MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Pittsburgh0 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 680
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 151
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  W: J. Brubaker (2-0)   L: A. Houser (1-2)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, April 16, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 11,967

Refreshed Brewers welcome Pirates for three-game series

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Pirates and Brewers split their 10 meetings last season, with the home team winning seven of the 10. Milwaukee has won 11 of its last 13 home games against the Pirates, allowing just 2.8 runs per game.
  2. Pittsburgh has won four of its last six games, with all six being decided by 4+ runs. The Pirates are one of 10 teams that are undefeated when scoring 5+ runs this season (5-0) and one of three teams that are winless when scoring four runs or fewer this season (0-8). No other team is in both groups.
  3. The Brewers' starters have allowed no more than one run in eight straight games, the longest such streak in franchise history. Over that time, Milwaukee starters have a 0.59 ERA and .136 opponent batting average while striking out 32.4 percent of the batters they have faced.
  4. JT Brubaker earned his second career win on Sunday against the Cubs. In his two outings this season, Brubaker has allowed a .305 opponent batting average with the bases empty (5/16), compared to a .105 mark with runners on base (2/19).
  5. Adrian Houser is tied for the MLB lead with four times inducing a batter to ground into a double play this season, which has helped make up for his 1.057 opponent OPS with the bases empty.
  6. After going 1-for-17 (.059) in Pittsburgh's season-opening road trip, Gregory Polanco went 6-for-18 (.333) during the Pirates' seven-game homestand. Over the last two seasons, Polanco went just 1-for-18 (.056) with 10 strikeouts in Milwaukee, after he had hit .348 there over the previous two seasons (2017-18).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/16/2021 thru 4/18/2021

The Milwaukee Brewers got a day off Thursday while their opponent for Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates, played a home game and traveled.

The Brewers open a three-game series with the visiting Pirates on Friday.

The Brewers have a day off each week in April. That means a little extra rest and an extra day for the starters. Which is just OK, according to Friday's scheduled starter, right-hander Adrian Houser.

"I would say yes and no," Houser said of getting those off days early in the season. "We'll be wanting these off days a little later in the season, but I think it does help put us in a good spot for the rest of the season as far as being able to stay on top of us staying healthy and being able to control a lot of that, and getting that extra rest and treatment if we need it. So I think there's good and bad to the early off days."

This week's off day won't really help Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who was put on the 10-day injured list earlier this week because of a strained left quadricep. Also out for the Pirates series is second baseman Kolten Wong, who is on the IL because of an oblique injury.

Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich missed Wednesday's game because of a sore back, and his status is unclear.

"He's improving," manager Craig Counsell said of Yelich.

Cain's replacement is Tyrone Taylor, who was promoted from the Brewers' alternate training site. Counsell has high expectations for Taylor.

"He had a great camp," the manager said. "(He) was really the last guy we sent down at the end of camp because he performed so well. A deserving callup."

The Brewers shut out the Chicago Cubs 7-0 Wednesday. They have won four of their past five games and six of their past eight.

Pittsburgh fell to San Diego 8-3 Thursday for a split of a four-game home series. The Pirates have won four of their past six games after losing six in a row, and are coming off a 4-3 homestand against the Cubs and Brewers, their first of the season.

"It was a good homestand," Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. "We played two pretty good teams, and (San Diego) can really swing the bats. I thought our pitchers did a pretty good job of minimizing that, especially our bullpen."

In the Pittsburgh-Milwaukee series opener Friday, Houser (1-1, 1.80 ERA) is scheduled to face Pirates right-hander J.T. Brubaker (1-0, 1.93).

Houser is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in six career appearances, three of them starts, against Pittsburgh.

Brubaker, who is 0-0 with a 4.00 ERA in two career starts against Milwaukee, is coming off a strong outing. He allowed one run and four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts, in 5 1/3 innings in a 7-1 win Sunday against the Cubs. He also drove in three runs -- the first RBIs of his career.

Brubaker hit a two-run single down the line in right in the second inning to give the Pirates the lead, then drove in another run in the third, certainly catching the attention of his teammates.

"It was a welcome surprise, that's for sure," Pittsburgh catcher Jacob Stallings said of Brubaker's two-run hit. "It was a big swing."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 16, 2021

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