Final: Pirates 10, Brewers 3 (box)
I guess we will start with Gerrit Cole. He seemed like he was going to be in for a long day after allowing six of the first seven batters to reach base, leading to a three-run deficit to start the game. But he settled in quite nicely after that and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way as he finished up six innings. He picked up his fourth win in his fourth start of his career and became the first Pirate pitcher to do so since Nick Maddox in 1907. Yup. 1907. That was a long time ago.
As mentioned earlier, it seemed like we were going to be in for a long day, but then something glorious happened. Something called the second inning. An inning in which 12 Pirates made it to the plate and seven of them scored. It was highlighted by a two run double by Neil Walker, and some awful defense from Jean Segura. It was fun.
Ryan Reid finished the game off with three scoreless innings and was awarded with his first career save. Reid actually has been pretty effective thus far and owns a 1.00 WHIP and 1.00 ERA over his first nine ML innings.
Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen each had three hits. Marte was a home run shy of the cycle. While McCutchen was a triple shy of the cycle. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He has recorded multiple hits in six of his last seven games.
The St. Louis Cardinals lost to Oakland tonight, which means the Pirates are in sole possession of first place in the NL Central and are proud owners of the best record in Major League Baseball. I can’t even begin to express how much fun and excitement this season has been. I seriously can’t even put it into words. I’m just enjoying the ride and am hoping for something special.