Brewers vs. Pirates – Match Recap – July 4, 2021

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PITTSBURGH – – Tyler Anderson pitched seven sparkling innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended Milwaukee’s 11-game winning streak on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

Kevin Newman hit a homerun and Wilmer Difo scored a brace as the Pirates stopped a six-game slip.

Milwaukee had just three hits against Anderson (4-8), who shattered a five-game personal slippage. The southpaw struck out six strikes and walked two, throwing 93 shots.

“He dominated,” Newman said. “He hit his spots, he was throwing, he had a good pace for us, just got the ball, caught it and go. It was a great start for him and a great start for the team.

Milwaukee’s winning streak was the second longest in franchise history. The Brewers won their first 13 games in 1987.

Anderson has made eight winless starts since May 9 when he beat the Cubs in Chicago.

“Honestly, I don’t even care about wins,” Anderson said. “My goal is not to pay attention to the stats but to stay in the game as long as you can and do what you can to help the team win. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.

“This one was important to us. We fought a bit. It was huge to get this one.

David Bednar and Richard Rodriguez finished all four hits with one end each. Rodriguez got his 11th save on 13 occasions completing the Pirates’ third shutout of the season.

Willy Adames started the ninth with a brace against Rodriguez, but was stuck at second. The Brewers were shut out for the sixth time overall, but for the first time since May 18.

Newman opened the scoring in the first inning with a homer to the left field line with one out. It was his third of the season.

“He put us on the board and we haven’t had a lead in a while,” said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton. “It gives you a little sigh of relief.”

Freddy Peralta (7-3) struggled with control with five walks in six innings. However, he allowed just two runs and three hits while striking out seven.

“They weren’t swinging a lot on my slider today,” Peralta said. “That’s why I had to make more throws than usual. But I was trying to do my best in attack and in competition.

The Brewers filled the goals with one out in the second, but Peralta scored a 1-2-4 double play late in the set.

The Pirates made it 2-0 in the sixth when Difo claimed a brace produced inside the third base. It was one of Pittsburgh’s four hits.

The Brewers lost only for the second time in their last 21 games of the day. They had also beaten the Pirates six times in a row.

PIRATES MOVE

Pittsburgh added a relief pitcher by recalling right-hander Nick Mears from the Indianapolis Triple-A and opting for right-hander Cody Ponce at the same club. Ponce started Saturday and was scored for five runs in 1 2/3 innings of an 11-2 loss to the Brewers.

First baseman John Nogowski is expected to join the squad on Monday. He was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for cash.

PEREZ MOVES ABROAD

INF / OF Hernan Perez was released at Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers to sign with the Kanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. The 10-year veteran made his major league debut in 2012 and played for four teams, including five seasons with Milwaukee.

TRAINERS ‘ROOM

Brewers: LF Christian Yelich took his leave after starting the previous nine games. Manager Craig Counsell is paying attention to Yelich’s workload after the 2018 National League MVP was sidelined by back problems for nearly five weeks in April and May.

Pirates: RHP rookie Luis Oviedo (left quad strain) was due to begin a re-education mission with Indianapolis on Sunday night.

FOLLOWING

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 1.87 ERA) starts Monday night against RHP Mets rookie Tylor Megill (0-0, 4.82) in Game 1 of a three-game series in New York City. Woodruff has won both career starts against the Mets.

Pirates: Open a three-game home streak against Atlanta on Monday night with RHP Chase DeJong (0-3, 5.65 ERA) against LHP Max Fried (5-4, 4.16). DeJong has lost his last three starts after getting no decision in his first three.

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