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Can we get a third win in a row?

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-22) vs. San Francisco Giants (23-16) – Sun, May 16 @ 1:05 pm

Stadium: PNC Park

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: KDKA


Starting Pitchers

Pirates: Mitch Keller – RHP – (2-4) – 7.81 ERA – 26 total Ks

Giants: Alex Wood – LHP – (4-0) – 1.80 ERA – 29 total Ks

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)

Giants

  1. Mike Tauchman — CF
  2. Mike Yastrzemski — RF
  3. Buster Posey — C
  4. Brandon Belt — 1B
  5. Alex Dickerson — LF
  6. Evan Longoria — 3B
  7. Brandon Crawford — SS
  8. Mauricio Dubon — 2B
  9. Alex Wood — P

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier — 2B
  2. Kevin Newman — SS
  3. Bryan Reynolds — CF
  4. Jacob Stallings — C
  5. Will Craig — 1B
  6. Erik Gonzalez — 3B
  7. Tom Ka’ai — LF
  8. Troy Stokes, Jr. — RF
  9. Mitch Keller — P

The Pirates, winners of two consecutive ballgames, will look to earn to series win against the Giants this afternoon. After losing game one, 3-1, Pittsburgh won dramatically each of the last two nights. Friday was capped off when Gregory Polanco hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to deep centerfield; on Saturday night, after Adam Frazier was thrown out at the plate, Jacob Stallings came up with Bryan Reynolds stationed at third and two outs. Stallings promptly unloaded on a ball to left field and ended the game with one swing — and mild bat flip.

This Bucs will face stiff competition from lefty Alex Wood. Wood’s last game against Texas was a 3-1 Giants’ win in which Wood completed seven innings, allowing four hits, one run, and picking up seven strikeouts.

The Pirates will counter with the up-and-down Mitch Keller. Keller continues to try to find his stuff at the major league level; too good for Triple-A and uncomfortable in the major leagues, à la Tyler Glasnow, Keller’s future with Pittsburgh gets murkier by the start.

At the conclusion of today’s game, the Pirates will embark on a weeklong road trip, with two games coming in St. Louis against the Cardinals before a four-game set kicks off in Atlanta against the Braves. After that, the Pirates return home for a six-game home stand, with three games against the Cubs and three games against the Rockies. June starts while the Pirates are in Kansas City to face the Royals.

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