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Pirates Preview: Quinn Priester Will Look to Replicate Last Outing

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Connor Joe homered as part of a two-hit night, but it was another frustrating performance for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 5-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night.

Outside of Joe, the rest of the Pirates’ lineup combined for three hits and Mitch Keller was a bit rocky again and fell to 2-3 on the season.

The Pirates (14-17) will try and salvage the series against the A’s (14-17) and head back to Pittsburgh with a win.

First pitch on Wednesday afternoon is scheduled for 3:37 ET and the game will be aired on SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Weather

Temperatures in the 70s and sunny skies on a gorgeous day for baseball. Winds expected to pick up to 16 mph blowing WNW as the game goes on.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out RHP Quinn Priester (0-1, 3.48 ERA)

Priester is coming off of the best start of his young career against the San Francisco Giants at the beginning of the road trip.

The 23-year-old threw six-shutout innings against the Giants and allowed four baserunners while striking out six.

While Priester’s second start of the season was excellent, his first was anything but. The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings pitched and allowed three home runs.

This will be his first time facing the A’s.

The Oakland A’s Will Send Out RHP Ross Stripling (0-5, 4.98 ERA)

Stripling has been knocked around this season but was effective in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles, when he allowed two runs in 5.2 innings pitched.

So far on the season, opponents are hitting .312 against the veteran right-hander and have managed an .818 OPS, though Striping has done a good job of inducing soft contact.

Stripling has made eight appearances against the Pirates in his career with half of those being starts. Against Pittsburgh, he’s 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA.

A’s Hitters vs. Priester

  • N/A

Pirates Hitters vs. Stripling

  • Andrew McCutchen: 6 for 11, one double, two home runs, three RBIs, one walk
  • Michael A. Taylor: 1 for 7, two strikeouts
  • Bryan Reynolds: 0 for 6, two strikeouts
  • Jack Suwinski: 0 for 5, one strikeout
  • Oneil Cruz: 1 for 2, one home run, one RBI, two strikeouts

Tidbits

  • The Pirates have gone 5-15 in their last 20 games after starting the season 9-2.
  • Jared Triolo made a terrific play at second base against the A’s on Tuesday night. His five defensive runs saved at the position trail only Ketel Marte and Marcus Semien
  • Prior to his last start, Priester had allowed at least three runs in 10 of the first 11 appearances in his career.

Links

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Pirates Takeaways: ‘I Don’t Think too Many People in Here are Happy’

Pirates Prospect Watch: Six Shutout Frames For Paul Skenes

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