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Jungmann makes Milwaukee debut in Pittsburgh

Jun 9, 2015 - 12:27 PM ( - For the third time in four series, the Milwaukee Brewers will start a rookie pitcher making his major-league debut.

Taylor Jungmann gets the call on Tuesday when Milwaukee continues its three- game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

One of two 2011 first-round draft picks by the Brewers, Jungmann was 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA in 11 games (9 starts) for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He joins Tyler Wagner, who came up from Double-A Biloxi, and Tyler Cravy, who came up from Colorado Springs, as rookies to fill the spot opened after Wily Peralta suffered a strained left oblique.

"Taylor has pitched well," Milwaukee skipper Craig Counsell said. "He's kind of gotten on a little bit of a roll here in his last 3-4 starts, so we're going to give him a shot. I think he'll do well. Hopefully he'll respond. I think he likes that stage. He's pitched on that stage in college a bunch at Texas."

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Francisco Liriano, who has allowed two runs over his last three starts. Liriano defeated San Francisco on Wednesday, limiting the champs to a run and four hits in seven innings, as he improved to 3-4, while lowering his ERA to 3.24.

While Liriano has pitched to a 1.52 ERA in six road starts, he has struggled in the Steel City, going 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five starts at PNC.

Milwaukee drew first blood in Monday's opener, as Jimmy Nelson tossed six scoreless innings in the Brewers' 2-0 triumph.

Nelson (3-6) struck out seven for Milwaukee, which has won three of its last four.

"(Nelson) gave us six great innings. He was locked in from the start," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He made pitches in jams and got better in those situations."

A.J. Burnett (6-2) fell to 0-4 in his last five starts against Milwaukee, though he pitched well in defeat. The veteran yielded just a run on five hits with six strikeouts over seven innings of work.

"He pitched very, very effectively," Clint Hurdle said of his starter. "He gave us everything he had."

Pittsburgh has won five of seven from the Brewers this season.