Game 56: Pirates (28-27) at Reds (31-24)

We have reached the rubber match of this three game series between the top two teams in the National League Central. Last night, the Pirates fell short, but reminded us all to not give up on them until the final out. The Pirates will look to get what would be a huge series win over their divisional rivals and return to being two games out and two games over the 500 mark. After the tight 5-4 victory by the Reds last night, both teams will be eager to get back out there.

The Pirates will hand the ball to Kevin Correia, who looks to pick up where he left off last Friday. In the 8-2 win over the Brewers, Correia gave up 2 runs in five and two thirds innings. While Correia certainly hasn’t been the Pirates’ best pitcher this year, he has been far from terrible especially in his last three outings. In those outings, Correia has given up 3 runs or less each time.

The Reds will counter with Mike Leake who also has been pitching very well of late. Leake started the season losing his first five decisions, but has not lost one in his last four starts. Both Correia and Leake have made one start against the Reds/Pirates this year and both pitchers got the loss.

The NL Central is heating up as we get into mid June, and both of these teams are very hungry.

Lineups:
Pirates:
Presley, LF; Walker, 2B; McCutchen, CF; Jones, 1B; Alvarez 3B; Tabata, RF; Barmes; SS, McKenry, C; Correia, P
Reds: Cozart, SS; Heisey, CF; Votto, 1B; Phillips, 2B; Bruce, RF; Frazier, 2B; Ludwick, LF; Mesoraco, C; Leake, P

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