MLB Baseball on TV Wednesday May 30th
SNY Channel 66,619 and 1866HD
6:30pm: Mets PreGame
7pm: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
Probable Pitchers: Cliff Lee 0-2 2.82 vs Dillon Gee 4-3 4.92
Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82 ERA) has pitched well overall, but run support has been lacking. He’s receiving 2.12 runs per nine innings — third-lowest in the majors.
He allowed three runs and struck out seven over seven innings before the Phillies beat St. Louis 5-3 in 10 innings Friday.
The Mets dealt Lee his first loss April 13 in Philadelphia after he gave up four runs in seven innings. He didn’t earn a decision May 9, when he allowed two runs in six innings of New York’s 10-6 victory — again at Citizens Bank Park. Overall, Lee is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in five career starts versus the Mets.
Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco each had two hits Tuesday for the Phillies (26-25), who have won five of seven — including an 8-4 victory in Monday’s series opener — but dropped to 4-2 on their road trip.
Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92) opposed Lee in the May 9 matchup, not earning a decision after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He’s 2-1 in five career appearances — four starts — versus Philadelphia, but he’s compiled a 7.50 ERA in those outings.
The right-hander, though, has won his last two starts overall with a 2.63 ERA after allowing one run and striking out a career-high nine in seven innings of a 6-1 victory over San Diego on Friday.
Gee had allowed 11 runs over his previous two starts.
Gee’s solid performance helped begin a stretch of four wins over the last five games for the Mets (28-22). Scott Hairston hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s victory, and Omar Quintanilla went 3 for 4 with two doubles in his Mets debut.
Play by Play: Gary Cohen: Analyst: Ron Darling: Reporter: Kevin Burkhardt
(After the Game) Mets PostGame (Half-Hour Show)
YES Network Channel 52,620 and 1867HD
9pm: Yankees Batting Practice Today
9:30pm: Yankees PreGame
10pm: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels
Probable Pitchers: Ivan Nova 5-2 5.46 vs Ervin Santana 2-6 4.45
It’s been nearly three years since the Los Angeles Angels swept three games from the New York Yankees, and much longer since they won nine in a row.
The surging Angels can record their first nine-game win streak in eight seasons by completing a sweep of the Yankees on Wednesday night in Anaheim.
Los Angeles (26-25) is in position to earn its first sweep of New York (26-23) since July 10-12, 2009, also at home. The Angels, who are 13-0 at home when scoring at least four runs, have not won nine straight since Aug. 18-27, 2004.
Mark Trumbo, who has homered in three straight games including a game-ending solo shot to give the Angels a 9-8 win in Monday’s series opener, is 5 for 9 in the series. His .352 average this month ranks second in the AL.
Los Angeles is also finally seeing the Albert Pujols it expected when it signed him over the offseason. The slugger is 4 for 8 in this series and his 24 RBIs in May are second in the league only to Josh Hamilton’s 31.
Pujols went deep in Tuesday’s 5-1 victory for his 453rd career homer, breaking a tie with Carl Yastrzemski for 34th on baseball’s career list. He has five homers and 10 RBIs during the Angels’ winning streak.
While the Angels’ Ervin Santana (2-6, 4.45 ERA) ranks among baseball’s least fortunate starters with a run-support average of 2.37, the Yankees’ Ivan Nova (5-2, 5.46) ranks among baseball’s leaders in that department with a 6.75 mark.
Los Angeles starters own the best ERA in the AL at 3.32, with Santana the weak link in that group. The right-hander, however, has gone 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his last four starts after he went 0-6 with a 5.59 ERA in his first six.
Part of Santana’s rough stretch was a five-run, six-inning stint at New York in a 5-0 loss April 13. He fell to 0-5 with a 6.49 ERA in his last seven starts against the Yankees.
New York hitters have had mixed success against Santana, with Derek Jeter (.415), Eric Chavez (.355) and Alex Rodriguez (.353) faring well. In contrast, Swisher (.194) and Teixeira (.167) have struggled.
