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  W: B. Suter (8-3)   L: D. Bednar (0-1)   S: J. Hader (17)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, June 13, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 20,545

Brewers bid to continue hot streak in finale vs. Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Pittsburgh took two of three games from the Brewers in Milwaukee from April 16-18. The Pirates haven't won back-to-back series against the Brewers within a single season since 2016.
  2. The Pirates have lost four straight games, scoring three or fewer runs in all four. They have seven losing streaks of three or more games this year, more than any other MLB team.
  3. After going 24-25 through May 26, the Brewers are an MLB-best 11-2 since May 27. They are hitting just .228 over that span, but their 24 home runs are tied for the most in MLB since May 27 (with the Cubs).
  4. Daniel Vogelbach has homered three times in his last five games, matching his total from his first 50 games played this season. He has hit safely in six straight games, tying the longest streak of his career (also in May 2019).
  5. Among MLB ERA qualifiers this year, Brandon Woodruff ranks fourth in ERA (1.42) and third in opponent batting average (.150). His 1.42 ERA is the second lowest in Brewers history through a pitcher's first 12 starts in a season (Cal Eldred, 1.36 in 1992).
  6. Adam Frazier has the longest active hit streak in the majors at 13 games -- his third hit streak of 10+ games this year. He's tied for the MLB lead with 79 hits this season (Nick Castellanos, Cin).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2021 thru 6/13/2021

The red-hot Milwaukee Brewers vie for a sweep of their three-game series against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon after posting consecutive 7-4 wins.

The Brewers are 13-2 in their past 15 games and have won six in a row at home.

"Day in, day out our team is doing everything we can do to win," Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez said. "It's not only hitting; it's pitching, too. Right now we've got a really complete group. Everybody's trying to do their part to be good collectively."

The home streak has come with less than capacity crowds at American Family Field, although that will change later this month.

"It's great to have fans back in the stands," Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich said.

The Pirates are sitting at the other end of the spectrum, having lost six straight and coming off a game Saturday in which they squandered an early four-run lead.

They are a season-worst 17 games under .500. They are staring at the possibility of being swept in back-to-back series after dropping three at home against Los Angeles before beginning this six-game road trip.

Pittsburgh has had a difficult time putting together games in which the offense and the pitching are clicking on the same day and supporting each other.

"That's challenging," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "When you put those things together, you win ballgames. And when you don't, you struggle through it.

"The last couple nights we've swung the bats better -- we had some situations where we should have scored -- but it's something we definitely need to get in sync."

In the series finale, Pittsburgh right-hander Wil Crowe (0-4, 7.26 ERA) is slated to face Milwaukee right-hander Adrian Houser (4-5, 3.66).

Pittsburgh didn't announce Crowe's appointment until Saturday, one of several "TBA" projected starters in recent weeks. The Pirates are trying to piece together a rotation given a combination of injuries, uneven performances and the desire to give a few different pitchers a chance to start a game.

That situation will continue after struggling young starter Mitch Keller, once one of Pittsburgh's shiniest prospects, was optioned Saturday to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Crowe, who has never faced Milwaukee, will be making his 12th major-league start. He still is looking for his first career win.

Crowe was rocked for eight runs and eight hits -- including a grand slam by Andrew Benintendi -- in four-plus innings of a 10-5 loss at Kansas City on June 1.

"I'm working to take that next step, and I'm working really hard," Crowe said. "I know it's in there. I know I can be the dominating guy that I believe I can be."

Houser recorded the win Tuesday at Cincinnati after allowing one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I didn't have the best command of the fastball and sinker early on," Houser said. "I got a couple big outs with guys on base and was able to settle in and get some of the command back."

Houser has faced the Pirates once this season, receiving the loss on April 16 after surrendering three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in seven career games (four starts) against Pittsburgh.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 13, 2021

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