Pirates vs. Brewers – Game Recap – August 29, 2022

MILWAUKEE — — Garrett Mitchell hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Keston Hiura connected for a game-ending shot in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied against the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Monday night.

Hiura, who replaced injured first baseman Rowdy Tellez in the fourth, threw a two-run homer off reliever Wil Crowe (5-8) that bounced off the top of the left field wall. Willy Adames picked the ninth for the Brewers, bringing Hiura to the plate without anyone.

Hiura wasn’t sure the ball went over the fence as it started racing around the goals.

“I had to ask the second base umpire if he was out,” Hiura said.

Mitchell, entering his second game in the majors after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville late last week, scored his first career homer, a two-run drive against Crowe with two outs in the eighth. This earned Mitchell a callback from the crowd, which included several family members.

Mitchell said he wants to be trusted in big times and that he wouldn’t shy away from those situations.

“When I went up there, I said to myself, why not me? I like being in these kinds of situations and having a chance to help the team win. It’s a blessing,” Mitchell said. “It was an amazing experience. I kind of passed out for a second, but it was awesome.

The 2020 first-round pick also had a hit in Sunday’s 9-7 win over the Chicago Cubs in his first major league start. Milwaukee’s top prospect made his first appearance as a defensive backup on Saturday. He also walked, stole a base and scored the Brewers’ first run on Monday.

Devin Williams (6-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

The Brewers, sitting just outside the NL Wildcards picture, won their third straight and remained six games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

“You saw what this team did in the previous Septembers,” Hiura said. “When you chase something, it definitely lights a fire under your butt and convinces and persuades you to do a little more.”

Milwaukee snapped a five-game losing streak against the Pirates, who are last in the division at 48-80. Pittsburgh lost for the 14th time in 17 games.

The Brewers broke through in the third against starter Bryse Wilson. Adames kicked off with a hit single. After Christian Yelich was knocked down at the plate trying to score on Tellez’s single, Hunter Renfroe followed with a two-run brace to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.

The Pirates broke into the fifth against Corbin Burnes. Jason Delay led Pittsburgh’s first inning with a single and Oneil Cruz followed by lining up a three-run homer in the right field seats.

Cruz, who came into the game averaging .199, hit six of his 11 homers this season against the Brewers, and 14 of his 33 RBIs have also come against Milwaukee.

Rodolfo Castro doubled a solo homer against Burnes in the sixth to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 5-3.

Burnes, last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed eight hits and five runs through six innings. He walked one, struck out five and threw two crazy pitches.

AGAINST ALL ODDS

Garrett said dealing with a potentially embarrassing health issue has boosted his confidence on the court.

“I’m type 1 diabetic. I’ve been told many times in my life that I can’t do it,” he said. ‘Stop. For me, I just want people to know that if you believe in yourself and do your part, anything is possible. It’s just another part of the journey, another part of the story.

RAPTOR THE RAPTOR

Brewers manager Craig Counsell tried to summon a reliever but had to improvise when he realized the bullpen phones weren’t working. He struck a raptor pose – Brent Suter has long been nicknamed The Raptor – to get the pitcher’s attention.

“Maybe it’s my phone’s background image,” Suter said. “The phone broke and we were wondering if it was me, Hoby (Milner) or maybe even (Taylor) Rogers? But I figured it was me. I was ready to go. I will cherish this image forever.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes did not start due to a routine rest day, manager Derek Shelton said. Hayes entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game.

Brewers: Tellez left with sore right knee after scoring a single and scoring second on Renfroe’s third inning double. … RHP Adrian Houser, who returned to the starting rotation last week after being sidelined nearly eight weeks by a right flexor strain, will be out of the bullpen for now, Counsell said.

LIST MOVEMENTS

The Pirates recalled OF Jack Suwinski from Triple-A Indianapolis and opted for OF/1B Bligh Madris at their top farm club. INF Kevin Padlo cleared waivers and was sent directly to Indianapolis.

NEXT

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (4-10, 4.50 ERA) allowed seven runs (two earned) over 3 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday. Keller is 0-2 with a 4.40 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

Brewers: RHP Jason Alexander (2-1, 5.26) will make his eighth start of the season, but the first since July 12 at Minnesota. The rookie’s only outing against the Pirates this year came on June 30, when he allowed two runs in two innings.

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