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Pirates Preview: How Will Oviedo Follow His Complete Game Shutout?



Johan Oviedo, Endy Rodriguez, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates (63-73) extended their winning streak to five games after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals (58-78) 7-6 on Saturday in what was a back and forth game.

Joshua Palacios ripped a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to give the Pirates the lead and David Bednar escaped a jam in the bottom half of the inning to seal the Pirates’ win.

As the series continues on Sunday, the Pirates will look to make it six wins in a row.

First pitch is set for 2:15 ET and the game will be aired on AT&T SportsNet.


It’s gonna be another hot one under the sun. Temperatures in the low-90s throughout the game. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Send Out RHP Johan Oviedo (8-13, 4.20 ERA)

Oviedo is fresh off of the first complete game shutout of his career. In going the distance against the Kansas City Royals, Oviedo allowed only a pair of hits.

The start before that, the big righty faced these Cardinals at PNC Park and allowed one run in 5.0 innings pitched while earning the win.

Oviedo has been pitching well for the Pirates down the stretch. In his last seven starts, he’s 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA.

The St. Louis Cardinals Will Send Out RHP Adam Wainwright (3-10, 8.10 ERA)

Wainwright is still trying to reach 200 career wins, still sitting at 198 which he has been since his last victory on June 17.

The veteran right-hander is coming off a start in which he went 6.0 innings and allowed only one run to the San Diego Padres.

He faced the Pirates at PNC Park during the last homestand and was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Cardinals Hitters vs. Oviedo

  • Willson Contreras: 3 for 16, four RBIs, three walks, three strikeouts
  • Tommy Edman: 3 for 11, two doubles, one RBI, three strikeouts
  • Nolan Arenado: 6 for 10, two RBIs, one strikeout
  • Paul Goldschmidt: 2 for 7, one walk
  • Lars Nootbaar: 2 for 5, one double, one strikeout
  • Tyler O’Neill: 0 for 5, three strikeouts
  • Nolan Gorman: 2 for 3, one RBI, one strikeout
  • Richie Palacios: 1 for 2, one home run, one RBI, one strikeout

Pirates Hitters vs. Wainwright

  • Andrew McCutchen: 26 for 83, seven doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBIs, four walks, 18 strikeouts
  • Bryan Reynolds: 8 for 36, two doubles, two RBIs, eight strikeouts
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes: 0 for 13, three strikeouts
  • Connor Joe: 2 for 6, one double, one RBI, one walk, one strikeout
  • Ji Hwan Bae: 1 for 4, one RBI, one walk, one strikeout
  • Jack Suwinski: 1 for 4, one RBI, two walks, one strikeout
  • Alfonso Rivas: 1 for 3, one walk


  • Palacios’ pinch-hit home run was his seventh hit as a pinch hitter this season, which is tied for fourth in baseball.
  • The Pirates’ five-game winning streak is their longest since winning seven in a row from Apr. 17-23.
  • With the win, the Pirates surpassed their 2022 win total (62-100).


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