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National League Preview from The SportsNetwork
Tuesday, April 15th (All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6) at Cincinnati Reds (4-8), 7:10 p.m. - Scheduled Game
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.46) Cincinnati - Mike Leake (1-1, 2.45)
(SportsNetwork.com) - All the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds did on arainy Monday night at Great American Ball Park was combine for 10 home runsthrough just six innings before a weather delay eventually suspended thecontest.
The Pirates and Reds will get a chance to extend that record-settingperformance on Tuesday evening as they will resume that contest before takingpart in the second contest of this three-game set later in the night.
The opener will pick up at 5:30 p.m. ET with the score tied at 7-7 after bothclubs put on a power display. The Pirates connected on back-to-back homers onthree different occasions in the game, while three of the Reds' four home runscame with a runner on.
The combined 10 home runs set a new record for Great American Ball Park andthe three sets of back-to-back homers marks the first time that has happenedsince the Boston Red Sox did so on June 17, 1977.
Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez clubbed back-to-back shots to open the second andsixth innings, while Starling Marte and Travis Snider did it to start thefifth.
"Small park, a lot of wind, the rain ... and the ball carries well here,regardless," Walker told his team's website. "I know we hit some balls wedidn't think would get out, but did."
Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto all hit two-run homers for the Reds,while Devin Mesoraco tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth.
After finishing up the opener, the second game of this set is expected tostart at 7:10 p.m. ET, with Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole in line to start againstMike Leake of Cincinnati.
Cole will face the Reds for the first time in his career and has won sixstraight regular-season starts dating back to last year. That includes a winin his first two outings of 2014, and the 23-year-old righty is coming off a5-4 win at the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
Though Cole struck out 10 batters in six innings of work, he also allowedfour runs on five hits and two walks. One run he yielded was unearned.
"I pitched OK. Fortunately we played a great game as a team," said Cole. "Inthose kind of games you have to keep grinding and try to give your teams asmany innings as you can and try to outlast the other guy."
Leake has split his first two outings of the season, giving up four runs over6 2/3 frames of a loss in his season opener on April 4 at the New York Mets.He then faced the St. Louis Cardinals last Wednesday and rebounded with eightscoreless innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 victory.
The 26-year-old righty went 3-0 with a 3.28 earned run average in four startsversus the Pirates a season ago.
The Pirates won 11 of their 19 meetings with the Reds last season, capping theseries with a three-game sweep in Cincinnati from Sept. 27-29.
04/15 10:42:28 ET