National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 18
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (53-43) at Washington Nationals (51-42), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (9-4, 3.26)
Washington - Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.46)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers hope their start to the second
half of the season goes better than the way the first half ended, as the NL
Central leaders open a three-game road series against the Washington Nationals
The Brewers lost 11 of 12 games from June 29-July 12 and halted a seven-game
slide with Sunday's 11-2 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Wily
Peralta allowed just an unearned run in seven innings for the win and
scattered three hits.
Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Scooter
Gennett added three hits, two RBI and scored twice for the Brewers, who have a
one-game lead over St. Louis for division bragging rights. Cincinnati is 1 1/2
games off the pace in the NL Central.
"It makes the break a lot funner," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of ending
the losing streak. "If you lose today, you're not sure when this streak is
going to end."
Elian Herrera finished a career-best 5-for-5 and scored three times for the
Brewers, and Khris Davis added a solo homer and two RBI. The Brewers tied a
season high with 19 hits.
Milwaukee is 28-19 on the road, going 9-5-1 in series play.
Kyle Lohse will take the mound for Milwaukee at Nationals Park and is 9-4 with
a 3.26 earned run average. He has lost two starts in a row and previously toed
the rubber in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia, charged with four runs and seven
hits in eight innings. He gave up two home runs.
Lohse has a 6-2 mark in 11 road starts this season and is 5-2 with a 4.75 ERA
in 16 career meetings (14 starts) with the Nationals. The right-hander is
trying to reach the 10-win mark for the fourth straight season.
Washington is tied with Atlanta atop the NL East standings and entered the
break with two wins in three tries against Philadelphia.
The Nationals won the south Philly series with Sunday's 10-3 pounding of the
hosts and starting pitcher Tanner Roark was splendid through seven innings,
allowing one run and four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer in the first inning and finished with four
RBI, while Ryan Zimmerman belted a solo homer for the Nationals.
"Momentum for us early with Jayson hitting the homer," said Washington manager
Matt Williams. "It set the tone really well for Tanner too."
Washington, which has won three of five games and is 28-19 in DC, will send
ace Stephen Strasburg to the hill Friday and he is 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA.
Strasburg is 1-0 in his last three starts and has posted consecutive no-
decisions. In last Saturday's 5-3 win at Philadelphia, the right-hander gave
up two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Strasburg gave up seven runs in a loss at Milwaukee on June 25 and has given
up a total of five since then. He has faced the Brewers twice in his career
and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. In 11 home starts this season, Strasburg owns a
6-1 record to go along with a 2.38 ERA.
The Nationals won two of three in Milwaukee from June 23-25 and the lone loss
was pinned on Strasburg.
07/18 10:36:52 ET