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Saturday, April 19th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (12-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (8-9), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Matt Garza (0-2, 3.43)
Pittsburgh - Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 7.31)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Wandy Rodriguez tries to put an awful start behind him
on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Pirates continue their four-game series with
the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park.
Rodriguez has gotten worse in each of his three starts and the Pirates are
starting to worry about his decreased velocity.
"The mistakes are getting covered and getting hit over the wall," Pirates
manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's a challenging time for him."
That was certainly the case on Monday in Cincinnati, as he allowed six runs
and six hits - 3 home runs - over five innings. However, he didn't factor in
the decision of his team's 8-7 win, which was completed on Tuesday after the
original contest was suspended.
Rodriguez is 0-2 on the year with a 7.31 ERA.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, will counter with righty Matt Garza, who is still
searching for his first win as a Brewer. Signed to a 4-year, $50 million deal
this offseason, Garza is off to an 0-2 start, while pitching to a 3.43 ERA.
Garza lost to St. Louis on Monday, as he allowed four runs and nine hits in
seven innings. But for the second time this season Milwaukee failed to score
any runs for him.
In five starts versus the Pirates Garza is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA.
Milwaukee evened this set at two games apiece on Friday, as Carlos Gomez
smacked a solo homer among his two hits and two RBI and the Brewers hung on
for a 5-3 win.
Andrew McCutchen ripped a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to
trim the gap to 5-3. Pedro Alvarez then had the tying runs on second and
third, but took a called strike three on a sweeping slider from Will Smith on
the outer half.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Jim Henderson got
Starling Marte to pop out to Mark Reynolds at first base. Francisco Rodriguez
tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his fifth save of the year..
"We just weren't able to get that at bat when we needed it tonight," Pirates
manager Clint Hurdle said.
Kyle Lohse (3-1) surrendered three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and
three walks over 6 1/3 innings for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of its
last four coming in on the heels of a nine-game winning streak.
Charlie Morton (0-2) yielded five runs on eight hits and two walks over six
frames for the Pirates, who have lost six of their last eight.
Prior to the game Pittsburgh acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New
York Mets. Davis will be with the Bucs on Saturday and could make his first
start for them.
"Well, he'll definitely be a participant over at first base," Hurdle said.
"The guy is not far removed from being a run producer at the Major League
level. There have been conversations on and off that went away, (but) they
obviously stirred back up and we look at him as a very good acquisition for
The Pirates are 5-2 at PNC Park this season.
04/19 10:29:35 ET