MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 5101
Pittsburgh0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 361
  W: W. Buehler (5-0)   L: J. Brubaker (4-5)   S: K. Jansen (13)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 8, 2021
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 9,047

Pirates look to solve riddle of beating Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Since 2018, the Dodgers and Pirates have met 12 times. The Dodgers are 11-1 in those meetings, averaging 8.08 runs per game compared to the Pirates' 3.83 runs per contest.
  2. The Dodgers are 4-9 against NL Central opponents this season with six of their nine losses being decided by one run. The Dodgers have outscored those NL Central teams by 20 runs (73-53) despite the losing record.
  3. The Pirates were swept by the Dodgers in their last series at PNC Park in 2019 and were outscored 28-11. The Pirates have been swept at home twice this year, with a run differential of minus-nine at PNC Park.
  4. In his last five games, Cody Bellinger has collected five hits and seven RBIs and has a .294 batting average. In his seven games prior, he had four hits with two RBIs with a batting average of .138.
  5. Adam Frazier is on a 10-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active streak in baseball with Evan Longoria (SF) and Austin Meadows (TB). This is his third hitting streak of 10 or more games this season.
  6. Walker Buehler is 4-0 this season with a 2.82 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. In his last start vs. Pittsburgh (May 24, 2019) he earned a win, giving up one earned run over six innings. JT Brubaker went 2-2 in both April and May, though his ERA jumped from 2.63 in April to 4.82 last month.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2021 thru 6/10/2021

Not a lot of people who inhabit the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout or front office were around the last time they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

That was in June 2018, and the Dodgers extended their winning streak over the Pirates to 11 games with a series-opening 5-3 win Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Still, Pirates second-year manager Derek Shelton appreciates the challenge.

"I think it's exciting for our group to play against the team that won the World Series last year and get after this team," Shelton told AT&T Sportsnet.

The Dodgers arrived in Pittsburgh for this three-game set having been a little inconsistent -- 4-7 over the previous 11 games, and Tuesday's win got them to above .500 on the road.

Asked about the up-and-down season the Dodgers are having, Shelton said. "Teams can go through streaks regardless of how good they are. We just have to go out and play good baseball."

Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols, who brings what Shelton called a "veteran presence" to the Dodgers' lineup since joining them earlier this season, will likely play Wednesday after being given a night off Tuesday.

His spot at first base was manned by Max Muncy, who was 2-for-5 with an RBI single after he had been held out since Friday because of an ankle issue. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Muncy will not play second base in this series because of limited lateral movement.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles right-hander Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is probable to start against Pittsburgh left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-5, 4.67).

Gonsolin, who has never faced Pittsburgh, is expected to come off the injured list and will be making his season debut after recovering from a shoulder injury. He recently built his pitch count up to 60 during a rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"Whatever (the team) needs from me (Wednesday), I'm ready to go," Gonsolin said.

Asked about his approach after such a long layoff, Gonsolin said, "Go out there and attack, throw strike one. Try to get some early-count outs. Try to be efficient and see what happens. Physically, I feel good. I'm ready to get out there. I'm ready to get my first outing of 2021 under way and try to attack guys and be confident and do the best I can do."

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said of Gonsolin, "As of now, he's our fifth starter." That gives the Dodgers five true starters for the first time since May 1 when Dustin May got hurt.

Gonsolin essentially will replace David Price, who served as an opener in bullpen games his past three turns.

Anderson has lost three of his past four decisions but is coming off a no-decision Thursday when he gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings against Miami.

The Dodgers' potent lineup, with 73 homers, could be a dangerous team for Anderson to face; he has given up seven home runs over his past four starts.

In his career, Anderson is 3-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 14 starts against Los Angeles.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 9, 2021

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