Brewers giving bench playing time Sunday against Pirates

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It's a typical Sunday lineup as Logan Schafer, Lyle Overbay and Martin Maldonado all get playing time.

Here is today's Brewers' lineup:

1. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
2. Jean Segura (R) SS
3. Ryan Braun (R) RF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
6. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
7. Logan Schafer (L) LF
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C
9. Kyle Lohse (R) P

Martin Maldonado is seeing game action for the first time in over a week. He has played in just one game this season, going 0-5 with two strikeouts. Though he was Wily Peralta's personal catcher for much of 2013, the Brewers appear to be going away from that routine. Jonathan Lucroy caught Peralta's last game and the plan moving forward is to mix it up a little more and not shoehorn themselves into starting the black hole that is Maldonado's bat once every five games. In a day game after a night game, it's somewhat expected that Lucroy will take a seat, though.

Both Scooter Gennett and Lyle Overbay are playing with the right-handed Charlie Morton taking the mound for Pittsburgh. Like Maldonado, Overbay has also not seen a lot of playing time recently despite supposedly being the left-handed man in a first base platoon. A poor game here might relegate him to the bench even further. Mark Reynolds has been swinging a hot bat whereas Overbay has started the season 1-14.

Also in today is Logan Schafer, who will give Khris Davis a rest. After a six game stretch that saw him hit .429, Davis has been hitless in the last two contests. He started the season hitless in two games and was benched in the third then, as well, so it will be interesting to see if that develops into a pattern or if it's just a coincidence.

Kyle Lohse had an atypical outing in his last start, allowing five walks and three runs in just five innings. Despite the lack of control, he managed to turn in a solid outing. Though his first two games have not been spectacular he looks like he will be the same solid pitcher he was for Milwaukee last year.

Here is the Pirates lineup:

1. Starling Marte (R) LF
2. Jose Tabata (R) RF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Tony Sanchez (R) C
7. Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
8. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
9. Charlie Morton (R) P

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