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The Pittsburgh Pirates (40-45) pulled off a wild night on the west coast, as they managed to beat the  Los Angeles Dodgers (47-38), in barn-burning fashion.

Luis Ortiz struggled after giving up six earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched, but the Pirates’ offense didn’t quit, as they continued to claw back several times.

The last-ditch effort took place in the top of the ninth inning after Jared Triolo and Josh Palacios drove in three runs combined to take a 9-7 lead.

David Bednar pitched 1.2 innings and earned his third win of the season.

Game three between the Pirates and Dodgers will be at Dodger Stadium, with first pitch at 10:10 Eastern. You can watch all of the action on AT&T Sportsnet, or listen to the game on 93.7 The Fan.

Weather

There shouldn’t be a cloud in the sky for game one in Los Angeles. Temperatures will be around 68  degrees, with a slight wind of two mph blowing southwest.

The Pirates will send out RHP Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 4.74 ERA)

Bido struggled in his last outing on June 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers. In 3.1 innings pitched, Bido allowed four hits, four earned runs, one walk, and no strikeouts.

What really hurt Bido was failing to put batters away. Too many times, Bido got deep into counts, and as a result, he threw 73 pitches (45 strikes).

What Bido had going for him in his last start was the average exit velocity. The Brewers managed to put 15 balls in play and managed only 83.3 mph in EV.

Bido has never faced the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will send out RHP Bobby Miller  (4-1, 4.23 ERA)

The 24-year-old Miller has made seven starts since getting the call on May 23 by the Dodgers. In two out of his last three starts, Miller has allowed 13 earned runs in 9.2 innings pitched.

Miller, in his last start, however, pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits, one walk, and struck out four.

Miller offers a five-pitch mix with a sinker (35.5%), slider (24.3%), changeup (15.3%), four-seam (13.8%), and a curveball (11.9%). In addition, Miller’s sinker averages 98.8 mph.

Miller has never faced the Pirates.

Dodgers Hitters vs. Bido

  • No Dodgers have faced Bido

Pirates Hitters vs. Miller

  • No Pirates have faced Miller

Tidbits

  • Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Pirates were 2-43 when trailing after eight innings. After their ninth-inning comeback, the Pirates improved to 3-43.
  • In addition, the Pirates are now 24-14 when scoring first.
  • Carlos Santana is ranked sixth among first basemen with 26 extra-base hits.

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