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Pirates Look to Get Back on Track vs Brewers

The Bucs look to get back in the win column against Milwaukee

September 22, 2018 - 3:13 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Following a loss that snapped a five game winning streak the Pirates will look to get back in the win column as they take on Milwaukee tonight at 7:05 in PNC Park.

The Pirates (77-75) took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning last evening against the Brewers (88-66) only to allow six runs after play resumed following a long rain delay. Entering Saturday, Milwaukee is just a game and a half back of the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the National League Central division and also holds the first spot in the NL Wild Card race. The Pirates enter this evening in fourth place of the NL Central and 7.0 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second and final NL Wild Card spot.

On the mound tonight for the Bucs will be right hander, Trevor Williams. In 29 starts this season, Williams has been very solid for the Pirates, going 13-9 and posting a 3.16 ERA which is the eighth best in the NL. Williams handled the Brewers very well in his last outing, throwing 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in the Pirates 3-2 win over Milwaukee on September 16.  Trevor has five career outings against the Brew Crew, including four starts. In his five outings he has gone 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA.

Opposing Williams will be right hander, Zach Davies. In 11 starts this season, Davies has gone 2-6 with a 4.66 ERA for Milwaukee. Davies was dealt a loss by the Pirates in his most recent start, after allowing two earned runs off of three hits in 5.0 innings of work in the Brewers 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on September 15. In eight career starts against the Pirates, Davies has been less than stellar, going 2-4 with a 6.13 ERA.

Following their game tonight, the Pirates will wrap up their final home series of the season on Sunday at 1:35 against Milwaukee. Next up, the will hit the road to the windy city to take on the first place Cubs in a four game set. Following the Cubs series, the Pirates will then take on the Reds in Cincinnati for three games before returning home to play the Miami Marlins on October 1 to wrap up their season.