job keeping them off-balance.

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Look, we screwed up a double play and it cost us four runs, Counsell said. Woody still has to make pitches after that, but we had a double play to end the inning, and that changed the game.

Ive been doing it for such a long time, even in the Minors. It hasnt all been glitz and glamor. Theres an ebb and flow to a season, to a career, Archer said. Three or four starts is never going to get me down. I want to do better and be better, and Im relentless. Im not going to stop until I get the results that Im looking for.

But we got a break on the other side with a popup. That kind of describes the game. A lot of stuff just happened.

Realistically, were not going to make every play; I didnt make every pitch, said Woodruff. So thats not even on [Hiura]. It was good to see him turn that last one there to get the win. That was a huge win for us because the offense kept picking us up. It was a good team win.

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