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Bucs Look for Series Win Behind Lyles

The Pirates wrap up a three game series against the Athletics this afternoon.

May 05, 2019 - 12:26 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – It is Cinco de Mayo, marathon Sunday and a great day for Pirates baseball as the Bucs are set to take on Oakland this afternoon to conclude a three game series in interleague play. Pittsburgh (15-15) came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Athletics (15-20) 6-4 on Saturday night. Kevin Newman delivered a two RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh inning that put the Bucs ahead, while Josh Bell also had a big evening hitting two homeruns in the win.

On the mound this afternoon for the Pirates will be veteran righty, Jordan Lyles. So far Lyles has proved to be a solid addition to the Pirates rotation, going 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA this season. In his last outing Lyles struggled a bit, going just 4.0 innings but limiting the Rangers to only two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five on Tuesday, April 30.

Lyles has made one career start against Oakland and it was a good one, allowing just one run on seven innings of work and earning a win. Lyles has struggled throughout his career against interleague competition, going 3-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 28 career appearances.

Opposing Lyles will be right hander, Frankie Montas. This season Montas has a record of 4-2 with a ERA of 2.97. In his last outing, Montas was dealt the loss after allowing one run on eight hits and two walks in just 4.1 innings of work against Boston on April 29. Montas has never faced the Pirates in his big league career and has a 2-1 record with a 5.59 ERA in his three career starts against interleague competition.

Following their game this afternoon, the Pirates will have an off day on Monday before they start a two game home series against the Rangers. After that, the Bucs will pack up and head to the Arch city to begin a four game set against the Cardinals. Trips to Arizona and San Diego will also be made before the Pirates return home on Tuesday May 21.