Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Brault impressive as Bucs snap skid

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their five game losing streak Monday night in Milwaukee and they did it in style.

While he has only made nine starts in his major league career, it might be safe to say Pirates left-hander Steven Brault was at his best.

Brault, who made just his second MLB start of the year for the Bucs against the Brewers, surrendered just one hit in six shutout innings while walking one and striking out six in the Pirates 7-0 victory.

In fact, Brault had more hits at the plate than he gave up as he went 2 for 3 at the dish with a pair of RBIs.

The young 25-year old southpaw has had his fair share of struggles this season pitching out of the Pirates bullpen in the months of July and August. In 13.2 innings, Brault allowed 12 runs on 20 hits.

However, given the Pirates current spot in the division, it’s nice to see him getting an opportunity and taking advantage of it. That’s the type of opportunity that many of the Pirates young stars will get for the remainder of the season.

Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, Trevor Williams and Josh Bell are young players who have full-time opportunities and earned them, but guys like Tyler Glasnow, Jordan Luplow, Elias Diaz and Brault may be given more opportunities and chances to show off what they can do with those chances.

Pirates show off long ball

The Pirates are a team that struggles to consistently put the ball over the fence.

There is no denying it. The facts tell the story. The Bucs rank second to last in major league baseball in home runs (140), trailing just the San Francisco Giants.

However, they did their best to improve upon that number against the Brew Crew at Miller Park, or what I like to refer to as the Pirates “House of Horrors.”

Andrew McCutchen, who went 1 for 4 with a walk Monday, hit his 24th home run of the season in the first inning while Starling Marte blasted his sixth of the year in the fifth. Jordy Mercer, who has silently had one of the best years of his career, hit his 14th home run of the season in the eighth.

The Pirates will look to continue that power surge as they look to slow the Brewers down in their quest to win the NL Central crown.

Because, despite the disappointing year it has been for the Bucs, they did a pretty good job of it Monday night.

Baseball Talk on the Web

Subscribe To Pirates Breakdown Radio

Our podcast feed has been reborn as Pirates Breakdown Radio. On one singular feed, you will find a variety of shows, interviews, quick hits and much more. All designed to keep Pittsburgh Pirates fans informed and entertained no matter where they are.

We are on all the major podcast platforms, including iTunes and Google Play. So whether or not you have an Android or an iPhone/iPad, click on the corresponding button below to get subscribed!

     

Download Our Mobile Apps

The introduction of our new FREE Mobile Apps gets fans closer to their favorite Pittsburgh Pirates coverage than ever before. Click here to learn about some of the features of our new app – or, if you just can’t wait, click the corresponding app store for your device and grab your copy now.

     

Thanks for checking us out here at Pirates Breakdown. Please make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook for the best Pirates coverage all year long!

 

Jose Negron

Jose Negron is a 22 year old journalist from the North Huntingdon area. A recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Jose has written for Rumbunter and Pirates Breakdown for the past year. He is the former Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of Cal U’s campus newspaper, the Cal Times. He also covers high school sports for the Mon Valley Independent and serves as a contributor for Pittsburgh Sporting News, covering the Pirates. During the summer of 2015, he also interned with TribLive Radio, writing for their online blog, helping in the production of various radio shows and even appearing on the air.

  • leadoff

    You would think the Pirates would love Brault, he is the upgraded Jeff Locke. His numbers at Indy were not smoke and mirrors, he can pitch. The Pirates threw him into the pen, something he was not accustomed to and he was failing, some pitchers are starters, some are relievers and some can do both, I don’t think Brault is a pen pitcher. Next year the Pirates are going to have a log jam in their starting rotation unless they move Cole and Nova. They have Brault and Glasnow ready to step in and they are going to have to have their shots next season to go along with the Taillon, Kuhl and Williams. This is the future of the Pirates and it will be 2018. One thing of note also is that Keller and Kingham are not that far behind either, they probably would have already been up in some organizations. The Pirates are rich in starting pitching right now, time to unload Cole for some decent position players that can hit and rid themselves of Nova’s contract. Spend more money always is the battlecry and it will be louder than ever this winter, but that is the last thing the Pirates need to worry about, they need to utilize their assets more than anything else, they have enough of them to build a pretty good major league team.