PITTSBURGH PIRATES (1-3) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (3-1)
April 6, 2021 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH — GAME #5/ROAD #5
RHP TREVOR CAHILL (1-2, 3.24 ERA in 2020) vs. LHP WADE MILEY (0-3, 5.65 ERA in 2020)
THE PIRATES…suffered a 5-3 loss to the Reds Monday night…Have lost their last three games after beating the Cubs, 5-3, on Opening Day at Wrigley Field…Were 1-3
after four games in 2020 (2-3 after five).
LOVING THE LEFTIES: The Pirates are scheduled to face their first left-handed starter of the young season tonight…Jacob
Stallings hit .324 (11-for-34) against southpaws in 2020 and holds a career average of .309 (30-for-97) vs. LHP…Kevin
Newman is 2-for-3 off lefties this season and has produced a .297 (51-for-172) average in his career against southpaws.
TREVOR ON THE CA-HILL: In his last five appearances with the Giants during the 2020 season (all in relief), Trevor Cahill
did not allow an earned run in 5.0 innings of work…In his six starts last season, he was charged with two earned runs or less
five times (he gave up a season-high four runs in his final start on 9/10)…In two career starts at Great American Ball Park,
Cahill has produced a 2.77 ERA (13.0ip/4er)…Prior to tonight, Cahill’s last start at Great American Ball Park came on 7/29/14.
FEAR THE BEARD: Colin Moran homered Sunday in Chicago and again Monday night here in Cincinnati…He has now homered
in back-to-back games six times in his big league career, including the very first time he did so on June 16-17, 2018 – also
against the Reds…The last Pittsburgh player to homer in three consecutive games was Josh Bell (August 11-13, 2019).
FRIENDS TO FOES: Tonight’s opposing pitchers, Trevor Cahill and Wade Miley, were former teammates with Arizona from
2012-2014…In 2012 Miley led the D-Backs staff with 16 wins and Cahill was third with 13.
PHILTHY: Phillip Evans has gone 4-for-8 with a homer and two RBI while starting the last two games at third base…In his
11 starts with the Pirates last season, Evans hit .359 (14-for-39) with a homer and nine RBI…Overall, Evans is hitting .383
(18-for-47) with two homers, 11 RBI, a .453 on-base percentage and a 1.006 OPS in his 13 career starts with the Bucs.
THE RAP ON REYNOLDS: Bryan Reynolds has hit safely in each of the first four games this season (5-for-15), which includes
a solo home run Monday night…He hit safely in each of his first six career games played at Great American Ball Park (9-for-21,
.429) and enters tonight’s action having reached base safely in 11 of his 12 career starts in Cincinnati.
AND THE WHIFF: Pittsburgh’s bullpen leads all Major League teams with 26 strikeouts…Overall, the Bucco pitching staff has
punched out 45 batters in 33.0 innings of work this season; ranking fifth among all big league teams in Ks.
THE HOME OPENER: The Pirates are scheduled to play their first home game of the season at PNC Park on Thursday – against
the Cubs…It will mark the 25th time (first since a 1-0 win in 10 innings in 2005) in which the Pirates will host the Cubs in
their Home Opener…Game time is scheduled for 1:35…The National Anthem will be performed by 30-year Pirates season
ticket holder and 34-year Pittsburgh public school teacher Tim Pollack…God Bless America will be sung by Tech Sgt. Vannessa
Norris of the US Air Force.
HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: The first homestand of the season is scheduled to begin with the Home Opener against the Cubs
Thursday afternoon…Following a day off Friday, the series with the Cubs continues Saturday and Sunday before the Padres
come to town for a four-game series beginning Monday night…The Pirates will now be starting their Sunday home games at
1:05pm for the first time since 1980 and weekday games in April, May and September are scheduled to start at 6:35pm.
SHELTY’S CREW: Manager Derek Shelton and his entire 2020 coaching staff have returned for a second season in 2021…
Christian Marrero has joined the staff as Assistant Hitting Coach…Returning coaches include Tarrik Brock (First Base),
Joey Cora (Third Base), Rick Eckstein (Hitting), Don Kelly (Bench), Oscar Marin (Pitching), Justin Meccage (Bullpen), Mike
Rabelo (Field Coordinator) and Glenn Sherlock…Catching coaches Herbie Andrade and Jordan Comadena have returned.
