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Pirates Vs. Reds Game Preview: Game Info, TV Schedule, And More

The Pittsburgh Pirates' latest marathon game likely left the Pirates exhausted and disheartened, as a 14-inning loss Monday night was not ideal for the squads' chances of winning a Wild Card berth. But they'll need to shake off the loss Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds as they remain 2.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League standings.

Pittsburgh's bats are mired in a woeful slump right now: the team has lost four straight and haven't scored more than three runs in any of the games. Last night's 4-3 loss in 14 innings was the most brutal of the set: after putting up three runs in the fourth inning, including one on an RBI by pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, the Bucs wouldn't score in the game's final 10 frames, squandering a decent outing by Rodriguez and seven innings of scoreless relief work by the bullpen before Rick VandenHurk finally gave up a run after the 14th inning stretch.

The Pirates will hope to rouse their bats against Mike Leake, who was roughed up for six runs in only 2.1 innings against Philadelphia in his last performance, and is 0-1 in three starts against Pittsburgh this year. Toeing the rubber for the Pirates is Kevin Correia, who has only given up two runs in his last three outings spanning 10.1 innings.

The Cardinals also lost Monday night against San Diego, but the Pirates fell back a half-game of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were out of action and are now just one game back of the second Wild Card spot.

The game will be available on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

Current Series

Reds lead the series 1-0

Mon 09/10 WP: Alfredo Simon (3 - 2)
LP: Rick VandenHurk (0 - 1)
3 - 4 loss

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Kevin Correia vs Mike Leake

Clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Wed 09/12 7:10 PM EDT

Here's a look at how the Wild Card standings sit heading into Tuesday night's action:

National League Wild Card Standings

Atlanta 81 61 .570 0 Lost 1
St. Louis 75 66 .531 5.5 Lost 1
Los Angeles 74 67 .524 6.5 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 72 68 .514 8 Lost 4
Milwaukee 70 71 .496 10.5 Won 1
Philadelphia 70 71 .496 10.5 Won 5
Arizona 69 72 .489 11.5 Lost 1
San Diego 67 75 .471 14 Won 2
New York 65 76 .460 15.5 Lost 4
Miami 63 79 .443 18 Lost 1
Colorado 57 83 .407 23 Won 1
Chicago 55 86 .390 25.5 Won 4
Houston 44 97 .312 36.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.11.2012 at 10:03 AM CDT)

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