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Pirates Look to Earn Series Win on Thursday Against Los Angeles

After ending a three game losing streak the Bucs look to stay in the win column.

June 07, 2018 - 10:55 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After snapping their three game losing steak in a 11-9 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday night the Pirates (31-30) will now look to win their first series since sweeping the Chicago White Sox on May 15 and 16 as they take on the Dodgers (30-31) in the final game of a three game set at PNC Park this afternoon.

After blowing a four run lead in the bottom of the third inning, the Bucs went on to score two runs in the following two innings to ultimately lift them to victory. With the win the Pirates avoided falling below .500 for the first time this season. Pittsburgh enters Thursday in fourth place of the National League Central Division and are five and a half games back of the first place Milwaukee Brewers.  

On the mound for the Pirates this afternoon will be right hander, Jameson Taillon. In 12 starts this season, Taillon has three wins, four losses and a 3.97 earned run average. In his last start, Taillon threw eight shutout innings allowing just three hits and striking out six, while earning the win against the Cardinals on June 1. In two career starts against the Dodgers, Taillon has a 9.00 ERA in two career starts against Los Angeles.

Opposing Taillon will be 22 year old rookie Dennis Santana, who will be making his first major league start. In his one career major league pitching appearance, Santana went 3.2 innings allowing five runs and striking out four while earning the win over the Colorado Rockies in the Dodgers 11-8 victory on June 1. Santana has 10 starts in the minor leagues this season, between the class AA and AAA levels. In those 10 starts he has one win, three losses and a 2.54 ERA.

Following their game on Thursday afternoon, the Pirates will hit the road and head to the windy city where they will take on the Cubs for a three game series and then head west to play the Diamondbacks in a three game set before heading back to Pittsburgh on the June 15 where they will start a 10 game homestand.