Pirates Game Discussion: Pirates vs Padres, 6:35 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates (8-12) take on the San Diego Padres (14-7) in game two of a three-game series at PNC Park on Saturday night. The Pirates will send out JT Brubaker (0-2, 6.46) for his fifth start. He has 17 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. The Padres are countering with veteran lefty Sean Manaea (2-2, 3.47), who is making his fifth start. He has 24 strikeouts and a 1.03 WHIP in 23.1 innings.

Cole Tucker has been activated from the COVID-19 Injured List. Tucupita Marcano returns to Altoona.

Here are the lineups:



Don’t be surprised if tomorrow’s game is rained out and they play game three on Monday afternoon. Both teams travel after this series, but they both go local (Cleveland and Detroit) and each have off on Monday. Forecast for Pittsburgh is rain all day Sunday from sun up to sun down.

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