Sometimes it’s not who you play, but when you play them as the adage goes. That makes Friday's result so disappointing. The Milwaukee Brewers allowed Pittsburgh to pick up only their third win since July 28th. It has been a grueling stretch for the Pirates, off to the worst start in all of baseball. Milwaukee gave up seven runs to a team that is last in the National League in several offensive categories, including on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Pittsburgh does not walk or hit for power, which makes it challenging to string rallies together and put up runs.
Starter Adrian Houser kept the Crew in it, giving up four earned in seven innings. That includes a solo shot in the second and a three-run fourth that proved enough for the Pirates. They added three more against Alex Claudio in his only inning of work. Both of Milwaukee’s runs came by way of solo homers, including an eighth inning shot from Christian Yelich.