In a rare but welcome display of offensive power, the Brewers slugged their way to victory in Game One of this four-game tilt against the Pirates. Corbin Burnes pitched six shutout innings, striking out 10. The offense erupted for four home runs, two hit by Jedd Gyorko. One was hit my newly called up Jacob Nottingham, who has replaced the injured Manny Pina. The last was Ryan Braun’s 800th career extra base hit. Tonight, the Crew will look for a repeat performance behind the arm of Brett Anderson.
Can Anderson Keep His Roll Going?
Brett Anderson did not have the best start to his season. He missed his first scheduled start with a blister, and when he returned he never got through the fourth inning. To make matters worse, the Brewers lost all of his first three starts. However, Anderson has been on an absolute roll over his last two starts.
The Brewers’ southpaw has thrown two quality starts in a row, winning both. He now stands with a 2-2 record, 3.52 ERA, and 1.26 WHIP. In his two most recent starts, he has thrown 12 innings, allowed just three runs (two solo home runs against the Reds), and struck out eight. He has yet to face the Pirates this season.
JT Brubaker Looks for First Big League Win
The Pirates are sending JT Brubaker to the mound against Anderson for Game Two of this four-game series. Brubaker made his Major League debut on July 26 in a relief appearance against the Cardinals. He made one more relief appearance against the Cubs in which he pitched three shutout innings. In his combined relief appearances, he pitched five innings and allowed no runs.
Things changed for Brubaker after a move to the starting rotation. He has yet to pitch beyond the fourth, but the Pirates have won two of his three starts. His last start occurred against the Brewers, a Pirates win in the forgettable sweep last weekend. In that game, he went four innings, allowed two runs on four hits and a walk, and struck out six.
The Brewers remained tied with the Reds for third in the National League Central Division. Both teams have 14-17 records. The Cubs and Cardinals, who are first and second respectively, have each lost three games in a row. The Brewers (and Reds) are only one game behind the Cardinals and are four games behind the Cubs.
The Brewers lineup today is without the mashers for last night’s game: Jedd Gyorko and Jacob Nottingham. Mark Mathias, who had a two-run double, also is not in the starting lineup.
Here’s tonight’s lineup vs. the Pirates at 6:10 p.m. CT.
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