|PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|907||PITTSBURGH||+145||Ov 8,-110||+130||Ov 8,-125|
|908||MILWAUKEE||-155||Un 8,-110||-140||Un 8,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-50||-3.2||51-43||4.3||0.258||0.325||4.3||0.256||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.6||4-2||3.3||0.223||0.266||5.7||0.286||0.358|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-12||+7.9||12-18||4.3||0.244||0.297||3.7||0.254||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||4-3||5.0||0.236||0.298||3.3||0.232||0.269|
|8/8/2014||WORLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 ev||U||8||7||0||5||4||1|
|8/9/2014||LIRIANO(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||-165||7 ov||U||9||8||0||4||5||0|
|8/10/2014||MORTON(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-8||L||-110||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||11||9||0|
|8/13/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)||4-8||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||6||1||12||5||1|
|8/14/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-5||L||180||7.5 ov||U||4||4||3||6||6||0|
|8/15/2014||MORTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||11||7||0|
|8/16/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||3-4||L||135||7 ov||P||8||6||0||8||6||0|
|8/17/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||5-6||L||140||7.5 ov||O||10||8||2||10||9||2|
|8/22/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||LOCKE(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/8/2014||LOHSE(R)||LA DODGERS||HERNANDEZ(R)||9-3||W||-145||8.5 un||O||7||2||0||9||8||2|
|8/9/2014||FIERS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-1||W||+120||7.5 un||U||9||4||0||4||3||0|
|8/10/2014||NELSON(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-5||L||+135||6.5 ov||U||6||4||2||14||12||0|
|8/11/2014||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-1||W||-110||7 ov||U||7||3||0||7||5||0|
|8/12/2014||PERALTA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||0-3||L||-115||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||5||0|
|8/13/2014||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||2-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||6||4||1||9||6||0|
|8/14/2014||FIERS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-2||W||-125||7 un||O||9||6||1||5||5||0|
|8/15/2014||NELSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||6-3||W||160||7 un||O||9||10||1||8||5||0|
|8/16/2014||GALLARDO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||180||6 ev||U||5||2||0||7||5||2|
|8/17/2014||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||7-2||W||100||8 un||O||7||4||0||8||9||1|
|8/25/2014||NELSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|8/26/2014||LOHSE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||GALLARDO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.''
|MILWAUKEE: MILWAUKEE (AP) - Two pitches into his spring training return, the Brewers' most important player tried to prove his point.|
Home run, Ryan Braun.
Now let's see how he fares when the games count.
Bolstered by the return of Braun from a 65-game doping suspension and the signing of free-agent starter Matt Garza, Milwaukee enters the 2014 season hoping it has the pieces to contend again in the competitive NL Central.
Braun has vowed to return to his 2011 MVP form.
''I think the expectation is to have an opportunity to compete to get back to the playoffs. That's our goal, I think it's realistic,'' Braun said during spring training in Phoenix.
Staying healthy would help, too. Besides Braun's suspension, injuries sapped much of the Brewers' power last year with projected 3-4-5 hitters Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart each missing various lengths of time. Hart never played because of a knee injury.
Hart is gone, but Braun and Ramirez are back and bolstered by new team cornerstones who emerged last season in Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Brewers Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (65-62) at Milwaukee (71-56), 8:10 p.m. EDT
It was a mere 10 days ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates stood 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
A seven-game losing streak contributed to that deficit currently standing at six, but Pittsburgh has a prime chance to make up some ground as it visits Miller Park for a three-game series beginning Friday night.
The Pirates' push for a second straight playoff appearance took a hit with their extended skid, though they snapped it with their 32nd comeback win of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Gaby Sanchez's walkoff sac fly.
Pittsburgh (65-62), which is fourth in a tight wild-card race, plays nine of its next 12 against the Brewers and second-place St. Louis.
"We don't ever feel like we're down," Sanchez said. "It doesn't matter if we're down by four or five. We can still come back and win a ballgame."
The Pirates have lost seven of 10 meetings with Milwaukee this season - including five of six at Miller Park - but the Brewers know they're about to face a club desperate to get back into the Central race.
"The Pirates are looking to rebound right now, so we need to come out and still do our thing and make sure we stay on top," said Brewers reliever and former Pirate Zach Duke. "This is where everybody wants to be. You want to be in contention when this time of year comes around. That's what makes it fun."
Milwaukee (71-56), which has been in first place since April 5, had won five straight before Wednesday's 9-5 loss to Toronto. The Brewers look to bounce back with help from Yovani Gallardo, who has been hot lately and has had plenty of success against Pittsburgh lately.
Gallardo (8-6, 3.32 ERA) has won his last two starts on the road, giving up one run in seven innings of a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11 and one in eight innings of Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA over his last four outings, pitching at least seven innings four times.
"Yo was just outstanding," manager Ron Roenicke said after Gallardo beat the Dodgers. "He had great command and an outstanding fastball. He really dominated."
Gallardo is 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in his last six starts against the Pirates, including four this season. Most recently he allowed four hits and struck out eight in seven innings of a 1-0 victory June 8.
He opposed Jeff Locke in that contest, and they'll face each other again Friday. Locke (4-3, 3.73) gave up one run and three hits in seven innings to suffer the tough-luck loss in that matchup.
The left-hander allowed four hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings of Pittsburgh's 4-3 loss to Washington on Saturday, a vast improvement after going 2-2 with a 6.38 ERA over his previous four outings.
It also marked the 10th time this season Locke left with a lead, but he's only earned four wins in those outings.
"(Blown leads are) a collective effect, because we're all trying to get to the same place," Locke said. "It'll get scary when we get rolling."
Locke hasn't had much success against Jonathan Lucroy, who is 4 for 8 with a homer, a double and three walks in their matchups. Lucroy is in the midst of a stellar season, with his 42 doubles leading the majors.
No catcher in modern baseball history has ever led baseball in two-base hits, but Lucroy isn't focused on individual accolades.
"Honestly, I want that ring, man," Lucroy told MLB's official website. "That's what I want. Period."
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:13:54 AM EST|