Milwaukee Brewers (60-42) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (38-63) - Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 7:05 p.m.
Stadium: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
SB Nation Brewers site: www.brewcrewball.com
Brewers: Freddy Peralta - RHP - (7-3) – 2.29 ERA – 140 total Ks
Pirates: Chad Kuhl - RHP - (3-5) – 4.38 ERA - 53 total Ks
Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)
1. Kolten Wong – 2B
2. Willy Adames – SS
3. Avisail Garcia – RF
4. Rowdy Tellez – 1B
5. Tyrone Taylor – LF
6. Lorenzo Cain – CF
7. Luis Urias – 3B
8. Manny Pina – C
9. Freddy Peralta – P
1. Wilmer Difo – SS
2. Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
3. Bryan Reynolds – CF
4. Ben Gamel – LF
5. Rodolfo Castro – 2B
6. Gregory Polanco – RF
7. Phillip Evans – 1B
8. Michael Perez – C
9. Chad Kuhl – P
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to snap a three-game skid and put a halt to a stretch that has seen them lose seven of their last nine when they host the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m. today at PNC Park.
The Pirates lost their series finale in San Francisco Sunday and then dropped the first two games of their current three-game set with the Brewers. Tonight, the Bucs will send Chad Kuhl (3-5, 4.38 ERA) out against Freddy Peralta (7-3, 2.29) in an attempt to stifle the Brew Crew.
The Pirates have scored just four runs combined in their three straight losses after scoring 16 in the previous two games – both wins against the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
The lone offensive bright spot in Wednesday’s loss was rookie infielder Rodolfo Castro’s pair of home runs, which gave him five on the season and enabled him to set a modern era major league record by having his first five career hits go as home runs.
Kuhl has pitched well for the most part recently, going 16 1/3 innings total and giving up 12 hits and six walks while striking out 18 in his last three starts. His most recent outing came Friday against the Giants in San Francisco when he went 5 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs, six hits and a walk while striking out eight in a less-than-economical 94 pitches.
Kuhl has faced the Brewers twice so far this season and has pitched a combined 8 1/3 innings, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and five walks to go with eight strikeouts.
Peralta has been outstanding this season, striking out 140 batters while yielding just 45 hits and 46 walks in 102 innings for a WHIP of 0.892.
But the Pirates have tagged him with two losses in two appearances this season, most recently on July 4 at PNC Park when he gave up three hits and two earned runs while walking five and striking out seven in six innings.
The Pirates also beat Peralta 6-5 back on April 18. In that game, Peralta worked five innings and gave up three hits, three earned runs and three walks while striking out seven.