The first two games provided plenty of drama.
Pittsburgh fell to a four-run hole in Game 1 on Friday, fought back and ultimately won the game 8-7 on Carlos Santana’s two-run homer.
THE Brewers hit back on Saturday when Corbin Burnes pitched five perfect innings and Christian Yelich and Raimel Tapia homered, but the pirate recovered from a 10-point deficit before falling 11-8 in a twice weather-delayed game – including at the start despite no rain
It’s unclear what might be in store in the rubber match.
“It was weird,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said of Saturday’s game. “The fact that we waited (to start the game) and then had heavy rain in the ninth.
“But I was proud of our group. We were down 11-2, and it was an 11-8 game at the end of the game, so they kept fighting. I’m proud of the way they carried on to go no matter what the circumstances.”
Momentum doesn’t seem to mean much to this series, considering what happened on Friday and then having the Brewers take a 6-0 lead in two sets on Saturday and a 10-0 lead in the sixth, only to find themselves in a save situation for Joel Payamps at the end
“We had a tough loss (Friday) so coming out and starting off on the right foot was nice and then we added throughout the game – and ended up needing it,” said Yelich, who had three RBIs in the game, Bally Sports Wisconsin told.
In the series finale, Milwaukee right-hander Colin Rea (4-4, 4.57 ERA) is expected to start, as is Pittsburgh left-hander Rich Hill (7-7, 4.45).
Monday against the New York Mets, Rea picked up a win, allowing one run and three hits in a season-high 6 1/3 innings as he and three relievers combined on a three-hitter.
“He started a very good match” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Rea’s exit against New York. “He had good starts for us. Certainly, (it was) as good as any of them.
Rea kept the Mets hitless in the fourth.
“I felt confident and (catcher William Contreras) did a good job behind the plate,” Rea said. “I felt we were performing, especially the fastball on both sides of home plate.”
Rea is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career games (one start) against Pittsburgh. He did not face pirate since 2020, when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs
Hill enjoyed some support in his last outing, when he allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings Tuesday in a 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres.
Hill is 3-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 12 career appearances (11 starts) against the Brewers. This season, he suffered a loss to Milwaukee on June 16 when he allowed four runs (three earned) and walked six in five innings.