In the first real test of the Brewers new look bullpen, things did not go as hoped as the Crew lost to the Pirates 8-7 on a walk off home run by Bryan Reynolds.
It was the return to the mound for Freddy Peralta on Wednesday night. Peralta was on a pitch count and lasted 67 pitches, going 3.2 IP while allowing 2 runs and striking out 3.
The Brewers offense got out to an early start. Kolten Wong had an RBI single in the first inning to score Yelich and then the Brewers added three more in the second on a Willy Adames double and a Rowdy Tellez single. It was a 4-0 Brewers lead, then Peralta ran into some trouble in the 3rd inning, allowing a pair of runs before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Trevor Gott did his job to finish the 4th and 5th innings without allowing a baserunner. Then it was on to recent newcomer Jake McGee, who allowed two earned runs in the 6th on a Michael Chavis double and a Tucupita Marcano single.
Deadline acquisition Matt Bush entered and completed one inning while allowing two runs on three hits, including a Ke'Bryan Hayes RBI single. Brent Suter then allowed a solo home run to Oneil Cruz to make it a 7-4 Pirates lead.
The Brewers came back in the top of the 8th, scoring three runs and tying the game. Taylor Rogers threw a scoreless 8th and it was on to newly minted closer Devin Williams after the departure of Josh Hader at the trade deadline. On a 2-0 pitch, Bryan Reynolds crushed a walk off home run to win the game for the Pirates 8-7.
It was the first run Williams has allowed in his last 30 appearances.
The Brewers have one more against the Pirates on Thursday with first pitch at 11:35 AM. Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.55 ERA) is on the mound for Milwaukee against Zach Thompson (3-8, 5.09 ERA) of the Pirates.