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Tuesday, July 19th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (51-46) at Arizona Diamondbacks (52-44), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (10-6, 4.08) Arizona - Barry Enright (1-3, 6.49)
(Sports Network) - If the Arizona Diamondbacks plan on making a case for NL West bragging rights, they'll need Justin Upton to start hitting again.
Upton is mired in a five-game hitless drought (0-for-19) and hopes to back in gear tonight in the second installment of a four-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field.
The right fielder went 0-for-4 in Monday's 3-0 win which was highlighted by Ryan Roberts' two-run homer and eight shutout innings from rookie pitcher Josh Collmenter. Collmenter struck out seven, allowed no walks and scattered three hits before David Hernandez closed in the door in the ninth for his ninth save.
"He threw an exceptional game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Collmenter. "He was pounding the zone. He had 105 pitches, 74 strikes."
Arizona is still 3 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the NL West lead and has won seven of 11 games. The Giants kept their distance by beating Los Angeles last night. The D'Backs are 3-1 on a 10-game homestand and will also host Colorado for three games in the desert.
The D'Backs will send Barry Enright to the mound Tuesday and he was demoted to Triple-A Reno after his last start -- a 6-4 loss versus the Rockies on May 4. In that setback in the desert, Enright lasted five innings and permitted six runs and six hits with one strikeout and four walks.
Enright is only 1-3 with a 6.49 ERA in six starts this season and his only win of the season came on April 28 versus the Chicago Cubs. The Pepperdine product faced Milwaukee for the first time in his career during a 2-1 win last August 10. He held the Brewers to a run and three hits in six innings for the no- decision. The right-hander was 8-2 with a 4.29 ERA with Reno.
"He's certainly one of my favorites," D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He understands what he has to do. I don't think it's anything mechanical. I think part of it is just confidence. We all saw what he could do last year in his first 12 starts."
If history has any say on which pitcher will win this evening, odds are Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo has the upper hand. Gallardo is 4-0 with a minuscule 1.13 earned run average in four career starts against the Diamondbacks and defeated them on July 6 in a 3-1 decision.
Gallardo struck out six batters, walked one and fired seven innings of one- run, four-hit ball. However, Gallardo is only 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA in his last seven starts, with Milwaukee sporting a 2-5 ledger in that stretch. The Mexican right-hander is 10-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 20 starts this season and 3-5 in 10 road outings. He was hammered at Colorado last Thursday to the tune of six runs and 11 hits in only four innings of his team's 12-3 loss.
Opposing hitters are batting .289 against Gallardo when he's on the road.
Milwaukee had a modest two-game winning streak stopped last night and lost for the fourth time in seven tries. Nyjer Morgan, All-Star Game MVP Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt provided the three hits for the Brewers, who are tied with St. Louis at a half-game behind Pittsburgh for the NL Central lead.
Randy Wolf was saddled with the loss and surrendered three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one, and did not receive any help from his offense.
"I thought he threw the ball well tonight, we just couldn't help him out," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. "He did a nice job out there again for us."
Brewers All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun missed Monday's game with a leg injury and his return is unknown. Braun pinch-hit on Sunday and missed the last eight games before the All-Star break because of the issue. He is batting .315 with 16 homers and 62 RBI for the Brewers, who are 2-3 on an 11-game road trip and will also visit San Francisco for three games.
Arizona won two of three meetings with Milwaukee earlier this month at Miller Park, but the Brewers have won 10 of the past 18 contests in this series.
07/19 10:41:03 ET
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