National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, September 24th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (79-73) at Washington Nationals (92-60), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (4-6, 3.56)
Washington - Jordan Zimmermann (11-8, 2.96)
(Sports Network) - With 10 games remaining in the regular season, the
Milwaukee Brewers know it will be tough to grab a playoff berth.
The Brewers, though, have been in postseason mode the past few weeks and will
try for a series win over the Washington Nationals Monday in the finale of a
four-game set in D.C.
Milwaukee sits 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final wild card spot in
the National League and is coming off Sunday's 6-2 win at Nationals Park in
which it recorded four runs over the seventh and eighth innings for the
victory. Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez both had RBI singles to highlight
the seventh inning and Ryan Braun's sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the
Brewers some breathing room.
Rickie Weeks posted three hits for Milwaukee, which has won seven of eight and
10 of its last 12 games.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo gave up two runs on six hits over a five-
inning start for the no-decision and Brandon Kintzler earned the win with a
"He's our guy that we go to when we need to stop something going on and he
usually pitches a great game," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Gallardo.
The Brewers are 5-1 on a 10-game road trip and will visit Cincinnati for three
games at Great American Ball Park. Taking the mound for Milwaukee this
afternoon will be Marco Estrada, who has won two straight outings and four of
his past five decisions.
In a 3-1 win at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Estrada hurled seven shutout innings
and scattered three hits to improve to 4-6 with a 3.56 earned run average in
27 games, 21 of which have been starts. In two career appearances (1 start)
against Washington, the right-hander has no record and a 1.29 ERA through
The playoff-bound Nationals have stumbled a bit down the stretch, losing six
of nine games, and are 4 1/2 games in front of Atlanta for the National League
East lead with 10 to go.
Chien-Ming Wang drew the start for Washington on Sunday and allowed two runs
in four innings for the no-decision. Ryan Mattheus gave up all three runs in
the seventh to absorb the loss.
"I thought (Wang) threw the ball well. I didn't want to go too many pitches
with him, but I was pleased with the way he threw," Nationals manager Davey
Jayson Werth and Chad Tracy both knocked in runs for the Nationals, whose
magic number to clinch a division title is six.
Jordan Zimmermann looks to shave that number when he toes the rubber for the
hosts in Monday's matinee. Zimmermann is 2-0 in his last three starts -- all
Washington victories -- and tossed six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win
over Los Angeles on Wednesday. He pushed his record to 11-8 in 30 starts and
lowered his earned run average to 2.96.
Zimmermann defeated Milwaukee back on July 28 in a 4-1 win at Miller Park and
limited the Brewers to a run in six innings. The righty was making his first
appearance in this series and struck out six batters with only one walk.
The Nationals are 3-3 on a seven-game homestand and will visit Philadelphia
and St. Louis later this week.
Washington is 4-3 this season against Milwaukee.
09/24 10:36:56 ET