American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 19th
(All times eastern)
Miami Marlins (21-18) at Cleveland Indians (22-17), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 2.28)
Cleveland - Jeanmar Gomez (2-2, 3.75)
(Sports Network) - After winning a tight contest in the first game of this
series, the Miami Marlins will try to capture another win on the road in the
continuation of a three-game interleague series against the Cleveland Indians
at Progressive Field.
The Marlins got another strong outing from Carlos Zambrano, who earned a win
in the first game of the series last night. Zambrano pitched seven innings and
allowed two runs on four hits while striking out a pair.
It would take a sacrifice fly from Hanley Ramirez in the eighth inning to
break a tie that gave the Marlins the 3-2 victory.
Ramirez also hit a double in the game while Omar Infante and Greg Dobbs each
added an RBI in the winning effort. Miami has now won three of its last four
games and with the win is now in a tie for third place in the NL East with the
New York Mets.
In another positive for the Marlins, closer Heath Bell recorded his fourth
save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth inning.
The Indians scored both of their runs in the second inning on an RBI double
from Casey Kotchman, who then came in to score two batters later on an RBI
single from Shin-Soo Choo. Overall the Indians offense struggled, collecting
only four hits in the game.
Cleveland had won four straight games before the loss and now holds a three-
game lead over the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central.
On the hill for Cleveland in Saturday's matchup will be Jeanmar Gomez. A spot
starter for the first two years of his career, Gomez has been a surprisingly
steady pitcher in the early 2012 season. Gomez enters his seventh start of the
season with a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 3.75, which is second among
The right-hander will want to build off the success of his last start in which
he pitched seven innings and allowed just one unearned run in a win over
Unfortunately for Gomez his effort didn't earn him a win as the Indians needed
a run in the top of the ninth inning to earn the 5-4 victory.
"I feel bad for him. I'm glad we were able to come back, but he should have
gotten a win out of that," said manager Manny Acta.
Gomez was suspended earlier this season after hitting Kansas City's Mike
Moustakas with a pitch in a game in which both benches cleared.
Taking the hill for the Marlins will be Anibal Sanchez, who looks to have
recaptured the success of his rookie campaign when he went 10-3 with a 2.83
ERA and also tossed a no-hitter.
Sanchez is 2-1 on the season and is currently tied for the 11th best ERA among
starters in the National League entering his eighth start of the season.
Since his first season in the majors Sanchez has had 10 or more wins only
once and has never had an ERA below 3.55. In the past two years he has put
together a more steady resume, making 32 starts in consecutive seasons for the
first time in his career.
After starting off the season with six straight quality starts Sanchez hit a
bump in his last time out versus Pittsburgh, but still managed to put together
a strong outing. Sanchez allowed three runs over seven innings in the fifth
straight game he has gone that deep in a game.
Unfortunately the effort ended up in a loss for Sanchez as the Marlins again
failed to get enough runs to support the right-hander. On the season the
Marlins score only 3.28 runs per game in games in which Sanchez pitches,
including just four runs combined over the last two starts.
Miami is 5-2 in this series history as the road team and has also owns the
series lead overall with 13 wins in 19 total meetings.
05/19 10:32:47 ET