National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 1st
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (25-30) at Los Angeles Dodgers (30-27), 8:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.30)
Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (8-1, 2.18)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Greinke aims to become just baseball's second nine-
game winner this season as the Los Angeles Dodgers wrap a four-game series on
Sunday afternoon with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Greinke carried a Major League-record string of 22 straight starts without
allowing more than two earned runs into his last outing on Tuesday against the
Cincinnati Reds. Though that streak was halted, Greinke still won his third
decision in a row thanks to a positive 6-3 outcome.
The right-hander was charged with three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings,
matching a season high with 11 strikeouts while not issuing a walk.
It marked the first time Greinke allowed more than two earned runs in a start
since July 25, but he still improved to 8-1 with a 2.18 earned run average. He
is tied with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the most victories in the NL this
season and one back of Toronto's Mark Buehrle for the most in baseball.
Greinke, 30, is 5-2 with a 5.29 ERA lifetime against the Pirates, who counter
with Edinson Volquez.
Volquez is 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA in seven previous meetings with the Dodgers and
spent a brief stint with the club last season. Acquired from the San Diego
Padres midseason, the righty went 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six games (5 starts)
with Los Angeles.
Volquez picked up his second win of the season with a solid outing on May 22
versus Washington, but struggled with his command on Tuesday against the New
York Mets in a no-decision. The 30-year-old yielded four hits and a walked a
season-high five batters over five innings, but did limit the damage to just
"It was a challenge for (Volquez) but he kept us in the game," Pittsburgh
manager Clint Hurdle said of his starter.
Volquez is 2-4 on the year with a 4.30 ERA and will try to cool off the
Los Angeles saw its offense erupt on Saturday for a 12-2 win, thanks in large
part to Hanley Ramirez. He went 4-for-4 at the plate and hit a pair of homers
while matching career highs with five RBI and four runs scored.
"Hanley has found something and I hope it continues. Everything fell our way
today," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Matt Kemp, Justin Turner and Drew Butera each drove in two runs for the
Dodgers, who snapped a three-game losing skid.
After flirting with a no-hitter in his last start, Hyun-Jin Ryu yielded two
runs on 10 hits over six solid innings to earn the win.
In the worst outing of his young career, Brandon Cumpton was tagged for 11
runs -- 10 earned -- on 11 hits and two walks over just 3 2/3 innings.
"His (Cumpton) fastball command wasn't what we've seen from him in the past.
It was a bad day for him," said Hurdle.
Jose Tabata collected three hits and Jordy Mercer had an RBI for Pittsburgh,
which had snapped a nine-game slide in Los Angeles by winning the first two
games of this series.
06/01 10:41:29 ET