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Pirates Wrap Up Final Home Series Against Milwaukee

Bucs look to leave Pittsburgh on a high note.

September 23, 2018 - 10:18 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Pirates will look to tally one more victory at PNC Park this season as they are set to wrap up their final home series of the 2018 season against division rival Milwaukee at 1:35 this afternoon.

Pittsburgh (78-75) earned an impressive win over the Brewers (88-67) last night thanks to a strong performance by starting pitcher Trevor Williams, who contributed six shutout innings in the Bucs 3-0 win. A two run double by Starling Marte, along with an eighth inning insurance run from a Colin Moran single were enough to lift the Bucs over the Brew Crew.

Entering Sunday, the Brewers are in possession of the first National League wild card spot and are 2.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the National League Central division. The Pirates are 7.0 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second spot in the NL Wild Card standings and are just two games away from being mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.

On the mound for the Bucs this afternoon will be rookie right hander, Nick Kingham. In 16 games this season (13 starts), Kingham has gone 5-6 with an ERA of 4.69. Kingham’s last start came against the Atlanta Braves on September 2, where he earned the win after going 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out four. In three career outings against the Brewers (2 starts), Kingham has gone 2-0 with a 5.27 ERA.

Opposing Kingham will be veteran lefty, Wade Miley. In 14 starts this season, Miley has been solid for the Brew Crew, posting a record of 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA. Miley has earned a win in each of his three last starts, including his most recent outing, where he threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just five hits and striking out two batters in Milwaukee’s win over the Cincinnati Reds on September 17. In nine career starts against the Pirates, Miley has gone 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA.

Following their game this afternoon, the Pirates will hit the road to the windy city to take on the division leading Cubs in a four game series. After that, the Bucs will play the Reds for three games in Cincinnati before heading back home to play the Miami Marlins for one makeup game to wrap up the 2018 season.