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Bucs Go For Sweep Against Chicago on Independence Day

Lyles, Pirates look to finish things off against the struggling Cubs.

July 04, 2019 - 12:02 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After winning in exciting fashion Wednesday night Pittsburgh returns to action today at 4:05 p.m. to conclude a four game series against Chicago at PNC Park. Trailing 5-4 when they entered the bottom of the ninth inning last night, the Pirates (42-43) rallied to score two runs, including a game winning sacrifice fly from Corey Dickerson to win their third straight against the Cubs (45-45) by a final score of 6-5.

On the mound this afternoon for the Pirates will be right hander Jordan Lyles. In 13 starts this season, Lyles has gone 5-4 with a 3.71 earned run average (ERA) while striking out 71 batters in 70.1 innings. Lyles was the Pirates good luck charm early in the season, as the club won in eight of his first nine starts of the season. However, the good times have come to a pause as of late for Lyles, as the Buccos are 0-4 in his last four outings.

In his start, Lyles was dealt a tough loss after allowing three earned runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five batters in six innings of work against Milwaukee on June 29. Lyles will look to rebound against the Cubs, who he has faced 13 times in his career, which includes seven starts. Overall, Lyles has a 3-2 record and 3.59 ERA against Chicago.

Opposing Lyles will be left hander, Jose Quintana. Quintana has made 17 outings this season, where all but one have been starts. Overall, he has gone 5-7 with a 4.12 ERA. Last time out, Quintana ended a cold streak where he had lost in each of his last six decisions, tallying his fifth win of the year after throwing six shutout innings, allowing six hits while striking out four and walking none against Cincinnati on June 29.

Quintana has pitched rather comfortably against the Pirates throughout his career, going 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA in the six starts he’s made against them. While he may have a good track record against the buccos, one thing that will be in the Pirates corner this afternoon will be the time of the game. Quintana has struggled this year in afternoon games, going 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA in seven starts.

Following the end of today’s contest, the Pirates will wrap up the first half of the season by taking on the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers at home in a three game series over the weekend.