National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 4th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (31-26) at Florida Marlins (31-24), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 3.89)
Florida - Chris Volstad (2-4, 5.91)
(Sports Network) - Yovani Gallardo has been spectacular on the mound in the
past month. It's a wonder how the Marlins are going to respond against a
pitcher that hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last five
Gallardo gets the starting assignment tonight for the Brewers as they
continue a weekend series at Sun Life Stadium. By winning his last five
starts in dominating fashion, Gallardo has fashioned a 1.29 ERA in that span.
The last loss for the right-hander came May 2 at Atlanta. Incredibly,
opponents are hitting .164 against Gallardo in his last five starts.
He's also 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins.
Countering for the Marlins will be Chris Volstad, who is going in the opposite
direction with an 0-3 mark over his last six outings. The right-hander's last
triumph came April 26 against the Dodgers.
Volstad has faced Milwaukee twice, compiling a 1-0 mark with a 0.73 ERA.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Braun clubbed a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift
the Brewers to a 6-5 victory last night.
Florida closer Leo Nunez (0-2) came on to protect a one-run lead and gave up a
leadoff single to Yuniesky Betancourt. Braun, batting for Milwaukee reliever
Mike McClendon (3-0), followed by launching a 1-1 pitch to the seats beyond
the left field wall.
"Probably the first time ever in my career I got an at-bat without swinging at
all: no batting practice, no flips in the cages, no tee, no nothing," said
Braun, who was battling a sore shoulder.
John Axford walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out
pinch-hitter Brett Hayes to earn his 14th save of the season.
Prince Fielder also belted a two-run homer for Milwaukee, which has won four
of its last six games. Brewers starter Randy Wolf gave up four runs on five
hits in five innings.
Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton both hit solo home runs for the Marlins, who
have dropped four of five.
Milwaukee and Florida are meeting for the first time since splitting eight
encounters a season ago.
06/04 10:37:56 ET
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