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Bucs Look to Split with Milwaukee

Pirates hope to put last night in the past, get back to .500 today versus the Brewers.

June 02, 2019 - 12:09 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After falling in a heart breaking 13 inning game last night Pittsburgh will look to turn things around quickly in hopes to earn a split in its four game series at home against Milwaukee. The Pirates (28-29) fell under .500 once again after failing to hold onto a 10-8 lead to which they brought into the ninth inning. The loss drops the Buccos to fourth place in the National League Central where they are now four games behind of the first place Brewers (33-24).

On the mound this afternoon for the Pirates will be reliable right hander, Jordan Lyles. Up to this point in the season, Lyles has been the best member of the Bucs starting rotation, going 5-2 with a 3.09 earned run average in his first 10 starts. Last time out Lyles left the game early with a hamstring injury after just 4.0 innings of work where he allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks against the Cincinnati Reds on May 28. Lyles has faced the Brewers 12 times in is big league career, which includes seven starts. Overall he has a record of 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched against the Brew Crew.

Opposing Lyles will be young right hander Zach Davies. Through the first two months of the season, Davies has been one of the best pitchers in the National League going 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 11 starts. Last time out Davies threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. It was just his second shutout performance of the year. Davies has had a difficult time facing the Pirates in his big league career, going 2-5 with a 5.98 ERA in the nine starts he has made against them.

After the end of todays game the Bucs will take Monday off before starting a three game series at home against the Atlanta Braves. The Bucs will then hit the road to face Milwaukee and Atlanta once again, along with playing three games in Miami.