Evidence of how well Nova is supported can be found in his 11-5 home victory over the Angels on April 15 despite yielding four runs over six innings. He’s 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts against them.
Trumbo is 4 for 8 with a homer off the Yankees right-hander, but Pujols is 0 for 3.
Nova is 9-0 with a 3.35 ERA in his last 12 road starts, but his last loss away from home was also his only loss to the Angels, a 3-2 defeat last June 3 in which he gave up three runs — two earned — and eight hits over six innings.
Play by Play: Ken Singleton: Analyst: John Flaherty: Reporter: Meredith Marakovits
(After the Game) Yankees PostGame (1 Hour Show)
MLB Network Channel 621 and 1868HD
6pm-1am: MLB Tonight
MLB EXTRA INNINGS
Noon: (No TV Listed for MLB EXTRA INNINGS) Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
A rough few days have dropped the Cleveland Indians from first place in the AL Central.
The Indians look to bounce back from their latest home loss to the Kansas City Royals in Wednesday’s series finale.
One night after pounding out 14 hits to snap a three-game skid with an 8-5 win over Kansas City, Cleveland (27-22) was held to five during Tuesday’s 8-2 defeat to the Royals, falling one-half game behind surging Chicago in the Central.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 1 for 4 in his return after missing three straight games with a hamstring injury, but the Indians didn’t score after the first inning. Cleveland has been outscored 28-18 while losing three of five at home to Kansas City (20-28), which has won three of four overall.Wednesday may be more interesting considering Moustakas and the Royals also have a history with scheduled Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez (3-3, 3.94 ERA).
The right-hander makes his first start versus Kansas City since he was ejected for hitting Moustakas to begin the third inning during Cleveland’s 11-9, 10-inning win April 14. The incident came shortly after the Royals’ Jonathan Sanchez plunked Shin-Soo Choo to empty both benches.
Gomez gave up six runs, six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 9-3 loss at Chicago on Friday after allowing only an unearned run over 13 1/3 innings in his previous two outings.
He is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in six starts versus Kansas City.
Scheduled Royals starter Bruce Chen (3-5, 4.81) is 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts at Progressive Field, but he’s looking for a better performance than his last outing overall. The left-hander had allowed six runs in 19 2/3 innings while winning three consecutive starts before giving up six in four-plus innings of an 8-2 loss at Baltimore on Friday.
1pm: Channel 1922HD and 1933: Oakland A’s at Minnesota Twins
With the worst starting rotation ERA in baseball, the Minnesota Twins are turning back to Francisco Liriano — not that he has exactly earned another chance.
Liriano will make his first start since May 7 on Wednesday when the Twins try for a three-game home sweep of the woeful Oakland Athletics, who have lost seven straight.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that Liriano (0-5, 8.47 ERA) would get the ball for this afternoon game against the Athletics (22-28). The left-hander was demoted from the rotation after going 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in his first six starts
Liriano didn’t inspire much confidence in his last appearance, giving up four runs over 2 2/3 innings of relief during Friday’s 10-6 loss to Detroit. Minnesota (17-32), however, has a major league-worst rotation ERA of 6.33, and Gardenhire doesn’t have many other options.
Liriano is 2/3 with a 4.98 ERA in nine career starts against Oakland. He has struck out Brandon Inge more than any other hitter in the majors, as Inge is 4 for 32 with 16 strikeouts against him.
Minnesota is in position to notch its first three-game sweep of the season after former Oakland outfielder Josh Willingham delivered a two-out, three-run homer — his fifth career walkoff shot — in the bottom of the ninth inning off Brian Fuentes in Tuesday’s 3-2 win.
1pm: Channel 1929HD and 1930: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
A season-best winning streak has propelled the Chicago White Sox to the top of the AL Central.
Looking for an eighth consecutive victory, the White Sox try to complete their first road sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays in almost five years Wednesday afternoon.
