National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 26
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (73-58) at San Diego Padres (60-70), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 4.15)
San Diego - Tyson Ross (11-12, 2.68)
(SportsNetwork.com) - If Jimmy Nelson wants to campaign for a full-time spot
in the Milwaukee pitching rotation, this would be a good time for a statement
The right-hander makes what could be his final start for the time being on
Tuesday night, when the Brewers visit Petco Park for the second of three games
with the San Diego Padres.
Milwaukee won Monday's opener to maintain its 1 1/2-game lead over St. Louis
in the National League's Central Division, scoring 10 runs while stretching a
road win streak to five games.
The Brewers' pitching staff has maintained a 1.60 earned run average during
those five games, and the starters have yielded just four runs in 32
"(Milwaukee's batters) were on tonight and they are an aggressive group,"
Padres manager Bud Black said. "They have power, they don't walk much or
strike out much. It's a good offensive group."
Nelson's starting role is in jeopardy thanks to the imminent return of Matt
Garza, who's been shelved since Aug. 5 with a left oblique muscle injury. He's
on the schedule for a bullpen workout on Tuesday, and, if things go well,
could take back his spot in five days and necessitate Nelson's transfer to the
Nelson had gone at least six innings in five straight starts before being
pulled with two outs in the sixth on Wednesday during a 9-5 loss to Toronto.
He'll be opposed by San Diego righty Tyson Ross, who's fifth in the majors in
home-stadium ERA -- 1.94. It's been even better, dipping to 0.96, in his last
four starts at Petco Park.
He's never faced Milwaukee at home. In two trips to Miller Park, he's won once
and lost once while sporting a 4.50 ERA.
Ross dropped a 2-1 decision to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on
Thursday after allowing four hits and striking out eight.
"Ty was great," catcher Rene Rivera said. "That was one of the best outings.
He was pounding the strike zone, he got quick outs. Two runs in eight innings
is not bad. He did a great job."
On Monday, Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the
Brewers crushed San Diego, 10-1. Gerardo Parra also drove in three runs, while
Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez had three hits apiece, with the former adding a
solo homer in the Brewers' 16-hit attack.
Kyle Lohse (12-7) had a successful return, allowing just one run on four hits
and four walks over six innings in his first outing since suffering an ankle
sprain on Aug. 13.
San Diego got its 10-game homestand off on the wrong foot as Eric Stults
(6-14) was tagged for four runs on nine hits and three walks in five frames.
The Brewers won two of three at home over the Padres from April 21-23.
08/26 10:36:26 ET