National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 27
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Pirates (54-49) at Colorado Rockies (42-61), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.86)
Colorado - Franklin Morales (5-5, 5.21)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez aims to get himself back into the win
column on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Pirates try to avoid a three-game sweep
at the hands of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Pitching on 10-days rest, Volquez had a four-start winning streak stopped on
Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who battered him to the tune of five
runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, dropping him to 8-7 to go along with a
"Yeah, too many days between starts," said Volquez. "It made pitching against
a team like that really tough. Everything was up. I couldn't execute my
Volquez, who had given up just three runs in his four previous starts, is 3-8
lifetime versus the Rockies with a 7.80 ERA in 13 starts against them.
Colorado, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Franklin Morales, who is 5-5 with
a 5.21 ERA. Morales lost to Washington on Monday, as he allowed four runs (3
earned) and nine hits in six innings.
"I tried to keep the game there," Morales said. "One inning, I missed one
pitch, the homer. ... After that inning, I started feeling better and better."
Morales is 0-2 in five games (2 starts) versus the Pirates with a 5.87 ERA.
Colorado continued to have its way with the Pirates on Saturday, as Tyler
Matzek tossed seven scoreless innings in the Rockies' 8-1 win. Colorado also
won Friday's opener by an 8-1 margin.
The Rockies' offense erupted for 14 hits, with Josh Rutledge going 3-for-5
with three RBI, Nolan Arenado adding three hits, a homer and two driven in and
Corey Dickerson coming off the bench and contributing a home run and two RBI.
Jeff Locke (2-2) surrendered six runs on 10 hits for Pittsburgh, which had won
five of six coming into this series.
Pittsburgh swept the Rockies in a three-game set earlier this season.
07/27 10:26:54 ET