The Pirates and Brewers continued to ride their respective streaks Friday night.
For the Pirates, they racked up their fifth straight loss and second straight 7-2 defeat over the Brewers.
The Brew Crew, who now lead the division by 7.5 games, came out on top for the tenth straight game, their longest win streak of the season.
The visiting Brewers picked up where they left off Thursday night with three solo homers in the first two innings from Willy Adames, Jace Peterson and Jackie Bradley Jr.
The Pirates rebounded in the bottom of the second with a run of their own to cut the lead from 3-1.
Starting pitcher JT Brubaker continued to glide through, but found trouble in the sixth where he surrendered a two-RBI triple from Tyrone Taylor to make the game 5-1.
Bryan Reynolds hit a solo shot of his own in the 8th to make it a three-run game, but the Brewers responded with two in the night to put the game out of reach.
For the 41st time in 81 games, the Pirates failed to break the 2-run threshold that the team has struggled to overcome all week long.
The pitching has to be stellar in order to win games when your offense can only muster a pair of runs, but the pitching has ran into a buzz saw of a Brewers lineup, which is hotter now than they’ve been all season. Meanwhile, the Pirates are possibly the coldest they’ve been all year and they continue to be stuck in a molasses-like funk.
The good thing about baseball though is every day is a new day, and the Pirates will get a crack to reverse the streaks Saturday afternoon against the Brewers. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. EST.