MILWAUKEE — Final day in Milwaukee, a.k.a. the Land That Spring Forgot. It’s rainy and 45 degrees with wind gusts up to 40 mph today — good thing Miller Park has a roof, eh?
After today, the Pirates won’t see the Brewers again until Aug. 22-24 at PNC Park. A most welcome respite. The Pirates have won every series this season against NL Central foes, except for the two sets against the Brewers.
Manager Clint Hurdle was asked if his club needs to start beating the Brewers the same way the Pirates of the late 1980s needed to knock off the Mets to way to becoming contenders. Hurdle’s answer was brief: “I understand where it’s a watermark for some. The volume of games that we’ve been underneath these guys gets your attention. That’s part of it. There’s a lot more parts of it than just that.”
»»» Today, Kevin Correia could become the first Pirates pitcher to reach six wins by May 15 since 1990, when Neal Heaton was 6-0 on May 12 and Doug Drabek was 6-1 on May 11.
»»» Closer Joel Hanrahan almost certainly will pitch today, even if the game is a blowout. Hanny’s last outing was Monday, when he faced five batters against the Dodgers. “The fourth day (off) is a give-and-take day. Day five, he needs to get in,” Hurdle said. “So if it’s a close game, we’ll look for an opportunity to double late. He could pitch the eighth and maybe we can get another inning out of him. We’ll see. It’s touch and feel.”
»»» Lyle Overbay is four hits shy of 1,000. Last night, he whacked his 125th career homer, a titantic shot to right field in the eighth inning off Mike McClendon.
»»» Back in January, I wrote that the Pirates had essentially signed lefty Scott Olsen to a tryout contract — relatively low-cost, loaded with incentives, club option for next year. Looks like he flunked the tryout.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Pirates (18-21) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Chris Snyder c, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (5-3, 3.25)
Brewers (18-21) – 1. Rickie Weeks 2b, 2. Carlos Gomez cf, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Casey McGehee 3b, 6. Corey Hart rf, 7. Yuniesky Betancourt ss, 8. Jonathan Lucroy c, 9. Zach Greinke rhp (1-1, 5.40)