Pittsburgh Pirates (6-8) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7-6) - Saturday, April 17 @ 7:10 p.m.
Stadium: American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wis.
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
SB Nation Brewers site: Brew Crew Ball
Pirates: Trevor Cahill - RHP - (0-1) – 8.00 ERA - 12 total Ks
Brewers: Brett Anderson - LHP - (1-1) – 4.50 ERA – 5 total Ks
Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)
1. Kevin Newman – SS
2. Phillip Evans – RF
3. Bryan Reynolds – LF
4. Colin Moran – 1B
5. Jacob Stallings – C
6. Eric Gonzalez – 3B
7. Adam Frazier – 2B
8. Anthony Alford – CF
9. Trevor Cahill – P
1. Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF
2. Keston Hiura – 1B
3. Travis Shaw – 3B
4. Avisail Garcia – RF
5. Omar Narvaez – C
6. Billy McKinney – LF
7. Luis Urias – SS
8. Jace Peterson – 2B
9. Brett Anderson – P
The Pirates will try to win their sixth game in their last eight starts when they battle the Brew Crew at American Family Field this evening.
Veteran right-hander Trevor Cahill will make his third start of the season and look to reduce an unsightly 8.00 ERA that he compiled over his first two outings. He has pitched a total of nine innings and has struck out 12.
Left-hander Brett Anderson takes the mound for Milwaukee. A former second-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Anderson brings a 1-1 mark with a 4.50 ERA after two starts, which spanned 10 innings combined.
The Bucs got their best starting pitching performance of the year in Friday night’s 6-1 win over the host Brewers, as JT Brubaker went six complete innings to pick up his second victory.
Brubaker allowed just four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out eight. However, he did hit three batters, including Keston Hiura – a noted Pirates killer in his brief career to this point – twice.
The Bucco bullpen once again performed admirably, as Chris Stratton, Sam Howard, Kyle Crick and Duane Underwood Jr. did not allow a hit in three scoreless innings of relief.
Offensively, Adam Frazier keyed an eight-hit attack with a pair of hits, including a two-run triple that extended the Pirates’ lead from 1-0 to 3-0 in the fifth. Bryan Reynolds followed by doubling home Frazier.
Colin Moran had staked the Pirates to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run – his third of the season – in the second inning off Brewers’ starter Adrian Houser (1-2).
Gregory Polanco launched a two-run homer in the eighth – his second in three games — for the Pirates’ final runs.
The Pirates did not commit an error and fill-in third baseman Phillip Evans looked absolutely Ke’Bryan Hayes-like when he fielded a slow roller barehanded off the bat of Luis Urias to start the fifth inning and threw him out at first. Moran made a nice pick to complete the play.