National League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, May 24th
(All times eastern)
Washington Nationals (21-26) at Milwaukee Brewers (25-23), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.64)
Milwaukee - Chris Narveson (2-3, 3.44)
(Sports Network) - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart made the price of
admission worth every penny in a series-opening win over the Washington
Nationals and shoots for an encore performance tonight in the middle test of a
three-game series at Miller Park.
Hart, who spent most of April on the disabled list with a rib strain, cracked
his first three home runs of the season in Monday's 11-3 pounding of the
Nationals and finished with seven RBI. Hart hit a two-run homer in the first
inning, clubbed another two-run shot in the fifth and belted a three-run blast
during a five-run eighth inning.
"Hopefully this was a turning point," said Hart, who went homerless in his
first 21 games this season. "I came out today feeling pretty good about
myself. Hopefully I can start to swing the bat better and keep it going."
Prince Fielder got into the long ball act with a solo homer for the Brewers,
who have won seven in a row at home and own an NL-best 17-6 record as the host
this season. Milwaukee, which is 4-0 on a nine-game residency, has won four
straight overall and nine of its last 11 games.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo had more than enough run support to nail down
his sixth win of the season (6-2), as he allowed a home run to Mike Morse and
struck out nine batters over seven innings.
Chris Narveson draws the pitching assignment Tuesday for the Brew Crew and is
2-3 with a 3.44 earned run average in nine starts. He is 1-0 in his last two
outings since a personal three-game slide and recorded a no-decision in last
Thursday's 1-0 loss at San Diego. Narveson lasted 7 1/3 innings and did not
allow a run for the third time this season, going 1-0 in that span.
Narveson, a left-hander, faced Washington in a 4-3 loss on April 15 and did
not record a decision with 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball. He is 1-0 in four
career meetings (2 starts) with the Nationals.
Washington has been stumbling a bit with three straight losses and eight in
its last 11 games. It dropped to 1-5 on an eight-game road trip last night no
thanks to starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, who was reached for six runs and
eight hits in five innings.
"I was trying to throw pitches inside, but they were right down the middle,"
Drew Storen surrendered three runs in just two-thirds of an inning, while
Morse homered and both Roger Bernadina and Jerry Hairston Jr. each had two
hits and an RBI in defeat.
Hoping to get himself and his ballclub back into the win column tonight will
be Nats veteran starter Livan Hernandez. Hernandez has lost his previous four
trips to the mound even though he's been solid over the past two with
consecutive seven-inning, one-run games.
The right-hander and 1997 World Series MVP was last in action during
Thursday's 1-0 loss against the New York Mets and held the hosts to a run on
seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Hernandez fell to 3-6 with a
3.64 earned run average in 10 starts this season and is 0-4 in five road
starts. He beat Milwaukee on April 17 with seven innings of one-run ball and
is 9-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 career starts against the Brewers.
The Nationals swept that three-game set in DC from April 15-17 after Milwaukee
took four of six matchups in the 2010 campaign.
05/24 10:29:43 ET
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