National League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, June 8 (All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (32-28) at Arizona Diamondbacks (26-37), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Aaron Harang (4-4, 3.24) Arizona - Chase Anderson (4-0, 3.32)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona rookie Chase Anderson puts his unblemished record on the line Sunday when the Diamondbacks play the rubber match of a three-game series versus the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field.
Anderson became the fifth rookie since 1998 to win his first four starts on Tuesday in Colorado, as he held the Rockies to a run and four hits in six innings to lower his ERA to 3.32.
"The 4-0, I mean my name is next to it, but it's obviously for the team," Anderson said. "I mean, shoot, look at the run support that I've had. It's a testament to the run support I've gotten and the defense that's been played behind me. Having that kind of run support helps you relax a little bit as a rookie and I think that's played into me being consistent in all my starts because I've had that support."
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace Jered Weaver was the last rookie to win his first four back in 2006 and actually reeled off wins in seven straight to start his career.
Atlanta, meanwhile, will counter with veteran Aaron Harang, who is 4-4 with a 3.24 ERA. Harang did not get a decision for the fourth straight start last Sunday in Miami, as he allowed a pair of runs and five hits with four walks in 6 2/3 innings of his team's 4-2 win.
Harang has faced the D'backs 17 times (16 starts) and is 3-8 with a 3.20 ERA.
Arizona evened this series at a game apiece on Saturday, as Gerardo Parra singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to carry the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 win.
With David Carpenter (4-1) on the mound, Cody Ross singled with one out and Didi Gregorius followed with a walk. Parra then blooped a single to center and Ross scored easily for the win.
Miguel Montero hit a solo home run while Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with a run scored for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of their last five games.
Wade Miley gave Arizona a solid start, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts over seven frames. Randall Delgado (1-1) pitched a scoreless 11th inning for the win.
Jason Heyward hit a solo home run and drove in two, while Evan Gattis was 3- for-5 with an RBI for the Braves, who have lost three of four.
"We had an opportunity to win and (the Diamondbacks) made the most of it," Heyward said. "They put some at-bats together and that broken-bat hit there at the end, that looks like a line drive tomorrow."
This is the first series between these teams since Atlanta won four of six matchups a season ago. The Braves are 13-4 in the last 16 matchups with Arizona.
06/08 10:23:11 ET