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Pirates Look to Avoid Sweep Against Atlanta

The struggling Bucs hope to turn things around tonight against the first place Braves.

August 22, 2018 - 5:39 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Following yet another disappointing loss last evening the Pirates will look to avoid a sweep tonight at home as they take on Atlanta at 7:05 pm. The Pirates (63-64) fell below .500 for the second time this month as their offense continued to struggle in their 6-1 defeat to the Braves (70-55). Since their 11 game win streak in Mid to late July, the club has gone 10-15 and has fallen to 6.5 games back of the second National League wild card spot.

One the mound tonight for the Pirates will be right hander, Trevor Williams. In 24 starts this season, Williams has won a team high 10 games while losing nine. His 3.53 ERA enters Wednesday as the 10th best in the National League. In his last time out, Trevor was the hard luck loser in the Pirates 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on August 17. Despite the loss, Williams delivered one of his best starts of the season, allowing just one run off of four hits and two walks while striking out four in 7.0 innings of work. In his last six starts, Williams has allowed just three earned runs.

Opposing Williams will be veteran right hander, Julio Teheran. In 24 starts this season Teheran has gone 9-7 with a 4.24 ERA. Tehran was dealt a no decision in his last time out after allowing just two runs off of three hits while striking out seven in seven innings of work in the Braves 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on August 16. In his nine career outings against Pittsburgh, eight which have been starts, Teheran has gone 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA.

Following tonight’s contest, the Pirates will embark on a nine game, 10-day road trip tomorrow afternoon where they will take on the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and once again the Braves in individual three game series. The Bucs have gone 9-6 in their last 15 road games but have an overall record of 28-31 in games played outside PNC Park.