Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 26th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (47-30) at Seattle Mariners (34-44), 3:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 3.07)
Seattle - Felix Hernandez (8-4, 2.71)
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Pirates try to extend their season-high
winning streak to six games on Wednesday when they close out a brief two-game
series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Pittsburgh continued to roll in Tuesday's opener, as Starling Marte belted two
of the Pirates' five home runs in a 9-4 win. Brandon Inge had a three-run home
run. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez each hit solo shots for Pittsburgh, which
has won seven of nine and is one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the
National League Central lead.
"The power jumped up, and it was nice to see," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle
said. "I felt confident it would come on this trip."
Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke (7-1) was solid through seven innings. The lefty
gave up two runs on four hits and walked two batters.
"Not a lot of rhythm and rhyme early," Hurdle expounded. "He just went out and
Justin Smoak had a two-run homer while Kyle Seager hit a solo shot for the
Starter Joe Saunders (5-8) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, his shortest outing
since Aug. 7, 2009, as a member of the Angels. He surrendered six runs,
including three home runs.
Pittsburgh will have its work cut out for it on Wednesday, as it goes up
against former AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, who is 8-4 with a
2.71 ERA. Hernandez, though, was rocked by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
on Thursday to the tune of seven runs (6 earned) and 12 hits in five innings.
He did not get a decision in the 10-8 loss, however.
"I'm not thinking about it," said Hernandez. "I'll just go out there and do
what I know I can do."
Hernandez has beaten the Pirates both times he has faced them and has only
allowed one run in 16 innings of work against them.
The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jeanmar Gomez, who has been
on the disabled list the past three weeks with forearm tightness. He had been
2-0 with a 3.07 ERA before the injury.
Seattle split two games with the Pirates in early May at PNC Park.
06/26 10:35:07 ET