|PITTSBURGH ( WORLEY )|
ARIZONA ( ANDERSON )
|909||PITTSBURGH||-115||Ov 8.5,-120||-125||Ov 8.5,+100|
|910||ARIZONA||+105||Un 8.5,+100||+115||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-42||+2.1||42-40||4.3||0.258||0.327||4.1||0.252||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-3||4.9||0.256||0.330||4.6||0.270||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-47||-9.7||40-40||3.9||0.250||0.295||4.7||0.264||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||4-3||4.3||0.237||0.282||4.4||0.257||0.325|
|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)||1-8||L||-115||10.5 un||U||4||5||1||14||8||1|
|7/27/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||7-5||W||-115||10.5 un||O||16||12||1||10||8||0|
|7/28/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-0||W||145||6.5 un||U||7||4||0||4||2||2|
|7/29/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||3-1||W||105||6.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/30/2014||MORTON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||5-7||L||105||7 ev||O||6||5||1||12||11||1|
|7/31/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||4-7||L||-130||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||10||7||0|
|8/1/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)||9-4||W||-120||9 un||O||13||9||1||8||7||0|
|8/2/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|8/3/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||WORLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/19/2014||MILEY(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||9-3||W||-145||8 ev||O||12||7||0||10||7||2|
|7/20/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/25/2014||MILEY(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||5-9||L||-125||8 un||O||11||8||2||12||8||0|
|7/26/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||10-6||W||140||7.5 un||O||16||10||0||17||14||1|
|7/27/2014||NUNO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||-120||9 un||U||6||3||2||4||4||0|
|7/28/2014||ANDERSON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-1||W||130||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||6||9||0|
|7/29/2014||CAHILL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||0-3||L||120||7 ev||U||5||8||0||7||3||2|
|7/30/2014||MILEY(L)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||5-4||W||-110||7 un||O||8||7||0||11||10||0|
|8/5/2014||MILEY(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||NUNO(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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.''
|ARIZONA: PHOENIX (AP) - The season had not even started when the Arizona Diamondbacks took a loss.|
A day before boarding the plane for their season opener in Australia, the Diamondbacks learned scheduled opening-day starter Patrick Corbin had a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and might need season-ending surgery.
Arizona went 21-8 in the young left-hander's starts last season, more than a quarter of the victories for a team that went 81-81 for the second year in a row. The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by splashing around in Arizona's Chase Field swimming pool.
Arizona retooled during the offseason by adding power (Mark Trumbo), a veteran starter (Bronson Arroyo) and a young closer (Addison Reed). Even with the loss of Corbin, the Diamondbacks feel they have the components to contend for at least a wild-card berth.
''They really want it,'' catcher Miguel Montero said. ''They're hungry for something, and that's a good feeling. I think last year we were a little bit more laid back. This year the guys are hungry, and that's a good thing.''
Trumbo noticed a positive attitude right from the start of spring training.
''That's the personality of the guys here and that plays really well for the course of a long season,'' he said. ''You've got to have guys that play the game right way, but play it with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder and bring it every day.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Pittsburgh (58-51) at Arizona (48-62), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Gerrit Cole is set to return from the disabled list soon, which means someone will be heading out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation.
If he keeps pitching like he did earlier this week, it won't be Vance Worley.
With his starting spot hardly guaranteed, Worley looks to build on his complete-game gem Saturday night against an Arizona Diamondbacks team that may be missing star slugger Paul Goldschmidt.
Worley (4-1, 2.54 ERA) stepped into Pittsburgh's rotation when Francisco Liriano and Cole hit the DL, and he's surpassed all reasonable expectations by posting a 2.27 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in seven starts.
Cole was supposed to make his final rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday but was scratched and will instead throw a bullpen session, possibly delaying a return that was expected to happen late next week.
Regardless, Worley seems to have little interest in losing his starting job. The right-hander went the distance in Monday's 5-0 victory at San Francisco, allowing four hits and needing just 100 pitches.
Suddenly, his 7.21 ERA and 1-5 record in 10 starts with Minnesota in 2013 seem like distant memories.
"He had to fight back. He had to make some adjustments," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's been focused. He's been prepared. He's not doing anything he hasn't done before. His confidence is playing. The command is what's showing up."
Worley gave up three runs and four hits over seven innings, striking out a season-high six, in a 10-2 home loss to Arizona (48-62) on July 3.
Perhaps the most likely candidate to move to the bullpen upon Cole's return is Edinson Volquez, who failed to complete six innings for a third straight start Friday and allowed four runs. The Pirates (58-51) trailed 4-1 with just three hits through seven innings, but scored three runs in the eighth and five in the ninth to win 9-4.
"It's just what we do," said Josh Harrison, who doubled and tripled and is 11 for 27 with four homers in his last six games. "We know we're not done 'til the last out."
There was more drama after the final out Friday. Goldschmidt, who didn't start for just the second time this season, was hit in the left hand by an Ernesto Frieri fastball while pinch-hitting in the ninth.
Manager Kirk Gibson wasn't happy, and Diamondbacks first base coach Dave McKay appeared to confront Pirates catcher Russell Martin after the game, leading to a brief altercation between the clubs.
X-rays on Goldschmidt's hand were inconclusive, leaving his status for Saturday in doubt, but he seemed unfazed by Frieri's pitch.
"Guys have to try and get outs. What do you want them to do? Just throw it down the middle?" he said. "They pitch inside as a team. We do it too. We want our pitchers to be able to pitch inside."
Arizona will hand the ball to Chase Anderson (6-4, 3.34), who had the shortest start of his rookie season in a 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh on July 2. The right-hander was pulled after 3 2-3 innings, getting charged with three runs on eight hits and three walks.
Since then, Anderson has been excellent. He's put up a 1.89 ERA in three starts and struck out 21 in 19 innings, holding Cincinnati to a run and three hits over seven in Arizona's 2-1, 15-inning win Monday.
"I've been feeling pretty good out there," Anderson told MLB's official website. "My fastball command's been really good lately. Last couple starts, I've been able to throw that inside, outside, kind of establish that early in the game, which gets me deeper into games."
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 3:00:38 PM EST|