It’s the continuation of a weekend series between the bottom two teams in the NL Central in the Steel City. The Cincinnati Reds are on the road as they play the middle game of a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night. Cincinnati won 4-2 in the rubber game of their three-game set at home with the Padres Wednesday night. Pittsburgh dropped three of four at home to the Nationals as they were dumped 7-1 in the finale Thursday night. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Anthony DeSclafani take the mound for the Reds against the Pirates’ Mitch Keller. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 7:05 pm ET.
Cincinnati Reds Try to Hang in Wild Card Picture
Cincinnati won their second straight as they downed the Padres in the rubber game of their three-game set Wednesday night. The Reds entered Friday fourth in the NL Central, 8.5 games behind the Cubs: they were eight games behind the second wild card spot. Cincinnati got two hits each from Jose Iglesias (run, RBI), Eugenio Suarez (run, RBI), Phil Ervin and Freddy Galvis (RBI) in the victory. Luis Castillo (12-5) earned the win as he bounced back from a dismal outing in his previous start. He threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth, striking out two, for his 26th save of the year.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 21, 2019
Alex Wood takes the ball for his sixth start of the season for the Reds in this contest. He comes in 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA, a 1.521 WHIP, four walks and 21 strikeouts over 24.1 innings of work this season. Wood took the loss in his last start, which came at home against the Cardinals Sunday afternoon. He threw five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in a 5-4 Reds defeat. Wood is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA, a 1.85 WHIP, two walks and 12 strikeouts over 13 innings in his last three starts. He is 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, nine walks and 50 strikeouts over 50 innings in nine career appearances, eight starts, against the Pirates. Wood is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA, a 0.908 WHIP, four walks and 22 strikeouts over 25.1 innings in four career starts at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh Pirates Hoping to Reverse Second Half Doldrums
Pittsburgh lost three of four to the Nationals at home and dropped to 8-30 since the All-Star break as they were trounced Thursday. The Pirates entered Friday in the basement of the NL Central, 17 games behind the Cubs and 16.5 games behind the second wild card spot. Pittsburgh got two hits from Kevin Newman while Adam Frazier accounted for the Pittsburgh offense with his seventh homer of the season. Steven Brault (3-3) turned in a quality start but took the loss: he allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts over six innings.
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 23, 2019
Trevor Williams gets the call for his 20th start of the year for the Pirates in this one. He has a 5-6 mark with a 5.65 ERA, a 1.453 WHIP, 32 walks and 81 strikeouts over 106.2 innings of work on the season. Williams took the loss in his last start, which came Monday at home against the Nationals. He allowed eight runs (six earned) on six hits with three walks and one strikeout over two innings in a game the Pirates lost 13-0. Williams is 1-2 with a 12.75 ERA, a 2.50 WHIP, nine walks and four strikeouts over 12 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.368 WHIP, nine walks and 34 strikeouts over 45.1 innings in 10 career appearances, seven starts, against the Reds. Williams is 14-13 with a 4.02 ERA, a 1.271 WHIP, 66 walks and 175 strikeouts over 235.1 innings in 46 career appearances, 40 starts, at PNC Park.
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