Preview of Thursday's Pirates-Reds game
Pirates beat reporter Karen Price's inside look at Thursday's game:
• This will be Tony Cingrani's first career start against the Pirates. According to Elias, Cingrani is the first pitcher in MLB history to begin his career with 22 starts without allowing more than five hits in any of those appearances. In 21⁄3 career relief innings against the Pirates, Cingrani has allowed one hit (double, Pedro Alvarez) and no runs.
• Thursday's game will be just the second time this season the Pirates have faced a left-handed starter (the first was Chicago's Travis Wood on April 10, a 5-4 win). Every other team in the majors has had at least three games against lefties. The Pirates expect to face their third lefty of the year Saturday against St. Louis' Tyler Lyons.
Heading into Wednesday's game, the Pirates and Reds had combined for 21 one-run games this season. The Pirates were 7-4 overall and 4-3 in one-run games at PNC Park, and the Reds led the majors with seven one-run losses.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game
- Liriano, Snider lift Pirates to a victory over Dodgers at PNC Park
- Selig: Pirates’ rebirth a positive step for baseball
- Pirates notebook: Phillies’ Burnett not demanding trade
- Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key
- Pirates notebook: Polanco, Puig held out of series opener
- Pirates notebook: Huntington staying patient as trade deadline approaches
- Wednesday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates
- Cutch or Tulo: Who’s the better MVP candidate?
- Monday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates