Previewing Wednesday's Pirates-Brewers game
Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik'sinside look at Wednesday's game:
• Francisco Liriano said he is back to 100 percent health after a groin strain from spring training lingered throughout the first month of the season. Liriano hit 95 mph for the first time this season in his last start against the Cardinals. Liriano has struggled mightily with Carlos Gomez in his career. In 18 at bats against Liriano, Gomez has a .500 average and two home runs.
• The Pirates don't have much experience with Brewers starter Wily Peralta, posting a collective .200 average in 40 combined at-bats. Peralta doesn't have dominant strikeout numbers, but he has a dominant pitch in a 95 mph two-seam fastball. Peralta has cut his walk rate in half this season.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin was seen running in the Miller Park outfield prior to Tuesday's game. While there is no clear timetable for Martin's return, the veteran appears have cleared all physical benchmarks to date. At catcher, Chris Stewart got the start over Tony Sanchez on Tuesday because Clint Hurdle said he liked the matchup.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Padres, July 6, 2015
- Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
- McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
- Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
- Pirates minor league report: Ramirez more mindful while at plate
- Pirates can’t overcome long rain delay, Indians in interleague setback
- Starting 9: Pirates missing out on young bat
- Biertempfel: Loss of All-Star paper ballots a blow to nostalgia
- Locke pitches 8 scoreless innings as Pirates edge Indians
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 5, 2015
- Pirates trust eye test when voting for all-stars