The Pittsburgh Pirates swept their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a decisive 5-4 win thanks to a wide receiver error Thursday at PNC Park.
Pitcher Matt Bush and his receiver Victor Caratini can blame each other since their club had never trailed in this meeting. The gunner completely missed his shot, which hit Caratini in the shoulder after a rebound. From third base, Bryan Reynolds only had to jog to home plate.
Bush (2-2) was not really confident in this 10th round since he had allowed Reynolds to tie a few moments earlier on a double. He also gave intentional walks to Ben Gamel and Oneil Cruz.
At the start of this overtime batting, it was the Brewers who had luck when Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch from Duane Underwood Jr. (1-3) while the bases were loaded.
Seven long balls aren’t enough for the Angels
In Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels hit an impressive seven homers, all solo, but it wasn’t enough against the Oakland Athletics, who won 8-7.
Shohei Ohtani was the most productive, in a losing cause, with two of seven long balls. Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Jo Adell, Jared Walsh and Mickey Moniak managed the others.
The visitors, for their part, replied mostly in the third set, where they made an offensive push of six points.
Ramon Laureano and Sean Murphy, with a double each, as well as Seth Brown, with a homer, all drove in two runs. Laureano came back on the attack in the next inning, with a two-run homer. He finished his game with two hits and four RBIs.
The Rockies avoid humiliation
In San Diego, the Colorado Rockies avoided the affront of being beaten five times in four days by the Padres, who won 7-3.
Ryan McMahon was the visitors’ hero, starting his day with a powerful two-run double in the third set. On the sequence, however, he was taken out at third base while trying to stretch his double into a triple.
Two laps at bat later, McMahon showed up at the plate again with two teammates on the trail. This time, he made sure he didn’t get pinned by kicking pitcher Joe Musgrove’s (8-5) offering out of bounds.
On the mound, Kyle Freeland (7-7) was able to contain the dangerous attack of the Padres quite well, he who passed seven opponents in the mitt, in five and two-thirds innings of work. He was eventually retired after allowing two runs on six hits and four walks.