National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 19th
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (42-29) at Cincinnati Reds (43-29), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Jeff Locke (6-1, 2.19)
Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.27)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Bronson Arroyo tries to even his career record
against the team that drafted him when the Cincinnati Reds host the Pittsburgh
Pirates in the third test of a four-game series between National League
Central Division rivals at Great American Ball Park.
A 36-year-old native of Key West, Fla., Arroyo was a third-round selection of
the Pirates in 1995 and reached the majors in 2000, when he made 12 starts in
20 outings with a 2-6 record and 6.40 earned run average.
He remained with the Pirates and made 17 starts in 33 appearances over the
next two seasons, going 7-8 in 115 1/3 innings before he headed to the Boston
Red Sox after Pittsburgh placed him on waivers.
Arroyo won 24 games in three seasons with the Red Sox and headed to Cincinnati
in a trade for outfielder Wily Mo Pena on March 20, 2006.
He's won double-digit games in five of seven full seasons with the Reds and
earned his sixth win of 2013 with eight scoreless innings against Colorado on
In two subsequent starts, both no-decisions, he's allowed 18 hits and five
runs in 13 2/3 innings. In 15 lifetime meetings with the Pirates, he's 6-7
with a 3.88 ERA in 92 2/3 innings.
He's opposed by lefty Jeff Locke, who'll aim for his second victory of the
season over the Reds.
The 25-year-old from New Hampshire allowed a single run on four hits in five
innings of his second start of the season on April 13 against Cincinnati -
winning a 3-1 decision.
He turned in a sixth start of 2013 in which he allowed no runs on June 14,
when he gave up just two hits in seven innings of a 3-0 defeat of the Los
Angeles Dodgers that lowered his ERA to 2.19.
The Pirates are 8-6 in games that Locke has pitched, but have won just three
of his seven starts on the road.
On Tuesday, the Pirates handed Cincinnati's Mat Latos his first regular-season
loss since Aug. 24 of last year. Pedro Alvarez knocked in two runs and Charlie
Morton tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Pittsburgh beat the Reds, 4-0.
Latos (6-1), who was unbeaten in his previous 21 non-playoff starts, gave up
three runs on three hits in the first inning. The right-hander settled down
after that and ended with nine strikeouts and three walks over five full
frames. He fell to 4-1 lifetime against Pittsburgh.
On the other hand, Morton (1-1) allowed just three hits in his second start
since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Russell Martin and Starling Marte each had an RBI and run scored for the
Pirates, who bounced back after taking a 4-1 loss in the series opener on
Cincinnati won two of three games with Pittsburgh earlier in June at PNC Park,
while the Pirates swept a three-game series there earlier in the season.
06/19 10:37:47 ET