National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (3-4) at Miami Marlins (3-5), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Bud Norris (0-0, 2.57)
Miami - Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 6.00)
(Sports Network) - Coming off their first win at their new stadium, the Miami
Marlins turn to Carlos Zambrano as the powerful right-hander tries to continue
his domination of the Astros.
Zambrano holds a 16-8 mark with a 2.72 ERA in 34 games (32 starts) vs.
Houston. In his career, he has a home record of 6-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 15
starts, which includes a current five-game winning streak.
Zambrano's first start of 2012 resulted in a no-decision when he threw six
innings at Cincinnati, allowing four runs.
Bud Norris also didn't factor in the decision of his opening start of 2012.
The Astros righty pitched seven innings against Colorado and had eight
strikeouts. He's 1-1 with a 6.65 ERA in four previous starts vs. the Marlins.
Last night's opener of this three-game set went to 11 innings, when Gaby
Sanchez drove in Chris Coghlan with a double, sending Miami to a 5-4 victory
over the Astros.
Brandon Lyon (0-1) failed to record an out, allowing Coghlan to reach with an
infield single to third. Sanchez followed by lacing the game-winning hit to
"For me, it's great that it happened, but I would be just as happy as anybody
else doing it," Sanchez said.
It made a winner of Ryan Webb (1-0) who turned in a scoreless top of the 11th
for the Marlins, who had dropped two in a row at Philadelphia.
J.D. Martinez finished with two hits, including a two-run homer, and two runs
scored for the Astros, who have lost three in a row.
"All of our four losses, guys have done a great job at getting ourselves back
in games," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "We've given ourselves a chance to
win, or at least score runs, but it hasn't been there."
The Marlins took six of the seven meetings last season.
04/14 10:35:25 ET