Game 71: The Boscan

Tonight the Pirates take on the Giants in game two of the four-game series at PNC Park with first pitch set for 7:05PM.

The Pirates recalled RHP Wilfredo Boscan earlier today and sent Curtis Partch back to Triple-A Indy. Boscan pitched last month for the Buccos out of the bullpen, but tonight will be his first Major League start.

Through five games and 12.1 innings, Boscan has pitched effectively for the Pirates with a 2.92 ERA and a 3.36 FIP. He struck out six batters, but walked five. At Triple-A this season, he sported a 6.1 K/9 and an impressive 0.7 BB/9. He issued just four walks in 48.2 innings. The Venezuela right-hander was originally signed as an amateur free agent back in 2006 by the Texas Rangers, but has seen time in the Padres and Red Sox organization before pitching the past two seasons in the minors for the Pirates. He made his Major League debut back on May 19 with two scoreless innings in an 8-2 win over the Braves.

The Giants will roll out their big free agent pick up in the offseason in Johnny Cueto, an old nemesis of the Pirates. Cueto always gives the Pirates fits with some ridiculous numbers against us in his career: 18-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 28 starts. Of course, that doesn’t include that magical 2013 wildcard game when the crowd went nuts, chanted Cueto’s name, he dropped the ball, promptly gave up a home run to Russell Martin and well, you know the rest. I’m sure we’ll hear a couple mocking Cueto chants tonight.

Cueto was dealt to the Royals last season, had a rough time with KC but eventually helped them win a World Series title and then inked a 6-year/$130M contract with the Giants in the offseason. And he’s lived up the contract through a half season with a 10-1 record and a stingy 2.10 ERA through 14 starts, which include three complete games and two shutouts. He’s also surrendered only three home runs this season in 100+ innings. Cueto and Bumgarner are the 1-2 punch that has the Giants in first place of the NL West.

It’ll be another tough night at the dish for the Pirates hitters tonight and Babe Ruth, er I mean, Erik Kratz is out of the lineup tonight so don’t expect much power from the lineup tonight.

Pirates North Shore Nine
Jaso 1B
Polanco RF
Cutch CF
Freese 3B
Marte LF
Harrison 2B
Mercer SS
Stallings C
Boscan P

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