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Pirates Preview: Can Bucs Make it Back-to-Back Wins Over Reds?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 at PNC Park on Monday night in the first matchup between the division rivals this season.

Paul Skenes continued to shine for the Pirates (35-37) by tossing six innings of one-run ball and improved to 4-0 on the season.

The Pirates will look for their third series win in their last four attempts on Tuesday night against the Reds (34-38).

First pitch is set for 6:40 ET and the game will be aired on SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Weather

Another hot one with a heat advisory in effect until 8 p.m. Clear skies with winds ENE at 7 mph.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out LHP Bailey Falter (3-4, 3.86 ERA)

Though Falter has pitched extremely well for much of the season, he has struggled in each of his last two outings.

The Pirates left-hander hasn’t recorded an out in the fifth inning in either start and has allowed eight runs on 16 hits in eight innings pitched.

Prior to those two starts to being June, Falter had a 3.22 ERA through the end of May.

Falter hasn’t had much success in five previous matchups with the Reds. He’s 0-1 with a 7.79 ERA.

The Cincinnati Reds Will Send Out LHP Nick Lodolo (7-2, 2.93 ERA)

Lodolo was drafted 41st overall by the Pirates in the 2016 draft out of high school but opted to play collegiately at TCU.

The Reds took him at No. 7 three years later and the 26-year-old is off to a hot start this season, his third year pitching in the big leagues.

Opponents are hitting .216 with a .614 OPS against him. Lodolo has struck out 62 batters and walked just 15 batters in 58.1 innings.

He’s split a pair of decisions against the Pirates in his career and has a 3.97 ERA in two starts.

Reds Hitters vs. Falter

  • Jonathan India: 1 for 9, one double, one RBI, one walk
  • Tyler Stephenson: 5 for 8, double, home run, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • Spencer Steer: 4 for 6, one home run, two RBIs, one walk, one strikeout
  • Stuart Fairchild: 2 for 6
  • TJ Friedl: 1 for 4, one home run, one RBI, one strikeout
  • Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 2, one home run, two RBIs

Pirates Hitters vs. Lodolo

  • Andrew McCutchen: 1 for 9, one home run, one RBI, three walks, four strikeouts
  • Oneil Cruz: 2 for 6, one RBI, four strikeouts
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes: 2 for 6, one double, two strikeouts
  • Bryan Reynolds: 2 for 6, one strikeout

Tidbits

  • Paul Skenes has thrown 65 pitches of at least 100 mph this season. Among starting pitchers, the Angels’ José Soriano with 36.
  • Since making his debut on May 11, Skenes is fourth in the National League with a 2.29 ERA. Teammate Mitch Keller is second with a 1.96 ERA.
  • With two more doubles on Monday night, Rowdy Tellez is slashing .429/.474/.629 in 11 games to start the month of June.

Links

Perrotto: Rivalry Just Beginning for Oneil Cruz, Elly De La Cruz

Pirates Minor League Updates: Ashcraft Shines in Triple-A Debut, Burrows Makes Return

Paul Skenes Displays Complete Arsenal, Growing Potential In Pirates’ Win Over Reds

Another Strong Start From Paul Skenes Leads Pirates to 4-1 Win Over Reds

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