National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, August 17th
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (58-59) at Houston Astros (39-80), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (12-8, 3.02)
Houston - Dallas Keuchel (1-4, 5.29)
(Sports Network) - Young lefty Wade Miley aims for a first win in his third
August start tonight when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series
with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
The Diamondbacks enter the series on the fringe of contention for the second
of the National League's two wild card playoff berths. They trail the
Pittsburgh Pirates by six games for the No. 2 slot and are 10 games in back of
the Atlanta Braves, who now hold the No. 1 position.
Houston has the worst record in the majors.
Miley, a Louisiana native who'll turn 26 in November, was 12-6 on the season
after an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 in which he went
eight innings and allowed a run on three hits.
He's pitched twice in August and lost a pair of decisions while allowing 15
hits and seven runs in 10 1/3 innings at Pittsburgh and home against
The former supplemental draft choice (2008) reached the majors with Arizona in
2011 and won four of six decisions with a 4.50 earned run average in 40
He was 9-4 this year through the end of June, then went 3-2 in July before
hitting the skids thus far in August.
He scored a 12-3 win over Houston on July 21 after giving up a run on four
hits in seven innings.
The Astros go with rookie lefty Dallas Keuchel, who was on the losing side of
the July 21 matchup with Miley.
The 24-year-old was chased after 3 1/3 innings in that outing due to an
Arizona barrage that included seven hits and six earned runs while raising
Keuchel's ERA from 2.45 to 4.03.
The youngster was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA after his first three starts in the
majors this season, but has since gone 0-4 in six starts while watching the
ERA swell to 5.29.
In five home starts, he's 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings.
On Thursday in St. Louis, back-to-back homers by Paul Goldschmidt and Chris
Young on consecutive pitches in the top of the ninth inning lifted the
Diamondbacks to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game
After Jason Motte (4-4) struck out Miguel Montero to begin the frame,
Goldschmidt smacked a long ball into the left-center field seats and Young
followed with a blast to left.
J.J. Putz worked a 1-2-3 home half to notch his 23rd save of the year, while
David Hernandez (2-2) got the win with a scoreless eighth.
Trevor Cahill surrendered a run on five hits and a walk over six innings for
Arizona, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to St. Louis.
"It's been a slow go for us, and we were getting shut out again," Arizona
manager Kirk Gibson said. "Guys were upbeat right until the end and good
On Wednesday in Chicago, David DeJesus belted a pair home runs among his four
hits as the Cubs topped the Astros, 7-2, in the finale of a three-game set
Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Jose Altuve registered three hits and Scott Moore had a solo homer and scored
both runs for the Astros, who lost for the third time in their last four
Bud Norris (5-10) was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs on eight
hits and three walks before a grounder back to the mound struck him in the
left foot and forced him from the game with one out in the fourth.
The Diamondbacks swept a three-game series in Phoenix in July, outscoring the
Astros, 33-13. Arizona won the 2011 season series, six games to one, and
hasn't lost it since 2006.
08/17 10:41:28 ET
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