THE PIPELINE TO PITTSBURGH: The Pirates entered the 2021 campaign with the eighth-best minor league system in all of
baseball according to MLB Pipeline…It’s the club’s first time to be among the top 10 farm rankings since the beginning of
2017…Four members of the organization are currently among MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects, led by third baseman Ke’Bryan
Hayes (#9) and followed by infielder Nick Gonzales (#43), RHP Quinn Priester (#52) and infielder Oneil Cruz (#64).
BIG LEAGUE ROSTER: Pitchers (14) – Tyler Anderson, David Bednar, JT Brubaker, Trevor Cahill, Kyle Crick, Michael Feliz, Clay Holmes, Sam Howard, Mitch Keller, Chad Kuhl, Luis Oviedo, Richard Rodríguez, Chris Stratton, Duane Underwood, Jr….
Catchers (2) – Michael Perez, Jacob Stallings…Infielders (6) – Wilmer Difo, Phillip Evans, Adam Frazier, Erik González, Colin
Moran, Kevin Newman…Outfielders (4) – Anthony Alford, Dustin Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Bryan Reynolds.
TAXI SQUAD: INF Rodolfo Castro, RHP Sean Poppen, LHP Chasen Shreve and C Andrew Susac.
SPRING FLING: The Pirates posted a 13-14-2 record in spring training action this year…Ke’Bryan Hayes lead all qualifying
Major League players with a .431 batting average and .463 OBP…Kevin Newman hit .606 (20-for-33) and did not strike out in
his 39 plate appearances; his .606 average was the highest in spring training since Houston’s Tony Eusebio also hit .606 (20-
for-33) in 1994…Gregory Polanco led the team in RBI (10)…Bryan Reynolds and Todd Frazier shared the lead in HR (3)…
Tyler Anderson led the staff in innings pitched (18.0) and shared the team lead in strikeouts (18) with David Bednar (8.2ip).
ON THIS DATE IN PIRATES HISTORY
April 6, 1988: For the second time in his career, switch-hitter Bobby Bonilla homers from both sides of the plate, taking Philadelphia starter Kevin Gross deep while batting left-handed in the third inning and homereing off Jeff Calhoun in the eighth inning batting right-handed.
UP-COMING GAMES AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
Wednesday at Cincinnati 12:35 RHP Chad Kuhl (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Castillo (0-1, 21.60 ERA) AT&T SportsNet
Thursday vs. Chicago (NL) 1:35 RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Anderson (0-1, 5.40 ERA) AT&T SportsNet
Friday in Pittsburgh OFF DAY
Saturday vs. Chicago (NL) 6:35 TBA vs. RHP Mitch Keller (0-1, 9.00 ERA) AT&T SportsNet
Sunday vs. Chicago (NL) 1:05 TBA vs. RHP JT Brubaker (0-0, 2.25 ERA) AT&T SportsNet
TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHER
35 – RHP TREVOR CAHILL
YEAR W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO
2020 1-2 3.24 11 6 0 0 25.0 16 10 9 14 31
2021 0-0 — 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
M.L. CAREER 85-94 4.20 352 225 3 2 1470.2 1405 745 686 601 1119
vs. CINCINNATI: 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA (27.1ip/12er) in 15 career games (two starts)…Has made 12 straight relief appearances since making his last start on 7/29/14
at Great American Ball Park while pitching with Arizona; suffered a 3-0 loss to Mike Leake (6.0ip/3er)…Made his first start on 8/22/13 – also with Arizona – and gave
up one run in 7.0ip in a no-decision…Has made just one appearance against the Reds (2.0ip/0r on 6/26/19) since the end of the 2016 season.
DATE/OPP W/L IP H R ER BB SO PITCHES ERA SCORE
3/12 Signed as a Free Agent
3/19 Threw 24 pitches (1.0ip) in a B Game
3/22 vs. Orioles W 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 17 0.00 6-5 W
3/26 vs. Tigers L 1.2 3 3 3 3 1 40 7.36 2-5 L
TOTALS (1-1, 7.36 ERA) 3.2 3 3 3 3 2 81
CAREER BATTING: .121 (22-for-182) 3 2B 1 3B 0 HR 12 RBI 20 SACS
2021 BATTING: .000 (0-for-0) 0 2B 0 3B 0 HR 0 RBI 0 SACS
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