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Pirates Preview: Father’s Day Rubber Match in Colorado

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The Pittsburgh Pirates were crushed 16-4 against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Jared Jones and a host of relievers were shelled in the loss. On offense, Andrew McCutchen hit his 10th homer of the season and Nick Gonzales also went deep.

The Pirates (33-37) will attempt to pick up a series win on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies (25-45). Happy Father’s Day to all the dads reading!

First pitch is set for 3:10 ET and the game will be aired on SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Weather

Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 90’s. Winds ENE at 8 mph.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out LHP Josh Fleming (1-1, 5.68 ERA)

This will be Fleming’s second start of the season and his first appearance since the Pirates added him to the active roster.

His other start came on Apr. 24 against the Brewers, when he allowed a pair of unearned runs in 2.1 innings.

Fleming is a ground ball specialist with over 55% of balls put in play on the ground.

This will be Fleming’s first time facing the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies Will Send Out RHP Dakota Hudson (2-8, 4.87 ERA)

Hudson was solid in his last outing against the Twins. The right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 6.2 innings pitched.

Over his last four starts, Hudson has a 3.00 ERA and has held opponents to a .214 batting average.

Hudson has really struggled pitching at Coors Field this season. In six starts, he’s 0-3 with a 7.57 ERA and has issued more walks (20) than strikeouts recorded (17).

In 11 appearances against Pittsburgh, Hudson is 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA.

Rockies Hitters vs. Fleming

  • N/A

Pirates Hitters vs. Hudson

  • Bryan Reynolds: 2 for 12, one double, three walks, one strikeout
  • Andrew McCutchen: 2 for 10, one RBI, one walk
  • Michael A. Taylor: 4 for 9, one home run, two RBIs, two strikeouts
  • Rowdy Tellez: 1 for 9, one double, two RBIs, three strikeouts
  • Yasmani Grandal: 0 for 9, one walk, four strikeouts
  • Jack Suwinski: 1 for 5, one RBI
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0 for 4, two walks
  • Oneil Cruz: 2 for 3, one strikeout
  • Edward Olivares: 2 for 3
  • Connor Joe: 0 for 3

Tidbits

  • Andrew McCutchen’s solo home run against the Rockies gave him 790 RBIs with the Pirates. He’s now tied with Gus Suhr for seventh on Pittsburgh’s all-time list.
  • Nick Gonzales’ .851 OPS since making his debut on May 10 is second among MLB second basemen behind only the Cardinals’ Nolan Gorman (.907).
  • Bryan Reynolds collected a pair of hits in the loss and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. It’s the second-longest active streak in the league behind Alex Bregman (16 games).

Links

The Other Side: Tyler Glasnow’s Time With Pirates Now Faint Memory

Pirates Minor League Report: Khristian Curtis Mows Through Blue Jays

Jared Jones, Relievers Smacked Around in 16-4 Loss to Rockies

Pirates Place Henry Davis on Concussion IL, Call up Jason Delay

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