The bullpen washed away any hopes of the Pirates winning Friday, surrendering four home runs in an 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at home.
The Pirates jumped out to a 3-1 lead via home runs by Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson and a strong outing Ivan Nova, but a two hour and 14 minute rain delay changed the course of the game. While Richard Rodriguez made quick work to get out of the fifth, Edgar Santana struggled in the sixth, allowing three hits, three runs, a home run and a walk without striking out a batter.
Santana (3-4) was removed three pitches into his fourth batter faced with right forearm/elbow discomfort.
Santana was met by trainers and Clint Hurdle on the mound earlier in the inning but continued to pitch. Hurdle said they did not see signs that he needed to be taken out then.
“I wish I would have. I would have taken him out,” Hurdle said.
Hurdle did not have an update on his status.
His replacement, Steven Brault, did not fare much better, allowing three runs and two homers of his own in his inning of work. In the seventh, Keon Broxton took Dovydas Neverauskas deep to wrap up the scoring.
Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and former Pirate catcher Erik Kratz were the other three Brewers to go deep. Corbin Burns (6-0) picks up the win by pitching a spotless fifth.
Francisco Cervelli was removed in the sixth inning with gastrointestinal discomfort.
Hayes, Brubaker Honored
The Pirates honored AA third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes and AAA right-hander J.T. Brubaker with their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year awards before the game Friday.
Hayes- the Pirates No. 2 prospect and the 52nd overall according to MLB Pipeline- slashed .293/.375/.444 for Altoona this year, but his glove stole headlines. He made just six errors in 1003.2 innings in the field, and according to the Altoona Mirror’s Corey Giger and Curve broadcaster Trey Wilson, his .978 fielding percentage is one of the best ever in Eastern League history.
Brubaker split his season between AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis, recording a combined 2.81 ERA in 154 innings pitched, striking out 131 batters. He finished seventh in the International League (Indianapolis’ league) in ERA (3.10) and 15th in WHIP (1.32).
Trevor Williams (13-9, 3.16 ERA) will try to get the Pirates back on track Saturdat at 7:05 p.m.. The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies (2-6, 4.66).
1. Dickerson’s home run was his first since July 22.
2. Rodriguez set a new Pirates rookie reliever record with his 85th strikeout of the season.
3. Steven Brault went 184 plate appearances against lefties before allowing a home run. His first came against Ryan O’Hearn on Sep. 17. Moustakas’ sixth inning homer made it back-to-back jacks against lefties for Brault.