Staying up late costly for Pirates
The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Orlando Arcia’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Arcia was mobbed on the field by his teammates after he put an end to the 5-hour, 36-minute contest.
Erik Kratz tied the game with a two-run single off Clay Holmes (1-3) after the Pirates had taken a 6-4 lead in the top of the 15th.
In the Brewers’ half of the inning, Jesus Aguilar drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Hernan Perez walked, Ryan Braun struck out. Pitcher Jordan Lyles drew a walk to load the bases, bringing Kratz to the plate.
Lyles (3-4), the ninth Milwaukee pitcher, got the win.
Francisco Cervelli’s bloop single with two outs drove in the go-ahead run in the top of 15th. A second run scored after Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop booted the ball as Cervelli’s hit fell softly into short right field.
The Pirates tied the score in the ninth on Starling Marte’s two-out, run-scoring single off Jeremy Jeffress, who blew his fifth save of the season on a day when the Brewers sent struggling former All-Star closer Corey Knebel to the minors.
The Brewers grabbed the lead in the first when Christian Yelich hit a towering two-run home run that caromed off the center-field scoreboard.
Mike Moustakas’s two-out, two-run homer into the second deck in right field extended the lead to 4-0 in the first.
The Pirates cut the lead in half in the second on Adam Frazier’s broken-bat, two-run single.
Pittsburgh pulled within a run in the sixth on Gregory Polanco’s sacrifice fly off reliever Josh Hader.
Steven Brault pitched four hitless innings of relief for the Pirates.
The Brewers halted a five-game losing streak to Pittsburgh.
Posey done for year
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will undergo hip surgery Monday in Colorado, ending what has been a painful and frustrating year for the six-time All-Star.
Posey revealed the decision to have the season-ending surgery following Friday night’s loss to the Texas Rangers. Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed it prior to Saturday’s game.
Posey is expected to fly to Vail, Colorado today and will have surgery the following day. Orthopaedic surgeon Marc J. Philippon will perform the operation.
Posey has been playing in pain for much of the season and it showed both in his numbers at the plate and in how he ran the bases. The 31-year-old went into Saturday hitting .284 but had only 41 RBIs and five home runs — his fewest since 2011, the year before Posey won the NL MVP award.
The injury was even more noticeable in Posey’s defense. A Gold Glove winner in 2016, he has thrown out only 17 of 59 base stealers this season – a career-low 29 percent.
Posey is expected to be out 6-to-8 months.