Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee Brewers 6-3
The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 in Pittsburgh on Friday night. The Pirates were in desperate need of a win, as they dropped their opening series at home to the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates were led by right fielder Gregory Polanco and left fielder Starling Marte. Polanco went 3-for-4 with 1 RBI, and Marte went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Marte sealed the deal for the Pirates in the bottom of the 8th when he crushed a two-run bomb to deep center field. As soon as the ball left the bat, the crowd stood and and went crazy because everyone knew it was gone. Other Pirates who tallied hits were Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez, Sean Rodriguez, and Jordy Mercer.
Vance Worley went 6 strong innings only allowing 2 earned runs. Worley also added 6 strikeouts on the night. Jared Hughes and Tony Watson came in to shut the game down in the 7th and 8th innings. Hughes has become the Pirates set up man for the set up man. Hughes is probably one of the most solid relief pitchers in the National League. He brings an intensity to the Pirates that it gets everyone fired up.
Friday’s game was a fantasy haven for the Pirates’ outfielders. Polanco and Marte were the leaders for the Pirates in terms of fantasy on Friday. Polanco totaled 3 hits and scored once, and Marte had 2 hits, one of which was a two-run bomb. The Pirates are going to have a surplus of fantasy success this season because of the amazingly talented roster they have compiled. The Pirates’ outfield also has the chance to be the best outfield in baseball, and tonight they showed exactly why. All three of them were hitting, scoring, and playing solid defense. This will be the key to the Pirates’ success in 2015.
The Pirates need to sweep this series against the Brewers to stop this skid. The Pirates went 10-16 in April in 2014, which cost them the National League Central division crown that the St. Louis Cardinals claimed. The Pirates are currently 4-6, but if they are able to win on Saturday and Sunday, they will get back to .500. The Pirates need to keep pace with the National League Central teams to have a chance at their first division crown since 1992.