National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 19th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3) at Milwaukee Brewers (6-6), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Aaron Harang (0-1, 5.91)
Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (0-1, 10.61)
(Sports Network) - Aaron Harang will look to rack up some more strikeouts this
afternoon and help the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid their first ever sweep at the
hands of the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a three-game series.
Harang faced the Padres for the second time in as many starts last Friday and
set a Dodgers record by striking out nine batters in a row. The right-hander
fanned a career high-tying 13 batters in 6 1/3 innings, but also allowed four
runs in a no-decision.
"It's pretty cool to set the record when you consider all the history of the
Dodger organization," Harang said.
The 33-year-old has faced the Brewers 22 times in his career, all but one of
those starts, and is 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA.
Harang will look to get the Dodgers back in the win column after a pair of
walk-off losses to the Brewers following a perfect six-game homestand.
Pinch-hitter George Kottaras stroked a two-run double with one out in the
ninth to give Milwaukee the victory in Tuesday's opener, then saw pinch-runner
Nyjer Morgan run through a stop sign and score the winning run in the 10th
inning on a sacrifice fly in last night's contest.
Morgan was on third after stealing second and advancing when A.J. Ellis' throw
went into center. Ryan Braun then lifted a sacrifice fly to center and Matt
Kemp's throw home was slightly off line.
"I was just looking for a fly ball and looking at Kemp throwing home," said
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. "Nyjer had energy and he felt it. Sometimes a
player sees things a little differently than the coach does, but it worked out
Roenicke was able to praise Morgan's run due to home plate umpire Mike
DiMuro's safe call. However, replays showed Ellis applied the tag before
Morgan touched the plate.
"I'm almost positive I applied the tag, but I haven't seen the replay," Ellis
said. "Two tough losses, but I think they'll make us better in the long run."
Milwaukee, which had lost four straight before this series, saw Aramis Ramirez
hit his first homer in a Brewers uniform. It was his 313th home run as a third
baseman, eighth most all-time at that position.
The Brewers hope that Randy Wolf can feel a bit more comfortable on the mound
today as he goes for his first win of the season.
Wolf took a loss in his season debut against the Cardinals on April 8, then
got a no-decision against the Braves on Friday. The 35-year-old lefty was
drilled for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, while two of the nine hits he
allowed went for home runs.
"It was definitely the most uncomfortable I've felt in a long time," Wolf
said. "I had ridiculously bad fastball command and my offspeed stuff was
Wolf spent two seasons with the Dodgers in 2007 and 2009, and is 4-4 with a
3.29 ERA in 12 career starts against his former club.
The Brewers won four of six versus the Dodgers a season ago, taking three of
the four played in Milwaukee.
04/19 10:34:10 ET