Yelich Homers Twice, Brewers Defeat Pirates 9-7

Pirates bring tying run to plate in 9th as Hader got Josh Bell to fly out to shallow left to end game

Matt Harkins
August 05, 2019 - 11:50 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Christian Yelich homers twice for the Milwaukee Brewers, in the 1st and 9th innings, Monday night as they defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of the three game series 9-7.

The Brewers led 1-0 after three innings and then Milwuakee broke the game open in the 4th inning as Mike Moustakas led the inning off with a home run and then the Brewers took advantage of a Colin Moran miscue on a Jordan Lyles' groundball that allowed Lorenzo Cain to score from third and Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia to move up to second and third on the play with one out.

"I was obviously trying to go home, but by the time the ball went up I just kind of panicked, I thought I wouldn't be able to get him at home and then stupidly I didn't go to second," said Moran. "It's tough because then you put the pitcher in a bad postion because it would of been what a guy on third with two outs if I go to second and get that double play. Obviously a mistake that just can't happen."

Trent Grisham then brought home Thames and Arcia with a single that allowed the Brewers to take a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom half of the 4th.

Pirates Starter Dario Agrazal has struggled in his past few outings and hasn't been as consistant as he was in his first couple starts for the Pirates as the league seems to be punching back against him.

"That's a question that's kind of difficult for me to answer," said Agrazal thru translator. "Obviously, what I do know is that this is the big leagues and hitters are continuously studying every single pitcher they are going to face and obviously they are studying me, they are getting to know me a lot better and I'm just going to continue with my plan, continue working hard, continue to make whatever adjustments I need to make and continue to just get better so I can continue to help this team win and reach some victories."

The final line for Dario Agrazal Monday night was 5 innings pitched as he gave up 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 home runs, walked 2 and struck out 1 on 86 pitches (49 strikes).

The Pirates continued to battle in this game and gave themselves a chance to win the game in the later innings.

Bryan Reynolds got the Pirates on the scoreboard with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the 4th inning and Pablo Reyes pinch hit for Agrazal in the bottom of the 5th and hit a 2-run home run over the left centerfield fence to cut the deficit to two as the Brewers led 5-3 after 5 innings of play.

After the Brewers added three runs on in the top of the 8th, the Pirates got the runs right back in the bottom half of the inning after they loaded the bases with two outs and Kevin Newman cleared the bases with a double to right centerfield.

Reynolds doubled down the third base line with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and came around to score on a Starling Marte triple to the notch in left centerfield that brought the tying run to the plate in Josh Bell.  But, Josh Hader was able to get Bell to flyout to shallow left field and the Brewers held on to win game one of the series at PNC Park.

The Pirates take on the Brewers in Game 2 of this 3-game series at PNC Park Tuesday night when Steven Brault (3-1, 4.15 ERA) is expected to be activated off of the injured list takes the mound against Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.73 ERA) and the Brewers at 7:05 pm.

Listen to what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had to say postgame below:

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