Chris Archer got hit hard in pretty much every sense of the word during the game one loss against the Brewers. Milwaukee homered twice off of him in the 1st inning. Archer then settled down to throw three scoreless innings but many of the outs were hit hard. And finally, Orlando Arcia lined a single up the middle that hit Archer very, very hard. After the beating, Archer’s day ended in a disappointing fashion, 5 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 BB 8 SO 2 HR, on his way to earning the loss.
Pittsburgh’s offense battled back to tie it up in the top of the 5th inning but couldn’t keep pace as they eventually fell 7-4.
Here’s how the scoring went:
Lorenzo Cane led off with a single and Christian Yelich continued his MVP campaign in the 1st inning with a two run home run to center. Two batter’s later, Travis Shaw got in on the action with a solo home run to right field to give the Brewers an early 3-0 lead.
Pittsburgh finally answered in the 3rd inning when Pablo Reyes led off with a walk, Marte traded places with him on a fielder’s choice, and Luplow delivered a triple to right field, scoring Marte. Cervelli would score Luplow three pitches later on a sacrifice fly to bring the Pirates within one run.
Pablo Reyes would stay hot in the 5th inning when he tied the game on his first major league home run, courtesy of a line drive over the left field wall.
However, Milwaukee would strike again in the bottom half of the inning. Orlando Arcia hit a missile that struck Archer’s back side to lead the inning off with a single. Archer followed up by walking Lorenzo Cain to put runners at first and second base. Christian Yelich and Jesus Aguilar delivered deep enough fly balls to the outfield, allowing Arcia to tag from second to third, and then from third to home, allowing Milwaukee to regain their one run lead.
Milwaukee’s lead wouldn’t stay at one for long as Mike Moustakas singled to lead off the 6th inning and Domingo Santana followed it up with a double, sending Moustakas to third. Then, with one out and the infield in, Orlando Arcea bunted a double (not a typo) down the right field line, bringing Moustakas and Santana in to score. Arcia was thrown out at the plate later in the inning but the damage was already done.
The Brewers would score once more in the 7th inning, thanks to a Moustakas home run to right center, bringing the score to 7-3.
The Pirates would push one more run across in the 8th inning, thanks to doubles by Josh Bell and Harrison, but that would be all the offense had on the day.
Final Score: Brewers 7, Pirates 4
W: Burnes (5-0) L: Archer (4-8) SV: Jeffress (12)
Pittsburgh will go again on Saturday night at 7:10pm EDT as they send Ivan Nova to the hill to face Zach Davies.