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11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE1:15 PM CT, May 12, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 48,555

Pirates seek three straight wins against Cardinals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. St. Louis swept Pittsburgh in the first 2019 series between these teams and has won the season series in each season dating back to 2014, compiling a 55-42 record against Pittsburgh over that span.
  2. The Cardinals were shut out yesterday for the second time this month after not being shut out even once in March and April. Four of the team's five games scoring one or no runs this season have come in May.
  3. The Pirates led 6-2 yesterday before allowing the Rangers to score seven runs over the final two innings. This was the Pirates 12th blown lead loss of the season -- only the Royals have more (16) in 2019.
  4. Melky Cabrera's 12-game hitting streak is tied with Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe for the longest active streak in MLB. He's had three longer hitting streaks in his career, with the longest (an 18-game streak) coming from July-August, 2007.
  5. Michael Wacha has a career 1.75 ERA against the Pirates in home games and a 6.11 ERA against the Pirates on the road. He is walking 6.03 batters per nine innings this season, second most in baseball behind Yu Darvish (7.44; minimum 30 innings).
  6. Josh Bell doubled and homered yesterday, and his 23 extra-base hits this season are tied with Cody Bellinger for second most in MLB behind Javier Baez (24). He is on his second eight-game hitting streak of the season -- these are tied for the longest of his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/9/2019 thru 5/12/2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been impressive in a number of ways this season. One of their best attributes has been their resiliency.

They bounced back from a 17-4 loss in their series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals to win the past two games by the same score of 2-1.

They'll go for three wins in a row when they visit the Cardinals in the series finale on Sunday.

The Pirates have won seven of 10 since an eight-game losing streak from April 21-28.

They lost 14-1 to the Oakland A's last weekend, only to bounce back and win the next two games in the series and post three straight victories overall.

Over in the St. Louis clubhouse, manager Mike Shildt liked what he saw from his offense the past two games. The Cardinals just haven't been rewarded as often as they were on Thursday night, when they went 11-for-25 with runners in scoring position.

"We got their starter with 50 pitches after basically two innings of work (on Saturday), so we're not chasing out of the zone. (We're) taking disciplined at-bats, putting the ball in play," Shildt said. "It is the recipe for success, just not seeing the result of it right now."

The Cardinals will send Dakota Hudson to the mound in the hopes he can help even the series.

Hudson (2-3, 4.63 ERA) faced Pittsburgh earlier this season in his only relief appearance this season and he retired the final two batters to get his first career save in the 5-4 victory in 10 innings.

All four of his appearances against Pittsburgh in his two-year career have come as a reliever. He has allowed one run and no hits in five innings in those games.

Steven Brault (0-1, 7.11 ERA) is set to make his second start of the season for the Pirates. He made his first on Tuesday and allowed two runs and two hits in four innings of a 5-4 win against the visiting Texas Rangers.

Brault has primarily been a reliever in his career, with 51 of his 61 appearances over the past three seasons coming out of the bullpen.

Injuries to the starting pitching staff have provided Brault an opportunity in the rotation. The extra reps from being a starter have helped boost confidence in his mechanics.

"We talked about the idea of working on delivery and the stuff I did all offseason and, now that I have that base, being able to be athletic and let it go," Brault said. "It's not like I have to focus on mechanics because, since I worked on it all offseason, it has the base. I have that, and now when I go on the mound, just go."

Brault has made eight appearances against the Cardinals in his career, including two starts, and is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA.

Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang is hitless in his past 23 at-bats after striking out as a pinch hitter on Thursday, dropping his average to .133.

Kang, who started at third on Opening Day for the Pirates, is beginning to lose playing time to Colin Moran, who's 2-for-5 with a walk in the past two wins.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 12, 2019

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