The Brewers will try to win for the fifth time in six games when they meet the Pirates in the middle game of their series at PNC Park.
After splitting a four-game set against the Pirates at Miller Park last week, the Brewers opened the series with a 9-5 win Monday. Brady Clark drove in four runs, and Geoff Jenkins continued his hot stretch with three RBIs. Jenkins is hitting .447 (21-for-47) with 12 RBIs over his last 13 games.
“I’m just trying to get back to basics, slow things down and swing at good pitches,” said Jenkins, who homered and had a two-run double Monday. “If you do that and swing at good pitches in the zone, good things usually happen. That’s about it—nothing special.”
The Brewers have won three of five against the Pirates after losing nine of 12 to them. They are just 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for fifth place in the NL Central.
They hope Ben Sheets can help them close the gap.
The 26-year-old right-hander snapped a five-decision losing streak with a complete-game, 7-1 victory over the Pirates on Thursday. He allowed just four hits while striking out 10.
“When you get that lead you can relax a little bit,” said Sheets, who had been 0-5 with a 4.60 ERA in his previous nine starts. “Everybody can relax, the hitters, the pitcher, the fielders, everything. That was a big momentum shift for us.”
Pittsburgh has lost five straight and nine of its last 11.