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Pirates Preview: Jared Jones Starts Wednesday Following Thrilling Win



Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones warms up in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Pittsburgh Pirates stormed back from four runs down in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night and came through with a walk-off win in the 10th.

Nick Gonzales served as the hero for the Pirates by delivering a game-winning single up the middle on the first pitch of the extra frame.

After a thrilling win, Jared Jones will be on the mound for the Pirates (23-26) as they look to clinch a series victory against the Giants (23-26) on Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s game begins at 6:40 ET and the game will be aired on SportsNet Pittsburgh.


Temperatures at 81 degrees with sunny skies for the start of the game. Winds WSW at 9-10 mph.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out RHP Jared Jones (3-4, 2.89 ERA)

Jones is coming off of another quality start after allowing three runs in six innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last week.

In that games, Jones struck out seven batters and didn’t issue a walk. It’s the fifth time he’s done that through his first nine starts, which is two more than the previous MLB record.

Jones leads qualified rookies with 63 strikeouts, a 9.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio and is tied for first with six quality starts. His 2.89 ERA is good for fifth amongst rookies.

The Pirates’ rookie faced the Giants at Oracle Park on Apr. 28. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six batters across five innings.

The San Francisco Giants Will Send Out LHP Blake Snell (0-3, 11.57 ERA)

Snell (left abductor strain) will be activated off the injured list and start agaisnt the Pirates on Wednesday.

Prior to landing on the IL, Snell struggled through his first three starts with the Giants after signing on Mar. 19. The left-hander allowed at least three runs without completing five-full innings in any of his first three outings.

Snell made a pair of rehab starts, a total of nine innings pitched. He didn’t allow a hit or a run, walked one and struck out 17.

In his career against the Pirates, Snell has been suspect. He’s 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA despite holding Pittsburgh to a .188 batting average against.

Giants Hitters vs. Jones

  • Thairo Estrada: 1 for 2, one home run, one RBI
  • Mike Yastrzemski: 1 for 2, one home run, one RBI
  • Jorge Soler: 0 for 2, two strikeouts

Pirates Hitters vs. Snell

  • Connor Joe: 1 for 13, one RBI, three walks, seven strikeouts
  • Andrew McCutchen: 0 for 11, five walks, two strikeouts
  • Rowdy Tellez: 1 for 10, one RBI, one walk, four strikeouts
  • Bryan Reynolds: 1 for 4, two strikeouts
  • Nick Gonzales: 0 for 4, one walk, two strikeouts
  • Jared Triolo: 0 for 4, one walk, two strikeouts
  • Joey Bart: 1 for 3, one walk, one strikeout
  • Michael A. Taylor: 0 for 3, one strikeout


  • Tuesday’s win marked the first time since 2008 that the Pirates have come back from trailing by at least four runs in the ninth inning or later and came back to win.
  • Oneil Cruz had two hits with exit velocities of 121.5 mph and 120.4 mph. Those are the two hardest hit balls in the league this season.
  • Additionally, Cruz became the first player with two hits of 120-plus mph in the same game in the Statcast Era.


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