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Pirates Daily: Oneil Cruz Looks to Keep Beating Up on Brewers



Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday Aug. 31 and the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a three-game series at 2:10 p.m. ET at American Family Field.

The Pirates won 4-2 on Tuesday to even the series at one game apiece. Rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and scored the winning run in the eighth inning.

The game will air on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and 93.7 The Fan.


Zach Thompson (3-10, 5.33) gets the call for the Pirates as JT Brubaker remains on the paternity list, leaving an open spot in the rotation. Thompson’s last outing came in relief against the Phillies in Philadelphia last Friday and he allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings. He is winless in 13 games (11 starts) since June 5.

The Brewers will counter with Freddy Peralta (4-3, 3.69). He pitched six no-hit innings against the Chicago Cubs last Friday in Milwaukee but was lifted after throwing 82 pitches. Peralta hasn’t won in his last three starts.


The forecast calls for sunny, a high temperature of 85 degrees and wind from the west from 10-15 mph. The American Family Field roof will likely be open.

Betting Odds

No odds were immediately posted for Wednesday’s game.


States: PA, WV, NY, NJ

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

Who’s Hot: Rookie second baseman Rodolfo Castro is hitting .318 (21 for 66) with two doubles, two triples and four home runs in 19 games since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Aug. 9.

Who’s Not: Thompson is 0-6 with a 5.88 ERA in his last 13 games.


  • Cruz has six home runs and 16 RBIs in 46 at-bats against the Brewers this season. He has five homers and 19 RBIs in 163 at-bats versus all other opponents.
  • The Pirates have won eight of their last 12 games against the Brewers. Milwaukee won the first six meetings this season.
  • Chase De Jong pitched 1.2 scoreless innings Tuesday night for the first save of his 11-year professional career.

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