Pittsburgh Pirates (64-59) at Washington Nationals (68-53)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -154 / Pittsburgh Pirates +144 --- Over/Under: 7
The Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Sunday in Washington as they close out their series.
The Washington Nationals didn’t get the offense going until late but they got it going in time as they got the win on Saturday. Adam laRiche hit a home run, Kevin Frandsen had three hits, and Wilson Ramos had two hits as the Nationals scored four runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out seven over 5.0 innings to no get a decision as Matt Thornton got the win. For Sunday’s game the Nationals start Doug Fister who has won seven of his last eight decisions. For the season Fister has allowed 106 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 69 over 111.2 innings for a 12-3 record and a 2.34 ERA.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the outside looking in at the post season and they fell a little further back as they took the loss on Saturday. Gaby Sanchez had three hits, Starling Marte had two hits, and Russell Martin had a hit as they Pirates scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke allowed four hits and struck out six over 5.2 scoreless innings but he didn’t get the decision as Tony Watson blew the save and Justin Wilson took the loss to fall to 3-3 for the season. For Sunday’s game the Pirates start Edinson Volquez who has won six of his last seven decisions. For the season Volquez has allowed 126 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 95 over 139.2 innings for a 10-7 record and a 3.65 ERA.
Washington is 6-0 in their last six games, 5-1 in game three of a series, and 13-3 in Fister’s last 16 starts. Pittsburgh is 1-5 following a loss, 0-6 in their last six road games, and 5-0 in Volquez’s last six road starts.
Washington is just proving to be the better team and I see them proving it again here.
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