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Bucs Go for Sweep on Fathers Day Against Cincinnati

The Pirates look to win their fourth straight on Fathers Day against the Reds.

June 17, 2018 - 12:22 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Coming off of their first series win in a month the Pittsburgh Pirates will look to complete a three game sweep against Cincinnati in their Father’s Day matchup on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates (35-35) won their third straight game on Saturday night in a 6-2 victory over the Reds (25-45). Pittsburgh received a big performance from their entire lineup offensively, which produced 10 hits including three homeruns.

On the mound for the Bucs this afternoon will be right hander, Joe Musgrove. In his four starts this season Musgrove has a 2-1 record with a 2.16 earned run average. Musgrove has gone at least six innings in every start this season including his last outing where he went 6.0+ allowing three runs, which two were earned, on five hits while striking out six and receiving a no decision in the Pirates 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks on June 11.

Opposing Musgrove will be right hander, Anthony DeSclafani. In his two starts this season DeSclafani has one win and one loss and an ERA of 5.40. In his last time out, DeSclafani earned his first win of the year after allowing three runs on 10 hits and striking out six in five innings of work in the Reds 6-3 win over the Cardinals on June 10. In six career starts against the Pirates, DeSclafani has a 1-2 record with a 3.41 ERA.

Highlighting the Pirates lineup this afternoon is shortstop Jordy Mercer who has a career .400 (4-10) batting average against DeSclafani which includes a double and two runs batted in. Mercer has hit safely in five of his last six games and is hitting .317 (33-104) at PNC Park this season. Back in the lineup for the Bucs will be catcher Francisco Cervelli who enters today leading all major league catchers with a .391 on base percentage while ranking second amongst all big league backstops in slugging (.490) and OPS (.881).

Following today, the Pirates will continue their 10 game homestand and take on the first place Milwaukee Brewers for three games and the Arizona Diamondbacks for four games before hitting the road to Queens to take on the New York Mets.