MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 150
Pittsburgh0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 290
  W: R. Rodríguez (4-1)   L: T. Matzek (0-3)
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 6, 2021
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 10,844

Ben Gamel, Pirates look to continue resurgence against Braves

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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

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a couple All-Stars, Adam Frazier and Bryan Reynolds, but in a rebuilding year, they need some help from lesser names. Guys such as Ben Gamel and John Nogowski.

Those two gave the visiting Atlanta Braves fits Monday as Pittsburgh won 11-1 in the opener of a three-game series. Gamel homered twice and had a career-best six RBIs, and Nogowski, in his Pirates debut, went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and three runs.

Gamel, playing in an undermanned outfield, has four homers over the past five games. Nogowski played first base with Colin Moran and Erik Gonzalez hurt.

"It's great to put some runs across the plate," Gamel told AT&T Sportsnet regarding the Pirates, who had 10 runs total in their seven most recent games before Monday.

"Definitely something to build off of," Nogowski said.

Gamel and Nogowski weren't event glints in Pirates general manager Ben Cherington's eye when the season started. Gamel was picked up in May when the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment, and Nogowski was picked up off waivers on Saturday from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Braves missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time since June 8 and now will have to win the final two games of the series to do that.

Atlanta also squandered a shot to claim the season series. The Braves were 3-1 against Pittsburgh before Monday, prevailing by a combined 33-3 in the three wins.

"It would be nice to bounce back (Tuesday) ... and come back and win a game and, hopefully, end up the road trip pretty good," said Braves manager Brian Snitker, whose team heads to Miami for three games starting Friday.

On Tuesday, Atlanta right-hander Ian Anderson (5-4, 3.35 ERA) is scheduled to start against Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (2-5, 5.16 ERA).

Kuhl gave up three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss at Colorado. He issued three walks and struck out six.

Kuhl and Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead into the fifth, but a walk, an RBI double, a hit batter and a wild pitch ended his day. He said a blister on his pitching hand, which rose when he gave up a homer in the fourth, "broke off" in the fifth and left him with "a raw chunk of skin."

"It was just unfortunate timing," Kuhl said. "It wasn't like it was the last pitch of the inning, where you can go and put some New-Skin on there. This one was kind of in the middle of the inning."

With the blister presumably under control, Kuhl won't miss a turn.

Kuhl's only career appearance against Atlanta was a start and win on April 8, 2017. He gave up three runs, two of them earned, and five hits in five innings.

Anderson's only career appearance against Pittsburgh was a strong home start. It came May 21 when he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in a 20-1 win.

Anderson also was effective in his most recent outing, though he ended up with a no-decision. He pitched seven innings Thursday against the New York Mets, giving up two runs and three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 6, 2021

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