Chad Kuhl (1-0, 4.19 ERA) and Luis Perdomo (5-5, 6.67 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (55-54) and the San Diego Padres (48-63) at PNC Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on FSSD and RTPT.
Kuhl pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 2-1 win over the Nationals. Perdomo went 6.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking four in a 3-2 defeat to the Brewers in his last outing. Wil Myers (.281, 74 Rs, 21 HRs, 68 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run.
The Padres lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Pirates are 15-12. The Padres are 13-23 in close games this season.
San Diego has won 43% (20-27) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Pittsburgh has won 43% (22-29) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Padres are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Pirates have a 5-14 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 36-9. The Padres have a 37-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 493 this season. San Diego ranks in the top half at 14th with 496.
Ranking 24th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .734.
The Padres are 25-46 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Pirates are 29-42 when they allow at least one homer.