Scouting report: Pirates vs. Astros; Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network
RHP DOUG FISTER (11-8, 3.76) vs. Pirates RHP JAMESON TAILLON (3-2, 3.00)
Gamecast: Taillon has posted quality starts in each of his past seven outings, and in nine of 11 overall. ... This is the only the second interleague series between the teams and the Astros' first visit to PNC Park since 2013. The Pirates have won 14 of the past 19 meetings overall.
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.: Astros RHP Joe Musgrove (1-1, 4.18) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (9-6, 4.83) ... In his big league debut, Musgove tossed 4.1 scoreless innings vs. the Blue Jays. His eight strikeouts tied a major league record for most by a reliever in his first game.
Wednesday, 12:35 p.m.: Astros RHP Collin McHugh (7-10, 4.99 ERA) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (7-8, 3.30) ... Over his past five starts, McHugh is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA and a .381 BAA.
He said it ...
“We threw a flag on him for hogging the ball.” — Clint Hurdle, making a joking reference to RHP Chad Kuhl's ability to make superb defensive plays.
On Saturday, the Astros parlayed six two-run innings into a 12-2 win vs. the Orioles. Per Elias, it's the first time since 1967 that a team has scored at least a dozen runs in a game with nothing but two-run innings.