Today's Lineup - Josh Harrison RF, Jordy Mercer SS, Cutch CF, Starling Marte LF, Jung-Ho Kang 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Sean Rodriguez 1B, Chris Stewart C, Cole P.
|Gerrit Cole (photo: Keith Srakocic/AP)|
Following the game today, the Pirates embark on a 11-day, 10-game road trip to San Diego (four games), San Francisco (three) and Atlanta (three).
- The Pirates are going for their second straight sweep and sixth win a row; last year's longest winning streak was five consecutive victories.
- Day-dro: Pedro Alvarez has hit six of his nine home runs this season during afternoon games and his 40 home runs in day games since 2012 rank first among all NL players.He'll be sitting today, sunlight not withstanding; there's a southpaw on the hill.
- Pittsburgh’s starting pitchers are 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA over the last five games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Bucco starting pitchers went 5-0 with an ERA that low over a five-game span was in August of 1977. In that stretch, John Candelaria (twice), Bruce Kison, Jerry Reuss and Jim Rooker combined to go 5-0 with a 0.69 ERA.
- Gung-ho on Jung-Ho: Thursday’s telecast by Root Sports will be picked up by MBC Sports, which will be televising the game action from San Diego to Korea.
- It's "Education Day" at the ballyard - over 8,000 students are in the house.