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Game Thread: Musgrove vs. Mikolas

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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing loss on Monday night, the Pirates and Cardinals are set to face off in game two. Now that it seems apparent the Pirates aren’t going to rattle off another 11 game winning streak, they will turn to Joe Musgrove to further their endeavors as a spoiler in the NL Central.

Musgrove is coming off of a strong outing against Cincinnati where he allowed two runs over 6.1 innings of work. However, he did earn the loss against the Cardinals on 8/30, while getting shelled for five runs over six innings.

Opposing Musgrove, the Cardinals will be sending Miles Mikolas to the hill. Despite pitching well when facing off against Pittsburgh (3.38 ERA), Mikolas is winless in four starts against the Bucs in 2018. He tossed 5 innings of two run baseball while earning the loss in his last outing against the Pirates on 8/29.

Game time is 8:15 pm EDT.

Here are the lineups:

PIRATES

  1. Adam Frazier RF
  2. Starling Marte CF
  3. Josh Bell 1B
  4. Francisco Cervelli C
  5. Corey Dickerson LF
  6. Colin Moran 3B
  7. Kevin Kramer 2B
  8. Kevin Newman SS
  9. Joe Musgrove P

CARDINALS

  1. Matt Carpenter 3B
  2. Jose Martinez RF
  3. Matt Adams 1B
  4. Marcell Ozuna LF
  5. Paul DeJong SS
  6. Kolten Wong 2B
  7. Harrison Bader CF
  8. Francisco Pena C
  9. Miles Mikolas P