National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, July 6th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (47-40) at Milwaukee Brewers (45-42), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Josh Collmenter (4-5, 3.17)
Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (9-5, 3.92)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the top home clubs
this season, but the Arizona Diamondbacks haven't had any trouble getting
comfortable at Miller Park.
Having already handed the Brewers back-to-back home defeats for the first time
this season, the Diamondbacks aim to sweep a three-game series over the club
this afternoon for the first time in team history.
To do that, though, Arizona starter Josh Collmenter may need to work on his
deception as he tries to avoid a fifth straight loss.
The 25-year-old rookie had pitched to a 1.05 earned run average over his first
six big-league starts, but has posted a 7.54 ERA over his losing streak. He
lasted just 4 2/3 innings at Oakland on Friday, yielding five runs on seven
hits and two walks.
Collmenter hasn't been using his curveball as much and Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson said afterwards that perhaps he is becoming too predictable.
"I just think he goes fastball-changeup pretty much, and then when [opponents]
get the third time around they've been getting on him in his last four
starts," Gibson said on the Diamondbacks' website. "So he's going to have to
figure something out, and he's going to have to mix it up a little more. He's
going to have to change some patterns."
The right-hander is 4-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 17 total appearances this year and
faces the Brewers for the first time.
Milwaukee came into this series with a 29-11 mark at home, but has dropped the
first two tests of this set in disappointing fashion. After Arizona rallied
from five runs down to take to take Monday's opener, the club blasted its way
to a 7-3 victory last night.
Gerardo Parra and Justin Upton both homered, with Parra driving in three runs,
while Miguel Montero connected on a two-run single during a four-run first
"He was very patient," Gibson said of Montero, who has four hits and four RBI
in this series. "He's learning. He's got enough talent to be an All-Star and
The Diamondbacks won for the third time in four games and have captured a
victory in seven of their last nine at Miller Park. They had lost eight of
their last 11 overall to the Brewers before this series.
Zach Duke gave up two runs over seven innings to capture his first ever
victory at Miller Park, while Brewers starter Randy Wolf yielded a season-high
seven runs over six innings as his club lost for the seventh time in eight
"It was one of those games where the way I felt didn't match the results,"
said Wolf. "I felt good on the mound, but obviously, the results weren't good
Milwaukee's skid has dropped it into third place in the National League
Central, a half-game behind second-place Pittsburgh. Arizona, meanwhile, now
trails first-place San Francisco by just a game in the NL West.
Prince Fielder homered and also had an RBI single to give him an NL high-tying
71 RBI, while Corey Hart also went deep in the loss.
The Brewers have played three straight without Ryan Braun, who is battling a
strained left calf. Braun is day-to-day, but could return today in the hopes
of extending his career-best 22-game hitting streak.
A possible Braun return as well as a start from Yovani Gallardo could have the
Brewers feeling good about their chances of avoiding a sweep. After all, the
25-year-old Gallardo has won all three of his previous career starts against
the Diamondbacks, striking out 20 over 17 innings while allowing just two runs
for a 1.06 ERA.
He has lost three of his last four decisions, though, with the righty
suffering a setback at Minnesota on Friday after getting charged with five
runs on five hits and four walks over seven innings. Only three of the runs
were earned, but they all came on a Jim Thome homer in the first inning.
Gallardo dropped to 9-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts this year and has been
excellent at Miller Park, going 6-1 with a 3.47 ERA in nine outings.
07/06 10:43:41 ET
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