Zach Davies return to the Majors wasn’t what he hoped as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 in the weekend series finale.
The Pittsburgh Pirates put up five runs in the third inning against Zach Davies, and the Milwaukee Brewers as Davies made his return to the MLB just a day after being called up (struggling OF Keon Broxton was sent down to make room for Davies). In 2 1/3 innings of work, Davies allowed eight hits and five earned runs.
The third inning was just awful, albeit it wasn’t wholly due to the pitching of Davies (who failed to record a single strikeout in the game). Davies walked Freese, Joyce singled and then Nieuwenhuis dropped a ball that was ruled a single.
From there, it only went downhill. There could have been a double play by Villar but instead turned into an error, and once Davies was replaced the bullpen wasn’t much more help either. Cravy replaced Davies and had a two-run singled hit off of him.
Cravy replaced Davies and had a two-run singled hit off of him.
The Milwaukee Brewers had a better day offensively though, scoring all their runs in the fourth as it looked like the Milwaukee Brewers were set to make a comeback as Juan Nicasio looked like he was going to implode the Pirates lead.
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Cappy gave up a single shot homer to McCutchen in the fifth, and Torres gave up a two-run shot in the eighth. The Milwaukee Brewers never got their feet planted firmly to start the game, making things go from bad to worse.
Today’s performance is a stark reminder that the Milwaukee Brewers are rebuilding and there’s going to be rough waters ahead.
Things are certainly going to get a worse before they get better, but it’s certainly exciting to watch the young talent grow and mold throughout the process.