PITTSBURGH (AP) — One day after setting a season-high in runs, the Pirates set a season high in errors.
Pittsburgh followed up its 15-run outburst Friday with a shoddy defensive display Saturday, making five errors, including three in the first inning, in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
"We gave up a lot of free bases with the errors," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "From a fielding perspective, we were all over the place. We made it a lot tougher on our pitchers than it needed to be."
Jean Segura reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jordy Mercer to start the game then advanced to third base on two errors by first baseman Ike Davis, who failed to catch a pickoff throw then threw wildly to second base.
One batter, three errors.
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez and reliever Jeanmar Gomez also made throwing errors. Alvarez's throw sailed 10 rows into the first base stands when he tried to throw out Khris Davis in the sixth inning.
"It's part of the game," Pittsburgh right fielder Josh Harrison said. "We make errors, it's going to happen. Don't beat yourself up because tomorrow you've got another chance to do it right."
Things also did not work out for Hurdle when he decided to have Edinson Volquez intentionally walk Scooter Gennett, a .287 hitter, to pitch to Overbay with the score tied and runners on second and third in the fourth inning.
Though Overbay was hitting just .213, the Brewers' first baseman came through, hitting a tiebreaking two-run single to center field that made it 4-2 and sent the NL Central-leading Brewers on their way to victory.
Just before Gennett was walked, Davis hit an RBI single to tie the score at 2-2.
"I wasn't really surprised that they walked Scooter in that situation," Overbay said. "Volquez has a good sinker and they're looking to get a double play there. What I need to do there is make sure I don't swing at a sinker low and away and hit into the double play."
Milwaukee had lost three of its previous four games, including getting routed 15-5 by the Pirates on Friday night.