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Tuesday, September 4th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (65-69) at Miami Marlins (60-75), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.35)
Miami - Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.49)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Wade LeBlanc makes his sixth start and 20th
appearance with his new team Tuesday when the Miami Marlins host the Milwaukee
Brewers in game two of a four-game series at Marlins Park.
The 28-year-old, a second-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2006, reached
the majors with the Padres two years later in 2008 and won 17 games in 39
decisions with them before a trade to Miami in November of last year.
He's started five times and made 19 overall outings with the Marlins in 2012,
including a scoreless, hitless inning of relief in Miami's 3-0 loss to the New
York Mets on Aug. 31.
He last started on Aug. 22 against Arizona and pitched seven innings, allowing
three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in a 3-0 loss to the
His last win came five days earlier in Colorado, where he allowed five runs in
five innings of a 6-5 victory.
LeBlanc is 2-1 in four career meetings with Milwaukee with a 5.56 earned run
average in 11 1/3 innings.
The Brewers counter with 30-year-old righty Shaun Marcum, who won 13 games in
his initial season with the Brewers last season after 37 wins with the Toronto
Blue Jays after his third-round selection in 2003.
Marcum was 5-3 in 13 starts through mid-June this season before he was shelved
for two months with injury.
He returned to the majors on Aug. 25 at Pittsburgh and dropped a 4-0 decision,
then got a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs in return start No. 2 on Aug.
In the two outings since his extended absence, he's allowed seven runs on 10
hits in nine innings.
On Monday, Jose Reyes helped end the Marlins' four-game losing streak by
knocking in three runs in Miami's 7-3 victory.
Ricky Nolasco (11-12) went seven innings for Miami, allowing three runs - one
earned - on nine hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
"Walks are huge, you just kind of set yourself up for disaster," Nolasco said.
"It just seems like anytime you walk a guy they come around and end up
scoring. I'd much rather give up a hit than walk somebody, just try and
The Marlins' five-run outburst in the fourth inning gave them a 6-2 advantage.
They tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after an error by
Rickie Weeks allowed catcher Rob Brantly to score from third,
The Brewers committed four errors in the series opener.
Florida native Mike Fiers (8-7) was hit with the loss for Milwaukee, lasting
just 3 1/3 innings, giving up six runs - four earned - and six hits. He struck
out four and walked four.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek came on in the top of the ninth to earn his 12th
save of the season after Mike Dunn gave up a double to Norichika Aoki and then
walked Weeks. With two outs, he got Ryan Braun to groundout to second base to
end the game.
The Marlins entered the series with a 53-52 lead in all-time matchups between
the teams, though Milwaukee swept all seven games in 2011. In one four-game
series in 2012 from July 2-5, the Brewers won the first two game and Miami
took the second two.
09/04 10:32:15 ET