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Bucs Look to End Struggles Vs Snakes

Taillon in Pirates hope to avoid sweep this afternoon against Arizona

April 25, 2019 - 11:39 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – This afternoon Pittsburgh will look to avoid a sweep as they take on Arizona at 12:35 at home in the final game of a four game series. The Pirates (12-10) have lost four straight along with their last nine home games against the Diamondbacks (14-11). Last night, the Bucs took one of their worst beatings of the season, losing 11-2 to an Arizona team that hit well throughout the entire game.

The Pirates will look toward ace Jameson Taillon to be the stopper this afternoon. In his five starts this season, Taillon has gone 1-2 with an earned run average of 3.12. Taillon earned his first victory of the season in his last outing, allowing just one run in five innings, striking out three with only one walk in the Pirates 3-1 win on Saturday over the San Francisco Giants. Jameson has one career start against the snakes, where he won a 5-4 decision over Zach Greinke on June 13 of last year, allowing two runs in six innings of work.

Like the first time he faced Arizona, Greinke will oppose Taillon once again this afternoon. This season, Greinke has a record of 3-1 with a 4.60 ERA. Greinke has put together a solid career in his 15 seasons as a big leaguer, earning honors such as five all star nods, five gold gloves, a silver slugger and the 2009 American League Cy Young award.

In his last outing, Greinke delivered his best start of the season, going six innings, allowing just three hits and no runs, while striking out four in Arizona’s 6-0 win over the Cubs on April 20. The veteran right hander has faced the Bucs 13 times in his long career, where he has gone 8-4. Greinke’s 4.54 career ERA against the Bucs is the highest against any team in the National League.

Following their game this afternoon, the Bucs will pack up and head out west to start a three game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. After a day off on Monday, the Pirates will then make a trip south to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers before returning home next weekend to play the Oakland Athletics three times.