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Pirates vs. Brewers — 6/13/2021

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Pittsburgh Pirates (23-40) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (37-27) - Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 2:10 p.m.

Stadium: American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wis.

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: 93.7 The Fan

SB Nation Brewers site: www.brewcrewball.com

Starting Pitchers

Pirates: Wil Crowe - RHP - (0-4) – 7.26 ERA - 28 total Ks

Brewers: Adrian Houser - RHP - (4-5) – 3.66 ERA – 52 total Ks

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)

Pirates

1. Adam Frazier – 2B

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B

3. Bryan Reynolds – CF

4. Colin Moran – 1B

5. Jacob Stallings – C

6. Gregory Polanco – RF

7. Ben Gamel – LF

8. Kevin Newman – SS

9. Wil Crowe – P

Brewers

1. Luis Urias – 2B

2. Daniel Vogelbach – 1B

3. Avisail Garcia – RF

4. Willy Adames – SS

5. Jace Peterson – LF

6. Manny Pina – C

7. Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF

8. Pablo Reyes – 3B

9. Adrian Houser – P

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to snap a six-game losing streak and salvage the final game of their three-game series with the Brewers when the two teams meet at 2:05 p.m. today at American Family Field in Milwaukee.

Will Crowe (0-4, 7.26 ERA) will get the start for the Pirates while right-hander Adrian Houser (4-5, 3.66 ERA) opens on the mound for the Brewers.

Houser has had a solid season for the most part and appears to have hit his stride recently. In his last three starts totaling 15 1/3 innings, the 28-year-old Oklahoma native has given up just two earned runs, 11 hits and six walks while striking out 14.

Houser will be making his second start against the Pirates. In his first outing, the Bucs jumped on him for three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings en route to a 6-1 victory on April 16.

Crowe was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday after the Pirates announced they were demoting Mitch Keller.

Like Keller, Crowe has had his struggles; he’s given up 38 hits and 17 walks in 31 innings this season. He has made eight appearances, seven of them as a starter.

His most recent start came on June 1 in a 10-5 loss to Kansas City. In that game, the Royals touched him for eight hits and eight earned runs in four innings. He walked two and struck out three. That came on the heels of a 1 1/3-inning outing against the Cubs in which he gave up five hits and three runs. Those two starts combined to drive his ERA from 4.91 after five starts to his current mark of 7.26.

Crowe will not exactly be facing a murderer’s row in today’s starting lineup; only former Bucco Pablo Reyes – the Brewers’ No. 8 hitter – is batting above .250 and three starters are hitting less than .190.

The Pirates got off to a promising start in Saturday’s 7-4 loss to Milwaukee, as they built a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning. But starter Chad Kuhl struggled, needing 90 pitches to go just 3 1/3 innings, and the Brewers vaulted in front for keeps with five-run fourth inning.