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PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 9,043

Marlins, Pirates counting down days at this point

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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

The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates might be pretty evenly matched, and that's not necessarily a good thing for either team.

The Marlins and Pirates, who sit last and third-to-last in the National League, respectively, have two games remaining in a three-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

If the series opener was an indication, neither team is drowning in killer instinct at this point, either.

On Tuesday, the Pirates -- who entered the series having won four in a row and eight of 10 -- couldn't hold an early 1-0 lead or a 4-3 lead in the ninth in losing 5-4 in 10 innings.

Felipe Vazquez, just named NL Reliever of the Month for August and normally stellar as Pittsburgh's closer, gave up a game-tying, two-out home run to Miguel Rojas in the ninth. Garrett Cooper homered off of Parker Markel an inning later to win the series opener.

"He's human," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters of Vazquez. "When a closer blows a game, everybody throws their hands up in the air (and says) it should never happen."

The Marlins had lost three straight and 13 of 16 and had to claw their way to Tuesday's win by overcoming ill-timed walks and two-out hits. They had their own blown lead, 3-1.

Wednesday, Miami right-hander Robert Dugger (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (7-6, 5.26).

The up-and-down season of Williams has been trending up lately. He has won two straight starts with a 2.08 ERA (three earned runs in 13 innings). That includes allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks Thursday in a win at Colorado.

Hurdle wasn't willing to say Williams is fully back to the form that saw him assemble a 1.29 ERA over his last 13 starts last season, but Thursday's outing sure looked familiar.

"That was a grown-man outing," Hurdle said. "The fastball command, the first-pitch strikes, set up everything. His slider played, his changeup played, but fastball command set up everything. ... All you've got to do is look at any one of his starts in the second half of last season. This is what we saw.

"His fastball usage is going to be over 50 percent, but it's the quadrants. It's going to be crossfire -- up and in, down and away. Down and away, up and in. He's going to elevate at times, sink it at times -- the sinker continues to play. He had 11 guys retired in three pitches or less, which is one of his biggest indicators when he's pitching well."

Against the Marlins, Williams is 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in two appearances, one of them a start and both in 2017.

Dugger will be making his third major league start. He was in line to be a September call-up, but that got pushed up when Jordan Yamamoto got hurt.

In his debut Aug. 5 against the Mets, Dugger allowed a homer to Jeff McNeil on his first pitch and gave up six runs over five innings, taking the loss.

Thursday against Cincinnati, he got a no-decision in a better showing, giving up two unearned runs, three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

"Just be ready for the moment," Dugger said of getting big league starts. "They can call your name at any time. I was down in the minors working on my craft. When I got the call, just be me, do my job."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2019

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