Josh Fogg thinks he may have worked out the kinks in his mechanics.
The right-hander was 0-3 with a 10.93 ERA in his previous four starts before allowing two runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings in 5-2 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday.
“It felt great to be able to go out and locate pitches the way I wanted to,” Fogg said.
Pitching coach Spin Williams and bullpen coach Bruce Tanner noticed a small flaw in Fogg’s delivery after studying tapes. They worked with him during two side sessions between the starts.
Fogg, 7-7 with a 5.45 ERA, failed to record an out in his previous start against St. Louis, allowing six runs and five hits to six batters. Sunday, however, was an entirely different story.
“I felt 10 times more comfortable out there, being able to locate my fastball on the outer half of the plate,” Fogg said after beating the Brewers. “That was something I had been struggling with against the Cardinals. It was a real minor adjustment but it freed up my arm a little bit and let me have some finish on my pitches.”
The Pirates have lost two straight and three of their last four.
The Brewers, in last place in the NL Central, are 16-12 when Franklin starts and 36-63 when he doesn’t.
The Brewers have matched a season-high with four straight wins.
STANDINGS: Pirates - 4th place, 8 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 14 1/2 GB, NL Central.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Fogg (7-7, 5.45 ERA). Fogg is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits while striking out seven over 6 2-3 innings in the 5-2 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wes Obermueller (0-4, 6.29 ERA). Obermueller failed to earn a decision despite pitching well on Tuesday. The rookie right-hander went 4 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits in Milwaukee’s 6-4 win over Philadelphia. Obermueller has yielded 31 hits and walked 11 in 24 1-3 innings this season.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 8-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - OF Sanders has 14 homers in 33 games since the All-Star break. … INF Jose Hernandez has struck out 149 times this season with the Cubs, Rockies and Pirates. He led the majors last season with 188 as a member of the Brewers. Bobby Bonds holds the major league mark with 189. … OF Brian Giles is hitting .276 in August. He’s a career .278 hitter in August. Brewers - Right-handed batters are hitting .322 against RHP Obermueller. … 1B Sexson is hitting .234 at Miller Park. … OF Geoff Jenkins is 4-for-9 with a home run against RHP Fogg.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 30-32 on the road; Brewers - 25-39 at home.
INJURIES: Pirates - RHP Salomon Torres (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Glendon Rusch (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL.