06/19 21:34 CDT Rookie Peralta leads Brewers by Pirates 3-2
Rookie Peralta leads Brewers by Pirates 3-2
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Rookie Freddy Peralta allowed two hits in six stellar
innings, Jesus Aguilar hammered his 14th home run of the season and the
Milwaukee Brewers cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Peralta (2-0) struck out seven without issuing a walk, surrendering only
singles to Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran in the fourth but otherwise keeping
the Pirates firmly in check.
Aguilar finished 2 for 3 and drove in all three runs off Jameson Taillon (4-6).
Aguilar hit a two-run shot to the seats in right-center in the first and
doubled down the line in left field in the third. Corey Knebel worked around a
two-out walk in the ninth for his seventh save for the first-place Brewers.
Starling Marte hit his ninth home run of the season in the eighth off Milwaukee
reliever Jeremy Jeffress to pull Pittsburgh with one. Jordy Mercer had an RBI
double in the seventh but Pittsburgh's offense mustered little with Peralta on
The 22-year-old attacked the Pirates high in the strike zone and didn't allow a
runner to reach third. He threw 62 of his 99 pitches for strikes and only Marte
seemed able to generate solid contact. He reached second in the first when
Milwaukee right fielder Eric Thames couldn't handle a drive that bounced off
his glove near the wall.
Peralta retired Moran on a lineout and settled in to protect the early lead
provided by Aguilar.
Taillon, coming off a solid outing in a win in Arizona last week, had plenty of
swing-and-miss stuff --- he recorded seven strikeouts in five innings --- but
had no answer for Aguilar. Lorenzo Cain led off the game with an infield single
and two batters later Aguilar put one in the seats to put Milwaukee up 2-0.
A nearly identical sequence happened in the third. Cain reached on an infield
hit and Aguilar laced the ball to left with Cain scoring easily.
That was more than enough for Peralta, who looked more like the pitcher who
tied a franchise record with 13 strikeouts in his major league debut on May 13
than the one who gave up four runs in four innings against Minnesota on May 19
before heading back to the minors.
OH SAY CAN YOU SEE
Pirates reliever Steven Brault moonlights as the front man in a rock band
called The Street Gypsies. He found himself in front of a microphone on Tuesday
night, only this time the audience wasn't a night club but PNC Park. The
26-year-old belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" before first pitch,
delivering on a promise he made to his grandmother. He also did it to provide
proof that ballplayers can have a life outside the game.
"A big part of it is showing people, showing kids, that it's OK to do other
things," Brault said. "I think that's really important. It's something I really
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (right rotator cuff inflammation) was scheduled to
make a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday night.
Pirates: Austin Meadows was held out of the starting lineup for a second
straight game while dealing with a right foot injury suffered when he fouled a
ball off it on Sunday.
Brewers: Brent Suter will make his first career start against the Pirates in
the series finale on Wednesday. Suter is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA in his last six
starts and 7-4 with a 4.30 ERA overall.
Pirates: Chad Kuhl (5-3, 3.76) is unbeaten against Milwaukee, going 3-0 with a
1.91 ERA. The Pirates are 6-0 overall in games Kuhl has started against the
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