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Pirates Preview: Chance to Salvage Series on Sunday

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (69-80) were defeated 6-3 by the New York Yankees (75-74) in the second game of their three-game series on Saturday night.

Luis Ortiz struggled out of the gate with wildness and took the loss after allowing four runs in 4.2 innings.

The Pirates will attempt to

First pitch is set for 1:35 ET and the game will be aired on AT&T SportsNet.

Weather

Some morning showers are supposed to clear in time for first pitch. High temperature of 67 degrees. Winds light and variable.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out RHP Colin Selby (2-1, 8.20 ERA)

The Pirates will utilize Selby as an opener for the fifth time this season after he last made a scoreless appearance out of the bullpen on Friday night.

As an opener this year, Selby has a 6.00 ERA (4er/6.0ip) compared to a 9.24 ERA out of the bullpen (13er/12.2ip).

This will be the second time he faces the Yankees after he struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh inning two days ago.

The New York Yankees Will Send Out LHP Carlos Rodón (3-5, 6.14 ERA)

It’s been a rough first season in pinstripes for Rodón. The Yankees signed the left-hander to a six-year deal as a free agent in the offseason.

After beginning the season on the injured list with a left forearm strain, the 30-year old Rodón has had a disappointing 2023 season.

With that being said, he turned in a strong start against the Boston Red Sox his last time out. Rodón worked 5.0 innings, allowed one run and struck out nine.

Rodón has faced the Pirates four times in his career and is 3-1 with a 3.97 ERA against them.

Yankees Hitters vs. Selby

  • Estevan Florial, Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Volpe: each 0 for 1

Pirates Hitters vs. Rodón

  • Bryan Reynolds: 0 for 7, one walk,, four strikeouts
  • Miguel Andujar: 3 for 6, two RBIs, one walk
  • Connor Joe: 4 for 4, one home run, one RBI, one walk
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1 for 3
  • Jack Suwinski: 1 for 3

Tidbits

  • Ke’Bryan Hayes is hitting .305 (94 for 308) in his career after the calendar hits Sept. 1
  • This month, Thomas Hatch has allowed six earned runs in 9.1 innings pitched (5.79 ERA) and has been scored upon in three of his five outings.
  • After Sunday’s game against the Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates embark on a nine-game road trip and won’t be back at PNC Park until the final series of the year against the Miami Marlins from Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Links

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