The Pittsburgh Pirates (24-20) take on the Colorado Rockies (20-25) for three games at PNC Park, starting tonight at 7:05 PM. Chris Archer will get the ball in the opener, making his second start since returning from a thumb injury. He went 3.2 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowing six earned runs on four hits and four walks. The Rockies will send out 24-year-old right-hander German Marquez, who has a 3.80 ERA in 64 innings, with 65 strikeouts and a 1.19 WHIP. He has given up ten hits in each of his last two outings, allowing five runs in 6.1 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, and just two runs over 5.2 innings in his previous start against the San Diego Padres.
Here are the lineups. Gregory Polanco was a late scratch after being in the original lineup:
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 21, 2019
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UPDATE: regarding the Polanco scratch…
Pirates say Gregory Polanco was scratched earlier due to "finger discomfort," which he sustained after jamming a finger in his left hand on Sunday.
— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) May 21, 2019
UPDATE #2: Cervelli removed early as a precaution
Pirates say Cervelli left the game as a precaution due to an upper chest contusion.
— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) May 22, 2019
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