Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 18th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (39-32) at Boston Red Sox (42-27), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20)
Boston - John Lester (9-2, 3.73)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox have clearly hit their stride, and they
aim for yet another victory this afternoon as a three-game weekend series with
the Milwaukee Brewers continues at Fenway Park.
Boston won eight of nine games during its just-completed swing and improved to
11-1 over its last 12 overall contests with Thursday's 4-2 victory at Tampa
Bay. The 8-1 record on the trek was the Red Sox' best of a road trip of nine
games or more since they went 9-0 on a sequence of away tilts during the 1977
Add last night's 10-4 romp over Milwaukee to the mix and there is no question
that the AL East-leading Red Sox are playing their best ball of the season.
In what figures to be a strong pitching matchup, Milwaukee will send Randy
Wolf to the mound today. Wolf is 4-4 this season with a solid 3.20 ERA, and
the team has won four straight games in which the veteran started heading into
Monday's game against the Cubs. The crafty lefty was impressive at Wrigley,
hurling seven scoreless innings, but a lack of run support prevented Wolf from
earning the victory.
Wolf has faced Boston five times in his career and is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA
against the Brewers.
As for Boston, it will give the ball to John Lester this afternoon. The stud
lefty was utterly dominant against Toronto, permitting only one run on two
hits in eight innings. He struck out eight batters in that tilt and is now a
stellar 9-2 with a 3.73 ERA.
Lester has never faced Milwaukee in his career. He is one of four hurlers with
nine wins and will try to become the majors' first 10-game winner.
Last night, Adrian Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with a double and the go-ahead
home run in the fifth inning. Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew each drove in two
runs, while Jacoby Ellsbury homered and David Ortiz collected three hits and
an RBI for the Red Sox, who have won three in a row.
John Lackey (5-5) worked eight innings for the win, yielding eight hits and
four runs with five strikeouts.
"It's fun to pitch here for sure, but we've got to swing the bats," Lackey
said. "That's one thing you hang your hat on when you're out there if you give
up a couple runs, just hang in there because the boys are coming, they can
really swing it."
Casey McGehee drove in two runs and Prince Fielder had two hits and an RBI for
the Brewers, losers in four of their last five.
Marco Estrada (1-4) allowed three runs on four hits with two walks in four
relief frames. Shaun Marcum started but recorded only three outs, charged with
four hits and two runs on 44 pitches. He left the game with a left hip flexor
"I think anytime you lose a guy that has been as good as him in a ballgame
that early against a great team, yeah it's tough," Brewers manager Ron
The Red Sox are in first place in the AL East, 2 1/2 games up on the Yankees.
As for Milwaukee, it remains atop the NL Central standings, clinging to a one-
game lead over the struggling Cardinals.
Milwaukee is seeking its first victory in Boston since Sept. 5, 1997, when the
Brewers then still resided in the AL. The Red Sox swept a three-game set
between the teams in Fenway during the 2008 season.
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