Pirates Postgame Commentary: August 21 vs Brewers

By COMON Network Team

Final Score – Pittsburgh Pirates (5-17) 7, Milwaukee Brewers (11-13) 2

WP: Chad Kuhl (1-1)

LP: Adrian Houser (1-2)

SV: N/A

For just the fifth time in almost a month, the Pirates won a game, beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-2 at PNC Park.  

Both teams traded blows in the second, with solo home runs from Ben Gamel for Milwaukee and Bryan Reynolds for Pittsburgh.  

In a rare big inning, the Pirates offense struck for three runs in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Reynolds, Cole Tucker and, believe it or not, Gregory Polanco. After a Christian Yelich home run in the eighth inning cut the lead to two, Pittsburgh got the runs back in the bottom half on a two-run triple by Reynolds. A Tucker single made it 7-2, which is what the final score would be.

The series continues tomorrow at 4:05.  

COMON Network Team Commentary

KYLE DAWSON

  • Three hits and four RBI for Bryan Reynolds. I know it’s one game but that’s a huge step in the right direction for a guy that has struggled at the plate thought the first third of the shortened 2020 campaign. The three-hit night included a 398-foot homer for the rookie sensation. Josh Bell added two knocks, Colin Moran had three hits and so did Cole Tucker. It was good to see the Bucs’ bats secure a win.
  • Chad Kuhl battled, didn’t he? Kuhl chucked 84 times. Forty seven pitches went for strikes and he allowed just two hits. Sam Howard, Geoff Hartlieb, Richard Rodriguez, Keone Kela and Tyler Bashlor put together another good bullpen night.
  • Good win for the Bucs. Go get another tomorrow. Ride the momentum and put together a few in a row.

Player of the Game – Bryan Reynolds (PIT)

JOE SMELTZER

  • We’ve been waiting almost a year for Bryan Reynolds to have a game like this. With a homer, three hits, four RBI and a double shy of the cycle + a diving catch in left field, Reynolds showed off all facets of his game tonight. This is who the Pirates need Reynolds to be. 
  • This was so close to being a perfect night for the Pirates, so of course, Keone Kela had to leave the game with an apparent injury.  
  • Chad Kuhl looked good tonight, which makes three solid outings from Pittsburgh starting pitchers in the past four days. This pitching staff isn’t great, but maybe it’s not so bad either  

Player of the Game – Bryan Reynolds (PIT)

DONNY CHEDRICK

  • Calm, Kuhl & Collected. Solid start tonight for Chad Kuhl helped lead the Buccos to a rare W. Five innings, two hits, one run on 84 pitches. Kuhl is quietly having a solid shortened-season as his ERA dropped to 2.84.
  • Ben Gamel played, but the other Brewers forgot to show up. Gamel had a second inning home run to give Milwaukee the lead in what would be a personal three-hit effort. Unfortunately for Gamel, not many of his teammates had the same magic in the 7-2 loss, in which the Brew Crew mustered just five hits as a team.
  • A Reynolds breakout. Bryan Reynolds has struggled all year, but had a nice little breakout Friday night. A solo homer and a two-run triple in the 8th inning to provide some insurance as the Pirates picked up just their fifth win of 2020. A three-hit, four-RBI game that you have to hope was simply a wake up call for what is left to come for the Pirates exciting, young outfielder.

Player of the Game – Bryan Reynolds (PIT)

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