National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 28th
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (61-41) at Miami Marlins (39-63), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Gerrit Cole (5-3, 3.51)
Miami - Jose Fernandez (6-5, 2.74)
(Sports Network) - Rookie Gerrit Cole was able to break a three-game skid by
beating the Washington Nationals Tuesday. Now the 22-year-old-right-hander
will try to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a win over the Miami Marlins in the
rubber match of a three-game set at Marlins Park.
Cole, the first overall pick of the 2011 draft, threw seven innings in his
last start. He's won both of his road starts and has pitched to a 2.03 ERA in
those contests. That includes limiting the Nats to a pair of hits and a run
over seven innings his last time out. Cole has never faced the Marlins.
Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez has yet to lose at home and is coming off a win
at Colorado Tuesday when he allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings.
The righty also had eight strikeouts.
Fernandez, who will take the mound three days ahead of his 21st birthday, is
3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in nine games at Marlins Park.
The Pirates expect to have Russell Martin back behind the plate today. Martin
hurt his left knee during a collision at home plate Friday night and was held
out of Saturday's contest.
Michael McKenry, Martin's replacement, finished 4-for-5 with two RBI to help
lift the Pirates to a 7-4 win last night.
Neil Walker collected three hits, two of which were doubles, with two RBI and
scored twice while Garrett Jones drove in two runs as well for the Pirates,
who snapped a two-game skid.
"I thought as a whole group we swung the bats really well," McKenry said. "Our
bullpen came in and shut the door tonight. It was fun."
Charlie Morton (3-2) was charged for four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits
with six strikeouts over five innings to earn the victory.
Tom Koehler (2-6) was tagged for five runs on nine hits with three walks in
five frames. He remains winless at Marlins Park with an 0-5 record in 13
games, including six starts, since breaking into the majors last year.
"You kind of make your own luck when you fall behind guys and they're looking
for the fastball, looking for a certain pitch," Koehler said. "That kind of
creates the bad luck. If you get ahead of those guys in those situations maybe
the outcome is different as far as what pitch they're looking for and how they
put the ball in play."
Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton each went 3-for-4 with an RBI while
Placido Polanco and Donovan Solano each drove in a run for the Marlins, who
lost for just the second time in their last six games.
Last year, the Pirates won four of the five games between the clubs. Miami,
though, has won 14 of the last 20 encounters.
07/28 10:26:24 ET