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Sunday, June 30th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (32-47) at Pittsburgh Pirates (50-30), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (3-6, 3.69)
Pittsburgh - Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.81)
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Pirates will enter July with at least 50
wins for the first time in franchise history.
Charlie Morton hopes to make it victory No. 51 today when the Pirates go after
their ninth straight win in the conclusion of a three-game set against the
Pittsburgh's 2-1 win last night represents their longest victory streak since
taking 10 straight June 26 - July 5, 2004. They're the first team to reach 50
wins on the season, and today can continue their recent success when facing
The Pirates lead the season series, 8-4, and have wins in seven of the last
"We're trying to create a new atmosphere and a new environment," Pirates
manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've made some improvements the last couple of
years. We feel we have a good competitive team this year, but again it's a
long road to travel."
To extend the streak against Milwaukee and the overall run, Morton will have
to accomplish something he's yet to do in his career - beat the Brewers. The
right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.67 ERA in six lifetime starts against Milwaukee.
Morton, who began the season on the disabled list recovering from right elbow
surgery, didn't get a decision in his most recent start, a 10-9 Pirates win in
10 innings a week ago in Anaheim. Morton gave up four hits and six runs --
three earned -- in 5 2/3 innings.
While Morton has struggled against the Brewers, Kyle Lohse, today's pitcher
for Milwaukee, has thrived versus the Pirates. The right-hander is 9-2 with a
3.41 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) when facing Pittsburgh. He didn't get a
decision in his only start against the Buccos this season on May 14 at PNC
Park, as the Brewers suffered a 4-3 loss in 12 innings.
Lohse is 2-0 over his last five starts overall and hasn't lost since exactly
one month ago at Minnesota.
Francisco Liriano pitched six strong innings last night for Pittsburgh.
Liriano (7-3) won for a fourth time in his past five starts as he gave up just
one run on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez each hit a home run. Alvarez has a career-best
12-game hitting streak.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in the only run of the game for the Brewers, who
have dropped their past four games. Donovan Hand (0-1) suffered the first loss
of his career as he gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in five
"There's no doubt we're short, but this is what we have right now," Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke said.
06/30 10:32:05 ET