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3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 15, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 11,464

Pirates' Agrazal gets first MLB start vs. Marlins

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins

  1. The Pirates and Marlins will meet for the first time this season after the Pirates took four of five in 2018. The Pirates held the Marlins to just seven runs in the four wins, but gave up seven runs in the one loss in Miami.
  2. Pittsburgh has lost seven straight games, the longest active losing streak in MLB. The Pirates also lost eight straight games earlier this season -- they are the only team to have two separate losing streaks of at least seven games this season.
  3. The Marlins had scored one run or fewer in five of their last six games before beating the Cardinals on Wednesday, 9-5. The Marlins have scored one or zero runs in 24 games this season, nine more than any other team (Reds and Blue Jays, 15).
  4. Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-4 against the Braves on Thursday and is now hitting .350 through 48 career games. The last MLB rookie to hit at least .350 through 48 career games was Yasiel Puig in 2013 (.372) (minimum 150 plate appearances).
  5. Garrett Cooper was one double shy of a cycle against St. Louis on Wednesday, hitting a single, a triple and a home run with four RBI. Cooper is hitting .395 in June, fifth best in MLB (minimum 40 PA).
  6. Trevor Richards has gone at least 5.0 innings while allowing two hits or fewer in each of his last three starts. He is the second pitcher in Marlins history to have three straight starts with 5.0+ innings and two or fewer hits (Al Leiter in 1996).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/14/2019 thru 6/16/2019

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Dario Agrazal will make his major league debut on Saturday when he faces the host Miami Marlins in the middle game of this weekend series.

The Pirates routed the Marlins 11-0 in Friday's opener, snapping a seven-game losing streak and tying a season high with 18 hits.

Agrazal, a 24-year-old native of Panama, was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA this year in 12 minor league starts. In eight Triple-A starts, he went 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA. He held batters to a .216 batting average and had a stellar 0.97 WHIP. In eight of his past 10 starts, he allowed two runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings.

"I'm very excited to be here," Agrazal said after arriving in Miami on Friday. "I'm very grateful to God and to the Pirates for the opportunity."

Agrazal has been in the minors for seven years, compiling a 38-34 record with a 3.45 ERA.

"It has been challenging," Agrazal said of his slow march to the majors, "but those are things that ballplayers go through."

Agrazal is set to become Pittsburgh's 12th starting pitcher of the year -- compared to just seven for the Marlins. Three of Pittsburgh's original rotation members are on the injured list -- Trevor Williams, Jordan Lyles and Jameson Taillon.

A 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, Agrazal is hardly a five-star prospect. He was ranked 29th among Pirates prospects to start this season.

Agrazal will be opposed by Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez (4-5, 4.26 ERA), who has yet to face the Pirates in his brief career.

In his past three starts, Lopez has a 1.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings. Lopez has also been strong at Marlins Park, sporting a 2-1 record and a 1.78 ERA in six starts. On the road, he is 2-4 with a 6.82 ERA.

The Marlins, who have the worst record in the National League, would love for Lopez to step up, especially since Opening Day starter Jose Urena has been placed on the 60-day injured list.

"That was not the news we wanted to hear," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said on Friday.

Offensively, the Pirates are led by rookie outfielder Bryan Reynolds, who went 4-for-5 on Friday to raise his batting average to .364.

Pirates third baseman Colin Moran, playing against the team that drafted him, homered and drove in a career-high five runs on Friday. He is hitting .275 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs.

Moran, the sixth overall selection in the 2013 draft, was traded to the Houston Astros in 2014 and never played a major league game for Miami. He was 1-for-7 in two previous games at Marlins Park.

In addition, Pittsburgh's Josh Bell leads the All-Star Game voting for NL first basemen. He is hitting .321 and leads the Pirates in homers (19) and RBIs (63).

The Marlins, meanwhile, got nine hits on Friday -- all singles. Rookie center fielder Harold Ramirez, who made his major league debut on May 11, was hitting in the .350s until recently. He still leads the team with a .303 batting average, but his slump continued on Friday, when he went 0-for-4.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 15, 2019

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