Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fortunes at Miller Park are taking
a turn for the better. They are in position for a rare series
victory in Milwaukee, with Ryan Braun’s status in doubt.
The Pirates can capture a road set against the Brewers for the
second time in the last six seasons Saturday night, and it’s not
clear if Braun will play.
Pittsburgh (26-25) won for the fifth time in its last 43 games
at Milwaukee (23-29) with Friday’s 8-2 victory in the opener of
this three-game series. The Pirates’ lone series triumph at Miller
Park since the start of 2007 came when they took two of three April
“We know about it,” said Pirates starter Kevin Correia about the
team’s woes in Milwaukee. “I don’t think it affects the way we
approach the game or the way we’re going to play. But it makes it a
lot nicer when we do get wins here.”
Pittsburgh’s task figures to be easier with Braun not at 100
percent. The reigning NL MVP left Friday’s game following the
seventh inning after he aggravated lingering tightness in his right
Achilles tendon and strained his right hip.
Braun sat out Thursday’s 6-2 win over the Dodgers because his
Achilles was sore.
“The danger in trying to play through an injury constantly, is
it’s easy to re-irritate it,” Braun said. “Your body also
compensates so it’s easy to hurt something else. I don’t think it’s
too bad, but it doesn’t feel too good right now.”
Braun seemed to insist he didn’t want another day off but
manager Ron Roenicke said he wasn’t sure if the slugger would be
“We need to have him in the lineup,” Roenicke said. “We need
that bat there.”
Milwaukee returned home after sweeping four games on the West
Coast against the major league-leading Dodgers. Braun felt fatigue
was a factor due to the travel after a Thursday night contest.
“I don’t think we had too much wind after landing at 7 in the
morning,” he said. “You just turn the page and remember the fact
that we played really well the last four days and hopefully
tomorrow we get back on track.”
Pittsburgh can move two games over .500 for the first time. The
Pirates have won six of seven with their starters posting a 1.70
ERA in that span.
Erik Bedard (3-5, 3.12 ERA) is one of three Pittsburgh starters
to not allow a run in an outing over those seven games with six
innings of two-hit ball in Sunday’s 10-4 win over the Cubs.
The left-hander has never faced the Brewers. He has pitched to
one healthy Milwaukee hitter – Carlos Gomez.
The Brewers counter with Shaun Marcum (3-3, 3.63), who went 1-1
with a 3.55 ERA in four starts against the Pirates last year. He
has fared well against Pittsburgh’s top two hitters, limiting
Andrew McCutchen to one hit in eight at-bats and Neil Walker to one
The right-hander earned a 3-2 victory Monday in Los Angeles by
allowing one run over seven innings with a season-high nine
Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks, whose .158 average is the
majors’ lowest among qualifying hitters, was a last-minute lineup
scratch Friday because of an illness.