Miami Marlins (24-32) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (22-34) - Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 4:05 p.m.
Stadium: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
SB Nation Marlins site: www.fishstripes.com
Marlins: Trevor Rogers - LHP - (6-3) – 1.87 ERA - 76 total Ks
Pirates: - Chase De Jong - RHP - (0-0) – 1.80 ERA – 5 total Ks
Probable Starting Lineups (subject to last-minute changes)
1. Jose Devers – 2B
2. Jesus Aguilar – 1B
3. Corey Dickerson – LF
4. Jorge Alfaro – C
5. Jazz Chisholm Jr. – SS
6. Isan Diaz – 3B
7. Lewis Brinson – RF
8. Magneuris Sierra – CF
9. Trevor Rogers – P
1. Adam Frazier – 2B
2. Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
3. Bryan Reynolds – CF
4. Jacob Stallings – C
5. Erik Gonzalez – 1B
6. Gregory Polanco – RF
7. Kevin Newman – SS
8. Ka’ai Tom – LF
9. Chase De Jong – P
Energized by the return of third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pittsburgh Pirates will look to extend the Miami Marlins’ losing streak to eight when the two teams meet at 4:05 p.m. at PNC Park.
But the Bucs will have their work cut out for them, as they face one of the National League’s top young pitchers in Trevor Rogers. The 6-foot-5 left-hander has compiled a 6-3 record and a sparkling 1.87 ERA in 11 starts covering 62 2/3 innings for the Fish.
The 23-year-old Rogers, who has struck out 76 batters, was named the NL Rookie of the Month for both April and May.
Rogers went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in April and posted the same record in May with a slightly more mortal ERA – 2.34 – in six starts. He struck out 38 batters in each of his first two months.
The Marlins’ first pick in the 2013 draft, Rogers was 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA in seven starts last year.
He’ll be opposed by right-hander Chase De Jong, who will make his second start as a Pirate today. De Jong more than held his own in his first start, as he worked five innings and gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 loss to Colorado on May 30.
The Pirates enjoyed a rare laugher Friday night in beating up the Marlins 9-2. The nine runs marked a season-high for Pittsburgh, which banged out 12 hits, including two each from the first three hitters in the lineup in Adam Frazier, Hayes and Reynolds.
Frazier had two hits, scored three times and drove in two to hike his average to .338 and his OPS to .881. Hayes drove in three runs, two of which came on a first-inning homer, and Reynolds scored once and drove in a run.
Jacob Stallings, the hero of Thursday night’s series-opening win over the Marlins, drove in two runs and Erik Gonzalez added two hits.
The lone black mark came in the form of Mitch Keller’s two-inning outing. Keller gave up two hits and two runs and walked three while striking out two before being lifted for what the team later called a heat-related illness.
Pirates relievers Duane Underwood Jr., Chasen Shreve and Chris Stratton bailed out Keller by hurling seven innings of shutout ball, limiting the Marlins to just three hits and a walk. Stratton worked the final 3 2/3 innings and did not allow a hit or a walk.
NOTES – Will Craig, who grabbed the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons last month, was designated for assignment Friday as the Pirates reinstated JT Brubaker from the COVID-19-related injured list. Brubaker had to go through intake testing after spending time on the bereavement list, MLB Trade Rumors reported. Craig, the Pirates’ top pick in the 2016 draft out of Wake Forest, appeared in 18 games this season, batting .217 in 60 at-bats. He was hitting a respectable .278 in his first 11 games, but drove in just two runs in his first 36 at-bats. In his final 24 at-bats, Craig managed just three hits and one RBI. The right-handed hitting first baseman will forever be remembered for allowing the Cubs’ Javier Baez to lure him into a rundown between home plate and first base that permitted a runner to score when all Craig had to do was step on first base for the final out of the inning. This marks the second time the Pirates have DFA’d Craig.