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Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (59-51) at Arizona Diamondbacks (48-63), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Francisco Liriano (3-7, 3.97)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (1-8, 5.59)
(SportsNetwork.com) - You hit our guy. We hit your guy. Now what?
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks will be at that contentious
stalemate on Sunday afternoon when they meet at Chase Field to close out a
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch on Friday night that fractured
his hand, and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen was struck in the back on Saturday
Goldschmidt was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and is batting
.300 with 19 homers and 69 RBI in 109 games this season.
"It hurts (losing Goldschmidt). He's one of the best players on our team for
sure. One of the best players in the league," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson
said. "There are risks to playing the game. We're very familiar with guys
getting hit in the hand."
Arizona reliever Randall Delgado was ejected after hitting McCutchen on
Saturday in an 8-3 loss.
"They had all game to retaliate," McCutchen said. "We understand that
retaliation is going to happen in this game. But you know, there's a right way
to do it. If you're going to hit me, hit me. He hit me square in the spine. If
I get hurt, what happens then?"
The Pirates' win Saturday put them 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the chase
for the National League's Central Division title, and a half-game up on St.
Louis in pursuit of an NL wild card berth. Lefty Francisco Liriano takes the
mound for Pittsburgh in Sunday's finale.
He's won two straight starts after a 1-7 run to begin the season and has
allowed two runs and eight hits across 14 innings. In his last three starts,
his earned run average is 0.95.
"This is a guy who was a huge part of the success we had last year,"
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's why I felt it was important to
get him up and running again."
For Arizona, Trevor Cahill makes his fourth start since return from a minor-
He was beaten, 3-0, by Cincinnati in his most recent start on Tuesday and is
0-2 with a 5.40 ERA since returning.
"He threw the ball better," Gibson said. "He's going to get confidence out of
Cahill was 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA against the Pirates in 2013.
On Saturday, McCutchen's RBI single in the eighth sparked a four-run inning
and guided the Pirates to the win over the Diamondbacks.
Josh Harrison, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, reached on an infield
single to start the eighth and moved to second when Gregory Polanco was
interfered with by catcher Miguel Montero. McCutchen then delivered the
eventual game-winning single to left-center against reliever Brad Ziegler
After Ike Davis grounded out, Polanco and McCutchen scored on Ziegler's
throwing error. Brent Morel doubled in the final run before Ziegler was
Vance Worley was terrific on the mound once again for Pittsburgh. Coming off
his first career complete game, he tossed six innings of one-run ball before
giving way to a pinch-hitter. Jared Hughes (6-2) got the win for a scoreless
Arizona starter Chase Anderson matched Worley, yielding a run over six
innings, but was betrayed by his bullpen. David Peralta had a two-run homer
and drove in all three D-backs' runs.
Pittsburgh took two of three from the D-backs earlier in the year.
08/03 10:35:56 ET