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Pirates Preview: Pérez, Bucs Look to Win Rubber Match in Milwaukee

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One bad inning from Quinn Priester sunk the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Nick Gonzales hit his first home run of the year and Connor Joe stayed hot with a long ball but it wasn’t enough for the Bucs.

The Pirates (19-24) will go for a series win against the Brewers (25-17) on Wednesday afternoon before heading to Chicago for a series with the Cubs.

First pitch is set for 1:10 ET and the game will be broadcast on SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Weather

American Family Field has a roof, so weather will not be a factor this series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out LHP Martín Pérez (1-2, 3.60 ERA)

Pérez hasn’t quite pitched as well as he did to start the season, but he’s still been able to keep the Pirates in games of late.

Over his last five starts, the veteran left-hander has a 4.85 ERA but his .368 FIP indicates he’s been the victim of some bad luck.

Pérez has not issued a walk in either of his two starts to begin the month of May but opponents have hit .348 against him over the same stretch.

In three career appearances against Milwaukee, Pérez is 0-1 with a 5.94 ERA. This will be his first time facing a divisional opponent this season.

The Milwaukee Brewers Will Send Out LHP Robert Gasser (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Gasser made his MLB debut on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals and tossed six-shutout innings on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

The Brewers selected the left-hander in the second round of the 2021 draft and MLB Pipeline considers the soon-to-be 25-year-old Milwaukee’s fourth-best prospect.

In three starts with Triple-A to begin the year, Gasser was 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA and struck out 17 batters in 12 innings pitched.

Brewers Hitters vs. Pérez

  • Gary Sánchez: 3 for 19, one home run, five RBIs, three walks, seven strikeouts
  • Willy Adames: 3 for 13, three walks, four strikeouts
  • Christian Yelich: 1 for 8
  • Jake Bauers: 1 for 5, one strikeout
  • Andruw Monasterio: 1 for 3, one RBI, one strikeout

Pirates Hitters vs. Gasser

  • N/A

Tidbits

  • Oneil Cruz had one of three hits for the Pirates on Tuesday and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
  • Quinn Priester allowed another home run against the Brewers and has yielded seven in 27 innings this season.
  • Connor Joe leads the Pirates in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, RBIs and runs scored.

Links

Perrotto: Ryder Ryan’s Long Ride Has Been Worth It

Pirates Prospect Watch: Braxton Ashcraft Shoves For Altoona

Bad Inning Costs Pirates, Quinn Priester in 4-3 Loss to Brewers

Pirates Recall Ryder Ryan, DFA Josh Fleming

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