Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 7121
Pittsburgh0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 8120
  W: W. Crowe (4-6)   L: D. Williams (2-1)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, August 3, 2022
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 13,084

Pirates look to deal Brewers third straight loss

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Brewers have lost consecutive games against the Pirates for the first time since losing three straight in 2020. Milwaukee's .260 batting average against Pittsburgh since 2019 is its third-highest batting average against any NL opponent, behind Washington (.285) and Colorado (.262).
  2. Milwaukee lost at Boston on Sunday despite recording 11 hits. The Brewers are 9-7 (.563) when having double-digit hits on the road this season and 11-1 (.917) when doing so in home games in 2022.
  3. Corbin Burnes is 5-0 with 68 total strikeouts in his last eight starts. It is the second time in Burnes' career that he has that many strikeouts and zero losses over an eight-start span (excluding overlapping spans) while all other Brewers pitchers ever have just one such span (CC Sabathia in 2008).
  4. The Pirates are 2-12 over their last 14 games and have an average of .203 with six home runs in that span. The last time Pittsburgh had that many losses and such a poor average and home run output over 14 games in a single season was 1985.
  5. Oneil Cruz has struck out at least once in nine of his last 10 games and has struck out 36 times in his 36 career games. Since strikeouts have been tracked in 1913, he is the first Pirates' player with 50 or more strikeouts in his first 36 career games.
  6. Christian Yelich comes into the series with the fifth longest active hitting streak in MLB (10 games). Yelich has 15 career hit streaks of at least 10 games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/2/2022 thru 8/4/2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates are firmly looking toward the future as they sit last in the National League Central and did not bring in any high-impact players before Tuesday's trade deadline.

For there to be more nights like Tuesday, the Pirates will need a lot more performances like the one they got from rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz.

Cruz hit a three-run homer in the sixth to help Pittsburgh break a seven-game losing streak and hand the first-place Brewers their second straight loss, 5-3 in the opener of a three-game series.

The teams will continue their set on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

"To be honest, when I was in the dugout before my at-bat, (teammate Jake) Marisnick was like, 'Hey, are you ready for a double?' and I was like, 'No, I'm going to crush this one,'" Cruz told AT&T Sportsnet through a translator.

"Always coming out and giving the best that I have -- that's what gives me that confidence."

The Brewers opened the series about 24 hours after trading accomplished closer Josh Hader to San Diego, and while they didn't get into a save situation in the series opener, Hader's loss could be felt.

"I'm very confident we'll be able to close out games," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said, indicating that at least initially the team will use some late flexibility rather than deciding on a replacement closer despite acquiring Taylor Rogers.

Not that the move didn't hurt in other ways.

"We've all learned the lesson, the game doesn't stop for any of us," Counsell said. "It goes on, and we have a job to deal with when it's game (time).

"So I don't think we should shy away from those (sad) feelings that were kind of expected, and then we should feel like we've got a job to do."

A better job than the one they did Tuesday.

Wednesday, Milwaukee right-hander Freddy Peralta (3-2, 4.42 ERA) is scheduled to start against Pittsburgh right-hander Tyler Beede (1-1, 3.12).

Peralta is expected to return from the 60-day IL because of a right-lat strain. He made two rehab starts with Triple-A Nashville, where he had a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

He hasn't pitched for the Brewers since May 23.

"Freddy's rehab has gone really well," Counsell said. "He's been pushing and pushing and pushing, and feeling great for a long time now. ... We're excited to get him back."

Against Pittsburgh, Peralta is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 career games, six of them starts. On April 28 he did not have a decision when he pitched six scoreless, three-hit innings, with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Beede is 1-0 in two lifetime appearances (one start) against the Brewers, with a 3.12 ERA over 8 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 3, 2022