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Pirates Look to Get Back in Win Column Against Phillies

Pirates take on Philadelphia at 1:35

July 08, 2018 - 12:07 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After losing their last five games the Pirates will look to get back into the win column on Sunday, July 8 as they wrap up their three game series against Philadelphia. Pittsburgh’s (40-48) early 2-0 lead vanished in the seventh inning as the Phillies (49-37) plated three runs to take the lead for good, putting the Bucs a season low eight games under .500. The Pirates enter today in fourth place of the National League Central division, 12.5 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers and only 1.5 ahead of the last place Cincinnati Reds.

On the mound this afternoon for the Pirates will be rookie right hander, Nick Kingham. In seven starts this season, Kingham has a record of 2-4 and a 4.70 earned run average. In his last start, Kingham was dealt the loss after pitching 3.0+ and allowing seven runs, five which were earned, off of eight hits and three walks while striking out two in the Pirates 17-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kingham also had two fielding errors in the blowout defeat. Sunday will be the first time he faces the Phillies in his major league career.

Opposing Kingham will be another rookie, right hander Drew Anderson. Sunday will be Anderson’s first start in the major leagues and will be his third total pitching appearance in the show after only throwing 2.1 innings of relief for the Phillies in August of last season. This season in AAA, Anderson has gone 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. His start today at PNC Park will be his first career pitching appearance against the Pirates.

Back in the lineup this afternoon for the Bucs will be veteran catcher, Francisco Cerveilli who has been reinstated off of the disabled list after recovering from a concussion. In 55 games this season, Cervelli is hitting .257 with 36 runs batted in and a career high nine homeruns. He will bat fifth this afternoon for the Bucs.

Today is also the 31st birthday of Pirates second basemen, Josh Harrison. This season Harrison is hitting .429 (15-35) with runners in scoring position which ranks third among all major league players entering Sunday. Harrison will bat seventh this afternoon for the Pirates.

Following their game today, the Bucs will continue their homestand and play the Washington Nationals and Brewers four games each before the season pauses four days for the All Star break.