National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (13-15) at Atlanta Braves (15-15), 4:10 p.m. & 7:40 p.m. DH
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (1-0, 3.00)
Atlanta - Tommy Hanson (3-3, 2.57)
Game Two: Milwaukee - Zack Greinke (0-0, 0.00)
Atlanta - Tim Hudson (3-2, 3.48)
(Sports Network) - Former American League ace Zack Greinke makes his National
League debut when his Milwaukee Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves in the
nightcap of a day-night doubleheader at Turner Field.
The four-game series got underway with an Atlanta win Monday, but was stalled
Tuesday when game two was postponed by rain. That contest will be made up as
today's second game and the series will conclude as planned on Thursday.
Greinke, a former first-round pick of the Kansas City Royals and 2009 AL Cy
Young Award winner, was acquired by Milwaukee in a six-player deal on Dec. 19
that sent four players to the AL and brought both Greinke and Yuniesky
Betancourt to Milwaukee.
His Brewers debut was delayed in the offseason when he suffered a broken rib
during a pickup basketball game.
He made three starts during a minor-league rehab assignment, including two
games with Triple-A Nashville. He pitched five innings in his last start with
Nashville, giving up two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and one
The 27-year-old Greinke has pitched one time against the Braves and got a no-
decision after allowing six hits and three earned runs in seven innings. He
will be opposed by veteran righty Tim Hudson, who is making his eighth career
start against the Brewers.
Hudson, 35, leveled his 2011 record at 3-3 with a 5-2 win at San Francisco on
April 23. He started the season with two victories but had lost three straight
starts before going 8 2/3 innings against the Giants and allowed nine hits.
An April 29 start against St. Louis yielded a no-decision in a game the Braves
lost, 5-3. Hudson is 3-3 with a 3.57 earned run average in 58 innings against
Maintaining his scheduled Tuesday start for Wednesday's opener is Atlanta
right-hander Tommy Hanson.
The 24-year-old is coming off a 7-0 defeat of San Diego on April 27 in which
he scattered four hits and struck out a season-high 10.
The win evened his 2011 record at 3-3 while dropping his ERA from 3.21 down to
In his last two starts, the former 22nd-round draft pick (2005) has allowed
just seven hits and a run in 14 innings with two walks and 17 strikeouts.
He began the season 0-2, with the second loss coming at Milwaukee via 4-2
decision after he gave up seven hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
In five career starts against the Brewers, Hanson is 1-3.
Taking the ball for the visitors in the first game will be righty Marco
Estrada, who'll try to continue a run of success that's seen him allow just
three runs in his last four appearances.
The 27-year-old earned a 5-4 triumph over the Braves in April 6 with six
innings of work in which he allowed four runs and struck out four batters.
It was his first major-league win.
He's started twice and relieved twice since, allowing a combined seven hits
and three runs in 15 innings while recording four consecutive no-decisions.
The April 6 outing was his first career start against Atlanta after three
trips in from the bullpen. Overall, he's allowed 11 hits and six earned runs
in 9 2/3 innings against the Braves.
On Monday, Atlanta's Gonzalez, in addition to dazzling with his glove, went 2-
for-4 and scored a run. David Ross belted his third home run of the season.
Yovani Gallardo (2-2) suffered the loss by allowing nine hits and five runs in
five-plus frames for the Brewers, who have dropped three in a row.
Betancourt accounted for both of Milwaukee's runs with a two-out triple in the
top of the fourth. Rickie Weeks went 2-for-4.
Despite Monday's loss, Milwaukee has still won three of its five matchups with
the Braves this season.
05/04 10:46:00 ET
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