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Game Thread: Archer and Stallings Try to Stay Hot

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates are going back to the Chris Archer, Jacob Stallings battery that has worked recently Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Archer (3-5) has won back-to-back starts for just the second time in his Pirates tenure this month, both times throwing to Stallings. He’s earned those wins, too, going 13 innings, allowing five runs and striking out a baker’s dozen (3.46 ERA). That includes his last outing on June 6 against these very Braves where he went 6+ with just one run on his ledger.

Braves’ starter Mike Foltynewicz (1-5, 5.89) allowed two home runs in a losing effort against the Bucs on June 6. Since being activated off the IL on Apr. 27, only one pitcher has allowed more homers than him.

Corey Dickerson gets the start in left amid rumors that the Pirates are looking to trade him.

First pitch is at 7:20 p.m..



SS Kevin Newman

LF Corey Dickerson

CF Starling Marte

1B Josh Bell

3B Colin Moran

RF Gregory Polanco

2B Adam Frazier

C Jacob Stallings

P Chris Archer


CF Ronald Acuna Jr.

SS Dansby Swanson

1B Freddie Freeman

3B Josh Donaldson/ Donaldson’s replacement (in the event his jersey is nicked)

RF Nick Markakis

LF Austin Riley

C Brian McCann

2B Ozzie Albies

P Mike Foltynewicz