Philip Humber threw seven strong innings Tuesday for his first win since his April 22 perfect game, and Dayan Viciedo had three hits in Chicago’s 7-2 victory. The White Sox (28-22) have won 11 of 12 — including a 2-1 triumph in Monday’s series opener — to move one-half game ahead of Cleveland atop the Central.
Chicago, which has not won eight in a row since a nine-game run July 4-15, 2010, is batting .320 with 15 home runs and has outscored its opponents 61-27 during its seven-game winning streak.
After Humber’s strong start, the White Sox turn to rookie left-hander Jose Quintana (1-0, 1.54 ERA) as they attempt to sweep the Rays at Tropicana Field for the first time since June 26-28, 2007. In his second major league appearance and first career start in place of the injured John Danks, Quintana gave up two runs and four hits in six innings of a 9-3 win over Cleveland on Friday.
The Rays (29-21) counter with Alex Cobb (2-0, 2.25), who looks to win his third straight start since being called up from Triple-A Durham to replace the injured Jeff Niemann. The right-hander overcame four walks in five innings Friday at Boston, allowing two runs and three hits in a 7-4 victory.
Cobb, 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 11 career starts dating to last season, makes his first appearance against the White Sox.
2pm: Channel 1921HD,1928HD,1931 and 1932: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have finally provided some offense for their starters, which is a good sign for the beleaguered Ryan Dempster.
Looking to end a 17-start winless streak, Dempster will take the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday as they go for a sweep of the San Diego Padres.
Chicago (17-32) will be trying to win three in a row for the first time this season and is going for its first sweep at home in nearly a year. The Cubs ended a 12-game losing streak with an 11-7 victory in the series opener Monday and won 5-3 on Tuesday as Alfonso Soriano homered for the second straight game.
While the Cubs averaged 2.8 runs during their skid, their offense has put them in position for their first three-game sweep at home since July 22-24 against Houston.
If Soriano, who has hit all seven of his home runs over the last 14 games, can keep it up at the plate, the Cubs might be able to finally help get Dempster (0-3, 2.14 ERA) his first win.
Dempster is 8-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 13 starts versus the Padres (17-34). He’s won his last two against them at Wrigley Field, most recently in 2009.
7pm: Channel 1921HD and 1932: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Brandon Morrow has given the Toronto Blue Jays ample reason for optimism thanks to a pair of recent shutouts and an extended stretch of dominant pitching.
In his last start, though, he couldn’t even give them one inning.
The right-hander may need a major bounce-back effort Wednesday night to keep pace with Baltimore starter Jason Hammel and provide the Blue Jays with a chance to sweep the teetering Orioles.
Morrow (5-3, 3.47 ERA) has long been high on potential while struggling with consistency, but he got in a groove and went 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA in his previous six starts before Friday’s disaster at Texas. That stretch included one rough outing against Tampa Bay, but it also had two three-hitters along with 45 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.
He didn’t strike out any Rangers, yielding five hits, three walks and six runs while retiring just two batters in a 14-3 loss. It was the first time he’d ever failed to get out of the first inning as a starter.
Hammel (6-1, 2.78), on the other hand, is looking to replicate his last start. After back-to-back shaky performances, the right-hander shut down Kansas City on Friday, striking out seven in six scoreless innings of an 8-2 victory.
He’s also been sharp against Toronto, a team he’ll be facing for the third time in 2012. He fanned seven in seven innings of a 3-0 win April 25, improving to 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA in seven career starts against the Blue Jays — with his teams winning all of those games.
Hammel will be trying to stop Baltimore’s longest losing streak of the season.
Apparently cooling following their surprising start, the Orioles (29-21) have lost all four games since Hammel last took the mound, including two in Toronto after they had won five of the first six in the season series.
They remained tied atop the tightening AL East after Tuesday’s 8-6 defeat because Tampa Bay also lost. Adam Jones extended his hit streak to 20 — going 3 for 3 with his 15th and 16th homers and adding two walks — but Baltimore couldn’t climb out of a seven-run hole.
