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Pirates Look to Win First Series in a Month Tonight Against Reds

The Bucs take on Cincinnati in the second game of a three game series.

June 16, 2018 - 1:42 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Coming off of back to back wins for the first time in nearly a month the Pirates will look to win their first series since they completed a two game sweep over the Chicago White Sox on May 16 as they take on Cincinnati in the second game in a three game set on Saturday at PNC Park at 4:05 pm.

After falling behind 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning the Pirates (34-35) scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth off of back to back sacrifice flies from Starling Marte and Colin Moran which allowed them to gain a 3-2 lead over the Reds (25-44) that would stand for the final score.

On the mound for the Pirates will be veteran right hander, Ivan Nova. In his 12 starts this season Nova is 3-5 with a 4.68 earned run average. In his last outing, Nova earned the win after allowing just one run off of four hits on 5.2 innings of work while striking out eight in the Bucs 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Nova has a 3-7 record with a 4.67 ERA in 10 career starts against the Reds.

Opposing Nova will be righty Luis Castillo. This season Castillo has gone 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA in 14 starts. Castillo has allowed more homeruns (15) than any other starting pitcher in the National League and has allowed the opposition to go yard in every start dating back to May 19. In his last outing, Castillo allowed five earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out a season high 10 batters in the Reds 7-4 loss to the Cardinals on June 9. In four career starts against the Pirates Castillo has a record of 1-2 and a 3.68 ERA.

Back in the lineup today for the Pirates will be rookie, Austin Meadows who will bat second and play right field. Meadows has hit safely in eight of his last nine starts and in 16 of his 20 starts overall in the major leagues. Another rookie who will look to do some damage in the Bucs lineup will be third basemen, Colin Moran who will bat fourth. Moran has reached base safely in each of his last 14 starts, where he is hitting .319. Moran also drove in the winning run in the Pirates win on Friday night.

Following the conclusion of their three game series against the Reds the Pirates will then take on the Brewers for three games and the Diamondbacks for four games to wrap up their 10 game homestand. The Bucs enter today in fourth place of the National League Central Division and are eight games behind the first place Brewers.