After winning their first three series of the season for the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates came crashing back down to .500 this weekend as a very familiar script played out at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kyle Lohse came up one out short of a complete game Sunday, as the Brewers won 4-1 to complete the three game sweep where they outscored the Pirates 11-5. The game was sealed when Tony Sanchez threw wide of first base when trying to throw out Scooter Gennett, who struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Two runs came around to score, and the Pirates offense had little punch in the comeback effort. The Pirates scored their only run when Andrew McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly to score Starling Marte.
The Bucs couldn't hit much of anything against the Brewers staff all weekend, registering 16 hits over the three game set. Pittsburgh is now four games back of first place, and a half game back of second place St. Louis.
They will return to action tomorrow night against Cincinnati, where a pair of struggling starters will look to right the ship as Wandy Rodriguez faces off against preseason dark horse Cy Young candidate Homer Bailey.
Pittsburgh will face off against their Wisconsin foes again shortly, as the Brewers come to PNC Park for a four game series starting Thursday. The Pirates are now roughly halfway through the 26 game stretch against solely NL Central division opponents.
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