National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 22
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (46-30) at Colorado Rockies (34-40), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (8-2, 3.09)
Colorado - Tyler Matzek (1-1, 3.75)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers have been scoring runs in bunches
for Kyle Lohse, and the veteran has returned the favor with lights-out efforts
in most of his 2014 starts.
The Brewers will see if that combination can continue on Sunday afternoon in
Colorado, where they'll meet the Rockies and go for the sweep of a three-game
weekend series at Coors Field.
A Milwaukee win would give it a sweep in Denver for the first time in 10
Lohse is 5-1 with a 3.75 earned run average in nine road starts this season,
and the Brewers are averaging six runs per game with him on the mound -- one
of the best figures in the big leagues for a starting pitcher. Still, he's
just 2-3 with a 6.67 in five Coors Field outings.
The Brewers have the best record in the National League thanks to a variety of
sound hitting sources through the season's first half. Aramis Ramirez, for
example, is 6-for-10 and has driven in four runs in this series. In his last
eight games in Denver, he's hit .450 there with three home runs.
"Been coming here for a lot of years," he said. "It's a good place to hit."
Milwaukee has 28 hits in the series.
Lohse last pitched on Tuesday and allowed four runs in six innings of a 7-5
win at Arizona.
Colorado lefty Tyler Matzek makes his third career start and will face the
Brewers for the first time. In his last start, on Monday against the Los
Angeles Dodgers, he was tagged for 10 hits in five innings of a 6-1 loss.
He defeated Atlanta in his lone home start on June 11 and is the third Rockies
pitcher to make his starting debut in the big leagues this season.
On Saturday, Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored
to help guide the Brewers to a 9-4 win.
Ramirez had a solo home run and scored twice, while Rickie Weeks and Khris
Davis each recorded an RBI for the Brewers.
Wily Peralta (8-5) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in 7 2/3
solid innings to win his fourth straight start, all of which have been on the
The first time back on a big-league mound since 2012 wasn't as welcoming as
Christian Friedrich (0-1) had hoped. He was tagged for nine runs -- four
earned -- on seven hits and three walks to absorb the loss.
Corey Dickerson connected on a two-run blast and finished a triple shy of the
cycle. Justin Morneau drove in a pair for the Rockies.
06/22 10:34:10 ET