Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, June 18th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (34-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (30-36), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 3.87)
Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.06)
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays hope they have turned the corner and
will depart Canada's largest city for nine games, starting with tonight's
opener of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Blue Jays swept the Philadelphia Phillies in three games over the weekend
and entered the series having lost three straight and six of seven games. In
Sunday's 6-2 triumph that completed the sweep, Colby Rasmus powered the Jays
with three hits, including a home run, and three RBI.
"Just an outstanding day (for Rasmus)," said Toronto manager John Farrell.
Rasmus is hitting .322 with seven home runs, six doubles and 18 RBI in the
past 20 games. Kelly Johnson and Rajai Davis drove in a run apiece, while
Brett Cecil made his 2012 debut by tossing five solid innings of two-run ball.
Both runs came on solo homers from Jim Thome and John Mayberry early on.
Joe Bautista walked and has reached base safely in 17 straight games.
Toronto, which is slated to visit Miami and Boston on the trek, will send
struggling right-hander Henderson Alvarez to the mound Monday and he is 0-4
with a 5.50 earned run average in his last six starts -- all Blue Jays losses.
Alvarez yielded four runs and nine hits, including three homers, in seven
innings of a 4-2 loss to Washington last Tuesday.
Alvarez fell to 3-6 in 13 starts this season and saw his earned run average
balloon to 3.87. He has never faced Milwaukee and is 2-1 in five starts
outside of Rogers Centre this season.
Milwaukee has lost five of eight games and finished 2-4 on a recent road trip.
The Brewers sustained a 5-4 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, as Denard Span
singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning. Tim
Dillard was saddled with the loss for putting the Twins in scoring position
and allowed a run and four hits in 2 2/3 frames. Zack Greinke started the game
for Milwaukee and did not record a decision, as he lasted eight innings and
permitted four runs and 11 hits.
"Just left too many balls over the plate. Especially that one inning. Most of
their hits were on mistakes, just catching too much of the plate," Greinke
Corey Hart hit a three-run homer and Aramis Ramirez had the other RBI for the
Brewers, who were outhit, 20-15, and sit 8 1/2 games off the pace in the
National League Central standings. The Brewers were 3-for-17 with runners in
scoring position and Ryan Braun extended his interleague hitting streak to 22
games by going 1-for-7. Braun has an overall streak of 12 games, batting .346
with five homers and 11 RBI in that time.
The Brewers are 16-17 at home this season, going 5-6-0 in series play, and
will try to get Randy Wolf a win tonight. Wolf is 0-3 with a 4.10 earned run
average in his past eight starts and his seven innings of one-run ball were
wasted in Wednesday's 4-3 loss at Kansas City. Wolf is 2-5 with a 5.06 ERA in
13 starts this season.
Wolf, who hasn't won since April 30 at San Diego, is 1-3 in seven home starts
in 2012 and 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two career starts against Toronto.
Milwaukee swept the Jays in three games the last time these two clubs met from
June 17-19, 2008 at Miller Park.
06/18 11:04:16 ET