Live Game Discussion: Pirates vs Reds, 7:05 PM; Alford Fractures Elbow

The Pittsburgh Pirates with their Christmas record (12-25) take on the Cincinnati Reds (17-22) on Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates and Reds split a doubleheader last night. Trevor Williams will face off against right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. Williams will be making his eighth start of the season. He has a 5.50 ERA in 34.1 innings, with 32 strikeouts and a 1.54 WHIP.  DeSclafani will be making his sixth start. He has a 7.71 ERA in 21 innings, with 14 strikeouts and a 1.67 WHIP.

I moved the history article links up here today because it’s Bill Mazeroski’s 84 birthday and we have his bio and a special Card of the Day article for him. Also, keep up with the 1979 Season Recap as the Pirates look to clinch their division. Bio up top also includes Lefty Leifield, who was a pretty special pitcher for the Pirates.

The Pirates optioned Cody Ponce to Altoona. He was the extra man for yesterday’s doubleheader.

Here are the lineups:



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UPDATE: Anthony Alford fractured his right elbow according to the Pirates. In the third inning, he crashed into the center field wall, attempting to catch a ball that ended up as a homer. Obviously this will end Alford’s season.