National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, July 4th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (38-42) at Milwaukee Brewers (38-42), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Josh Johnson (5-5, 3.80)
Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (2-6, 5.78)
(Sports Network) - Milwaukee's bullpen could definitely use a bit of a break
this afternoon. Starter Randy Wolf will try to give it to them in the third
contest of a four-game series with the Miami Marlins.
Not only will Wolf try to go deep in today's contest one day after Milwaukee's
bullpen blew a seven-run lead before getting bailed out by the offense in a
13-12 extra-inning victory, but the veteran left-hander will be looking to win
for the first time since April 30.
Wolf is 0-4 in 11 starts since and is coming off a loss versus Arizona on
Sunday. He allowed eight runs, all but one of those earned, on nine hits over
four innings, striking out six.
The 35-year-old insists he feels good on the mound, he just isn't getting
results. That is proven through his 2-6 record and 5.78 earned run average
over 16 starts this season.
"It's not fun, that's for sure," said Wolf. "This has definitely been a
nightmare. I've never felt so physically great and then had such awful
results. It's beyond frustrating."
Wolf has historically struggled against the Marlins, going just 4-12 with a
5.98 ERA in 21 career meetings.
Miami counters with a pitcher who has never lost to the Brewers in Josh
Johnson. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA in five career meetings with
the Milwaukee, though he faces them for the first time since June 3, 2010.
Johnson has not allowed more than three runs in 10 straight starts overall and
pitched to a 1.87 ERA in five starts in June, though only produced a 2-2
record. He is coming off a win over the Phillies on Sunday as Johnson allowed
a run on four hits and two walks in six frames while fanning six.
The 28-year-old evened his season record with the triumph, moving to 5-5 with
a 3.80 ERA in 16 starts.
Johnson will hope to snap Miami's 10-game slide to Milwaukee, a club it hasn't
beaten since Sept. 25, 2010. The Marlins looked to have momentum after
rallying against the Brewers bullpen yesterday and went ahead by a run in the
top of the 10th inning on Jose Reyes' solo homer, but closer Heath Bell blew
his fifth save of the season when he yielded a two-run homer to Aramis
Ramirez in the bottom of the frame.
Starter Marco Estrada pitched six innings for the Brewers and the only runs he
allowed came on Logan Morrison's two-run homer in the first, but Miami scored
10 runs off Milwaukee's relievers.
"We did bounce back. Marco threw a good game. We've got to get our bullpen
straightened out," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Milwaukee seemed in firm control when Ryan Braun capped a six-run sixth inning
with a three-run homer, but Miami chipped away and eventually drew even with a
six-spot of its own to tie the game in the eighth. John Buck and Scott Cousins
both homered in the frame.
After the game, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen went on profanity-laced rant in
"This was an (expletive) baseball game by both sides," said Guillen. "The only
good thing for them is they won. Very bad pitching and errors all over the
On the bright side, Guillen's offense showed some pop despite both Giancarlo
Stanton and Hanley Ramirez not starting due to sore right knees. Both could be
back in action today.
While Milwaukee matched a season high with its fourth straight win, Miami has
lost two straight following a four-game win streak of its own.
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