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Bucs Look Toward Opener Again vs Colorado

Pirates look to get back in the win column against the Rockies

May 22, 2019 - 6:24 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Following a loss last night to Colorado, Pittsburgh will look to get back in the win column tonight at home in the second game of a three game series. After returning home from a successful road trip the Pirates (24-21) fell 5-0 to a Rockies (21-25) team that has won just six of its last 18 contests at PNC Park.

On the mound this evening for the Bucs will be rookie Montana DuRapau. With multiple injuries to the starting rotation, the Pirates have notably elected to attempt the “bullpening” strategy, which originated in the American League last season. The first game Pittsburgh tried bullpening, DeRapau was the opener, throwing a successful two scoreless innings in the Pirates win over San Diego on Saturday, May 18. This evening will be DuRapau’s first career outing at PNC Park. He has limited opposing hitters to a .125 batting average (2-16) in his short time in the major leagues.

Opposing DuRapau will be right hander, Jon Gray. This season Gray has made eight starts, going 3-4 with a 4.73 earned run average. In his last start, Gray struggled going just 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. In three career starts against the Pirates Gray has had a bit of trouble against the Pittsburgh offense, going 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA.

Tonight will be Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s 2,500th career game as a big league skipper. Hurdle has served as the manager for both the Pirates and Rockies, so it is only fitting that both teams will be playing tonight as he reaches this landmark. Hurdle’s 690 career victories as a Pirates skipper rank fifth all time in franchise history.

After their game tonight the Bucs will face Colorado once more, tomorrow afternoon, before starting a three game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then the Bucs will face the Cincinnati Reds four times in three days before returning back home for a four game set against Milwaukee.