Peralta was pulled despite a lower pitch count for the second straight start because the Brewers are trying to save some innings on the 25-year-old’s right arm.
Peralta has thrown 108 innings this year, already 22 more than his career high of 85 in 2019 and a huge jump from the 29 1/3 he pitched as a full-time reliever in 2020.
“We’re just trying to conserve innings as we go,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He threw 50-some pitches last time, a little more this time and he’ll be full go next time. We were hoping to be a little shorter today. The way the game played out, it worked out.”
The Pirates have lost eight of their last 10, while trading away Tyler Anderson, Clay Holmes and All-Star Adam Frazier, but Kuhl said the lack of on-field results isn’t solely because of the players no longer in the Pittsburgh dugout.
“A lot of young guys are going to get an opportunity now,” he said. “It’s being handled very well right now by the guys in that room. We just ran into a hot team.”
Brewers: 1B Daniel Vogelbach (left hamstring strain) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Friday. Vogelbach has been out since June 22.
Pirates: LHP Steven Brault (left lat strain) made his fourth rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis. He pitched four innings and allowed one run. Brault has been on the injured list since April 1.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (6-4, 2.12 ERA) will start a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday. Burnes leads qualified NL pitchers in ERA and strikeouts per nine innings, with 12.8.
Pirates: RHP Wil Crowe (2-5, 5.89) will start on Friday, continuing the homestead with three games against Philadelphia. Crowe struck out a career-high nine in his last start.
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