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  W: R. Hill (2-3)   L: C. Holmes (0-1)   S: K. Jansen (23)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, July 4, 2018
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 53,139

Dodgers ready to keep flexing muscles vs. Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Pirates are coming off back-to-back road series wins against the Mets and the Padres. Despite having a losing record on the season (40-43), Pittsburgh has won more series (13), than it has lost (12).
  2. The Dodgers enter this series having lost three of four, but they still own the National League's best record since June 1 at 18-9. Los Angeles has eight different players with at least nine home runs, the most by any team.
  3. Since last year, the Dodgers are 8-2 against the Pirates, including a 2-1 series victory in early June in Pittsburgh. In those 10 games, Los Angeles has hit .287 with 18 home runs on offense, while holding the Pirates to a .192 average and 3.70 runs per game.
  4. In seven career starts against Pittsburgh, Alex Wood has a 2.79 ERA and a 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio (44/8) in 42.0 innings. Wood has a 5.63 ERA in the first inning this year, compared to a 3.64 ERA from the second inning on.
  5. Since June 1, Max Muncy is slashing .308/.486/.718 with 10 home runs and 16 RBI. His on-base percentage ranks first in the MLB over that time, and his 10 home runs trails only Paul Goldschmidt (11) in the National League.
  6. Yesterday, Colin Moran became the second Pirate rookie in franchise history to have two grand slams in a season, joining Wally Westlake in 1947. He is the first with two in season by any Pirate since Jose Bautista in 2006.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/2/2018 thru 7/4/2018

LOS ANGELES -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are undecided on a starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and volunteers might be hard to come by.

The Dodgers' offense is coming off a productive June when they hit 55 home runs, most in a calendar month in franchise history. And at the start of July, they look even better.

First the Dodgers crushed the Pirates on Monday to the tune of 17 runs and 21 hits. On Tuesday it was six home runs, including back-to-back homers from Joc Pederson and Max Muncy to lead off the game. Muncy went deep twice and has 20 on the season.

So with scheduled starter Joe Musgrove headed to the disabled list with a finger infection, the Pirates must send somebody else to the wolves.

Right-hander Clay Holmes (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the season for Pittsburgh on Wednesday. He has pitched in two games for the Pirates this season, and he threw two hitless, scoreless innings in his most recent appearance June 24 against Arizona. He has never faced the Dodgers.

The Dodgers' Rich Hill (1-3, 4.68) will make his fourth start since coming off the disabled list because of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.

On Friday, Hill faced the Colorado Rockies and gave up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. He threw 110 pitches in that game, validating the series of laser treatments he received while out of action.

"I was really pleased with the consistency of the flight of the ball," Hill said after his last outing, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The way the curveball came out of my hand, the consistency of that. Everything really came together tonight."

Hill is 3-2 lifetime against the Pirates with a 3.25 ERA over nine starts, although he is a far different pitcher than the first time he squared off against them in 2006.

Holmes faces a major challenge against the Dodgers' potent offense. When Matt Kemp went 5-for-5 with a homer on Monday, it gave him a hit in eight consecutive at-bats.

Also homering for the Dodgers on Tuesday were Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor.

The Dodgers' run-scoring onslaught has left the Pirates reeling. Not only did the Pirates' bullpen absorb five innings Monday, it was called on for three more innings Tuesday. Tuesday's starter, Ivan Nova, allowed seven runs on nine hits in his five-plus innings.

"We've been a little short on the front end of things, which has provided some complications on the bullpen," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, according to mlb.com.

The Dodgers will see their 10-game homestand come to an end Wednesday, but their Southern California stay is just beginning. Next up is a "road trip" to Anaheim and San Diego, before three more home games to close out the first half.

The Pirates are 2-3 on their six-game tour of Southern California, having faced the San Diego Padres before arriving in Los Angeles. They are 4-4 on their nine-game road trip, which also included a stop in New York to face the Mets.

Updated July 4, 2018

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