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arch-enemy to James
August 09, 2018 12:57AM
SAN DIEGO — The Pirates pitching homecoming continues Saturday night at Petco Park.

On Friday Authentic Martin Kaut Jersey , two San Diego County natives — and former high school teammates — pitched for Pittsburgh in downtown San Diego. Starter Joe Musgrove and reliever Steven Brault were raised a half-hour’s drive to the east of Petco Park.

Saturday night, the focus shifts to northern San Diego County as Rancho Bernardo High grad Trevor Williams starts for the Pirates against his hometown club.

While Musgrove and Brault were facing the Padres for the first time, the 26-year-old Williams pitched six innings against the Padres on May 20 in Pittsburgh. He gave up four runs on four hits — including a two-run homer to Christian Villanueva — in six innings but did not get a decision in a game won by the Padres, 8-5.

The right-handed Williams (6-5, 4.03 ERA in 16 starts) will be opposed by left-handed rookie Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.57 ERA). Lucchesi had just gone on the disabled list with a strained glute muscle when the Padres visited Pittsburgh in May.

Williams started the season with three straight wins but is 1-3 with a 6.09 ERA over his last seven starts. However, he allowed only one hit with seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers two starts ago on June 18. That happened to be his only win since May 15.

Saturday night will be his eighth road start of the season. He is 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA on the road. But he is 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA in his last four road starts after opening the season with a 2-0 mark and a 1.50 ERA in his first three road starts.

Williams is coming off a loss in his most recent start against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Sunday afternoon. Williams gave up three runs on five hits in six innings while the Pirates were being shutout.

Lucchesi, 25, will be making his third start since returning from the disabled list June 20.

His first outing on the day he was activated lasted only 1 2/3 innings as he gave up four runs on three hits — including two homers — and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings against Oakland. On June 26, Lucchesi allowed no runs and only one hit and two walks with four strikeouts in Texas, but came out of the game after four innings when he reached his pre-set limit of 70 pitches.

Padres manager Andy Green said Lucchesi now has the green light to go deeper into Saturday’s game if the performance merits it.

Saturday will be Lucchesi’s 12th start around his 33-game stay on the disabled list. At the time of his injury Authentic Saquon Barkley Jersey , Lucchesi was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts – although his ERA had climbed in five of his six starts before going in the disabled list. The Padres are 4-7 in games started by Lucchesi — who has given up 10 home runs in 53 innings, accounting for 15 of the 23 runs he has allowed.

They’ve spent the entire season on the fringe, virtually ignored by all but the most savvy fans and NBA insiders.

They don’t have any household names or any superstars on their roster, just one All-Star and a role player best known for foolish on-court antics.

But as the Indiana Pacers strolled quietly into practice on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena, a building they silenced less than 24 hours earlier with an eye-catching playoff win in Game 1 over the Cavaliers, there was something unmistakable about them.

They’re confident – and they’re no longer a secret.

”People didn’t expect us to do this well,” Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said, leaning back in a cushioned chair at the end of Indiana’s bench. ”We like that. That’s what kind of drives our motor a little bit, being overlooked and no one expecting us to do what we’re currently doing.”

The Pacers were the better team – by far – on Sunday, leading from tip to final horn in a 98-80 victory over Cleveland that snapped a 21-game winning streak in the first round for LeBron James, who had never opened the playoffs before with a loss and figures to be more aggressive in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Led by Victor Oladipo’s 32-point http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-armani-watts-jersey , tough-shot-after-tough-shot performance, Indiana outplayed, outhustled and outlasted Cleveland, giving the Pacers a 4-1 record this season against the three-time defending conference champions.

This may have been a surprise to outsiders, but it was just another day on the office hardwood for the Pacers, who won 48 games during the regular season and were the only team to beat Golden State twice.

Didn’t know that, did you?

Well, most of Indiana’s accomplishments have been woefully under-publicized. That’s what happens when only one of your games is shown on national TV, you’re playing in a mid-market city and you appeared to throw away the future by trading away your biggest star, Paul George, last summer.

But the lack of attention doesn’t faze Pacers. It fuels them.

”They underestimate us Cheap Saquon Barkley Jersey ,” Lance Stephenson said, referring to everyone, not just those Cleveland fans taunting the Pacers on Sunday. ”They didn’t think we would get this far and they didn’t think we was going to win that many games. But if you look at our team, I guess you could say we don’t have that one player or the type of players that stand out, and that’s why they underestimate us.”

Stephenson, the Pacers’ instigator, spark and arch-enemy to James, set the tone for Indiana’s impressive win in Game 1 with a thunderous first-quarter dunk he celebrated by bashing his head into the padded basket stanchion.

”I’m a little dizzy right now,” he joked before Monday’s workout.

His teammates’ heads aren’t spinning after the series-opening win over the Cavs, who swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago. They expected to play well, and they did. The Pacers aren’t flashy http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey , but fundamental. They do the little things: boxing out, diving for loose balls, taking charges.

They’ve been successful by following coach Nate McMillan’s simple formula: share the ball, stop your man and stay connected.

”We’ve been playing like this all year,” said Oladipo, the team’s rising star who has been on a mission since coming over from Oklahoma City in the deal for George. ”Been playing hard on both ends all year. It just hasn’t been magnified. So it’s the playoffs now, we’ve been doing this all year. Now everybody sees.”

Young, who along with Myles Turner are the only starters from last year’s playoff squad, said Indiana’s success is rooted in the team’s togetherness. A year ago, the Pacers were going in different directions.

”We had a lot of guys with egos that we really couldn’t push aside” he said. ”And there was a lot of miscommunication and a lot of different things that were going on. We didn’t know if Paul was going to be here. We didn’t know if Jeff (Teague) was going to stick around. There was a lot of uncertainty and no clarity from Day One and that hurt us from being a better team than we could’ve been.

”But this team here, we’re all in. We take each and every step together. We try to work in unison each and every day. We come to work and put our hard hats on and we all believe in each other.”

The Pacers took Sunday’s win in stride http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jonathan-cooper-jersey , like a team that has won bigger games before. There was no chest-thumping, no bragging, nothing but talk of doing it again.

”There ain’t nothing to celebrate about,” Stephenson said. ”We won the game, but we got more to accomplish.”



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