MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 161
Pittsburgh0 0 0 2 0 4 3 2 x 11141
  W: C. De Jong (1-3)   L: M. Fried (5-5)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, July 5, 2021
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 11,600

Atlanta eyes .500 as it travels to Pittsburgh

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Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Braves took three of four at Truist Park against the Pirates from May 20-23. The Braves outscored the Pirates 37-to-9 highlighted by a 20-1 win the second game. After scoring six runs in the opening win, the Pirates scored one run apiece in the other three games.
  2. The Braves took two-of-three against the Marlins. On Sunday, they scored four in the bottom of the ninth and one in the 10th to win. With a win tonight, the Braves would have a .500 record for the first time since June 8 when they were 29-29.
  3. The Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Brewers yesterday. They have scored exactly two runs in each of the last five games after scoring zero in the previous two. Their 17 home wins is the second fewest in the NL behind the Diamondbacks (13).
  4. Freddie Freeman has a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. In April and May, he hit a combined .235, but in June and July combined, he is hitting .317 to raise his average to .268.
  5. First-time All-Star Bryan Reynolds is hitless in his last two games, but is still batting .306 this season. He batted .189 last season and his +.117 difference between the two seasons is the largest in the majors. He has eight home runs this season at PNC Park. No other Pirate has more than three.
  6. Max Fried has won three of his last four starts. He has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 12 starts this season. Fried had a walkoff single yesterday against Miami.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2021 thru 7/7/2021

If a win can be more than just a win, the Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off a game like that headed into a home series against the Atlanta Braves beginning Monday.

The Pirates have a weight lifted following a 2-0 win Sunday over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Things had been getting tense -- Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton had used the word "frustrating" on back-to-back nights -- with six straight losses, just eight runs in those games, and the headache of assisting in Milwaukee drawing its winning streak out to 11 games with three lopsided losses before Sunday.

In fact, Pittsburgh has scored two runs in each of its past five games, but the two Sunday sure had a different flavor.

"We needed a clean game like this. We needed a (well-) executed start like this," Shelton said of the relief Sunday's win brought.

Atlanta is also coming off a feel-good win and has won four of six.

Sunday, the Braves scored three times in the ninth to tie it, then left-hander Max Fried -- the scheduled starter Monday -- provided a pinch-hit RBI in the 10th for a wild 8-7 win over the Miami Marlins.

"We never quit," Fried told Bally Sports, talking about Sunday's comeback win as well as the team in general. "We've done it over the past couple years."

Atlanta pulled it off despite second baseman Ozzie Albies going 0 for 4, ending a string of five games in a row with an RBI.

A win Monday would put Atlanta at .500 for the first time since June 8. Pittsburgh, despite its win Sunday, shows no signs of sniffing .500 without an historically torrid stretch.

In the series opener, Atlanta's Fried (5-4, 4.16 ERA) is slated to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Chase De Jong (0-3, 5.65 ERA).

De Jong, who has never faced the Braves, has a tough act to follow, as Sunday's starter, Tyler Anderson, pitched seven shutout innings. De Jong has lost three straight starts on the heels of three straight no-decisions.

He got a little roughed up in his most recent start, a loss Tuesday against Colorado, allowing five runs and nine hits in five innings, with no walks and three strikeouts -- especially compared with his opposition, German Marquez, who threw a one-hitter after coming within three outs of a no-hitter.

That game was De Jong's first at Coors Field, a hitters' park, and he figures that affected him.

"Mistake pitches are going to happen [in that park]," he said. "It's just a matter of limiting them."

Perhaps being back at PNC Park will help Monday.

On the pitching side, rather than the hitting side, Fried is coming off a win in an efficient if not flashy start Wednesday against the New York Mets. In five innings, he allowed two runs and three hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Then again, he didn't have to be spectacular on a night when Atlanta scored 20 runs.

That game was a return from the IL after a blister problem.

Fried is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against Pittsburgh. That win came May 23, when he gave up one run and four hits over seven innings, with three walks and two strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 5, 2021

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