Winning streak ends in 11 games, Brewers shut out by Pirates 2-0
The score of the box
Well, the winning streak finally had to end. Unfortunately, it happened before we all had burgers.
Freddy Peralta was on the mound today, and it was a Sunday getaway with regular starters Christian Yelich and Omar Narvaez taking their leave. It didn’t take long for the Pirates to get on the board, with Kevin Newman (the Pirates’ second hitter) hitting a home run to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Brewers had a chance in the next inning, loading up the goals with an out, but Freddy Peralta tried to make a run, and it ended up being a double play to end the inning.
The Pirates got their other point in the sixth inning. In two shots, former brewer Ben Gamel scored a single, then Wilmer Difo doubled up to bring in Gamel and put the Pirates ahead 2-0. Peralta struggled a bit this set, charging in goals with two to call, but came out of the set with no more damage.
Overall it was a tough day for Peralta. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs, but also allowed three hits and five walks. He scored seven sticks and had a quality start, but it wasn’t his best day. Despite that, he kept the Brewers at striking distance.
The enclosure intervened to keep him nearby. Jake Cousins ââtook the seventh and had his fifth straight scoreless appearance to start his career, but didn’t have a strikeout for the first time. Brad Boxberger took the eighth and worked around a single to pitch a scoreless inning.
The offense had a chance to tie the game in the ninth inning. Willy Adames started the round with a brace to put a runner in position to score straight away. After Avisail Garcia left, Craig Counsell addressed his powerful hitters and brought in Christian Yelich and Omar Narvaez as pinch hitters in an attempt to level the game. Unfortunately, the two were gone and the Brewers’ winning streak came to an end.
With the winning streak over, here are some stats on the 11-game winning streak:
- Early in the winning streak, the Brewers were tied for the division lead at 40-33. After 11 wins, the Brewers had built the division lead up to 8 games. They lost a game of that lead today with their loss, but still hold a 7-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in second place. The Cubs (who lost their ninth in a row today) are 8.5 games behind and are 42-42, and the Cardinals are 10 games behind at 41-44. The Pirates are in last place at 30-53, 20 games behind.
- The Brewers have the third-best record in the National League and the fifth-best in baseball. In the National League, only the Giants (52-34) and the Dodgers (53-31) have better records. In the American League, the Red Sox (53-32) and the Astros (52-33) also have better records.
- Prior to the winning streak, the Brewers had scored 291 points against 298 points allowed (7 point differential). They have scored 84 points in those 11 games, compared to 28 points allowed. This brought their racing differential to +49.
- As an offensive team, the Brewers had a .281 / .380 / .490 hitting line, registered 108 hits, 22 doubles, 18 homers, 56 walks (3 intentional), stored 11 goals ( only taken 3 times) and only based on 6 double games.
- Meanwhile, the pitching staff posted a 2.23 ERA and struck out 112 batters compared to 49 walks. They had two shutouts in the winning streak, one of them being a hit. This also included a game with seven points allowed in the first.
It’s back to work (and hopefully the start of a new winning streak) tomorrow as the Brewers travel to New York to take on the division-leading Mets. All-star Brandon Woodruff starts for the Brewers. He will face rookie Tylor Megill, who is making his third major league start. The first pitch is at 6:10 p.m. and will air on Bally Sports Wisconsin and the Brewers Radio Network.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference