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After splitting the first two games of this series, the Pirates and Padres look ahead to game three.

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San Diego Padres (8-4) at Pittsburgh Pirates (4-7), Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 6:35pm

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-FM 93.7 The Fan

Padres SB Nation Site: Gaslamp Ball


Starting Pitchers

Pirates - Tyler Anderson - 0-2, 5.23 ERA

Padres - Joe Musgrove - 2-0, 0.00 ERA

Probable Starting Lineups (subject to change)

Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Phillip Evans (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (LF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Kevin Newman (SS)
  6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  7. Dustin Fowler (CF)
  8. Michael Perez (C)
  9. Tyler Anderson (P)

Padres

  1. Trent Grisham (CF)
  2. Manny Machado (3B)
  3. Eric Hosmer (1B)
  4. Tommy Pham (LF)
  5. Jurickson Profar (RF)
  6. Jake Cronenworth (2B)
  7. Ha-Seong Kim (SS)
  8. Victor Caratini (C)
  9. Joe Musgrove (P)

The Buccos will have their hands full tonight as they face their former guy, Joe Musgrove. In his two starts with San Diego, Musgrove has been better than great. In his last start against the Texas Rangers, the 28-year-old right-hander threw the first no-hitter in Padres history. In that start, he was a hit-by-pitch away from hurling a perfect game. In all, Musgrove has tossed 15 scoreless innings on the season. Hopefully, for the Pirates’ sake, he’s due to give up some runs.

For the Pirates, Tyler Anderson takes the hill. In two starts this season, the soft-tossing lefty has allowed six earned runs over 10.1 innings pitched. He’s given up three home runs in the two losses. Both starts were against the Chicago Cubs.

Looking at the Pirates lineup, Phillip Evans remains hot. In 40 plate appearances this season, Evans is hitting .382/.475/.706 with three home runs and two doubles. Although hitless last night, Evans reached base three times in five plate appearances via a walk and two hit by pitches.

Speaking of hit by pitches, keep an eye on whether or not tonight’s contest gets a bit chippy. In last night’s game, there were seven total HBPs. Warnings were given. Will Musgrove retaliate against his old team to gain the trust of his new team? Or can both teams put that kind of silliness aside and just play the game? It will be interesting to see.

Go Bucs.