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Pirates Go For Sweep this Afternoon Against St. Louis

Pirates look to win fifth game in a row to conclude their three game series against the Cardinals.

April 29, 2018 - 12:46 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The first place Pittsburgh Pirates will look to win their fifth straight game and complete a three game sweep over their National League Central division rival St. Louis Cardinals at home on Sunday, April 29 at 1:35.

After falling behind 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates would go on to score five unanswered runs throughout the next three innings to win their fourth straight. Catcher, Francisco Cervelli led the bucco offensive attack going 1-3 with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly. Starter Trevor Williams won his fourth game of the year after going six innings, and allowing just two runs off of four hits.

On the mound today for Pittsburgh will be 26 year old rookie right hander, Nick Kingham. After eight years in the minor leagues, the Pirates fourth round selection in the 2010 first-year player draft will make his major league debut. Though Kingham is listed as the Pirates 12th best prospect according to MLB pipeline, there was a point in time where he was ranked as a top 100 prospect in all of baseball. In 2015 Kingham came very close to being called up to the show until he suffered a season ending arm injury that required Tommy John surgery. Following two seasons of recovery in the minor leagues, Kingham was able to get back to his original form this season with AAA Indianapolis where he was 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts.

Opposing Kingham will be 24 year old righty Luke Weaver. In five starts this season Weaver is 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA. In his last outing on April 24 against the New York Mets, Weaver threw 4.2 innings where he allowed four earned runs on two hits while walking six batters and ended the game as the losing pitcher. In three career pitching appearances against the Pirates Weaver is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA.

At the top of the order for the Pirates today will be second basemen Adam Frazier who is has a .333 (27-81) average including five doubles, a triple and three homeruns in his career against the Cardinals. Other players of interest in the bucco lineup this afternoon are short stop Jordy Mercer and backup catcher Elias Diaz. Mercer has hit safely in each of the 12 games he has played at home this season which has led to him compiling a .370 batting average at PNC Park. Diaz has been a silent surprise at this season as he is hitting .444 with 2 home runs and four runs batted in this season.

Following today’s game, the Pirates will head to the nations capital where they will begin a 10-day, nine game road trip. Following a four game series against the Washington Nationals the Pirates will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a three game series. The Brewers are the only team in the NL Central that the Pirates have yet to play. This season the Pirates are 7-2 against NL Central opponents this season.