Pittsburgh Pirates Look to Avoid Being Swept by Milwaukee

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Steven Brault /

The Pittsburgh Pirates hope to secure a rare victory on Wednesday night

At 7:05 tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates will play the third and final game of their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. This will also be their 19th and final game of the season against the Brew Crew.

The Pirates will be looking for a victory tonight to avoid being swept by the Brewers. Entering Wednesday night’s contest the Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 12 of their last 13 games to fall to 68-84 on the season.

Steven Brault will start for the Pirates on Wednesday night. This will be Brault’s third start of the season. In his last start, which came against these Brewers, Brault fired six shutout innings. This is the lone win the Pirates have captured in their past 13 games.

Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to follow Brault tonight. As was discussed here, a move to the bullpen could benefit Glasnow. However, Pirate manager Clint Hurdle has already said that Glasnow will make another start this season.

The following lineup will look to manage to scratch out enough runs to win tonight:

  1. Adam Frazier – 2B
  2. Starling Marte – LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen – CF
  4. Josh Bell – 1B
  5. David Freese – 3B
  6. Jordan Luplow – RF
  7. Elias Diaz – C
  8. Jordy Mercer – SS
  9. Steven Brault – SP

This lineup will be opposed by Aaron Wilkerson who is making his first career start. The Pirate offense has been awful lately having scored just 22 runs in their last 13 games. Making matters worse is that seven of those 22 games came in their lone victory during that stretch. So in their last 12 losses, the Pirates have scored just 15 runs. Woof. #FireJeffBranson

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The 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates are very much so limping to the finish line. Mercifully, they have just 10 games left in their season. Hopefully, tonight, Steven Brault can build upon his strong outing in his last start and keep building momentum toward 2018.