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Pirates Defeat Milwaukee 6-5, Win 2 Of 3 In Weekend Series

Pirates head into All Star Break at 44-45 and 2.5 games back in NL Central Division as well as the NL Wild Card Race

July 07, 2019 - 6:53 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pirates Closer Felipe Vasquez got Lorenzo Cain to ground into a game ending double play, and after a Brewers Manager's challenge, the Pirates take 2 of 3 from Milwaukee this weekend with the 6-5 victory Sunday afternoon.

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The Pirates head into the All Star Break at 44-45 and 2.5 games back in both the NL Central and NL Wild Card Races.

"How could we not (like where we are), from where we've been and what we've done," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "It's important in what I believe, but it's more important in what they believe and they believe they're knocking on the door and in the hunt. They continue to fight, they continue to work and they know with a four man bench more guys are going to play, you got to stay ready, no telling what can come up and I do like some of the other relievers are trending up, so I like the way our teams playing right now."

It wouldn't be a Joe Musgrove start without a rain delay in the middle of it, but unlike the last one, Musgrove was able to return to the mound when the game restarted as he pitched 6 innings and struck out 5 while giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, including two home runs to Jesus Aguilar (a solo and two run home run).

"That was my first time going through a delay and having a chance to go back out, last time went a little bit too long so I wasn't able to go back out," said Musgrove. "That was a test for me, someting that I haven't been through before. Felt really stiff trying to go back out there mainly in my hips and lower body more so than my upper half and my arm. Put extra focus into that 6th inning, got through that and 7th inning I had a tough at-bat against Thames, he laid off some good pitches, pitches that he normally chases or at least chased in the past. So, the walk there puts me in a tough situation bringing the tying run to the plate. Definitely don't want to walk Aguilar and bring the go ahead run to the plate, but he had a really good at-bat, he had really good at-bats all day off me. Hanging curveball that he hits out to left, leave him a 3-2 slider up over the plate, but he battled, he battled, hit some good fastballs, was able to foul them off and put me in a tough spot."

After Jesus Aguilar's two run home run in the seventh inning off of Musgrove tied the game at 3,the Pirates didn't waste any time in answering right back in the bottom half of the inning. Kevin Kramer pinch hit to leadoff the inning and walked, Adam Frazier singled to left and Bryan Reynolds hit a 3-run home run to right centerfield to give the Pirates a 6-3 lead. But, Reynolds wasn't always swinging away that at-bat, the first pitch he was trying to bunt the runners over.

"I was bunting, but it was a good curveball," said Reynolds. "I didn't get it down, so I figured well I better try and do something here, so I guess it worked out."

After the All Star Break from July 8-11, the Pirates will head out on a six game road trip beginning on Friday with three against the Cubs in Chicago followed by three against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

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