The Pittsburgh Pirates (20-8) take on the Washington Nationals (9-17) in game three of a three-game series in Washington on Sunday afternoon.
**The Pirates traded catcher Tyler Heineman for IF/OF Vinny Capra today. Heineman was designated for assignment earlier this week.
**The new hero of baseball has been returned to Altoona today. Drew Maggi is still on the 40-man roster for now, but he’s no longer with the Pirates. Hopefully the Pirates vote him for a full World Series share this year when they split up the winnings.
**Anthony Murphy gives his thoughts on a timeline for Henry Davis to reach the majors.
PIRATES VS NATIONALS
Game Time: 1:35 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Johan Oviedo (2-1, 3.03)
Nationals Starter: Josiah Gray (1-4, 2.97)
The finale from our nation's capital.
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INDIANAPOLIS VS COLUMBUS
Game Time: 1:35 PM EST
Projected Starter: Kent Emanuel (0-1, 17.36)
Kent Emanuel makes his second start for Indianapolis. His first was a very rough one that left him with that ERA you see above.
Indianapolis has a 10-16 record this year.
ALTOONA AT READING
Game has been canceled due to rain
GREENSBORO VS ROME
Game Time: 2:00 PM EST
Projected Starter: TBA
No starter for Greensboro listed.
The Grasshoppers have a 13-7 record, best among the four Pirates affiliates.
BRADENTON AT DUNEDIN
Game Time: 12 PM EST DH
Projected Starter: TBA
No starters announced yet for Bradenton’s doubleheader, but Luis Peralta was supposed to go yesterday. He may have warmed up for that game, which would rule him out for today. We will see.
Bradenton at 12-7 had the best record among Pirates affiliates until yesterday when Greensboro overtook them.
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The obvious conclusion I draw from this is that the Pirates were 6-1 with Drew Maggi and merely 14-8 without him.
If the lowly White Sox can score 7 in the 9th vs Rays, certainly our boys can do it.
Priester and gonzales for skubal?
On second thought, that’s a tough one, I’m not sure how long he is out and how effective he will be coming back from that injury……….
stupid rain delay screwed him up
Gnats are the windshield today, Oviedo is the bug.
Oviedo doesn’t have it today. Blame it on rain delay.
Jack was thissss close to a 3-run double down the 1B line. Bummer.
Let it rain! It may be Pirates best hope today to avoid a loss.
Hedges with one of the best catches on a foul bunt attempt you’ll ever see.
Unfortunately Oviedo negates by hanging a 2 strike, 2 out curve to Garcia who plates 2 runs with a hard single. 🤬🤬🤬
Jackson Glenn with three dingerz for GBO. They’re in a rain delay in the seventh, so he may not get another chance.
Any news on Terrmarr Johnson? He hasn’t been in the lineup since, I think, his “dismal” game.
He played in game one today.
Thanks. Missed that box score.
They’re playing baseball in DC!
Let’s go Bucs!
Doesn’t look promising for today, which sucks. Among other things, I was curious how this lineup would do.
Former Bucco Nick Mears up for Colorado today.
How’d the Gnats miss him?
Cheng with another dinger. Maybe it’s the ballpark, but 20 power looking pretty light.
We playing today?
Looking at the weather radar, it appears DC might have a 3-4 hour window if the field is not a swamp.
Brad hand for lonnie white jr for some LHRP help would be dope
that is some good out of the rox thinking
I think the Rockies signed him in the off season, he might not be available for a trade yet?