National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 15th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (28-38) at Pittsburgh Pirates (40-27), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.88)
Pittsburgh - Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have captured six consecutive
series from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that streak could come to an end
Saturday in the second of three straight meetings between the clubs.
Lucky for Los Angeles, it will have lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound this
afternoon as its possible stopper. The 2011 National League Cy Young Award
winner is going through a tough time, though. He's 0-2 over his last four
starts and on Monday against Arizona, Kershaw allowed a run over seven innings
in a no-decision.
For his career, Kershaw is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in seven games against the
The Dodgers continued to struggle on the road Friday night by virtue of a 3-0
loss in the opener of this three-game set at PNC Park.
Jeff Locke extended his personal winning streak with seven innings of two-hit
ball. The Dodgers beat up Locke (6-1) in his first start of the season, but he
hasn't been tagged with a loss since -- a span that stretches 13 starts.
The young lefty retired the last 11 batters he faced and allowed just a pair
of singles over his stellar outing.
"He came to pitch," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. "He was on top of
his game, throwing first pitch strikes and working ahead. He was just very,
Andrew McCutchen helped provide all the offense, knocking in a pair of runs
and also scoring once.
Jason Grilli allowed the first two batters to reach in the ninth, but set the
next three down in order to preserve the shutout and notch his 24th save of
Yasiel Puig had two of the Dodgers' six hits as they dropped their fifth
contest in six games. Stephen Fife (1-2) surrendered two runs on six hits and
three walks over five innings in defeat.
"I put myself in some bad spots," said Fife. "That's just the way baseball
goes, they call it a game of inches for a reason."
The last series lost for the Dodgers to the Bucs came when the club dropped
two of three in its season-opening series in 2010.
The Dodgers, though, are just 3-12 on the road since May 3.
Today they'll deal with Brandon Cumpton, who makes his major league debut. The
24-year-old right-hander is filling in for A.J. Burnett, who is on the
disabled list with a Grade 1 tear of his right calf.
The Dodgers won six of seven games with the Pirates in 2012 and swept a three-
game set this season between April 5-7 in Los Angeles.
06/15 10:27:47 ET
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