The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced fans will save each time the Pirates pitching staff strikes out a batter during the first two games of the team's series at the New York Mets with the "How Many Ks" promotion. The fan-value promotion, a new take on the popular "You Score as the Bucs Score," will allow fans an opportunity to save one dollar for every strikeout on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 when the team visits the New York Mets at Citi Field as part of a four-game series.
For every strikeout the Pirates pitching staff records during the two games in New York, fans will receive one dollar off the purchase price of Lower Outfield Box and Outfield Box seats for a game during the week of Monday, May 13 thru Friday, May 17 as the Pirates host the Milwaukee Brewers for a four-game series and the Houston Astros on Friday. The regular advance purchase price for Lower Outfield Box seats is $32, while Outfield Box seats are $28, so if the Pirates strike out a total of 15 batters during the two games against the Mets, individual tickets will be made available for just $17 per game in the Lower Outfield Box section and $13 in the Outfield Box section throughout the following week.
Games eligible for discount:
- Monday, May 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)
- Tuesday, May 14 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)
- Wednesday, May 15 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)
- Thursday, May 16 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)
- Friday, May 17 vs Houston Astros (7:05 p.m.) - Free Shirt Friday presented by ROOT SPORTS
As a team, the Pirates pitching staff ranks fifth in the National League in total strikeouts with 259 with the bullpen leading the N.L. with 110. The anticipated starter for the Thursday, May 9 game is Pirates' lefthanded pitcher Jeff Locke. Locke struck out a season-high six batters on April 23 at Philadelphia and has a total of 19 strikeouts entering his next start. The following night's starter is expected to be left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Rodriguez has 25 total strikeouts this season and struck out a season-high seven batters in his last start on May 5 vs the Washington Nationals. In addition, Pirates closer Jason Grilli ranks second among N.L. relievers with 23 strikeouts.
Tickets for the week of the promotion will be made available for purchase 30 minutes following the conclusion of the game on Friday, May 10 exclusively at pirates.com/howmanyks. Tickets will also be available for purchase at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the PNC Park box office or by calling 1-877-893-2827. The promotion will run as long as supplies last.