National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 16th
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6) at Arizona Diamondbacks (6-3), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Erik Bedard (0-2, 2.25)
Arizona - Joe Saunders (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Erik Bedard hopes to pick up his first victory of the
season and give the Pittsburgh Pirates back-to-back road wins in the first of
three straight games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Signed to add a veteran presence to the Pirates' rotation, the 33-year-old
Bedard has pitched well over his first two starts but hasn't been rewarded
with a win. He lost a 1-0 decision to the Phillies on April 5 despite seven
innings of one-run ball, then allowed two runs over five frames at the Dodgers
on Wednesday. Bedard gave up eight hits and struck out three, but took a 4-1
"I didn't throw many strikes with my breaking ball," said Bedard. "I had two
bad innings where I couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to."
The left-hander has fallen to 8-4 with a 1.79 earned run average in 19 career
starts versus the National League and faces the Diamondbacks for the second
time in his career. Bedard faced them for the first time on June 15, 2007 with
the Orioles and got a no-decision with seven innings of two-run ball.
Pittsburgh opened up a nine-game road trip with five straight losses before
notching a 4-1 win over San Francisco on Sunday. Kevin Correia allowed one run
over six innings and Joel Hanrahan notched his first save of the season.
"We had lost five in a row and we had to turn it around," said Correia. "I
think we've been throwing the ball pretty well. We haven't quite gotten on the
board enough and today we came through with some runs."
Alex Presley finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Garrett Jones crushed a solo
home run, while Neil Walker had two hits and Josh Harrison added an RBI for
Pittsburgh takes its swings tonight against Joe Saunders, who made his season
debut last Wednesday in San Diego and got a no-decision despite seven
scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up four hits and struck out four, but
his club lost a 2-1 decision.
"In a game like that you have to shut them down," said Saunders. "We had the
lead and I was just trying to throw up zeroes and give the bullpen a chance to
Saunders, 30, has faced the Pirates just once and allowed four runs over six
innings of a no-decision.
Arizona avoided a three-game sweep in Colorado by logging a 5-2 win on Sunday.
Trevor Cahill yielded one run over 7 1/3 innings, striking out six.
"[Cahill] had it working very well," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.
"If he, as I expect him to, improve on his control, it will be very good for
Cahill walked two and Bryan Shaw pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings to record his
second save of the season. Chris Young hit a two-run homer and finished with
three RBI in the win.
Arizona now returns home for 10 in a row.
These two clubs split six meetings last season, with Arizona taking two of
three at home.
04/16 10:38:11 ET