National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (4-3) at Atlanta Braves (2-4), 7:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (0-1, 5.40)
Atlanta - Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 6.23)
(Sports Network) - The last time the Braves played a regular season game at
Turner Field, they dropped an extra-inning must-win game that ended their
chances at a playoff spot.
Hoping to turn the page, Atlanta begins the home portion of its schedule this
evening with the opener of a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Braves opened the season on a six-game road trip, dropping the first four
contests of the swing to continue their season-ending struggles from 2011.
Atlanta lost its final five games of last season and its 13-inning loss to the
Phillies in its regular-season finale eliminated the club from the playoffs.
Back-to-back wins over the Astros may have gotten the Braves back on track.
They secured the series victory on Wednesday with a 6-3 win, getting a two-run
double from backup catcher David Ross and a solo homer by Jason Heyward.
Heyward went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs while scoring twice, while Chipper
Jones added two hits.Randall Delgado picked up the victory, allowing two runs
over five innings.
"I thought he gave us everything we were looking for," said Atlanta manager
Fredi Gonzalez about his starter. "He hadn't pitched in over a week so we
didn't want to leave him out there all night, but he did his job great."
Also looking to rebound in the home opener will be Jair Jurrjens, who
struggled through a poor spring and then lost his first start on Saturday at
the New York Mets. The right-hander was touched for three runs, seven hits,
two homers and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.
Jurrjens missed the end of last season with a right knee injury and the 26-
year-old is 2-1 with a 2.95 earned run average in three career starts versus
While the Braves are seeking a third straight win, the Brewers are hoping to
avoid their first losing streak of the season tonight. After losing two of
three to the Cardinals to begin the season, Milwaukee took the first three of
its four-game series with the hosting Cubs before dropping an 8-0 decision in
Nyjer Morgan collected two of the three hits for the Brewers, while Zack
Greinke was shelled for all eight runs on nine hits and one walk while
striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.
"I know some of the balls were up," Greinke said. "With two strikes, I didn't
make very good pitches, but besides that, there's not much I thought I could
have done differently."
Randy Wolf aims for different results tonight after losing his season debut on
Sunday versus the Cardinals. The Brewers southpaw was on the wrong end of a
9-3 decision, giving up three runs on nine hits over five frames with seven
Wolf, 35, has struggled in his career against the Braves, who he did not face
last season. He is just 5-12 with a 5.28 ERA versus them in his career and
that includes a 5-7 mark and 5.01 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) at Turner Field.
The Braves have won 13 of their past 19 versus the Brewers, including a sweep
of a four-game set in Atlanta last May.
04/13 10:59:40 ET