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Pirates Look to Win Fifth Straight Tonight Against Giants

The Pirates hope to tie their season high winning streak this evening.

May 12, 2018 - 6:13 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After spoiling Andrew McCutchen’s return to Pittsburgh with a 11-2 win last evening, the Pirates will look to win their fifth straight game for the second time this year as they take on San Francisco in the second game of a three game series on Saturday, May 12 at 7:05 p.m.

The Pirates (22-16) are coming off of one of their best offensive performances last night, where four different players, Starling Marte, Jose Osuna, Josh Bell and Max Moroff, hit home runs. In addition to their strong hitting, the Bucco bullpen held the Giants (19-20) to only two runs on five innings of work following the early exit of Jameson Taillon to get the win.

On the mound today for the Pirates tonight will be right hander, Chad Kuhl. In seven starts this season, Kuhl has a 4-2 record with a 4.12 ERA. Kuhl is coming off his most impressive outing of the season where he threw seven shutout innings, just allowing one hit and striking out eight in the Pirates 9-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, May 6. In his one career start against the Giants, Kuhl went six innings only allowing one run and was dealt a no decision in a 2-1 loss on July, 1st 2017.

Opposing Kuhl will be seasoned MLB veteran right hander, Jeff Samardzija. In four starts this season, Samardzija is 1-2 with a 6.62 ERA and has yet to pitch more than 5.0 innings. After starting the season on the disabled list with a pectoral strain that he suffered during spring training, Samardzija will look to get back into his all-star quality form against a Pirates team that he has 11 years’ worth of success against. In 25 games against Pittsburgh, Samardzija has a 6-4 record with a 2.80 ERA. Of the six wins against the Pirates, five have come at PNC Park. In his two starts against the buccos last season, Samardzija went 2-0 only allowing three earned runs in 13.0 innings of work.

When it comes to attacking Samardzija at the plate, the Pirates will look to do so from the left side as lefty batters are hitting .400 (12-30) against him this season. After a day off Pirates left handed hitting left fielder Corey Dickerson will make a return to the lineup where he will bat fifth. In his last start, Dickerson recorded the his 10th career four hit game in the Pirates 10-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday, May 8. Dickerson enters today with the sixth highest batting average in the National League (.323).

In addition to Dickerson, the Pirates will hope to continue to receive big games from shortstop Jordy Mercer and rookie third basemen Colin Moran. Mercer has hit safely in each of his 14 home games to start the season, something that has not been done since Dave Parker in 1976. Moran is hitting .409 in 16 home games this year and leads all NL rookies with a .290 batting average overall and 20 runs batted in this.

Following tonight’s game, the Pirates will conclude their three game series against the Giants tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. After an off day on Monday, they will play six more home games, two against the White Sox and four against the Padres, to wrap up a nine game homestand.