The Pirates continue this six-game road trip with a three-game series against the Indians that starts tonight. Trevor Williams gets the nod for Pittsburgh beginning at 7:10 ET. He threw five innings of shutout ball last time vs. the Nationals, earned a win and snapped a string of three straight outings with a loss. The right-hander scattered four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Williams has not seen the sixth inning in his past three starts. He is 7-7 with a 4.36 ERA. Corey Kluber (12-5, 2.76 ERA) will be on the mound for the Indians.
Pittsburgh Pirates Schedule
About Pittsburgh Pirates
Why Buy Pittsburgh Pirates Tickets from SeatSmart?
Same tickets. Lower prices. Guaranteed.
When you buy Pittsburgh Pirates tickets from SeatSmart, we guarantee that you are getting the lowest price available on the web. No other site can sell Pittsburgh Pirates tickets at a lower price than the one you see for our Preferred Inventory.
SeatSmart connects you directly to professional sellers. That means that not only are you getting the lowest available price, but you're buying Pittsburgh Pirates tickets that are 100% guaranteed to be authentic. Click here to learn more about our Authenticity Guarantee.
No Hidden Fees
You'll never be surprised by hidden fees when you buy Pittsburgh Pirates tickets from SeatSmart. You deserve to know the final price of your tickets right from the get-go.
PIT Homepage News
The Pirates homered four times in the first four innings to blitz Reds starter Matt Harvey and complete a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a win at Great American Ball Park on Sunday afternoon for the team's ninth consecutive victory. Corey Dickerson went 4-for-5 and homered in his fourth straight game. Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Sean Rodriguez also went deep. Pirates starter Ivan Nova allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Pirates have been on a tear this month, riding a nine-game win streak that started before the All-Star break. The bullpen's stellar performance during a three-game sweep of the Reds helped Pittsburgh's relief corps earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for games played from July 20-22.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the previous week. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Corey Dickerson belted a pair of solo home runs, and Nick Kingham backed it up with 6 2/3 strong innings to lift the Pirates, 6-2, over the Reds on Saturday night. A 47-minute rain delay didn't faze Kingham, who looked sharp until he gave up a one-out two-run homer to Curt Casali -- Cincinnati's only run production of the night. Anthony DeSclafani was unable to complete five innings for the second straight start. Pittsburgh has won eight in a row and is over .500 for the first time since June 6.
Josh Harrison is out of the Pirates' lineup for the second straight day. The second baseman suffered a strained left hamstring in Pittsburgh's first-half finale on Sunday against Milwaukee. Sean Rodriguez will start at second base for the second straight game after being activated on Friday.
Sean Rodriguez returned from the DL to lead the Pirates' offensive attack, hitting an RBI single and three-run homer, and Starling Marte capped the scoring with a grand slam in the eighth. Colin Moran went 4-for-5 and Jameson Taillon held the Reds to one run in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. Corey Dickerson also homered for Pittsburgh, while Jesse Winker had three hits with an RBI double. But Reds starter Tyler Mahle (6 ER, 5 2/3 IP) struggled, perhaps thrown off by the nearly three-hour rain delay before first pitch.
Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
After an 8-1 surge to finish the first half, the Pirates are 48-49 and 5 1/2 games out of the second National League Wild Card spot. But they are still in fourth place in the National League Central and nine games behind the division-leading Cubs. So, with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, where do they go from here?
Keller stung by bee during start
The All-Star Game has come and gone, and the non-waiver Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away. Until July 31, much of the talk in baseball will be focused around buyers and sellers, blockbuster moves and small deals and an endless buzz of trade rumors.
Felipe Vazquez is no stranger to pitching in Nationals Park. The left-hander made his Major League debut with the Nationals in 2015 and made 96 appearances over nearly two seasons with the club before being traded to the Pirates in a deal for Mark Melancon in July '16.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Felipe Vazquez holds several different titles for the Pirates. He's the closer, first and foremost, though it may be easy to forget this is his first full season holding that job.
Josh Bell finished the first half of the Pirates' season with a clutch two-run, walk-off hit in the rain against the Brewers in the 10th inning to complete a five-game sweep on Sunday. David Freese tied the game in the ninth with an RBI triple off the right-field wall. Joe Musgrove went 7 2/3 innings but allowed a bases-clearing triple to Brett Phillips in the eighth and was charged with five runs.
The offensive output -- 16 combined runs and 22 hits -- is obviously the focal point when discussing top performers. But it's not only about the long ball. There were some exciting pitchers on display to make a more robust top 10 performers list:
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
After relegating him to the bench for a week, the Pirates optioned rookie outfielder Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis before Sunday's first-half finale against the Brewers at PNC Park.
