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Bucs, Musgrove Look to Turn things Around against Atlanta

Struggling Pirates hope a win against Red Hot Braves can get them going.

June 05, 2019 - 6:00 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Losers in 11 of their last 15, Pittsburgh will search for a much needed win tonight as it takes on Atlanta in the second game of a three game series at PNC Park. Last night the Pirates (28-31) fell to a season low three games below .500 after blowing a 5-3 lead to which they brought into the seventh inning. The Braves (33-27) received a big offensive surge, scoring nine runs in the final three innings of play against a struggling Bucco bullpen.

On the mound this afternoon for the Bucs will be right hander, Joe Musgrove. The month of May was not kind to Musgrove as he struggled in nearly all of his starts, including his last one where he allowed five runs on 11 hits including three home runs in 6.0 innings of work. Musgrove has made two career starts against the Braves where he is 1-0 with a 4.63 earned run average. Overall, he is 3-6 with a 4.57 ERA this season.

Opposing Musgrove will be veteran right hander, Kevin Gausman. In 11 starts this season Gausman has a 2-4 record with a 5.56 ERA. Gausman is coming off of his worst start of the season, where he went just one inning, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. In the four times that Gausman has faced the Buccos, he has gone 1-1 with a 4.01. Gausman’s 6.9 K/9 against the Pirates is the third lowest in his career against National League competition, only behind the Nationals and the Braves, the team he is currently on.

Up next, the Pirates will face the Braves once more on Thursday afternoon before hitting the road to Milwaukee to face the National League Central leading Brewers in a three game series. After that, the Bucs will face Atlanta three more times, except this time it will be on the road. The Bucs will then head further south to face Miami in a three game series before returning home on June 18.