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Pirates Look For Series Split Against Tigers As Williams Returns To Mound

Trevor Williams returns to the mound after stint on injured list, Keller optioned back to Triple-A

June 19, 2019 - 5:02 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - After Kyle Crick gave up the go ahead run in the top of the 8th and the Pirates left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th and Shane Greene got Josh Bell to ground into a game ending double play with two runner's on in the bottom of the 9th for the Tigers to hold onto the 5-4 victory.  Pittsburgh will look for a two game split Wednesday night at PNC Park as they send Trevor Williams, fresh off the injured list, to the mound against Jordan Zimmerman, who is also coming off a stint on the injured list.

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WILLIAMS ACTIVE, KELLER BACK TO INDY

To make room on the roster for Trevor Williams to make the start tonight, the Pirates sent Mitch Keller back to Triple-A Indianapolis.

"Nobody wants to get sent down," said Keller. "Just got stuff to work on and come back, try to be better quality with everything and hopefully next time I can stay. Just got to go back down and dominate the things I can control."

INJURED LIST UPDATE

Every Wednesday during the season, Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomcyzk meets with the media to give an update on the players on the injured list, LISTEN HERE:

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS 

Tonight, 7:05 pm vs Detroit: Trevor Williams, PIT (2-1, 3.33 ERA) vs Jordan Zimmerman, DET (0-4, 5.93 ERA)

Thursday: OFF DAY

Friday: Joe Musgrove, PIT (4-7, 4.87 ERA) vs TBA, SD

Saturday: Chris Archer, PIT (3-6, 5.85 ERA) vs TBA, SD

Sunday: Steven Brault, PIT (3-1, 4.40 ERA) vs TBA, SD

Monay: OFF DAY/TRAVEL TO HOUSTON

AROUND THE NL CENTRAL

Reds defeat Houston 3-2 Wednesday afternoon

Milwaukee Brewers vs San Diego Padres, IN PROGRESS

Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 pm

Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs, 8:05 pm

Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals, 8:15 pm

The Milwaukee Brewers (40-33) hold a half game lead over the Cubs (39-33) and a two and a half game lead over the Cardinals (37-35). The Cincinnati Reds (34-38) are five and a half games back  and the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-40) are seven a half games back.

DOWN ON THE FARM

Indianapolis (AAA, 37-31/3.5 GB of 1st): The Indians are in Buffalo for Game 2 of their series after winning the series opener 5-2 on Tuesday. Second Baseman Kevin Kramer is batting .265 with 19 doubles, 5 home runs and 30 RBI.

Altoona (AA, 0-0/0.5 GB of 1st): The Curve finished the 1st half of the Double-A season 35-32 and the Curve will close out their three game series in Harrisburg tonight after splitting the first two games of the series. Third Baseman Hunter Owen is batting .294 with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 66 games.

Bradenton (A, 1-1/1 GB of 1st): The Marauders finised the 1st half of the Single-A season 36-30 and they close out a three game series at LECOM Park in Bradenton tonight against Clearwater as they have split the first two games of the series. Catcher Deon Stafford is batting .235 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 16 RBI in 33 games.

Greensboro (A): The Grasshoppers finished the 1st half of their season 44-25 and finished 4 games back in their division. The Grasshoppers will begin the 2nd half of the season Thursday night at home against Delmarva. First Baseman Mason Martin is batting .262 with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 64 games.

West Virginia (A, 3-2/1 GB of 1st): The Black Bears play game 2 of their 4 games series against Mahoning Valley Wednesday night after winning the first game of the series 10-3. Pitcher Michael Burrows went five shutout innings in his first start as he struck out 5, walked 3 and only gave up 2 hits.

Bristol (A, 0-1/1 GB of 1st): The Bristol Pirates lost their season opener 15-1 as they get set to play game 2 of their series against Burlington at home Wednesday night. 

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's pregame conversation with the media below:

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