National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, May 30th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (29-24) at Cincinnati Reds (27-27), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Chris Narveson (2-3, 4.20)
Cincinnati - Travis Wood (3-3, 5.11)
(Sports Network) - An outstanding homestand proved that the Milwaukee Brewers
are one of the top home clubs in baseball. It has been a different story on
The Brewers try to pick up just their fourth victory in their past 14 road
games in the opener of a three-game series versus the Cincinnati Reds, a club
that Milwaukee has struggled against over the past few seasons.
Milwaukee plays the opener of a seven-game swing tonight at Great American
Ball Park off an 8-1 homestand. The Brewers took the final two games of the
stay versus the Giants, winning Sunday's rubber match of a three-game series
by a 6-0 margin.
Yovani Gallardo tossed eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball, while Ryan
Braun posted three hits and scored twice. Rickie Weeks also had three hits and
drove in two runs.
"I think for me to turn it around was my rhythm," Gallardo said. "For a while
I was either too quick or too slow. I finally found that comfort zone. That's
the key thing when you want to get into the rhythm."
Milwaukee is just 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the National League Central
thanks in part to a 21-7 record at home. However, the Brewers are just 8-17 on
the road and have lost 10 of their past 13 away from home.
Facing the Reds may not be the remedy as the Brewers are just 1-10 at Great
American Ball Park since the start of the 2010 season. They were outscored
23-11 in getting swept three games there from March 31-April 3 and Cincinnati
has taken 20 of the past 24 meetings overall.
Reds starter Travis Wood picked up a victory in that sweep, holding Milwaukee
to just one run over seven innings while striking out a season high-tying
seven batters. The victory improved him to 2-0 with a 2.95 earned run average
in three career starts versus the Brewers.
The left-hander hasn't lost in his last five starts, going 2-0 with a 3.30
ERA. The 24-year-old Wood did post a second straight no-decision in
Philadelphia on Wednesday, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks
over six innings of the club's 5-4 loss in 19 innings. The six hour and 11
minute affair was the longest game by time in club history.
In 11 starts this year, Wood is 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA. He'll take the hill in
tonight's opener of a nine-game homestand after the Reds wrapped up a 2-8 road
trip with Sunday's 2-1 setback in Atlanta.
Johnny Cueto took a tough-luck loss, giving up two runs over eight innings as
Cincinnati, playing for the 17th straight day, lost for the 10th time in 12
"Nobody's happy in this clubhouse the way we played on this road trip," Cueto
said through an interpreter. "But tomorrow's another day. We have to keep
Jay Bruce hit his NL-leading 15th homer and he has gone deep five times over
his last eight games with 14 RBI in that stretch.
Bruce is 2-for-4 with a homer in his career off tonight's starter for
Milwaukee, Chris Narveson, who has been day and night over his last two starts
in a pair of no-decisions.
The lefty threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball versus the Padres on
May 19 in a game his team lost, 1-0. Narveson was then tagged for six runs on
eight hits over just 3 1/3 innings by the Nationals on Tuesday, but Cincinnati
managed to rebound for a 7-6 win.
The 29-year-old faced the Reds on April 25 and suffered his worst defeat of
the season, allowing a season-high seven runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings
for his shortest outing of the season. He fell to 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in five
career games versus the Reds, three of those starts.
Overall this year, Narveson is 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 10 starts.
05/30 10:31:55 ET
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