Pressing Pirates aim to stop slide in opener vs. Orioles

winch pittsburgh pirates watch the ship to the right when they travel baltimore orioles In the first match of the three-match series on Friday

Pittsburgh has won 20 of its first 28 games, dropping nine of its last 10. PiratesIn fact, has scored more than two runs only once during his last 10 matches

“When you have a little scramble, you have people to press,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said after his team’s 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. “I think that’s probably where we are now.”

When Pirates Not hitting, he’s not pitching well either. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, during the 1–5 homestand, Pittsburgh starters compiled a 6.75 ERA in five losses, and relievers compiled 5.14 .

In addition, the successful offensive baserunning that helped fuel Pittsburgh’s strong start has also faltered. Pirates Entered Thursday’s game leading the majors with 48 stolen bases; However, he was caught stealing six times on the homestand.

“People know what to expect, so they make adjustments,” said Andrew McCutchen, who was a bright spot on Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a two-run homer.

“We have to be smart and avoid trying to create something that might not be there and let the game go on.”

Pittsburgh will turn to right-hander Johan Oviedo (2-3, 5.59 ERA) in the series opener.

Oviedo is 0-2 with a 12.08 ERA in his last three starts, allowing 17 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked seven during that stretch.

Last time out, Oviedo allowed seven runs — six earned — on 10 hits over five innings of a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

they never faced oriolesJoe will compete with right-hander Kyle Bradish (1-1, 5.95)

Bradish, in his last start, allowed three runs on five hits over five innings of a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Bradish will be facing Pittsburgh for the first time in his career.

Baltimore is facing a third straight division leader after losing two of three before taking two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dean Kramer pitched six scoreless innings to help orioles Recorded a 2-1 win over Rage on Wednesday. Austin Hayes had two hits and a drive in what proved to be the winning run for Baltimore.

“We felt like we were in those games,” Hayes said. “We had a really good chance to win the series in Atlanta, to be in that same position here. To play a tough game again, good pitching on both sides and trying to find a way to hit on time and score something.” Do it. Runs to get the lead and gets the bullpen to do the job.”

orioles held the Rays to six runs in the series, and Baltimore’s relievers allowed just two runs in 9 1/3 innings

After closer Felix Bautista pitched 1 1/3 innings in a win on Tuesday, manager Brandon Hyde turned to right-hander Yenier Cano on Wednesday. Cano recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his third save.

Cano has pitched 18 2/3 innings this season and has yet to allow a run while striking out 22 batters.

“It’s still early,” Hyde said. “Definitely take your chances with both of those guys’ stuff at the end of a game. They’ve proven it over and over again that they’re extremely hard to hit.”

– Field Level Media