Pittsburgh Pirates Player News: Pitchers

News: Vazquez allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout during a four-out save in a 9-8 victory against the Reds on Sunday.
Impact: The Pirates saw their five-run lead shrink to one in the eighth, so manager Clint Hurdle didn't hesitate to call on Vazquez for four outs. He registered the last out of the eighth inning without an issue, but it's a good thing the Pirates added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame because Vazquez yielded a solo homer to lead off the ninth. Despite the run, Vazquez posted his 23rd save of the season. He is also 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 51.1 innings this season.
News: Agrazal (3-3) allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts across five innings while earning a victory against the Reds on Sunday.
Impact: After giving up three runs in the first, it looked like Agrazal was headed for another short outing, but he pulled it together and yielded just one more run over the next four innings while the Pirates offense exploded for nine runs on the afternoon. While it wasn't a great stat line overall, Agrazal did match his season best five strikeouts in the win, which was his first during the second half. He owns a 4.41 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 49 innings this season. Agrazal will likely be back on the hill Friday at the Rockies.
News: Agrazal will serve as the Pirates' starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Reds.
Impact: As expected, Agrazal will enter the rotation as a replacement for Chris Archer (shoulder), who landed on the 10-day injured list earlier in the week. Agrazal was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday and tossed two scoreless innings against the Nationals that same day, so he'll be returning to the hill on three days' rest. Because Agrazal only tossed 23 pitches in that outing, however, he shouldn't face any significant restrictions as he steps back into the rotation for his first start with Pittsburgh since Aug. 5.
News: Williams (6-6) pitched six scoreless innings while allowing three hits with one walk and three strikeouts to earn a victory against the Reds on Saturday.
Impact: The 27-year-old really took a turn for the worse this season after he suffered an injury in his side in May. He came back a month later and has seen his ERA rise more than 2.00 in the last 11 starts. However, Williams was on point Saturday, throwing six zeroes for the first time since his first start of the year. He is back to the .500 mark with a 5.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 112.2 innings this season. Williams will have the tough task of building upon this start at Coors Field against the Rockies on Thursday.