MILWAUKEE — A day after appearing in his first big league game, Brock Holt today will make his first start. He’s batting leadoff and playing second base. “I’ve always tried to get a player who comes up in a game sooner than later,” manager Clint Hurdle said. Last night, Holt drew a leadoff, four-pitch walk and scored the tying run in the eighth inning. Holt’s success in the minors shows he has a fine eye at the plate, but last night was a different story. “He was taking from the start,” Hurdle revealed, grinning. Brewers reliever Jim Henderson never threw a strike, so Holt took the free base.
»»» Reliever Chad Qualls (toe) is on his way to Indy to begin a rehab assignment. OF Starling Marte (strained oblique) will try running the bases Tuesday and might — Hurdle stressed that it still only is a possibility at this point — begin his rehab on Wednesday.
»»» If James McDonald wins today, the Pirates will have two 13-game winners for the first time since 1999, when Todd Ritchie went 15-9 and Jason Schmidt went 13-11.
Game 133: Pirates @ Brewers, 2:20 p.m. ET
Pirates (70-62): 1. Brock Holt 2b, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Gaby Sanchez 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Michael McKenry c, 8. Josh Harrison ss, 9. James McDonald rhp (12-6, 3.57)
Brewers (64-68): 1. Norichika Aoki rf, 2. Rickie Weeks 2b, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3b, 5. Corey Hart 1b, 6. Martin Maldonado c, 7. Carlos Gomez cf, 8. Jeff Bianchi ss, 9. Yovani Gallardo rhp (14-8, 3.52)