Pittsburgh Pirates: Pitching Falters as Team Swept in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 11: Trevor Cahill #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on June 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 11: Trevor Cahill #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on June 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JUNE 11: Ben Gamel #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on June 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JUNE 11: Ben Gamel #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on June 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Ben Gamel has a big series against his former team

Ex-Brewer outfielder Ben Gamel was arguably the best hitter of the series for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gamel capped his strong weekend performance off with his game yet as a Pirate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Sunday’s loss.

Gamel kicked the series off by hitting his 1st home run as a Pirate. Friday night Gamel gave the Pirates an early 1-0 lead with a 2nd inning home run. Unfortunately, this early lead is one the Pirates could not hold onto.

Over the weekend Gamel was 4-for-8 with a home run and a pair of doubles. He also drove in a run and struck out just once. This continues a recent hot stretch for the left-handed hitting outfielder.

In his last 67 plate appearances Gamel has now hit for a .267/.313/.467 slash line. This includes a healthy 13.4% extra base hit rate, as he has hit a home run, a triple and collected 7 doubles during this stretch. Gamel has also played strong defense for the Pirates in both left and center field during this stretch.

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With the Pirates struggling to get any sort of consistent production out of either the left field or right field position, if Gamel continues to hit well he could find his way into play in on a near daily basis for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A season-ending injury to top outfield prospect Travis Swaggerty could help open the door for more playing time for Gamel as well. Gamel could prove to be a quality fourth outfielder for the Pirates in 2021 and beyond.

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