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Pirates Look to End Three Game Losing Skid Against Dodgers

Bucs take on Los Angeles tonight at 7:05

June 06, 2018 - 6:04 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After losing their last three and 13 of their last 17, the Pirates will look to get back into the win column on Wednesday night as the take on Los Angeles in the second game of a three game set at PNC Park.

On Tuesday, the Pirates (30-30) were shut out by the Dodgers (30-30) in a 5-0 loss which brought their winning percentage to a season low .500 mark. Since opening day, the Pirates have yet to have more losses than wins. A loss today would mark the first time in the 2018 season the Bucs would have a losing record.

On the mound for Pittsburgh tonight will be Trevor Williams. In his 12 starts this season Williams has five wins and three losses with a 3.84 earned run average. Williams received a no decision in his last start after allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work in the Pirates 11-8 loss to the Cardinals on May 31. Though he has not been at his best on the road, Williams has been very successful at home where he has complied a 2.96 ERA while allowing two runs or less in 13 of his last 16 starts. In two career starts against the Dodgers, which were both last season, Williams is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings of work.

Opposing Williams and making his major league debut will be left hander, Caleb Ferguson. In 10 starts between the AA and AAA level, Ferguson has a 3-0 record with a 1.53 ERA. Ferguson has only pitched twice in AAA where he earned a no decision in both starts and has a 2.25 ERA in just 8.0 innings of work. In his last outing, which was in AA, Ferguson went 3.0 innings and allowed three runs, two that were earned, on three hits and four walks while striking out two batters.

In the last 17 games, the Pirates have just hit .236 which is the bottom third amongst all teams in major league baseball during that span of time. However, one positive aspect to the Bucs offense has been rookie, Austin Meadows who is fifth in MLB with a 1.152 OPS since being called up to the show on May 18. Meadows will start tonight in right field and bat second for the Pirates.

Following tonight’s matchup, the Pirates will conclude their three game set against the Dodgers in an afternoon matchup on Thursday. After that they will hit the road and head north to the windy city to take on the Chicago Cubs for three games.