|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
PITTSBURGH ( VOLQUEZ )
|951||CINCINNATI||+135||Ov 7.5,-115||+125||Ov 7.5,+105|
|952||PITTSBURGH||-145||Un 7.5,-105||-135||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-53||-6.2||44-55||3.7||0.242||0.295||3.6||0.237||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||3-3||3.0||0.209||0.269||3.4||0.227||0.305|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-52||-1.2||53-47||4.3||0.258||0.325||4.2||0.257||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-5||4.9||0.253||0.307||2.4||0.254||0.329|
|8/15/2014||CUETO(R)||@ COLORADO||BELISLE(R)||3-2||W||-145||9 un||U||11||9||0||6||6||0|
|8/17/2014||LATOS(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||9-10||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||14||11||1|
|8/17/2014||AXELROD(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||5-10||L||115||10.5 un||O||7||4||1||16||8||1|
|8/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||5-6||L||120||8 un||O||8||8||0||13||7||1|
|8/19/2014||SIMON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)||4-5||L||155||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||14||13||3|
|8/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-7||L||-105||6.5 ov||O||9||9||1||10||10||2|
|8/26/2014||CUETO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||0-3||L||-170||7 ev||U||3||5||1||8||7||0|
|8/27/2014||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||TURNER(R)||7-5||W||-165||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||11||6||3|
|8/28/2014||AXELROD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||7-2||W||-105||7 un||O||11||10||0||5||5||2|
|8/29/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||SIMON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|9/2/2014||LATOS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/3/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|9/4/2014||SIMON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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)||8-3||W||135||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||6||9||3|
|8/23/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||10-2||W||115||8 ov||O||12||7||0||12||13||1|
|8/24/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)||3-4||L||125||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||13||7||0|
|8/25/2014||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)||2-3||L||-145||7.5 un||U||8||5||2||8||7||1|
|8/26/2014||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||7||0|
|8/27/2014||LOCKE(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-1||W||+100||7.5 un||U||10||9||1||7||7||1|
|9/1/2014||COLE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/3/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Pirates Preview* ======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Cincinnati (64-69) at Pittsburgh (69-64), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates have begun to improve on an uninspiring divisional record during their current 15-game stretch against NL Central foes.
After series wins against the two teams ahead of them in the division, they'll now try to keep the Cincinnati Reds at a comfortable distance Friday night when the teams open a three-game series at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh (69-64) took two of three in Milwaukee before returning home and capturing two of three against St. Louis with Wednesday's 3-1 victory. Still, the team is just 26-32 within the Central.
The Pirates have won five of seven behind the pitching staff's 2.32 ERA, a number Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.56 ERA) has been nearly in line with over his last six starts.
Volquez, a former Reds starter, hasn't lost in over a month, going 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in six outings. He was, however, quite hittable in Saturday's 10-2 win in Milwaukee. The right-hander surrendered two runs and a career high-matching 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings but earned the victory.
He's been roughed up by his former team this season, going 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in two starts. Jay Bruce is 6 for 11 with a home run off Volquez, while Ryan Ludwick is 2 for 13 with seven strikeouts.
Another win would give him his highest total since he went 17-6 in 2008, his first season in Cincinnati.
The Reds (65-69) have won nine of 13 in the season series, including five of seven in Pittsburgh.
After Thursday's 7-2 home win over Chicago, they've won four of five overall. The Reds stole six bases in a game for the firs time in over eight years. Billy Hamilton had one to accompany a 2-for-2 day at the plate with two walks, two runs and two RBIs. The center fielder has hit safely in eight straight against Pittsburgh with a .425 average.
Mike Leake takes the mound hoping for a similar day from the lineup. Leake (10-11, 3.51) limited Atlanta to two hits in 6 2-3 innings of Saturday's 1-0 win and earned the decision after allowing nine runs in 12 innings over his previous two starts.
"He had A-grade stuff," manager Bryan Price told MLB's official website.
The right-hander has thrown more innings at PNC (56) than any other visiting ballpark, but he has a 1-3 record and 3.21 ERA to show for it over nine career starts there. He's gone 11 starts without losing to the Pirates - a 5-0 stretch with a 3.97 ERA.
He's faced Andrew McCutchen (13 for 48) more than any other hitter in baseball, and it seems that matchup will be renewed after the reigning NL MVP returned to the lineup Wednesday after aggravating an ongoing rib injury Tuesday.
"I'm not going to be passive. I'm going to keep playing like I play," said McCutchen, who is batting .412 in 13 games against Cincinnati this season. "If my body says, 'No,' my body says, 'No.' But it's nothing big. This takes time to heal, and there are going to be days like this. We just want those kinds of days to be minuscule."
Among Pirates hitters, Russell Martin has done the most damage against Leake with a 10-for-27 mark.
Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez was out of the lineup Wednesday, a day after he was removed due to left foot discomfort. Alvarez left PNC Park with a walking boot on his foot after Tuesday's game and was seen wearing the boot in the clubhouse Wednesday, but the club hasn't issued an update.
The Pirates could also be without Travis Snider after the right fielder left Wednesday's game with a hamstring injury.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:00:10 AM EST|