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North Shore Notes 6/16: Pirates v. Dodgers

In the rubber match of a three-game set between the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-28) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (29-38), Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.84 ERA) makes his second start in the big leagues opposite 2008 Cy Young winner Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.68 ERA).

Greinke is the fourth Cy Young winner the Pirates face in a span of six days. Tim Lincecum (winner in 2008 and 2009), Barry Zito (2002), and Clayton Kershaw (2011) all pitched against the Pirates this week and Pittsburgh so far is 2-1 against these pitchers after losing in 11 innings yesterday.

Greinke faced the Pirates earlier this season in the series that saw the Dodgers sweep the Pirates, and Greinke pitched six and one-third shutout innings in his first start of the season. Greinke allowed only two hits to the Buccos, walked none, and struck out six.

But at PNC Park, Greinke has started two games at the Pirates ballpark in his career and owns a 1-1 record with a 6.39 ERA. Pirate hitters that have faced Greinke own a collective .220 lifetime average against the right-hander.

–If Gerrit Cole can earn a victory in today’s game, he would become the first pitcher since Josh Fogg in 2002 to start his major league career 2-0 with the Pirates. The victory would follow a debut in which Cole walked no batters, a debut that made him only the third Pirate pitcher to toss at least six innings without allowing a walk in his Major League debut.

Following Cole’s debut Tuesday, Brandon Cumpton made his own yesterday and threw five-plus innings before the Dodgers roughed him up in the sixth for four runs. Cumpton did make a little bit of history though, as his four strikeouts to begin a debut marked the first time a National League pitcher accomplished such a feat since the Dodgers’ Pete Richert opened his career on April 12, 1962 with four straight punch-outs against the Reds.

Starling Marte once again sits out with discomfort in his ribs, an injury he sustained earlier this week when sliding headfirst. While his status is officially still just day-to-day, the deadline set for Marte to hit the disabled list or not is fast approaching. Manager Clint Hurdle said earlier this week the decision would be made prior to when the Pirates open a four-game set on the road against Cincinnati.

Russell Martin is also out of the lineup this afternoon, as the catcher was scratched with lower body soreness.

Lineups

Pirates

1. Alex Presley LF

2. Jordy Mercer SS

3. Andrew McCutchen CF

4. Garrett Jones 1B

5. Neil Walker 2B

6. Pedro Alvarez 3B

7. Travis Snider RF

8. Michael McKenry C

9. Gerrit Cole P

Dodgers

1.  Skip Schumaker LF

2. Nick Punto 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

4. Yasiel Puig RF

5. Andre Ethier CF

6. Juan Uribe 3B

7. Tim Federowicz C

8. Luis Cruz 2B

 

9. Zack Greinke P

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