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Pirates Look Toward Brault to Continue Teams Recent Success

Bucs left hander to make first start in over a year tonight against Rangers.

May 07, 2019 - 3:11 pm

 PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Winners in four of their last five Pittsburgh will look to remain hot against Interleague competition after a day off on Monday as they are set to begin a two game series at home against Texas tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Pirates (16-15) swept the Rangers (16-16) just a week ago in Arlington. The wins helped end a season worst eight game losing streak which went from April 21 to April 30.

On the mound tonight for the Bucs will be left hander, Steven Brault. Brault will be making his first big league start since April 2017. In his four pitching appearances out of the bullpen this season, Brault has pitched 8.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out 11. While known better for his abilities on the mound, Brault is also no slouch at the plate, with a career .209 batting average that includes two doubles and two RBI.

Opposing Brault will be former Pirates farm hand, Adrian Sampson. Sampson has appeared in seven games this season, including three starts where he has a record of 0-1 with an 3.58 ERA in 27.2 innings of work. In his last outing, Sampson was dealt a no decision against the Pirates on April 30 after throwing 5.2 scoreless innings in a game that the Rangers would go onto lose by a final of 6-4.

That start was Sampson’s only career outing against the Bucs, who were the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB amateur draft. Sampson left the Pirates organization as a part of the JA Happ trade the club made in July of 2015.

Following their series against Texas the Bucs will go through their toughest part of the schedule so far, facing three teams who are a combined 21 games over .500. Pittsburgh will start the road trip off in St. Louis for a four game series before facing Arizona, a team that previously swept them at home in a four game set just a few weeks ago. Finally, the Pirates will face San Diego in a four game series before returning home on May 21 to start a six game homestand which features matchups against Colorado and Los Angles.