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Pirates Open Up 7-Game Homestand Against Phillies

After this 3-game weekend series against Philadelphia, the Pirates host St.Louis for 4

July 19, 2019 - 4:39 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates went into the All Star Break taking 2 of 3 from the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park and were 2.5 games out of 1st place in the NL Central.  

Coming out of the break, however, was a completely different story as the Pirates were swept in a 3-game series in Chicago and lost 2 of 3 in St.Louis and now return to PNC Park after a 1-5 road trip now 6.5 games back in the NL Central and 4.5 games back of an NL Wild Card spot.

The Pirates open up this 7-game homestand with 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies who the Pirates are 4 games behind in the Wild Card Race. After the 3 games against Philadelphia, the St.Louis Cardinals come to PNC Park for a 4-game set as the Pirates are also 4 games behind the Cardinals in the standings.

HURDLE'S PREGAME CONVERSATION

Before the Pirates open this homestand and series against the Phillies, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle spoke with the assembled media about Josh Bell resetting with the off day Thursday and pinch hit only appearance Wednesday, Richard Rodriguez looking more like he did last season, the importance of fastball command in the game today, what Jordan Lyles has worked on since his last outing in Chicago, injuries updates on Keone Kela and Francisco Cervelli and Adam Frazier's improved defense.

Listen to the entire conversation below:

FRIDAY NIGHT'S LINEUPS

The Pirates lineup is a lineup that fans should be getting used to seeing as of late:

No Andrew McCutchen in the Philadelphia Phillies lineup since he is on the Injured list, but here is the Phillies lineup:

PROBABLE UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS

Tonight (7:05 pm): Jordan Lyles, PIT (5-6, 5.16 ERA) vs Jake Arrieta, PHI (8-7, 4.54 ERA)

Saturday (7:05 pm): Trevor Williams, PIT (3-3, 5.17 ERA) vs Zack Eflin, PHI (7-9, 4.16 ERA)

Sunday (1:35 pm): Joe Musgrove, PIT (6-8, 4.31 ERA) vs Vince Velasquez, PHI (2-2, 4.87 ERA)

AROUND THE NL CENTRAL FRIDAY NIGHT

Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres, In Action

St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 pm

Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 pm

TRIP AROUND THE MINOR LEAGUES

Indianapolis, AAA (48-48/9 GB of 1st): The Indians open up a 3-game weekend series at home against Durham Friday night at 7:15 pm. Shortstop Cole Tucker is batting .275 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 19 RBI in 44 games.

Altoona, AA (50-43/0.5 GB of 1st): The Curve are 15-11 in the second half of the season and 5.5 games back as they continue a 4-game series in Bowie Friday night at 7:05 pm after falling in game one of the series 1-0. Pitcher Matt Eckelman is 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 32 games (1 start) with 18 saves in 33.2 IP with 31 strikeouts and a 1.40 WHIP

Bradenton, A (51-43/6 GB of 1st): The Marauders are15-13 in the second half of the season and 7 games back as they open up a 3-game series in Tampa at 6:30 pm Friday night. Pitcher Nick Mears is 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA in in 19 games with 1 save in 25.1 IP with 38 strikeouts and a 0.99 WHIP.

Greensboro, A (59-37/7.5 GB of 1st): The Grasshoppers are 15-12 in the second half of the season and 4 games back as they continue a 4-game series in Augusta at 7:05 pm Friday night after fall in game one of the series 2-1. Outfielder Lolo Sanchez is batting .301 with 10 doubles, 6 triples, 4 home runs and 26 RBI in 61 games.

West Virginia, Short Season A (17-15/2 GB of 1st): The Black Bears close out their 3-game home series against State College at 7:05 pm Friday night as they are going for the series sweep. Pitcher Michael Burrows is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 6 starts in 24 IP with 26 strikeouts and a 1.50 WHIP.

Bristol, Rookie Advanced (13-16/4 GB of 1st): The Pirates close out a 3-game series in Johnston City Friday night at 6:30 pm after splitting the first two games of the series. Second Baseman Francisco Acuna is batting .310 with 9 doubles, 1 home run and 13 RBI in 22 games.

GCL Pirates, Rookie (7-12/6.5 GB of 1st): The Pirates are taking on the GCL Orioles Friday afternoon. Pitcher Quinn Priester is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 3 starts and 11.1 IP with 14 strikeouts and a 0.97 WHIP.

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