Clay Holmes earned his first big league win with six scoreless innings, while the Pirates hit five solo home runs to seal a doubleheader sweep against the Brewers. Brent Suter allowed one run over five innings for Milwaukee, which has dropped five straight and scored one run between the two games on Saturday. Jordan Luplow homered twice for the Pirates, who have won five straight games and are within two games of .500.
Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco hit back-to-back homers in both halves of the Pirates' doubleheader sweep on Saturday at PNC Park.
The Pirates' bullpen delivered 4 1/3 scoreless innings and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to secure Pittsburgh's victory over Milwaukee in Game 1 of a doubleheader. After Bucs starter Ivan Nova exited with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, reliever Richard Rodriguez escaped the jam and tossed another blank frame. Closer Felipe Vazquez earned his 22nd save. Brewers starter Chase Anderson dealt 5 1/3 innings, supported only by Christian Yelich's RBI single.
Only six days after his return from the disabled list, Francisco Cervelli is back on the shelf.
When the Pirates acquired reliever Kyle Crick in January, his story might have impressed manager Clint Hurdle more than his stuff. Crick was a first-round Draft pick by the Giants in 2011, a starter seemingly destined to eventually reach San Francisco. The right-hander stalled out in the Minors, spending three years in Double-A, before securing a spot in the Giants' bullpen last year.
Nick Kingham and Josh Bell shined as they helped the Pirates push past the Brewers for the club's third straight win. The rookie pitcher went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and tying a season high with nine strikeouts, while Bell went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Junior Guerra had an uncharacteristic start for the Brewers, allowing six runs over five innings of work.
Josh Harrison looked more like himself on Thursday night. It wasn't just that Harrison had two hits, either. It was actually the way he looked in the batter's box.
Jameson Taillon racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts over six strong innings, Jordy Mercer had three hits and four RBIs, and All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez stifled a bases-loaded rally in the ninth as the Pirates took the opener of this five-game series. The lone run against Taillon came on Jesus Aguilar's NL-leading 24th homer, a day after he was named an All-Star and the top seed in the Home Run Derby.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
When the Pirates called up Austin Meadows, they made it clear their top outfield prospect would play. But he was out of the starting lineup on Thursday for the sixth time in seven games.
We spend a lot of time and effort at this time of year looking ahead to what teams might do as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But perhaps a different approach is in order.
Trevor Williams snapped out of a rough stretch to survive five scoreless innings, and Pittsburgh's bullpen kept Washington off the board in the Pirates' win on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. It was the Bucs' 10th shutout of the season, tied with the Giants for second most in the Majors. Starling Marte hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot off Gio Gonzalez. Those were were the only runs allowed by the Nats starter, who pitched six solid innings.
Right-hander Chad Kuhl will be shut down for four weeks after receiving a second opinion that confirmed the Pirates' initial diagnosis of Kuhl's right forearm/elbow injury.
A week ago, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was trying to swing his way out of a slump at Dodger Stadium. Manager Clint Hurdle gave him three games off in a row -- three "work days" -- so Marte could shift his focus away from what happened on the field. That strategy worked for Andrew McCutchen in 2016 and '17, and it seems to be working for Marte as well.
The Pirates played host to more than 60 kids on Tuesday as part of the national PLAY campaign, emphasizing the importance of children getting outside and living a healthy lifestyle. The Pirates' training staff ran stations with different activities, sports dietician Tavis Piattoly spoke about the benefits of a healthy diet and Pittsburgh pitcher Jameson Taillon answered questions and signed autographs after advising the children to be mindful of what they eat and drink.
Joe Musgrove racked up a career-high nine strikeouts in his return to the Pirates' rotation following a brief stint on the disabled list, but the Nationals ran up his pitch count and forced him out of the game after five innings in a 5-1 loss Tuesday night.
Before manager Clint Hurdle announced after Sunday's game that Felipe Vazquez was going to the All-Star Game, Vazquez wasn't thinking about his chances. He was thinking about Francisco Cervelli and Corey Dickerson representing the Pirates at Nationals Park.
Gregory Polanco and new leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson combined to score four times and drive in five, and Ivan Nova battled through 5 2/3 to earn the win. Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for Washington, and prospect Jefry Rodriguez rebounded from a rough opening two frames to give the Nats five solid innings. But Felipe Vazquez squelched a ninth-inning rally to seal the series opener for Pittsburgh.