National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 16th
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (17-19) at Washington Nationals (22-14), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Erik Bedard (2-4, 2.57)
Washington - Gio Gonzalez (4-1, 1.94)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Gio Gonzalez makes his second career start against
Pittsburgh tonight when the Washington Nationals host the Pirates in the first
half of a two-game series at Nationals Park.
The 26-year-old allowed a run on four hits in six innings of his only previous
encounter with Pittsburgh, but walked away without figuring in the decision.
He opened this season unbeaten through his initial four starts before a 2-0
loss at Los Angeles, but has since bounced back with two more wins - against
Philadelphia and Cincinnati - while allowing three runs on nine hits in 12
He's 2-0 at home this year and has allowed just a run on eight hits in 21
innings, while walking three and striking out 22.
The Pirates counter with 33-year-old southpaw Erik Bedard, who pitches for the
first time since exiting a May 9 start against Washington with back spasms.
Bedard worked a scoreless inning before leaving that game - a 4-2 Pittsburgh
win - and had this subsequent assignment pushed back two days to allow for a
He's allowed just three earned runs in 20 career innings against the
Nationals, though it's resulted in a loss and three no-decisions in four
The Ontario native dropped his first four starts of the season in 2012, but
recovered to beat Atlanta and St. Louis on the road before the aborted start
On Tuesday in Miami, Josh Johnson picked up his first win of the season,
Hanley Ramirez hit a pair of RBI doubles and the Marlins defeated the Pirates,
Kevin Correia (1-4), who has lost each of his last four starts, gave up six
runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. Michael McKenry had a solo homer for
Pittsburgh, which saw its season-high three-game win streak come to an end.
In Washington, John Baker collected three hits, drove in three runs and scored
once as the San Diego Padres salvaged a split of a two-game set with the
Nationals with a 6-1 win.
Stephen Strasburg (3-1) was smacked around for four runs on seven hits and two
walks over just four frames. It was Strasburg's shortest outing of the season,
and tied for the second-shortest in the young ace's career.
Bryce Harper hit a solo shot for the Nationals, who have lost two of three.
The Pirates won two of three when they hosted the Nats from May 8-10.
05/16 10:33:18 ET