|PITTSBURGH ( RODRIGUEZ )|
CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )
|905||PITTSBURGH||+110||Ov 7.5,-115||+110||Ov 7.5,-110|
|906||CINCINNATI||-120||Un 7.5,-105||-120||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-6||-1.5||3-6||3.5||0.221||0.292||3.5||0.232||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-4||3.4||0.215||0.277||4.1||0.239||0.296|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-1||+1||1-2||5.0||0.255||0.348||2.3||0.179||0.278|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-4||3.9||0.254||0.317||2.9||0.216||0.296|
|3/31/2014||LIRIANO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-0||W||-170||6.5 un||U||6||5||1||6||8||0|
|4/2/2014||MORTON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-3||W||-150||7 un||P||8||15||2||15||19||2|
|4/3/2014||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-3||L||-155||7 ev||U||6||5||0||7||3||1|
|4/4/2014||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||12-2||W||-105||7 un||O||16||5||0||6||8||1|
|4/5/2014||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||1-6||L||-135||7 un||P||6||11||0||8||6||0|
|4/6/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-1||W||+150||7 un||U||6||4||0||3||3||0|
|4/8/2014||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||7-6||W||-115||7 ov||O||11||11||1||10||5||0|
|4/9/2014||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||5-7||L||-110||9 un||O||6||2||0||14||10||0|
|4/10/2014||COLE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-130||7.5 un||O||8||8||2||6||6||0|
|4/11/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-4||L||105||8 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||1|
|4/12/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||2-3||L||135||8.5 ov||U||8||4||2||7||7||0|
|4/13/2014||MORTON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||4||3||2||7||6||0|
|4/14/2014||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||COLE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|4/16/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|4/21/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|3/31/2014||CUETO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-1||L||+115||7 un||U||3||9||0||5||6||3|
|4/2/2014||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||1-0||W||+110||7 un||U||6||10||1||3||6||1|
|4/3/2014||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-7||L||-105||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||11||8||1|
|4/4/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)||3-4||L||-105||7 ev||P||8||10||0||6||5||1|
|4/5/2014||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||3-6||L||-130||6.5 un||O||7||5||1||6||6||0|
|4/6/2014||SIMON(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-1||W||-105||7 un||U||8||8||0||4||4||0|
|4/7/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-5||L||140||6.5 un||O||10||7||1||9||10||0|
|4/8/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-7||L||130||7 un||O||9||5||1||13||10||0|
|4/9/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-0||W||130||7.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||2||1|
|4/11/2014||CUETO(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-2||L||+105||7 un||U||4||7||0||6||9||0|
|4/12/2014||SIMON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-1||L||+115||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||5||5||0|
|4/13/2014||CINGRANI(L)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)||12-4||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||13||8||0||7||8||1|
|4/18/2014||SIMON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/21/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The roars have faded. The giddiness of ending 21 years of futility and coming with a game of the National League championship series, too.|
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in some ways just another NL contender these days. That dark cloud of two decades of losing is gone after a remarkable 94-68 surge and the playoff berth that came along with it in 2013.
Now the franchise needs to figure out what to do with the rest of its life. For three seasons a club that was a laughingstock when manager Clint Hurdle took over in December 2010 has slowly made inroads to relevance.
Suddenly, the ''World Series or bust'' attitude owner Bob Nutting has espoused for years doesn't seem so laughable anymore.
Press reigning NL Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle on what his team can possibly do for an encore despite a relatively quiet offseason and he responds with his usual eternal optimism.
''Excellence is verb, not a noun,'' Hurdle said. ''You're going to continue to push forward. Our goal is to win a sixth world championship. The fact is, we haven't won an LCS or a division series. We need to maintain our focus on the things we need to do.''
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Reds Preview* ======================
Pittsburgh (6-5) at Cincinnati (3-8), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds split their first 16 meetings a season ago.
It's the last four that Pittsburgh captured that changed the fortunes for both.
The Pirates and Reds will meet for the first time since last year's wild-card game when they open a three-game set Monday night in Cincinnati.
These NL Central rivals were separated by one game heading into the final series of 2013, with the winner of that set clinching home-field advantage for the wild-card game. Pittsburgh (6-6) swept that series by outscoring Cincinnati 16-6, and then went on to post a 6-2 victory in the Pirates' first playoff game since 1992.
The Reds (4-8) fired manager Dusty Baker three days after that defeat while the Pirates nearly upset St. Louis in a division series, falling in five games.
Cincinnati had similar problems at the plate this season under new manager Bryan Price as it did down the stretch against Pittsburgh last year. The Reds broke out of those woes with their highest scoring effort with a season-high 13 hits in Sunday's 12-4 rout of Tampa Bay.
"The key early in the season is to not lose faith," Price said. "We understand that we're a good team, and everyone in there knows it."
Cincinnati entered the contest batting .198 with runners in scoring position, but went 4 for 12 in that department against the Rays. Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and Chris Heisey delivered a pinch-hit grand slam.
"It's so early that you really can't say we're not going to hit with runners in scoring position," Mesoraco said. "We've just got to bear down and try not to do too much."
The Pirates are the team searching for offense now as they fell to 2-4 on this nine-game trip after being swept by red-hot Milwaukee, capped by Sunday's 4-1 defeat. Pittsburgh totaled five runs and struck out 26 times in the three-game set.
Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 10 with five strikeouts and Starling Marte was 2 for 12 with five strikeouts in the series.
Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen combined for 20 RBIs in the regular season against the Reds in 2013, with each homering four times. McCutchen had three hits in his last two games against the Brewers to raise his average from .194 to .233.
Brandon Phillips batted .302 with a team-best 15 RBIs in the season series while Joey Votto had 22 walks and a 1.000 OPS. Jay Bruce, meanwhile, hit .143 with 24 strikeouts and won't find things easy Monday since he is 3 for 35 with 16 strikeouts against Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez (0-2, 5.73 ERA) lost his first two outings to the Chicago Cubs. He is 0-3 with a 4.78 ERA in his last six against Cincinnati. Votto is a career .352 hitter versus the left-hander.
The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (0-1, 7.71), who failed to last past the fifth inning in his first two starts versus St. Louis. Bailey went 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA in his first 12 career outings versus the Pirates before going 0-3 with a 4.30 ERA in four last year.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 7:36:10 AM EST|