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Pirates Look to Win Fourth in A Row Tonight Against St. Louis

The Pirates take on the Cardinals in the second game of their three game series

April 28, 2018 - 4:51 pm

Written by: Noah Hiles

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Pirates will look to win their fourth straight game tonight as they take on National League Central division foe, the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a three game series tonight at PNC Park at 7:05.

After falling behind 5-0 to the Cardinals (15-10) early in yesterday’s game the Pirates went on to score six answered runs including three in the bottom of the ninth and the game winner in the bottom of the 11th inning off a Starling Marte walk off single. With the win, the Pirates moved themselves only a half game behind St. Louis and the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central.

Today the Pirates will send right hander Trevor Williams to the mound. In five starts this season, Williams has a 3-1 record with 2.15 ERA which is currently seventh best in the National League. In his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, April 22, Williams threw six innings where he only allowed two runs off of one hit and struck out seven while walking five. The start was the only no decision Williams has had so far this season. In six career pitching appearances against the Cardinals is 1-2 with a 8.15 ERA. In his three career starts against the red birds, which were all last season, Williams went 0-2.

Opposing Williams for St. Louis will be 22 year old righty, jack Flaherty. Flaherty will be making just his second pitching appearance of the season and only the eighth of his young MLB career. Flaherty is 0-0 on the year with a 1.50 ERA and struck out a career high nine Milwaukee Brewers in his only outing of the season. In his last outing for AAA Memphis, he recorded his first career complete game as a professional going seven innings against Omaha while only allowing one run off of two hits and striking out six. The former first round pick was recalled today from AAA after the club optioned outfielder Tyler O’Neil.

Entering today, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will have a chance to join only Fred Clarke, Danny Murtaugh, Jim Leyland and Chuck Tanner as the fifth manager in club history to reach 600 career wins at the helm of the Pirates. Hurdle is currently in his eighth season as the Pirates Manager and has been in professional baseball for over 44 years as a player or coach.