National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, April 14th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (6-5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (5-6), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (0-2, 7.20)
Pittsburgh - Paul Maholm (0-1, 2.19)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers got seven shutout innings from
starting pitcher Shaun Marcum in Wednesday's win over the Central rival
Pittsburgh Pirates and hope some of that success rubs off on the winless Randy
Wolf tonight in the finale of a rain-shortened set from PNC Park.
Wolf was battered for six runs and 10 hits in four innings during his first
start of the season at Cincinnati on April 3. The left-hander tried to regroup
the next time out last Friday versus the Cubs in Brew City, but was reached
for six runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in six innings. He has fanned five
batters in each of his first two starts.
The Brewers could use a strong showing from Wolf, who has pitched well
throughout his career against Pittsburgh. Wolf has made 17 career starts in
this series, going 8-3 with a 4.35 earned run average.
Milwaukee has won three in a row and six of seven games, and rode Marcum for a
6-0 win last night in the Steel City. Marcum held the Buccos to four hits,
struck out four and issued one walk before relievers Zach Braddock, Kameron
Loe and Mitch Stetter went the rest of the way to preserve the shutout.
Prince Fielder clubbed a three-run homer during a four-run sixth inning for
the Brewers, who got RBI hits from Yuniesky Betancourt and Marcum. Fielder's
homer certainly got the attention of his manager.
"I can't imagine how hard he hit that ball," Ron Roenicke said. "When he hit
it I knew he crushed it and that was impressive, especially how far it carried
in the cold air."
Fielder is riding a six-game hitting streak and has three homers in his last
Pittsburgh has lost three straight and four of five games and didn't get much
help from new starter Kevin Correia the last time out. Correia surrendered six
runs, four of which were earned, and five hits in six frames against the
Brewers to fall to 2-1 on the season.
"My focus is for us to play complete games and finish games," said Pittsburgh
manager Clint Hurdle. "We need to get better in every aspect every day we are
Matt Diaz was the lone offensive bright spot for Hurdle by going 2-for-4. Lyle
Overbay and Pedro Alvarez each had a hit in a losing effort.
The Pirates will hand the ball to left-hander Paul Maholm this evening in
hopes of him picking up his first victory of 2011. Maholm threw 6 2/3
scoreless innings in a no-decision at the Cubs on April 2 before losing to
Colorado the previous time out last Thursday. The Rockies collected five runs
-- three earned -- and hits over 5 2/3 innings against the southpaw.
Maholm will make his 18th career start against Milwaukee tonight and is 3-6
with a 4.53 ERA through the first 17. Maholm was 0-1 in three starts in this
series a season ago.
Dating back to the 2007 season, the Brewers have compiled a 40-17 record
versus the Pirates. They won 13 of 18 matchups in 2010.
04/14 10:30:24 ET
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