National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, August 11th
(All times eastern)
Washington Nationals (70-43) at Arizona Diamondbacks (57-56), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.56)
Arizona - Wade Miley (12-7, 2.85)
(Sports Network) - Wade Miley aims for his 13th win of the season this evening
when the Arizona Diamondbacks continue a three-game set with the Washington
Nationals at Chase Field.
Miley pitched well enough to win his last time out, but lost for the second
time in three starts, despite giving up just an unearned run and six hits in
in six innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"It was a tough loss," Arizona outfielder Chris Young said. "Wade pitched his
butt off tonight and the offense wasn't able to score any runs."
Miley, who has allowed just one earned run over his last 14 innings, beat the
Nationals the only other time he faced them and held them scoreless over six
Washington will counter with righty Edwin Jackson, who is 6-7 with a 3.56 ERA.
Jackson did not get a decision on Monday in Houston, as he allowed two runs
and two hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out eight in the 5-4 win.
"Edwin, I thought he had pretty good stuff," Nats manager Davey Johnson said.
"But he was on pace for 120-something pitches if he goes six, and his misses
were really bad misses."
Jackson is 1-2 lifetime versus the Diamondbacks with a 3.90 ERA in six games
Washington won its seventh straight game in Friday's opener, as Stephen
Strasburg and three Nationals relievers combined on a three-hitter in a 9-1
Strasburg (13-5) walked four in his outing, but only allowed one hit and one
run over six frames to earn the victory. He struck out six. Sean Burnett and
Ryan Mattheus each hurled a perfect inning in relief, while Craig Stammen gave
up two hits in a scoreless ninth.
Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer, Michael Morse added a solo shot and
Steve Lombardozzi went 4-for-5 with four runs scored for NL East-leading
Washington, which has won 17 of its last 21 games.
"I don't think any of us are satisfied, we still have our best baseball ahead
of us," Strasburg said.
Trevor Cahill (9-10) was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks
over six innings in defeat. Arizona was coming off a 6-4 road trip.
Washington took two of three from Arizona earlier in the year.
08/11 10:20:59 ET