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Live Discussion: Pirates vs Braves, 12:35 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (29-31) take on the Atlanta Braves (33-28) for three games at PNC Park, with game three taking place this afternoon at 12:35 PM. Chris Archer gets the start today in the series finale. He allowed four runs over seven innings in his last start. That followed consecutive starts of five innings each, in which he gave up a total of seven runs on 12 hits and eight walks. The Braves will counter with right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who has a 6.10 ERA in 38.1 innings, with 32 strikeouts and a 1.28 WHIP. He gave up five runs over five innings in his last start, which followed six shutout innings against the St Louis Cardinals. He has 18 strikeouts and no walks in his last three starts combined.

Here’s some history between these two clubs from 125 years ago today, back when the Braves were called the “Beaneaters” and the Pirates were referred to by the local media and players as the “Braves”:

Here are the lineups:

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bad guys

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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