The Pirates have tried — unsuccessfully — four times already this season to string together four victories. They’ll ride another three-game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Cardinals.
This would be a great time for John Bowker to start cranking out hits. The starters at first base and right field — the two positions Bowker plays — are nursing potentially season-ending injuries, so he figures to get a lot of playing time over the final 14 games of the season.
Pirates outfielder Lastings Milledge has a strained left oblique and likely is done for the season.