Game 31: Williams steps into rotation

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Story and videos by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner

WilliamsST2017RHP Trevor Williams will start on Monday in place of RHP Jameson Taillon, who’s on the DL with a sore groin. From what manager Clint Hurdle said last night, neither RHP Drew Hutchison (0-1, 5.00 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Indianapolis) noR LHP Steven Brault (0-3, 3.52 in six starts) was an option for the gig.

“Williams is our sixth depth starter,” Hurdle said. “Hutchison needs to continue to pitch (at Indy). Brault is in a place we thought he was at last year when we called him up. He’s getting better. We believe this our best option and opportunity right now. Williams is ahead of Brault and Hutchison right now. Those guys will stay in line and continue to pitch.”

>>> Hurdle said Andrew McCutchen is getting a scheduled day off today. Josh Harrison, however, is not in the lineup due to what the skipper described as a “throbbing foot,” which was struck by a foul tip a couple of days ago. Both players are slated to play every game of the upcoming road trip.

>>> Free advice for the brain surgeon who schedules the Pittsburgh Marathon: Next year, pick up a Pirates schedule first and pick a day when they’re not playing a day game a few hundred yards from your finish line.

>>> Josh Lindblom was in Columbus with Indy when he found out around 2:45 yesterday afternoon he was being sent to Pirates. “(Manager Andy) Barkett called me in and said it was good news and bad news,” Lindblom said. “The bad news was for them because I wasn’t going to be able to bring donuts in anymore on day games in Indy. … There’s a little spot called Titus Bakery right on my way to the field where I stop. (The team) is devastated. I don’t think the strength and conditioning staff is devastated, though.”

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Pirates 2, Brewers 1: They blew two early scoring chances and nearly wasted another gem by Gerrit Cole.

Notebook: In which Taillon is disabled, Bell tinkers, Kuhl is stuck in a rut and Rivero keeps on trucking.

>>> Sunday: Brewers at Pirates, 1:35 p.m. PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.

Brewers (15-16): Jonathan Villar 4, Eric Thames 3, Hernan Perez 7, Travis Shaw 5, Domingo Santana 9, Jeff Bandy 2, Keon Broxton 8, Orlando Arcia 6, RHP Zach Davies (2-2, 6.07) 1

Pirates (14-16): John Jaso 3, Jordy Mercer 6, Josh Bell 3, Gregory Polanco 8, Jose Osuna 7, Phil Gosselin 4, Gift Ngoepe 5, Chris Stewart 2, RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 6.97)

Gamecast: Davies left his last start on Monday vs. the Cardinals with a 4-2 lead (5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K), but wound up with a no-decision. He went 0-2 with a 8.79 ERA in his first three starts. Over his past three starts, he is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA. Davies has not turned in a quality start this season. … An MRI exam showed OF Ryan Braun has a strained flexor in his right arm, but he won’t need to go on the DL. Bruan was ruled out for this series, but might be able to pinch-hit by mid-week. … Glasnow recorded his first big league victory in his last start. He also went 1 for 2 with a pair of walks and three RBI in the 12-3 win vs. the Reds. Glasnow has never faced the Brewers. … On April 21, 3B Travis Shaw hit a 458-foot homer off Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez. With an exit velo of 113.8 mph, it was the Brewers’ hardest-hit ball this season. “One of the best balls I’ve ever hit,” Shaw said. The Brewers acquired Shaw last December as part of the trade that sent reliever Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox.

>>> Monday: Pirates at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (1-1, 5.40) vs. Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (2-0, 3.28)

>>> Tuesday: Pirates at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.14) vs. Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 0.84)

>>> Wednesday: Pirates at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.54) vs. Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (2-2, 5.81)

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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