Thanks in part to homers from Jack Suwinski and Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pittsburgh Pirates (64-74) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers (76-61) 4-2 on Labor Day at PNC Park.
In the win, Luis Ortiz (4-4) held the Brewers to only two runs in 6.0 innings pitched while David Bednar sealed the deal with his 32nd save.
The Pirates will look to continue their hot stretch and clinch a series win on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s first pitch is set for 6:35 and the game will be aired on AT&T SportsNet.
It’ll be another hot one with sunshine and temperatures around 90 degrees for first pitch. Winds light and variable.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out RHP Andre Jackson (1-1 4.46 ERA)
Jackson’s last appearance resulted in his first major league win after limiting the Kansas City Royals to just one run in 5.2 innings while striking out a career-high seven.
The right-hander has been great since being recalled by the Pirates and has a 2.92 ERA across six appearances (three starts).
Jackson has faced the Brewers twice in his career, both times as a reliever. In those two games, he has a 3.00 ERA and he recorded one of his four big league saves.
The Milwaukee Brewers Will Send Out RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 2.70 ERA)
Since coming off the injured list prior to his Aug. 6 start against the Pirates, Woodruff has been pitching well for the Brewers.
In six starts since returning, Woodruff is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA while limiting opponents to a .162 batting average against.
This will be Woodruff’s 17th career appearance (15th start) against the Pirates. Both are the second-most he’s had against one team in his career.
Lifetime against the Pirates, the right-hander is 6-3 with a 3.70 ERA and he has a 3.52 ERA at PNC Park.
Brewers Hitters vs. Jackson
- Willy Adames: 1 for 2, one double
- Tyrone Taylor: 0 for 2, one strikeout
Pirates Hitters vs. Woodruff
- Ke’Bryan Hayes: 4 for 19, one walk, three strikeouts
- Bryan Reynolds: 2 for 16, one double, one RBI, two walks, 10 strikeouts
- Andrew McCutchen: 1 for 14, one home run, two RBIs, one walk, six strikeouts
- Jack Suwinski: 1 for 9, one double, two strikeouts
- Alfonso Rivas: 2 for 4, one double, two strikeouts
- Jason Delay: 2 for 3, one strikeout
- Endy Rodriguez: 2 for 2, one home run, one RBI
- Connor Joe: 1 for 2, one home run, one RBI, one strikeout
- Hayes completed the two hardest legs of the cycle on Monday with a homer and a triple. He’s tied for fourth in baseball with seven triples on the year.
- Ortiz’s quality start against Milwaukee was his first since June 23 against the Marlins and was only his third of the season. He has a 2.45 ERA over his last two appearances (3er/11.0ip).
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last seven games and are 23-20 dating back to July 19.
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