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Before an off day on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates split a doubleheader against the Tigers in Detroit on Wednesday, falling in game one before earning a split in the back half.

In game one, the Pirates (26-30) couldn’t muster anything on offense and rookie Jared Jones had the worst start of his career, resulting in an 8-0 loss.

The second game was a complete flip of the script. The Bucs’ bats erupted for 10 runs and top prospect Paul Skenes turned in another strong start.

The Pirates’ road trip continues for the start of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (26-29) on Friday night.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 ET and the game will be aired on SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Weather

The Rogers Centre has a roof so no weather information is required this series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out LHP Bailey Falter (3-2, 3.55 ERA)

Falter again delivered for the Pirates in his last start against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park.

For the second-straight outing, the left-hander worked into the eighth inning, holding the Braves to three runs on six hits in 7.1 innings pitched.

Since he allowed six runs in four innings against the Miami Marlins in his first start of the year, Falter owns a 2.82 ERA and has held opponents to a .198 batting average.

Falter has never faced the Blue Jays in his career.

The Toronto Blue Jays Will Send Out RHP José Berríos (5-4, 2.94 ERA)

Berríos had an excellent start against the Tigers in his last outing on Saturday.

For the fourth time this season and the third in his last five starts, he completed seven innings. Berríos held Detroit to two runs.

The right-hander is tied for seventh in the American League with his five wins and is 11th with 67.1 innings pitched.

In three previous matchups with the Pirates, Berríos has a spotless 2-0 record and a 3.38 ERA.

Blue Jays Hitters vs. Falter

  • Daulton Varsho: 0 for 3, two strikeouts

Pirates Hitters vs. Berríos

  • Yasmani Grandal: 1 for 16, one RBI, one walk, four strikeouts
  • Edward Olivares: 3 for 9, one RBI, three strikeouts
  • Michael A. Taylor: 1 for 7, two strikeouts
  • Bryan Reynolds: 2 for 6, one double, one triple, two strikeouts
  • Rowdy Tellez: 2 for 5, two home runs, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • Andrew McCutchen: 0 for 4, one walk, two strikeouts
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes: 2 for 3, one strikeout
  • Connor Joe: 1 for 3, one RBI, two strikeouts

Tidbits

  • Andrew McCutchen drove in four runs for the Pirates for the 17th time in his career in Wednesday’s win. The Pirates are 16-1 when in games when he drives in at least four runs.
  • Paul Skenes joined Bobby Witt (1986) and Freddy Peralta (2018) as the only three pitchers with two games with nine-plus strikeouts and three or fewer hits allowed through their first four starts.
  • Bailey Falter’s 2.82 ERA since Apr. 6 is the 14th-best in the National League.

Links

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