The Milwaukee Brewers unleashed a hitting barrage against Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Bucs were dismantled 14-1 on Thursday night at American Family Field.
After the Pirates jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Jack Suwinski run-scoring groundout, Keller (9-8) allowed two runs in the home half of the inning when Sal Frelick doubled into left-center.
The following inning, Keller allowed hits to the Brewers’ first four hitters in the inning and Milwaukee struck for three more runs.
Brice Turang capped off Milwaukee’s big night against Keller with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to but the Brewers up 8-1.
Keller’s final line read 5.0 innings, nine hits, eight runs, three walks, five strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
The Brewers tacked on six more runs against the Pirates’ bullpen in three innings.
Frelick’s two-out, two-run double in the first inning put the Brewers ahead and ignited the fire that was Milwaukee’s offense on Thursday.
Star of the Game
Frelick finished the night having reached base four times — a double, a three-run homer and two walks. He drove in five runs and scored a pair.
Stat to Know
In his last 13 starts, Keller has posted an ERA of 5.92 (50er/76.0ip). Over that span, his season ERA has ballooned from 2.44 to 4.35.
- Six of the nine hits that Keller allowed to the Brewers came on the first pitch of the at-bat.
- Bryan Reynolds wasted no time extending his hitting streak to seven games after singling in his first at-bat of the game in the top of the first.
- Henry Davis went 0 for 4, extending his hitless streak to 25 at-bats. Davis did catch the eighth inning, his second appearance behind the plate this season (two innings total).
- The Pirates added Alfonso Rivas to the active roster and optioned Nick Gonzales to Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the start of the game. Rivas went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in his team debut.
The second game of this four-game series between the Pirates (48-60) and Brewers (59-51) will take place on Friday night. Quinn Priester (2-1, 9.19 ERA) will look for his third win in a row. Right-hander Colin Rea (5-4, 4.76 ERA) will be on the mound for the Brew Crew. First pitch: 7:10 ET.