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Pirates Go for Third Straight Against Reds

Bucs look toward Williams to keep them in the win column

April 06, 2019 - 12:16 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Following their shutout win last night, the Pirates will look to keep the good times rolling as they take on Cincinnati in the third game of a four game set on Saturday at 1:35 pm. Pittsburgh (3-3) received another big outing from their starting rotation as it was Joe Musgrove leading the Bucs to a 2-0 shutout win over the Reds (1-6) on Friday night.

On the mound this afternoon for the Pirates will be right hander, Trevor Williams. In his first start of the season, Williams threw six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six in the Pirates 6-0 win over the Reds on March 31.

Williams has a solid track record both against the Reds and in the opening month of the season. His four career wins against Cincinnati are the most he has earned against any team. In nine career outings against the Reds, including six starts, Williams has a 3.20 ERA.

Known more for being a pitcher who thrives in the second half of the season, it can be argued that the opening month is when Williams is at his best. His six wins, .208 Batting average against, .250 batting average of balls in play, 37 hits and two home runs allowed are all career bests.

Opposing Williams will be veteran right hander Tanner Roark. In his first start of the season, Roark went just 4.1 innings, allowing three runs off of six hits and three walks while striking out six. Roark has faced the Pirates seven times in his long career in the big leagues, where he has a record of 3-1. Roark’s 4.70 career ERA against the Pirates is his highest against every national league team aside from St. Louis (6.58).

Following their contest tonight, the Buccos will face the Reds once more before concluding their first home stand out the season. After that, the Pirates will head to the windy city where they will face the Cubs in a three game series which will be followed by trips to Washington D.C. and Detroit.