|PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )|
COLORADO ( MATZEK )
|961||PITTSBURGH||-140||Ov 10.5,-125||-120||Ov 10.5,-120|
|962||COLORADO||+130||Un 10.5,+105||+110||Un 10.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-8||-0.8||5-11||3.5||0.242||0.307||4.4||0.254||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||1-5||4.7||0.263||0.345||4.0||0.251||0.318|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-17||-3.1||12-15||4.2||0.266||0.319||5.1||0.295||0.368|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||1-4||3.9||0.279||0.324||4.4||0.279||0.349|
|7/12/2014||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||6-5||W||-105||7.5 ov||O||13||10||0||11||8||1|
|7/13/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||3-6||L||110||7 un||O||5||6||1||9||11||2|
|7/18/2014||LIRIANO(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-2||W||-155||7.5 ov||U||9||9||3||8||11||1|
|7/21/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-5||L||-115||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||12||11||0|
|7/22/2014||WORLEY(R)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||12-7||W||-115||8 un||O||12||8||2||9||9||0|
|7/23/2014||LIRIANO(L)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||6-1||W||-155||7.5 un||U||9||4||0||5||6||0|
|7/25/2014||MORTON(R)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)||1-8||L||-115||10 ov||U||5||9||0||10||4||0|
|7/26/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ COLORADO||MATZEK(L)|| |
|7/27/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|7/28/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/29/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|7/30/2014||MORTON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/31/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|7/18/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||2-4||L||145||7.5 ov||U||8||11||1||9||9||3|
|7/19/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||2-3||L||150||7.5 un||U||7||2||1||8||10||0|
|7/20/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-5||L||160||8 un||P||8||5||2||12||11||0|
|7/23/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||6-4||W||+140||10 un||P||11||8||3||12||10||1|
|7/28/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|7/29/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/30/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/31/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||MORALES(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.''
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Rockies Preview* =========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (54-48) at Colorado (42-60), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Jeff Locke has brought an impressive level of consistency since being recalled, something that's been absent from the Pittsburgh Pirates staff since he last pitched.
The left-hander will be out to steady a rotation that has posted a 5.26 ERA over the past four games as Pittsburgh attempts to even its road series with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Locke (2-1, 3.05 ERA) has gone at least six innings while allowing three earned runs or fewer in all eight of his starts since rejoining the big league club June 8. His 2.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 1.27 walks per nine innings during that time all rank among the top seven in the NL.
Locke (eight walks in nine starts) and Clayton Kershaw (14 walks in 15 starts) are the only left-handed starters with fewer walks this season than games started. His record remains less convincing largely because the Pirates have blown four leads after he's departed, though they have won six of his last seven starts.
He faced Colorado in his most recent one, surrendering three runs and seven hits in six innings of Sunday's 5-3 win, which still led to praise from manager Clint Hurdle.
"Our starting pitching got us in a position that kept us in games," Hurdle told MLB's official website after that start.
Colorado's Josh Rutledge and Michael McKenry did the damage with early home runs as Locke didn't earn a decision.
Neither did rookie Tyler Matzek, who also gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings but had a season-high eight strikeouts, and he'll oppose Locke again Saturday.
Matzek (1-4, 4.91) was called up three days after Locke but hasn't been quite as smooth. After winning his debut, the left-hander has allowed at least three earned runs in six of seven starts, all of which have resulted in team losses.
Pittsburgh (54-48) missed out on a chance to catch Atlanta for the second NL wild-card spot by losing the opener. The Rockies' 8-1 victory Friday featured a seven-run seventh and was their fourth straight home win over the Pirates.
Still, Pittsburgh has won five of seven since the All-Star break.
Colorado (42-60) has matched a season best with double-digit hit totals in four straight games while racking up 21 extra-base hits.
A strong pitching effort was more urgently needed after a 1-7 stretch with a 5.93 ERA. The bullpen still surrendered a run for the 10th straight game, over which Rockies relievers have an 8.58 ERA and .375 opponent average.
"It was nice to see our offense but it was even better to see the way we pitched tonight," Carlos Gonzalez said after connecting on his 10th home run of the season.
Gonzalez was helped along by Rutledge, who collected two hits for the fourth time in five games and drove in four runs. He's batting .417 since replacing the injured Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop last Saturday.
Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been out of the lineup for two games after injuring his knee running out of the batter's box Tuesday, but he pinch hit in the seventh inning Friday and remained in the game.
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has reached base in 22 straight games for the longest active streak in the majors.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 10:32:04 PM EST|