MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Miami1 1 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 10162
Pittsburgh5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7102
  W: B. Moran (1-0)   L: D. Agrazal (4-4)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 5, 2019
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 9,642

Pirates, Marlins set to conclude entertaining series

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Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Pirates took two of three at Miami in mid-June and have posted a 2.76 ERA in winning eight of the last 10 meetings with the Marlins. They've won four straight home games over the Marlins and are 15-6 against them in Pittsburgh since the start of the 2012 season.
  2. The Pirates are coming off a four-game sweep in Colorado and have won eight of 10 after winning just eight of their first 38 games coming out of the All-Star break. The Bucs are averaging 7.6 runs and have a .934 OPS in their last 10 compared to averaging 3.8 runs with a .680 OPS in their previous 38 contests.
  3. Josh Bell hit his 35th homer of the season Saturday and drove in his 110th run the next day. Already with 37 doubles, Bell is just the third Pirate ever to have at least 35 home runs, 35 doubles and 110 RBI in a season, joining Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in 1973 and Brian Giles from 2000.
  4. Kevin Newman has gone 18-for-35 (.514) during an eight-game hitting streak with three homers, 10 RBI and 13 runs. In the divisional era since 1969, the only other Pirate hitter to have at least 18 hits, 13 runs and 10 RBI over an eight-game span in a single season was Al Oliver in 1976.
  5. The Marlins were swept in the nation's capital over the weekend, pushing their franchise-record road losing skid to 15 games. It's the longest road losing streak by any team in a single season since the Pirates lost 17 games in a row away from Pittsburgh in 2010.
  6. Starlin Castro is batting .375 during a 12-game hitting streak against the Pirates -- his longest active hitting streak against any team. On Sunday, Castro drew a rare base on balls, his first since August 3. That stretch of 110 consecutive plate appearances between walks was the longest of his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2019 thru 9/5/2019

Though the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins aren't playing for much in the waning weeks of the season, they certainly are giving each other a competitive showing in their series at PNC Park.

On Tuesday, visiting Miami won the series opener 5-4 on Garrett Cooper's homer in the 10th inning. On Wednesday, Bryan Reynolds' two-run single in the bottom of the ninth gave Pittsburgh a 6-5 win and evened the series.

Both teams are languishing far down whatever version of the standings anyone might check, but this series, which concludes Thursday, wouldn't seem to indicate that. Both games have been close and gone back and forth.

"To finish strong like that was fun," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the Wednesday game, Pittsburgh's seventh walk-off victory of the year and sixth win when trailing after eight innings.

"Just top to bottom, we're putting together good at-bats," said Reynolds, normally the left fielder who also made two diving catches Wednesday while playing center.

Reynolds, who is hitting .332, is vying to become the first rookie to win the National League batting title. He trails only the Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, who is hitting .338.

With the Marlins' blown game in the ninth Wednesday, they failed in a chance to win two straight games for the first time since July 28-29 at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wednesday marked their 10th walk-off loss.

The Marlins have dropped 16 of their past 17 road games. With a win Thursday, they would capture a road series for the first time since they took two of three from the White Sox in Chicago from July 22-24.

"I think we come in every day with a new mindset," said Cooper, who has homered in both games in the series.

"We're not worried about the day before or the week before. We have a lot of good veterans in the clubhouse that keep it real with us. Try to win the day. This group, we've had our ups and downs."

On Thursday, Miami right-hander Elieser Hernandez (3-5, 5.06 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Dario Agrazal (4-3, 4.50).

Agrazal, who will be making his 11th major league start and 12th appearance, is getting a chance to prove himself worthy of a spot in the rotation moving into next season.

Last Friday at Colorado, he picked up his second straight win, giving up three runs and nine hits in five-plus innings during the Pirates' 9-4 victory.

Agrazal made his major league debut at Miami, getting a no-decision June 15. He pitched three scoreless innings before he gave up three runs, two of them earned, in the fourth inning before being pulled following that frame.

Hernandez will make his eighth straight start after logging five relief appearances in a row. In 12 starts overall this year, he is 3-4 with a 4.52 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings.

On Friday at Washington, Hernandez tied a career high by going six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two with three strikeouts in a no-decision.

In his only career appearance against Pittsburgh, Sept. 8, 2018, Hernandez pitched one inning in relief, giving up one run and two hits.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 5, 2019

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