National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 14th
(All times eastern)
Washington Nationals (50-34) at Miami Marlins (41-45), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Gio Gonzalez (12-3, 2.92)
Miami - Mark Buehrle (8-8, 3.25)
(Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez was born and raised in Hialeah, which is very
close to Marlins Park.
Tonight, the Washington left-hander has an opportunity to not only pitch for
the first time in South Florida, but can win his fifth straight start and
improve his already awesome road record for the NL East leaders.
Gonzalez heads into tonight's start against the Miami Marlins tied with Mets
knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey for the major league lead in wins. Dickey
pitches this afternoon in Atlanta.
Gonzalez, who turned in a scoreless inning in relief of the National League's
All-Star Game win Tuesday, is coming off a victory against Colorado last
Saturday, when he limited the Rockies to a run in six innings. He hasn't lost
since June 15 against the Yankees and is 7-1 in nine road starts this year.
This will be the second career start for Gonzalez against the Marlins. On June
28 last year, he gave up one hit in eight shutout innings of a 1-0 Oakland
Mark Buehrle, who is coming off one of the best outings of the season,
counters for the Marlins. The southpaw threw 7 2/3 shutout innings at
Milwaukee on July 5 to win his third consecutive start. Buehrle allowed just
six hits, didn't walk a batter and fanned eight to tie a season-high in the
4-0 triumph. It marked the first time in his career that he pitched at
least seven innings with no walks, no runs and at least eight strikeouts.
Although his record is stuck at .500 for the season, Buehrle's 3.25 ERA at the
All-Star break was his lowest since 2007 (3.03).
This will be the first time Buehrle faces the Nationals since they moved out
of Montreal. He pitched against the Expos on June 18, 2004 in Montreal.
Overall, he is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in two career starts against the club.
Last night, Jordan Zimmermann spun six scoreless innings of four-hit ball as
the Nationals won, 5-1, to start this four-game series.
Zimmermann (6-6) struck out six and walked just one batter to earn his third
win in his last four starts.
Ryan Zimmerman registered three hits, including a two-run homer, and Jesus
Flores added a two-run single to help the Nationals secure their sixth victory
in their last eight games.
Josh Johnson (5-6) was charged for all five runs on 11 hits with six
strikeouts to take his first loss in 17-career games (16 starts) against the
John Buck knocked in the lone run for Miami, which has lost three straight.
"We couldn't put it together because Zimmermann threw the ball pretty good,"
said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "Hopefully tomorrow we come here and swing
the bat better."
Miami swept a three-game series from the Nationals at Marlins Park from May
28-30, but the teams have split six meetings this season.
07/14 10:34:46 ET