Brault allowed four runs on six hits and four walks across two innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Nationals. He struck out four.
Brault was victimized for a three-run home run from Anthony Rendon in the first inning and saw another run tacked onto his ledger when he allowed the first four batters he faced in the third to reach. He labored up to 68 pitches during this short stint and was removed before retiring a single hitter in the frame. Brault was used in a variety of roles down the stretch, but he wasn't particularly consistent and finishes the season with a 4.86 ERA. That said, he will probably be given the opportunity to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
Brault will start Sunday's game against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Brault will make his fourth and final start of the season Sunday. While the 25-year-old has pitched primarily out of the bullpen for the big club this season, he held his own in a trio of September starts, compiling a respectable 2.81 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 16 innings. He'll look to close out his season on a high note and strengthen his case for a potential rotation spot in 2018.
Brault allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three batters in five innings Wednesday against the Brewers. He didn't factor into the decision.
While Brault was unable to pick up his second straight win over the Brewers, the southpaw turned in another respectable performance and left the game with a one-run lead. He doesn't miss many bats, as evidenced by his 18 strikeouts in 29.2 innings this season, but he owns a healthy 2.81 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in three starts since entering the rotation at the beginning of September. His next start - which is lined up for Sept. 28 against the Nationals - will come on ample rest as the Pirates have a pair of off days in the next week.
Brault (1-0) tossed six shutout innings and allowed just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts in his first career win Monday over the Brewers.
Brault picked up his first win in what was also his first ever quality start. He allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings last Tuesday, his first major league start, but he walked two batters and didn't record a single strikeout. He was much sharper against Milwaukee, although the Brewers lineup has struggled mightily in recent weeks. Look for the Pirates to keep giving Brault a look in the season's final games, as he has done enough to put him in the conversation for a rotation spot next season.
Brault is expected to start Monday against the Brewers, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Jameson Taillon is being skipped this time through the rotation, and it sounds like the Pirates will turn back to Brault rather than give Tyler Glasnow the opportunity. Brault has struggled to a 5.79 ERA 1.93 WHIP and 9:8 K:BB in seven appearances (one start) with Pittsburgh this season.
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