National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 14th
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (16-18) at Miami Marlins (18-16), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Brad Lincoln (2-0, 0.63)
Miami - Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.01)
(Sports Network) - Venezuelan-born right-hander Anibal Sanchez can stay
unbeaten for the season and keep his team's successful May going tonight
when the Miami Marlins host the Pittsburgh Pirates to begin a two-game series
at Marlins Park.
Miami won for the 10th time in 12 games this month on Sunday when it got a
walk-off grand slam from Giancarlo Stanton to defeat the New York Mets, 8-4,
in the rubber match of a three-game home set.
Stanton's second career walk-off homer came after the Mets pulled ahead in the
top of the ninth against embattled reliever Heath Bell (2-3).
New York broke a 2-2 tie when pinch-hitter Justin Turner delivered a two-out,
two-run double to right field with the bases loaded.
Frank Francisco (1-3) faltered when asked to preserve the Mets' lead. For the
second time in three innings, Emilio Bonifacio led off with a triple and John
Buck, who launched a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh off Ramon
Ramirez, worked a walk before a pinch-hitting Greg Dobbs stroked an RBI single
An ineffective Francisco departed without retiring a batter and was ejected
after giving home plate umpire Todd Tichenor an earful on his way out. Manny
Acosta took the mound and ex-Met Jose Reyes plated pinch-runner Brett Hayes
with a sacrifice fly to center.
After Omar Infante popped out, Acosta walked Hanley Ramirez before hitting
Austin Kearns with a pitch to load the bases. Stanton crushed Acosta's next
offering to deep left-center field for his third career grand slam.
"That was one of those no doubters right off the bat," Stanton said.
Stanton and Bonifacio finished with three hits apiece for Miami.
Sanchez, who won eight games in 32 starts for the Marlins last season after
winning 13 times in 32 starts a season earlier, is unbeaten in six outings
this season while pitching at least seven innings four times.
He's allowed just 12 runs on 31 hits in 40 1/3 composite innings while
defeating Philadelphia and San Francisco and picking up four no-decisions.
The Marlins are 4-2 in games he's pitched.
Sanchez went seven innings and gave up a pair of unearned runs in his most
recent start on May 8 in Houston, but didn't figure in the verdict of a 3-2
He's 2-1 in three career starts against Pittsburgh with a 1.64 earned run
The Pirates counter with right-hander Brad Lincoln, who makes his first start
of 2012 and the 18th of his three-season big-league career.
The Texas native, who'll turn 27 later this month, gets the call in place of
veteran Erik Bedard, who left a May 9 outing against Washington with back
spasms and isn't ready to return.
Lincoln entered that game in relief of Bedard and pitched three innings of
one-hit ball while picking up the win in a 4-2 Pirates triumph.
He's allowed one earned run in 14 1/3 innings of relief work across seven
appearances this season and is 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA in 17 career starts.
On Sunday in Pittsburgh, Josh Harrison smacked a game-winning single in the
bottom of the 12th inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 victory over the Astros in
the finale of a three-game weekend series.
Clint Barmes led off the frame with a double into left off Fernando Rodriguez
(1-4) before Harrison lofted a single into left, allowing Barmes to score from
second as the Pirates wrapped up a nine-game homestand at 5-4.
"That was a huge at-bat," Barmes said of Harrison's hit. "I couldn't be
happier for him. Those are fun games to play, especially when you end up on
the winning side of things."
Tony Watson (3-0) got the victory after tossing a scoreless top of the 12th
while starter A.J. Burnett yielded just two runs on six hits while striking
out four over eight innings of work.
Miami won all six meetings with Pittsburgh a year ago and is unbeaten in the
past eight encounters with the Pirates.
05/14 10:33:07 ET