Tyler Glasnow’s return to the majors looked a lot like his previous stint as Milwaukee hammered the Pirates, 8-2.
After Andrew McCutchen lined his 25th HR into the seats in left-center in the top of the first, Glasnow picked up where he left off before he was sent down. He had a 35-pitch first inning, with some very long at-bats and three walks. It’s hard to know just how much to blame Glasnow, though, because several pitches that were clearly strikes were called balls, including a 3-2 pitch to Neil Walker. The Brewers helped out by getting a runner thrown out stealing third, but a two-out single plated the tying run.
Glasnow had a 1-2-3 second, but in the third it all fell apart. A four-pitch, leadoff walk was followed by a Marcus Thames longball. Glasnow retired the next two, but another walk and two singles, with a steal thrown in, brought in two more runs to make it 5-1. That ended Glasnow’s night. In two and two-thirds innings, he walked six (one intentional) and threw only 40 of 77 pitches for strikes. Even allowing for the bad umpiring, it wasn’t good.
The Pirates had a chance to start a comeback in the fourth. A Jordan Luplow double put runners on second and third with one out, but Elias Diaz lined out to center and David Freese was thrown out at the plate.
After that, things went about like you’d expect. Angel Sanchez got hit around and threw some wild pitches to let in three runs. The Pirates fake rallied in the sixth, getting a run on an infield hit by Diaz. Gregory Polanco, though, lined out as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and one out, and Max Moroff flied out deep to center. The hitters packed it in after that. Dan Runzler, Dovydas Neverauskas and George Kontos each threw a scoreless inning. Final score, 8-2.