National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, October 1st
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (75-84) at Milwaukee Brewers (81-78), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Clayton Richard (14-13, 3.91)
Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (6-4, 3.74)
(Sports Network) - They have been eliminated from postseason contention, but
the Milwaukee Brewers will try to finish the 2012 campaign on a high note when
they entertain the San Diego Padres Monday in the opener of a three-game
series at Miller Park.
Milwaukee has lost five of its last seven games and dropped two of three
meetings to the lowly Houston Astros over the weekend. The Brewers were handed
a 7-0 loss on Sunday, as Michael Fiers was touched for five runs and six hits
in six innings. He did fan 10 batters and walked only one.
Aramis Ramirez, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez each singled for the
Brewers, who were knocked out of the playoff race despite going 27-12 since
"We were always realistic about getting back in the playoff race, but we never
gave up," said Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. "We were going to go out
Shaun Marcum gets the nod for Milwaukee tonight and ended a string of five
straight no-decisions in last Wednesday's 8-1 pounding of Cincinnati. Marcum
limited the Reds to a run in six innings to improve to 6-4 with a 3.74 earned
run average in 20 starts.
Marcum looks to stay unbeaten in his career against the Padres and is 3-0 with
a 3.51 ERA over four starts in this series.
San Diego has lost six of its last nine games and is playing out the string.
The Padres lost a three-game set versus San Francisco this past weekend and
were handed a 7-5 setback in Sunday's finale. Huston Street allowed three runs
in the top of the ninth to suffer the loss and starter Edinson Volquez threw
four innings of two-run ball in the no-decision. Volquez left early because of
an undisclosed injury.
"Some balls up out over the plate were driven. They didn't miss them," Padres
manager Bud Black said of the Giants.
Logan Forsythe clubbed a two-run homer, while Chase Headley and Yasmani
Grandal added solo shots for the Padres.
Padres left-hander Clayton Richard will try again to win a career-high 15
games when he takes the hill tonight. Richard was 5-0 in six starts -- all San
Diego wins -- until he faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in last Wednesday's 8-2
loss. He permitted six runs, four of which were earned, and 10 hits in 3 2/3
frames to fall to 14-13 in 32 starts to go along with a 3.91 earned run
Richard is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in five career starts against Milwaukee.
San Diego and Milwaukee have split six meetings this season.
10/01 10:34:25 ET