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Pirates Discussion: Pirates Look to Avoid the Sweep

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday as they battle the San Francisco Giants.

Tyler Beede was looking to build off a strong second start where he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he was only able to last three innings this time while giving up two earned runs. Beede had to battle through his three innings as it took 74 pitches to complete his appearance. Of those 74 pitches, only 39 were strikes. He managed to get three strikeouts while also allowing three hits along with three walks.

The two runs came by way of back-to-back doubles to lead off the bottom of the first, and then a lead-off homerun by LaMonte Wade Jr. in the bottom of the third.

The bullpen managed to shut things down the rest of the way with Eric Stout, Duane Underwood Jr., and Chase De Jong combining to throw five scoreless innings.

The offense continues to leave a lot to be desired as a day after going 0-for-9 with RISP they followed it up going 0-for-7 on Saturday.

One of the few bright spots this weekend has been the play of Rodolfo Castro.

In the two games so far Castro has managed to go 4-for-8 while collecting three extra-base hits. More importantly he hasn’t struck out in his last nine plate appearances while he also hasn’t drawn a walk.

Pirates @ Giants

Time: 4:05 PM EST

Pirates Starter: Zach Thompson (3-9, 5.08)

Giants Starter: Alex Wood (8-9, 4.17)

Thompson Notes: This will be Zach Thompson’s 21st appearance of the season and 20th start. Thompson is carrying a 4.42 ERA on the road this season compared to a 5.57 ERA at home.

LINEUPS:

Pirates

Giants

1. LaMonte Wade Jr. (L) RF
2. Joc Pederson (L) LF
3. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Mike Yastrzemski (L) CF
6. Thairo Estrada (R) 2B
7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
8. Tommy La Stella (L) DH
9. Joey Bart (R) C

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
Raised in Cranberry Twp, PA, Jeff attended Kent State University and worked in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, before moving to New Orleans in September of 2012. His background is as an Engineering Designer, but he has always had a near unhealthy passion for Pittsburgh sports. Hockey and Baseball are his 1A and 1B, combined with his mathematical background, it's led to Jeff's desire in diving into analytics. Jeff is known as Bucs'N'Pucks in the comments, and began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2022 after contributing so many useful bits of information in the comment section.

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