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Game Thread: Williams, Pirates look to salvage a game before road trip

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to salvage the finale of the three-game Arizona Diamondbacks series before hitting the road. Here is your game thread.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in disarray. They have gone 10-22 over their last 32 games and sit dangerously close to officially falling out of any kind of contention.

The club needs a stopper, and needs it fast.

Enter....Trevor Williams?

Don’t laugh. Williams is coming off of what was arguably the best start of his young career, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball against the Milwaukee Brewers. It may just end up being a case of having the hot hand on the mound at the right time.

Then again, it may be a shootout today, as Statcast tells us:

Offensively speaking, the Pirates will trot out a more-or-less standard lineup, save for one obvious lineup decision that is sure to raise the ire of many fans.


CF Jarrod Dyson
2B Ketel Marte
3B Jake Lamb
LF David Peralta
1B Daniel Descalso
C JR Murphy
RF Chris Owings
SS Nick Ahmed
P Clay Buchholz


2B Josh Harrison
RF Austin Meadows
CF Starling Marte
3B Colin Moran
LF Corey Dickerson
C Elias Diaz
1B Josh Bell
SS Sean Rodriguez
P Trevor Williams

NOTE: I’m filling in in getting this game thread up for Alex Stumpf, who is at the park today. Follow him on twitter for great insights during the game —> @alexjstumpf