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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.

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.

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.

As for the Red Sox, Sundays loss was their fourth straight and sixth in their last eight games. Theyve fallen back to .500 at 29-29, and SportsLine puts their division title odds at 10.5 percent. Thats down from 40.8 percent on Opening Day and, honestly, 10.5 percent feels high give how the Red Sox have played this year. Theyve been inconsistent at best and thoroughly disappointing at worst. A postseason spot is still well within reach. At some point they have to get their act together and go on an extended hot streak though.

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.

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.

The Pirates definitely had chances to win this game. First and foremost, Vazquez was on the mound with a two-run lead in the ninth inning, and that usually equals a win. Not Saturday though. Secondly, the Pirates had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th, then Elias Diaz banged into an inning-end double play. And third, the Pirates had the bases loaded with one out in the 12th, only to watch Marte ground into a force out at home and Josh Bell strike out.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

As of writing this post I had not been able to find any information on if the Brewers would be wearing this same uniform again today, though I expect they would (at least something similar).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

As for falling apart in the third, when he allowed three hits and four walks – none taking more than five pitches – Chacín said, I felt in the first inning I was throwing my fastball well. That (third) inning, I couldnt throw it for a strike. I heavily rely on my slider and they were just taking it. I have to do something different to pitch better because right now its not working out.

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.

When you dont throw strikes and then you throw something really close, theyre not going to give it to you, he said. I dont say anything about that because thats how the game goes. I have a lot of experience in this game and I know when you dont throw strikes consistently, any time you throw a borderline pitch theyre not going to give it to you.

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.

Of the 39 pitches Chacín threw in the third inning, 23 were called balls by home plate umpire Dan Bellino. A couple of times, pitches called balls were right on the ball/strike border but Chacín said what pitchers have known for years and years – if youre not throwing enough strikes, you dont get the close ones.

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.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build some steam after evening the set up at one win apiece following their victory in game two on Friday. Kevin Newman and Colin Moran each had two hits and two RBIs while Starling Marte went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Jose Bell, Adam Frazier and Chris Archer each had RBIs as well in the victory. Bryan Reynolds went 2 for 4 while Gregory Polanco added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Archer got the win on the mound to improve to 2-5 on the year after allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Nick Kingham will start game three and is 1-1 with an 8.28 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kingham is 2-1 with a 7.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Milwaukee.

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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.

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to rebound after dropping game two on Friday by a final score of 9-4. Keston Hiura had a home run and three RBIs while going 3 for 4 at the dish and Jesus Aguilar added a solo home run of his own to round out Milwaukees scoring as a team in the loss. Mike Moustakas added a double while Orlando Arcia added a base knock of his own as the Brew Crew cranked out just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Jhoulys Chacin took the loss, falling to 3-7 on the year after allowing seven runs on six hits while walking four over just 2.2 innings of work. Brandon Woodruff will start game three and is 7-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. This will be Woodruffs second career start against Pittsburgh.

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.

Im tempted to take a stab at Pittsburgh and the decent-sized plus money at home, especially with how Pittsburghs bats woke up in game two. However, Kingham has been shelled on the mound this season, giving up 16 runs in 12.2 innings across his last three appearances. Woodruff has been arguably Milwaukees best starter this season, allowing two runs or less in each of his last six starts, all of which the Brewers won. In that six game stretch, Woodruff is 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA. I just dont see Woodruffs hot streak ending here, especially with Kingham on the other side, so Ill lay the juice with the Brewers on the road in this spot.

Brewers win 13-inning thriller off Arcias second home run

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

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to pick up the series win after taking game three in 13 innings on Saturday by a final score of 12-10. Christian Yelich and Orlando Arcia each had a two hits including a home run and four RBIs, with Yelich adding a triple while Arcia hit a pair of home runs. Keston Hiura had two RBIs with a home run and Mike Moustakas added a solo shot of his own. Ryan Braun added an RBI to round out Milwaukees scoring as a team in the win, while Hernan Perez added a pair of doubles and Yasmani Grandal had a two-bagger of his own. Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 6 and Eric Thames chipped in a base hit as well to cap off the Brew Crews offense in the victory. Brandon Woodruff went four innings, giving up six runs on ten hits while striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Adrian Houser ended up with the victory to improve to 1-1 on the year. Zach Davies will start game four and is 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Davies is 2-5 with a 5.98 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

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.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to salvage a series split after dropping game three on Saturday. Elias Diaz went 3 for 7 with a double and four RBIs while Starling Marte went 4 for 7 with a home run and three RBIs. Jose Osuna added a pinch-hit two run home run and Melky Cabrera chipped in an RBI to cap off Pittsburghs scoring as a team in the loss. Adam Frazier went 3 for 5 with a triple while Cole Tucker added a double. Colin Moran went 2 for 5 while Kevin Newman and Gregory Polanco each chipped in base knocks as well to finish off Pittsburghs offense as a team in the defeat. Nick Kingham allowed five runs on six hits while striking out four over three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Alex McRae took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Jordan Lyles will start the finale and is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lyles is 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Milwaukee.

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