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Pirates Preview: Chance to Split Series Against Fish



Pittsburgh Pirates, Johan Oviedo

After snapping their 10-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates (35-41) were back in the loss column after falling 4-3 to the Miami Marlins (44-34) in 11 innings on Saturday.

Down 2-0 in the eighth, the Pirates rallied to force extras and took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th, but were walked-off by Miami on a Jon Berti single in the 11th.

Andrew McCutchen recorded his 400th career double and 300th with the Pirates in the loss and finished the game with a pair of two-baggers.

The Pirates have a chance to split the series against Miami after being swept in each of their last three series prior to this four-gamer.

First pitch at loanDepot Park is scheduled for 1:40. The broadcast will be aired on AT&T Sportsnet.


loanDepot park is a dome, so no worries about the weather for this series.

The Pirates will send out RHP Johan Oviedo (3-7, 4.30 ERA)

Oviedo is coming off of a strong last outing in which he limited the Chicago Cubs to two runs in six innings at PNC Park.

The big right-hander has lost his last four decisions with his last win coming on May 19 against the Diamondbacks, a game in which he held Arizona to one run in six innings.

Oviedo has been good in the month of June. In four starts, he owns a 3.80 ERA (10er/23.2ip).

Oviedo faced the Marlins one previous time in his career and tossed seven shutout innings. In that start, he allowed six hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.

The Marlins will send out RHP Eury Perez (4-1, 1.54 ERA)

The 20-year-old Perez has been excellent for the Marlins in his rookie season since being recalled from Double-A last month.

In his last five starts, the right-hander has been flat-out dominant. In 27 innings over those five outings, Perez has allowed just a single run, giving him an immaculate 0.33 ERA over that span.

Perez has limited opponents to a .182 batting average against along with a measley .604 OPS against.

Marlins Hitters vs. Oviedo

  • Jon Berti: 2 for 3
  • Jesus Sanchez: 1 for 3
  • Garrett Hampson: 1 for 3

Pirates Hitters vs. Perez

  • No Pirates’ players have faced Perez


  • In addition to two doubles in Saturday’s game, McCutchen also drew three walks as he reached base in all five plate appearances in the game.
  • In the ninth inning, Nick Gonzales drew a walk and scored the tying run for the Pirates. Both were the first in his career.
  • The Pirates have lost 11 of their last 12 games with their only win over that span coming on Friday night in Miami.


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