Game news and notes: Pirates look to make it three straight

Posted on Sep 9 2016 - 4:59pm by Joey Cinello
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Steven Brault will look to build off of his previous start versus the Milwaukee Brewers. Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America via Zimbio

Steven Brault will look to build off of his previous start versus the Milwaukee Brewers. Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America via Zimbio

First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. EST at PNC Park 
TV Side: Root Sports Pittsburgh
Radio Side: KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan)
Pitching Matchup: Tim Adleman (2-3, 4.02 ERA) vs. Steven Brault (0-2, 3.32 ERA)

You know what the old adage is, three straight wins constitutes a winning streak. Tonight, Steven Brault and the Pittsburgh Pirates can bring this saying to fruition with a victory against Cincinnati.

Unlike rookies Chad Kuhl and Jameson Taillon, Brault, a fellow rookie, will make his scheduled start.

While still not pitching poorly, making it out of the sixth inning has eluded Brault his past four starts. It was the story of Taillon in his last outing, too many pitches early on causes an early exit from the ballgame.

Last time out, pitch efficiency still wasn’t Brault’s strong suit; 84 pitches to get through five innings. However his only run allowed was a solo shot, perhaps he’s beginning to get accustomed to the Major League level.

Opposing him is 6-foot-5 Reds rookie Tim Adleman.

At 28 years of age, Adleman isn’t your prototypical rookie.

The only thing separating Brault and Adleman at this point in their respective careers is experience. Adleman has pitched nearly 20 more innings, so basically the sample size is extremely small between the two.

Mixing up his pitches is not uncommon for Adleman, who evens out most of his pitches: four-seam and two-seam fastballs, cutter, curveball and straight changeup. All can and will be in play tonight.

Nothing truly stands out as overwhelming for Adleman though, and his fastball only lives around 90 mph.

Tonight’s game is crucial on all fronts, 4 1/2 games separate Pittsburgh from the first Wild Card spot, 4 games separates them from the second spot.

Starting Lineup

Reds Lineup Pirates Lineup
Jose Peraza CF Josh Harrison 2B
Zach Cozart SS Josh Bell RF
Joey Votto 1B Andrew McCutchen CF
Adam Duvall LF Gregory Polanco LF
Brandon Phillips 2B Jung-Ho Kang 3B
Scott Schebler RF David Freese 1B
Eugenio Suarez 3B Francisco Cervelli C
Ramon Cabrera C Jordy Mercer SS
Tim Adleman P Steven Brault P

Notes

  • Jung Ho Kang has been as hot as anyone in baseball of late; seven hits and three home runs in his 14 at bats since returning from the disabled list.
  • Starling Marte (back spasms) remains out of the lineup.
  • Brault has only lasted into the sixth inning once in MLB.
  • Josh Harrison, hitting .379 the past seven days, continues to rake out of the lead off spot.
  • Reds center fielder Jose Peraza is hitting .440 over the past week.
  • Sort of like Brault, Adleman has only completed six innings twice.

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