Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson had surgery on his injured shoulder Tuesday. The Pirates had men in scoring position in the first and sixth innings but couldn't capitalize.
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"We have to keep winning", added Monday's starting pitcher, Brent Suter. If that's not possible, however, then it would be hard to blame the organization for doing everything they can to profit from the visitors. Mercifully, they have just 10 games left in their season.
This surprise season in Milwaukee has been all about the pitching. Though their season was lost long ago, the team is now fighting against more than just their opponnents on the field. Robin Lehner made 14 saves on 16 shots in two periods, and Linus Ullmark made 11 saves in the third and overtime.
Milwaukee has a few solid hitters this year. Santana should remain in all fantasy lineups for the stretch run.
In Ottawa, Ontario, Mike Hoffman scored twice to lead the Senators to the preseason win. (Catcher Elias) Diaz and I are getting better together. In the live-ball 1920s, it was the superstars redefining offensive limits; in the steroids-fueled 1990s, it was the middle infielders with suddenly thick forearms doubling their career highs; in the analytics era of the mid-2000s, it was the super-patient plodders with terrible defense but keen eyes. They also remained 3 1/2 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.
The Brewers and Cubs meet in a four-game series beginning Thursday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Pirates: Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.26) is schedule to start. The simplest way is to sit in first place in your division at the end of the season. In his last start, which came against these Brewers, Brault fired six shutout innings. This past Friday, Milwaukee took advantage of an off-day and gave the entire game to its fully rested bullpen.
Beyond the "advance look" angle of this one, the Yankees are still trying to catch the Red Sox in the AL East - at present, they're three games back. It was that result that really injected some hope into their late-season aspirations. Monday night, Suter completed five scoreless frames throwing 64 pitches.
Five Brewers pitchers kept the Pirates off the plate despite giving up eight hits.
The Pirates will be looking for a victory tonight to avoid being swept by the Brewers.
Across the diamond, the Pirates are trying something different, too.