National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 1st
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (8-14) at San Francisco Giants (12-10), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.20)
San Francisco - Matt Cain (1-1, 2.37)
(Sports Network) - Ricky Nolasco tries to move one step closer to becoming the
Marlins' all-time wins leader this evening when Miami opens a three-game set
with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
Nolasco couldn't get any closer on Thursday against the New York Mets, despite
a terrific effort that saw him allow just a run and five hits in seven
innings. He also fanned five and left with the lead, only to see closer Heath
Bell implode in the ninth in a 3-2 loss.
"It's frustrating. But [Bell's] been here before," said Nolasco, who is 2-0
with a 3.20 ERA on the year. "He's going to be fine. He's going to figure it
out. It's just something he's going to have to battle through, and he's going
to be fine. We need him, and we need him bad."
Nolasco's 66 career wins are two shy of Dontrelle Willis' team record. He
could get himself closer to that mark tonight, as he has won all three of his
AT&T starts, while pitching to a splendid 0,76 ERA. In six starts overall
versus the Giants, Nolasco has posted a 4-2 mark with a sparkling 1.61 ERA.
Miami could use a big start from Nolasco tonight after falling for the eighth
time in nine tries on Monday with a 9-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Donnie Murphy and Austin Kearns each posted two-run blasts for the Marlins,
while Mark Buehrle (1-4) served up eight hits and seven runs -- four earned --
over five full frames.
"Very lousy baseball, period," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "This game
is about adjustments and we're not making any adjustments."
San Francisco, meanwhile, enters tonight's tilt on the heels of a series win
over San Diego. In Sunday's rubber match, Madison Bumgarner spun 7 2/3 innings
of one-run ball and the Giants pulled out a 4-1 win over the Padres.
Bumgarner (4-1) scattered six hits and punched out six to earn his fourth
consecutive victory. Santiago Casilla worked around a two-out walk in the
ninth to record his fourth save of the year.
"I'm not surprised to see what he's done this month because he's a great
talent," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy about Bumgarner's recent success. "He
knows what he wants to do out there and he's throwing a lot of strikes."
Pablo Sandoval belted a solo shot in the first and Joaquin Arias added a two-
run triple in the sixth for the Giants, who have won three of four and five of
their last eight.
Sixteen of the Giants' 22 games this season have been decided by three runs or
Tonight, San Francisco will hand the ball to righty Matt Cain, who suffered
his first loss of the season his last time out. Cain was beaten by the
Cincinnati Reds last Tuesday, surrendering three runs - two in the first - and
five hit sin 6 1/3 innings to fall to 1-1 on the year to go along with a 2.37
"He's one of the best in the league," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said of
Cain. "If you don't get to him early, you saw how he was in the middle
innings. He got that curveball over and was getting all of his pitches. He
found his rhythm."
Cain has never faced the Marlins.
Miami was 4-2 last season versus the Giants.
05/01 10:36:25 ET