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Bucs and Brault look to Stay Hot against the Padres.

Red hot Pirates starter takes on his home town team this afternoon.

June 23, 2019 - 12:18 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Winners of three straight, Pittsburgh will enter Sunday looking for a sweep against San Diego as it will conclude a five game, seven day home stand this afternoon on the North Shore. The Pirates (35-40) received a burst of offense late in the game on Saturday which allowed them to take down the Padres (38-39) by a final score of 6-3.

On the mound this afternoon for the Buccos will be left hander Steven Brault. In his 12 games this year Brault has gone 3-1 with a 4.40 earned run average. After struggling in the bullpen at the beginning of the season, Brault has settled in as a starting pitcher going 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his six starts.

Brault delivered a strong outing his last time on the hill, throwing six shutout innings, allowing eight hits while striking out six and earning the win over Miami on June 14. As a native of San Diego, Brault grew up cheering for the Padres. In the four outings of his career where he faced his home town team, Brault has one win, no losses while allowing four earned runs in 6.1 total innings pitched (5.68 ERA).

Opposing Brault will be 26 year-old lefty Joey Lucchesi. In 14 starts this season Lucchesi has gone 6-4 with a 3.74 ERA. Like Brault, Lucchesi was also solid in his last outing, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out five against the Brewers on June 17. Lucchessi has made two starts against the Pirates in his young career where he has gone 1-1, allowing just a pair of runs on 12.0 total innings pitched (1.50 ERA).

After the conclusion of todays game, the Bucs will have Monday off for travel as they head to the lone star state where they will begin a three game series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Following the their interleague series against the Astros, the Pirates will head to Milwaukee to face off against the Brewers three times to end the month.