PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Kyle McPherson #60 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game on September 19, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Brewers: Bucs Swept With 9-7 Loss, Playoff Hopes Dashed

The Pirates fell to .500 on Wednesday for the first time since June 2.

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Brewers Vs. Pirates Final Score: Milwaukee Rallies By Pittsburgh, 9-7, To Earn Road Sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates got their bats going in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, but it wasn't enough. The Brewers rallied late to earn the victory, 9-7, and sweep the series.

Both starting pitchers had short, ineffective outings. The Pirates fell behind 4-0 early thanks in part to Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez' two-run homer in the first inning. Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez made it through four innings, surrendering four earned runs on five hits.

The Pirates responded quickly against Brewers starter Mike Fiers in the bottom of the third, when center fielder Andrew McCutchen blasted a three-run homer. Fiers lasted only three innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits.

Pittsburgh held a 7-4 lead in the eighth inning before a fierce Brewers rally that included RBIs from Ramirez, second baseman Rickie Weeks and right fielder Norichika Aoki gave them a one-run lead. They would tack another run on in the ninth, and closer John Axford struck out the side in the bottom of the frame to seal the 9-7 win.

With the loss, the Pirates fell to one game under .500 and 5½ games out of a National League Wild Card spot.

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Brewers Vs. Pirates Final Score: Bucs Fall Again, 3-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell once again to the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park, 3-1 on Wednesday night, dropping them to .500 for the first time since June 2.

The Bucs could never get their footing after giving up a leadoff home run to Norichika Aoki. Kyle McPherson pitched pretty well after that, going 4 innings while allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. The 24-year-old certainly wasn't dominant but pitched well enough to leave only trailing by two.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, Marco Estrada was simply sublime for the Brewers. The right-hander improved to 4-6 by throwing seven shutout innings, surrendering just three hits and a walk.

The lone Pittsburgh run came off the bat of Andrew McCutchen, who homered in the ninth inning, his 29th of the year.

With the loss, the Pirates buried themselves further in the race for the second NL wild-card spot, falling two games behind Milwaukee and 3½ games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds are still in progress on Wednesday against the Houston Astros.

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Brewers-Pirates Lineups: Pittsburgh Desperately Seeking A Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell in the series opener to the Milwaukee Brewers 6-0 on Tuesday night at PNC Park, leaving them just one game above .500.

The Bucs will turn to Kyle McPherson in hopes of turning this tide before it's too late. McPherson has only appeared in seven games for Pittsburgh this year. Each of those games the 24-year-old has been a reliever and succeeded in those contests with a 1.54 ERA.

Milwaukee's Marco Estrada will see a very different Pirates lineup than the one trotted out on Tuesday by Clint Hurdle.

Without further adieu, the lineups for both sides:

Milwaukee

  1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
  2. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
  3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
  4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
  5. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
  6. Taylor Green (L) 1B
  7. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
  8. Jean Segura (R) SS
  9. Marco Estrada (R) P

Pittsburgh

  1. Brock Holt (L) 2B
  2. Starling Marte (R) LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
  4. Garrett Jones (L)1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
  6. Michael McKenry (R) C
  7. Travis Snider (L) RF
  8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
  9. Kyle McPherson (R) P

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2012 MLB Standings: Pirates Sit 3.5 Games Back Of Final Wild Card Spot

Entering Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates sit 3.5 games back of the final wild card spot in the National League.

With the Brewers (2.5 games back) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1.5 games back), the Pirates could use a strong showing against Milwaukee to bridge the gap on their competitors. Coming off a 6-0 loss in the first game of the set, Pittsburgh could regain ground if they take the final two games against Milwaukee.

After wrapping up with the Brewers, Pittsburgh will embark on a seven-game road trip that includes a three-game set against the Houston Astros and a four-game set against the New York Mets. From there, the team will finish the season with a six-game home stand comprised of two, three-game sets against the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves.

Click here for a complete list of the National League Wild Card standings.

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Brewers Vs. Pirates: Kyle McPherson Makes 1st Start For Bucs

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to even their series against the Brewers on Wednesday after being shut out in the series opener.

A win by the Cardinals on Tuesday pushed the Bucs 3½ games back in the Wild Card, with almost no margin for error over the final two weeks of the season. For Game 2, Pittsburgh will turn to Kyle McPherson, who will be making his first MLB start. McPherson has appeared in seven games out of the bullpen since the mid-August, posting a 1.54 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11⅔ innings pitched. He walked two and gave up a run in his one appearance against the Brewers.

Milwaukee will counter with Marco Estrada, who's 3-6 with a 3.77 ERA this season. Estrada threw a shutout into the seventh inning in his last start against the Braves, and he's been a steady member of the Brewers' rotation in the second half of the season. He has a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Bucs this year.

First pitch at PNC Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and ROOT Sports will have the broadcast.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Gallardo Shuts Down Pittsburgh As Pirates Fall To One Game Over .500

Yovani Gallardo was near unhittable and A.J. Burnett lost his fourth straight decision as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Gunning for one of the National League's Wild Card spots, the Pirates were unable to keep pace against the Brewers, falling to 74-73 on the season and remain more than two games out of the final Wild Card spot.

Burnett did not pitch poorly, surrendering seven hits and two earned runs over six innings, but Gallardo was better, two-hitting the Pirates through 6 2/3 innings before being pulled in the seventh inning after loading the bases on a hit, a walk and an error. Brewers reliever Jim Henderson forced a popout to allow Milwaukee to escape the jam.

The Brewers methodically built their lead, scoring runs in four different innings and scattering 13 hits to build up their final six-run tally. Right fielder Norichika Aoki and shortstop Jean Segura both had two RBI and center fielder Jean Segura collected three hits on the night.

Brewers closer Jose Veras pitched the ninth inning to close out the game.

Just 15 games remain in the Pirates season.

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Pirates vs. Brewers Lineups: A.J. Burnett Heads To Mound For Pittsburgh

After an extremely late start in Chicago last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will put out a lineup closer resembling their everyday squad to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game home set.

The Pirates' best starter ERA-wise, A.J. Burnett, will take the mound for the Pirates with the team needing wins as the end of the season nears closer and closer. The Bucs are tied with the Brewers 2.5 games back of the final NL Wild Card slot, and with just 16 games to make up that ground, every game is crucial.

Here's the lineup for the Pirates:


1. Starling Marte (R) LF
2. Jose Tabata (R) RF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Garrett Jones (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Clint Barmes (R) SS
8. Rod Barajas (R) C
9. A.J. Burnett (R) P

Jones and Walker get the start after sitting out Monday night, with Walker taking over for Gaby Sanchez in the cleanup slot while Jones replaces Brock Holt, who hit eighth Monday. Both will be better suited to hit the righty Yovani Gallardo than the players they replace. Barajas takes over catching duties, understandable with such quick turnover between the Tuesday start and the finish of the previous night's game.

Here's the Brewers' lineup:


1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
2. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
6. Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
7. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
8. Jean Segura (R) SS
9. Yovani Gallardo (R) P

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Game Info, TV Schedule And More

The Pirates and Brewers will begin their three-game series on Tuesday night with the two teams tied in the wild card standings.

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