With Bill Hall assuming the role of late-inning hero, the surprising Milwaukee Brewers look to continue their successful homestand when they open a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.
Hall led the Brewers to consecutive dramatic wins in a two-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. The 24-year old infielder won Tuesday’s game, 9-8, with a two-out, two-run, game winning home run, and his squeeze bunt in the 10th inning Wednesday lifted Milwaukee to a 10-9 victory.
Wednesday’s win marked the biggest comeback in franchise history for the Brewers, who were behind 9-0 after the fourth inning. The comeback was also the biggest in the majors since Cleveland overcame a 12-run deficit in a 15-14 win over Seattle on Aug. 5, 2001.
The Brewers have won six of eight on their 11-game homestand.
“I never had a walkoff homer or a walkoff squeeze, especially two nights in a row,” said Hall, a reserve infielder. “I just wanted to get a good pitch that I could get down.”
The Pirates begin a six-game road trip after a disappointing 2-6 homestand. Pittsburgh is eight games into a 14-game stretch against NL Central teams.
One bright spot for the Pirates during their homestand was the play of first baseman Craig Wilson, who comes in batting .365. Wilson is 8-for-20 (.400) over his last six games, and he leads the Pirates with five home runs.