National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 1st
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (11-12) at San Diego Padres (7-17), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (1-1, 4.12)
San Diego - Edinson Volquez (0-2, 3.60)
(Sports Network) - Reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun will try to stay locked in when
he leads the Milwaukee Brewers against the San Diego Padres tonight in the
second portion of a three-game series from Petco Park.
Braun had the first three-homer game of his career in last night's 8-3 win in
the series opener and matched a career-high with six runs batted in. Braun
also tripled in the game to help Milwaukee to its second win in a row after
losing three straight.
"It's an extremely challenging game that we play. You know you are going to
deal with a lot of failure and a lot of adversity," said Braun, who has six
homers in his last nine games. "When you have a special night like that you
try to enjoy it and it's that much more fun and enjoyable when your team wins
Alex Gonzalez had two RBI and Rickie Weeks scored twice, while Randy Wolf
earned the win by holding the Padres to three runs on nine hits and three
walks through five innings. Wolf also struck out three batters. Kameron Loe,
Francisco Rodriguez and Tim Dillard combined to throw four shutout innings of
relief to preserve the victory.
The Brewers are 2-2 on a nine-game road trip and will send right-hander Shaun
Marcum to the mound Tuesday. Marcum has posted back-to-back no-decisions and
is coming off a 7-5 loss versus Houston on Wednesday, as he gave up four runs
-- three earned -- and eight hits over five innings. Marcum, who is 1-1 with a
4.13 earned run average in four starts, has never lost to San Diego in two
career starts. He is 2-0 with a 4.85 ERA in this series.
San Diego opened a nine-game homestand on a sour note, losing for a third
straight time and for the fifth time in seven tries.
Padres starter Joe Wieland fell to 0-4 on the season after he surrendered five
runs -- three earned -- and five hits in five innings. Wieland allowed two of
Braun's homers, but did fan eight batters.
"This was a great learning experience for me," said Wieland. "A great hitter
like (Braun) is going to make adjustment pitch to pitch and at-bat to at-bat."
Yonder Alonso had two hits and an RBI, and Jason Bartlett knocked in a run for
the Padres, who are 5-10 at home this season and sit last in the National
League West standings. San Diego will also host Miami and Colorado.
Taking the mound for the Friars tonight will be newcomer Edinson Volquez. The
former Cincinnati Reds starter is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts this
season with his new club and was last in action during Thursday's 2-1 win over
Washington. He did not record a decision against the Nationals and fired seven
innings of one-run ball in his best outing of the season.
Volquez struck out seven Washington players and has fanned at least five
batters in four of his five starts. The righty will make his ninth career
start against Milwaukee and owns a 3-2 record with a 5.94 ERA in the first
San Diego lost three of five meetings with Milwaukee last season.
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