The Pittsburgh Pirates (52-72) take on the Washington Nationals (67-57) for four games this week at PNC Park, with game three taking place tonight at 7:05 PM. The Pirates will send out Joe Musgrove for his 26th start tonight. He gave up two runs over 7.1 innings against the Chicago Cubs last time out, with no walks and nine strikeouts. In his prior two starts combined, he allowed 11 runs in 8.2 innings. Musgrove did not pitch when these two teams met earlier in the season. The Nationals will counter with veteran lefty Patrick Corbin, who has a 3.34 ERA in 153.2 innings, with 180 strikeouts and a 1.18 WHIP. He gave up one run over six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, which followed two runs over six innings against the New York Mets. Corbin had eight strikeouts in each outing. He gave up one run over seven innings against the Pirates earlier this season, striking out 11 batters.
Here are the lineups (note that once Pablo Reyes records his second at-bat today, #131 in the majors, he is no longer a “prospect” and becomes a grizzled MLB veteran):
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1. SS Trea Turner (R)
2. RF Adam Eaton (L)
3. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
4. LF Juan Soto (L)
5. 2B Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
6. 1B Matt Adams (L)
7. CF Victor Robles (R)
8. C Yan Gomes (R)
9. SP Patrick Corbin (L)
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