National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 1st
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (34-21) at Pittsburgh Pirates (34-21), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mike Leake (4-2, 3.02)
Pittsburgh - Francisco Liriano (3-1, 2.35)
(Sports Network) - Mike Leake has been spectacular his last three starts for
the Cincinnati Reds, but the right-hander struggled in his only start when
facing the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.
Leake heads back to the mound tonight when the Reds resume their weekend
series in Pittsburgh. He's 2-0 with an astounding 0.43 ERA in his last three
starts. That includes a season-high 16 2/3 inning scoreless streak that was
snapped Monday against Cleveland.
Leake is 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 12 career games against the Pirates.
Francisco Liriano tries to bounce back from his first loss of the season
tonight for the Buccos. The lefty was beaten in Detroit on Monday after
allowing eight hits and four runs in five innings. He's never faced the Reds.
Last night, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce both hit solo homers and Johnny
Cueto tossed eight stellar innings of one-hit ball to help the Reds blank the
Pirates, 6-0, in the 1,000th regular season game in PNC Park history.
Cueto (3-0), who returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since suffering a
strained right triceps in a 3-1 loss April 13, struck out six and walked one
batter in the impressive victory.
The right-hander also improved to 13-4 in 21 career starts against the
Pirates, including a 8-2 mark in 13 games at Pittsburgh.
"He was pretty vintage if there is such a thing," Bruce said of Cueto. "He
Phillips scored three times while Derrick Robinson drove in two runs for the
Reds, who snapped a brief two-game skid.
Pittsburgh, which had a six-game home winning streak come to an end, saw
starter Wandy Rodriguez (6-3) allow both solo shots and walk three over seven
The lefty was looking to win a career-high five straight starts, but fell to
0-3 over his last six outings versus Cincinnati.
The Pirates swept a three-game series over the Reds at PNC Park during the
season's first month (April 12-14).
06/01 10:27:14 ET