Paul Wilson’s suspension is over. He hopes the problems he experienced in his last start are as well.
Coming off one of his worst outings of the season, Wilson will try to help the Cincinnati Reds win for the third time in four games when they meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle game of their series at PNC Park.
As he steps back onto the mound, however, he’ll try to forget about his performance against the St. Louis Cardinals last week. Wilson allowed seven runs and nine hits over six innings in the 9-6 defeat, his first loss since May 24.
“I got the ball up the first two innings and I can’t do that,” Wilson said. “I don’t have the kind of stuff to live up there.”
Wilson will now try to help the Reds clinch their first series win since they swept a three-game set from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from June 10-12.
In Tuesday’s series opener, Jose Guillen hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run in the eighth to give the Reds a 5-3 victory.
Over the first 10 games of Cincinnati’s 12-game road trip, Guillen is batting .417 (15-for-36) with three home runs. While Guillen may not play every day, manager Bob Boone said he is “our fourth outfielder—but our best hitter.”
Brian Giles hit a two-run home run for the Pirates in the first inning Tuesday, his first homer in 67 at-bats.
The Pirates, who swept a three-game series from the Reds to open the season, have lost two of their last three.
STANDINGS: Reds - 4th place, 3 1/2 GB, NL Central. Pirates - 5th place, 7 1/2 GB, NL Central.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Wilson (5-5, 4.63 ERA). Wilson has no record and a 3.21 ERA in two previous appearances against the Pirates.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Kip Wells (2-3, 3.59 ERA). Wells has not received a decision in three of his last four starts. Last Wednesday, he gave up three runs and seven hits in the Pirates’ 6-5 win over the Montreal Expos. The 26-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA in seven career games against the Reds.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .304 avg.; Adam Dunn, 23 HRs and 51 runs; Austin Kearns, 57 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 11 SBs. Pirates - Giles, .309 avg.; Reggie Sanders, 12 HRs; Aramis Ramirez, 47 RBIs; Kenny Lofton, 51 runs and 15 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Pirates, 3-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - 3B Boone is batting .188 (3-for-16) in his career against RHP Wells. … OF Guillen has hit .373 in 42 starts since April 24. … LHP Jimmy Anderson refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville and elected to become a free agent. He was designated for assignment Friday. Pirates - C Jason Kendall is hitless in five career at-bats against RHP Wilson. … CF Lofton was pulled in the eighth inning Tuesday with a sore right calf. There was no update on his injury after the game. … The Pirates activated RHP Mike Lincoln from the 60-day disabled list. He had been out since the start of the season with a right shoulder contusion suffered when he slipped on an errant golf ball.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 18-23 on the road; Pirates - 16-24 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - INF Ryan Freel (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Kent Mercker (back), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL. Pirates - INF Randall Simon (hand), 15-day DL; INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL.