The Pittsburgh Pirates, struggling through one of their worst slumps of the season, hope to continue their success this season against the lowly Brewers as the National League Central’s worst teams open a four-game series.
The Pirates were swept in a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, losing the finale 4-0 on Sunday. They didn’t lead at any point in the series.
Pittsburgh has lost nine of its last 12, with seven of the losses to St. Louis. The Pirates now take on a Brewers team they have beaten nine of 12 times this season. Pittsburgh has won 12 of 15 games against Milwaukee, dating back to last season.
The Brewers, meanwhile, have lost 11 straight for the first time since July 14-24, 2001. The longest losing streak in Brewers history is 14, set from May 11-25, 1994.
Pirates third baseman Ty Wigginton, acquired from the New York Mets in the Kris Benson trade, continues to struggle with his new team. He struck out twice and grounded into a double play Sunday, and has one hit in his last 18 at-bats. Wigginton has scored just one run in his last 11 games.
Milwaukee seemed listless and didn’t have a hit after the fifth in a 10-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
“I just think they have to take a hard look at themselves and realize they’re better than this,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “They have to say, ‘I’m sick of this. I’m tired of this.”’
Milwaukee has gone 10-32 since the All-Star break, when they were four games above .500 and hoping to stay in the wild card race.
Second baseman Keith Ginter returned to the Brewers lineup Sunday, going 0-for-3 after missing a month with a sprained left wrist. He is batting .245 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs in 278 at-bats.