It wasn’t a high-scoring game, but it didn’t need to be.
A solid seven-inning performance by Tyler Anderson laid the groundwork for the Pirates’ 2-0 blanking of the Brewers at PNC Park this afternoon, their first shutout win since May.
Anderson (4-8) notched six strikeouts while giving up only three hits and walking two. He got himself out of trouble when he had to, and a timely double play turned by Michael Perez, Phillip Evans and Adam Frazier saved him as well.
Kevin Newman, whose homer bat has been quiet at PNC this season, hit a boomer over the left field fence in the bottom of the first to give the Bucs a lead they never relinquished. The next Pirates hit didn’t come until the sixth, when Ben Gamel singled off Freddy Peralta. Wilmer Difo then laid down a double to score Gamel and get the insurance run.
While his choice of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” as his walkup music still makes me laugh, Difo is a lot of fun to watch, both in the field and at the plate. With Ke’Bryan Hayes on the bench today, he stepped up at third, turning an outstanding play by gunning down Avisail Garcia at first in the third inning.
Yesterday’s drubbing aside, the Brewers have the same problem that the Bucs do—lack of offensive power. Their pitching, however, has been very strong, but as Peralta learned (and the Bucs, alas, know all too well), it only takes one bad pitch.
Still, it’s good to see this flying over PNC Park at the end of an otherwise frustrating series: