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Pirates Look To Sweep Series With Reds

By: Mike Vukovcan
James McDonald

(Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- This afternoon Pirates righty James McDonald will look to follow-up Charlie Morton’s 5-0 shutout of the Reds last night.

Today’s pitching matchup: James McDonald (2-3, 6.20 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Gametime: 12:35 PM

Pirates/Reds Pre-Game Notes:
*The Pirates have recorded 3 complete games this season vs. the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The last time the Pirates had 3 road complete games in one season against a team was 1991 at St. Louis (Doug Drabek, John Smiley and Zane Smith)

*The Pirates rank fifth in the Majors with 23 home runs on the road. The only teams with more are the Angels (27), Yankees (26), Giants (25) and Cardinals (24). Andrew McCutchen has six homers on the road which is tied for fifth in the Majors.

*The Pirates 12 road wins are tied for the fourth most in the Majors (Tampa Bay leads the way with 14).

*Lyle Overbay had two more hits last night and has now hit safely in 16 of his 20 career games at Great American Ball Park. In those 20 games, Overbay has gone 32 for 81 (.395 average) with seven doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored.

*Ronny Cedeno had two more hits last night and has not hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games, going 18 for 52 (.346 average).

*Keep your eye on Indianapolis shortstop Chase d’Arnaud. He had 3 hits yesterday and has now gone 16 for 30 (.533 average) with a double, triple, home run, seven RBI, nine runs scored and five stolen bases in his last eight games. d’Arnaud, who entered this season rated as Pittsburgh’s 10th best prospect by baseball America, has also made just 3 errors in his first 40 games at AAA after committing 28 last year with AA Altoona.