Donned in throwback uniforms, the Pirates offense chased out Brandon Woodruff after four, (tagging him for six earned runs on 10 hits) and continued to exchange jabs with Christian Yelich and the Brewers offense until the game was put away in the bottom of the 13th inning.
It was looking pretty bad by the bottom of the third inning, with the Pirates already down five runs. Starter Nick Kingham was done, having surrendered a single, an RBI triple from Yelich, then a sacrifice goundout for Ryan Braun which brought Yelich home.
Then in the second inning Kingham walked first baseman Eric Thames, and proceeded to served up an 90-MPH fastball right down the middle that Orlando Arcia promptly drove out of the park.
Kingham battled with Mike Moustakas in the top of the third but was felled by another home run to center field.
Then it was the Pirates turn.
Considering that Woodruff hadn’t given up more than two runs in his last six starts, Milwaukee could go into cruise control.
Starting with back to back singles from Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte, a fielders choice that took Marte off the base paths from Josh Bell, Melky Cabrera took the plate and singled on a 0-1 changeup that knocked in Polanco.
Woodruff the proceeded to walk Colin Moran, and with two on and one out, Elias Diaz doubles off an 0-1 slider which knocked in all three runners to make it 5-4 Milwaukee.
Three straight singles from the Pirates in the fifth was enough to remove Woodruff from the game. His replacement, Junior Gerrera, struck out Adam Frazier on seven pitches, then pinch-hitter Jose Osuna rocked a two-seam fastball over the center field wall putting the Pirates out in front 7-5.
Rookie Davis took over for Kingham in the fourth and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
However, Milwaukee struck back as Clay Holmes relieved Davis and issued two walks which promptly got him the hook. Francisco Lirano was the next reliever up and, after five pitches, gave up a 3-run homer from Yelich.
After Geoff Hartlieb struck out the side in the 8th, The pendulum then swung back in Pittsburgh’s favor as they added three runs themselves to make it a 10-8 ballgame.
Cole Tucker doubled, then was moved to third when Kevin Newman singled on a soft groundball to Moustakas. The Brewers saw what was...brewing, and brought in fireballer Josh Hader.
Hader made quick work of Polanco, then tried to nick the edge of the zone with a 95 MPH fastball that Marte drove out to center for a three-run homer.
The table was set to end the game as Felipe Vazquez came to the mound.
It wasn’t his day today.
He hit Moustakas and then was able to win a 6-pitch battle with Yasmani Grandal by strikeout. Keston Hiura came up next and took a first pitch 88 MPH slider for a ball. Vazquez followed that up with a 97 MPH four-seam fastball right down main street. Hirura’s aim was true and he drove the ball over the left field wall to tie the game in the 9th.
After a quiet 10th inning, the Pirates threatened to end the game in the 11th, after a walk to Bell and an intentional walk to Colin Moran, Diaz grounded into a double play off a 84 MPH Matt Albers slider.
The bottom of the 12th provided another disappointing inning as Pittsburgh had the bases loaded with one out. Starling Marte hit a weak chopper to third which got Frazier thrown out at home. Hopes were high as Bell strode to the plate, then was blown away on a three-pitch strikeout from Adrian Houser.
In the bottom of the 13th, reliever Alex McRae ended up going one inning two long. H retired the first two hitters retired but then had an eight-pitch battle with Hernan Perez, who doubled off an 87 MPH slider.
With one on and two outs, Arcia put the game away with an 0-1 home run to center field, resulting in a 12-10 victory for the Brewers.
The final game of the series begins at 1:35 EST at PNC Park.