National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (38-41) at Milwaukee Brewers (37-42), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 3.94)
Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers will try to extend their winning
streak to four straight games today when they play the second of a four-game
series against the Miami Marlins.
The Brewers had to battle back from a pair of early deficits in last night's
opener, falling behind 2-0 and 5-2 before finally going ahead for good in the
eighth inning. Rickie Weeks scored on a squeeze bunt from pinch-hitter
Norichika Aoki in the frame as Milwaukee claimed a 6-5 win.
Zack Greinke, who is a perfect 15-0 at Miller Park, was in jeopardy of losing
his first decision at home as a Brewer after allowing five runs on six hits
and two walks in six innings. However, he was let off the hook when the
Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, as pinch-hitter Travis
Ishikawa delivered a two-out, two-strike single that plated a run.
"It was a pretty bad outing," Greinke said. "I got picked up. I threw a little
bit better in the fourth, fifth and sixth. I didn't have much working. It's
good to win this type of game, that we've been struggling in lately."
Carlos Zambrano also received a no-decision after giving up five runs -- three
earned -- on five hits and four walks in six innings for the Marlins.
"It was a pretty ugly one," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Carlos was a
little weird today, but I wouldn't say he was bad. We made too many mistakes
today to win."
Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run home run and knocked in four runs for the
Marlins, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Miami also lost its ninth in a row to Milwaukee and hasn't beaten the club
since Sept. 25, 2010 at Miller Park.
Anibal Sanchez will look to halt that skid today after snapping his own
personal losing streak last time out. The right-hander won for the first time
in four decisions with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday, giving up
three runs over seven innings.
Sanchez picked up his first victory since May 29 and also got more than three
runs of support for the first time since April 9, his first start of 2012.
Overall, he improved to 4-6 with a 3.94 earned run average in 15 outings and
has allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of those games.
The 28-year-old is 2-1 with a 4.73 ERA in six career starts versus the
Milwaukee's Marco Estrada will look to build off a solid return from the
disabled list on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Reds. It was his first
appearance in over a month due to a right quadriceps strain and Estrada struck
out a career-high 12 batters over six innings. The only runs the right-hander
allowed came on a three-run homer.
Estrada is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 games this season, including seven
starts, and only one of his previous five appearances against the Marlins came
as a starter.
That outing came on Sept. 12, 2009 while with the Nationals and the 28-year-
old was tagged for five runs over just 2 1/3 innings of a loss.
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