As the Pirates look to get back in the National League Central race, they’ll have to do so without a starting outfielder.
The Brewers’ and Pirates’ strikeout leaders will go head-to-head to finish a two-game set at Miller Park on Wednesday.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noticed a different Ivan Nova on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, the version the team saw much of the first half of the season — and the one they need for the stretch run.
The Pirates arrived at Miller Park with a chance to climb up the division standings, but it was the Brewers on the move instead.
Though their recent eight-game winning streak was buoyed by an offense that averaged 8.5 runs per game during the stretch, the Cardinals’ ability to remain locked in a tightly contested National League Central race has been largely the doing of a formidable rotation.
The Cardinals and Red Sox finish a quick two-game series at Fenway Park on Wednesday with a rematch between St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn and Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
A triple play, an eight-run rally and a strong pitching performance by Rick Porcello made for a satisfying Tuesday night for the Fenway faithful, as the Red Sox rolled to a 10-4 victory over the the Cardinals in the opener of a two-game series between two of the game’s most historic franchises.
When the Reds first placed right fielder Scott Schebler on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 1, with bruises in his left rotator cuff, they were expecting him to miss at least a few weeks. Perhaps getting a few extra days shaved from that prognosis, Schebler was sent on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville.
A bullpen short on long relievers and a big deficit put Reds manager Bryan Price in a dreaded but inevitable position vs. the Cubs in Monday’s four-game series opener. Price summoned second baseman Scooter Gennett to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning during a 15-5 loss at Wrigley Field.
After an MRI exam in Cincinnati on Tuesday confirmed the diagnosis of a fractured left foot, the Reds placed catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 10-day disabled list. Outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take the vacant roster spot.
Wrigley Field was taken over late Tuesday morning by a group of about 75 players from local high schools and other youngsters as the Cubs organization hosted a 2017 National PLAY Campaign event.