Toronto (26-24) has won six of seven at home, hitting 14 homers and averaging 6.7 runs. The Blue Jays rode the contributions of the bottom third of their lineup Tuesday as Brett Lawrie, David Cooper and Rajai Davis combined to go 8 for 12 with six RBIs.
7pm: Channel 1922HD and 1933: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are hoping Dustin Pedroia can avoid a trip to the disabled list.
As long as they still have David Ortiz’s bat in the lineup against the Detroit Tigers, they should be all right.
After climbing over .500 for the first time, Ortiz and the surging Red Sox look to continue their home dominance over the slumping Tigers on Wednesday night.
With a 6-3 victory over Detroit on Tuesday, Boston (25-24) moved above .500 for the first time in six tries this season.
The Red Sox have pulled within 3 1/2 games of co-division leaders Baltimore and Tampa Bay, and are tied with the Chicago White Sox for the majors’ best record since May 11 at 13-5.
Pedroia missed Tuesday’s game after aggravating a right thumb injury in Monday’s 7-4 win, but he hopes to avoid going on the DL. Ortiz helped Boston overcome his absence with a home run and two doubles.
Ortiz is 5 for 8 with three doubles and three RBIs in the last two games, and is hitting .391 with six homers, seven doubles and 20 RBIs in 17 games against the Tigers since 2010. That includes a .478 average during Boston’s six-game home winning streak in the series.
While things seem to be looking up for the Red Sox, very little has gone right lately for Detroit, which is 7-27 at Fenway Park since 2003.
The Tigers (23-26) have lost five of eight overall to drop 4 1/2 games out of first place in the AL Central. Their ace was knocked around for 10 hits Tuesday and they went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Miguel Cabrera, who is 1 for 9 in the first two games of the series, could have better luck Wednesday against the struggling Jon Lester (3-4, 4.72 ERA). He is 5 for 11 with four walks in the matchup.
Lester is coming off a disastrous outing, serving up three homers in four innings in Friday’s 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay. The left-hander surrendered seven runs, six hits and three walks, marking the third time in four starts he yielded at least four runs.
Against Detroit on opening day, he gave up a run and six hits in seven innings but didn’t get a decision as Boston lost 3-2. He is 0-2 with a 4.62 ERA in four career starts versus the Tigers, with the Red Sox losing each time.
Detroit counters with Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.14), who has also been shaky lately. He allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings Friday against Minnesota, although he got credit for a 10-6 win.
The rookie left-hander has now yielded four runs in each of his last three starts without recording an out in the sixth inning in any of them. He had pitched six innings in each of his previous five starts, posting a 1.50 ERA in that stretch.
7pm: Channel 1924HD and 1935: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
After battering the pitching of one division rival, the Washington Nationals have had little luck at the plate in their first two games against the Miami Marlins.
Given their history against Josh Johnson, it seems they could have another tough time in the series finale.
Johnson looks to remain unbeaten against the Nationals and help the Marlins cap the winningest month in franchise history by sweeping the NL East leaders Wednesday night in Miami.
Washington (29-20) totaled 22 runs and 29 hits while sweeping a weekend series in Atlanta, but has combined for four runs and 12 hits while going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position the first two games of this series. The Nationals’ lone run in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss came on a suicide squeeze bunt by outfielder Corey Brown, who was making his first start after joining the team from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.
Miami’s Anibal Sanchez got the win Tuesday to remain unbeaten in 19 starts against Washington. Johnson (2-3, 4.87 ERA) has had a similar track record against the Nationals, going 7-0 with a 3.22 ERA in 14 career starts.
Johnson has regularly frustrated No. 3 hitter Ryan Zimmerman, who is batting .217 with no extra-base hits in 23 at-bats against him since 2009. Nationals cleanup man Adam LaRoche is 3 for 18 with eight strikeouts against the Marlins’ two-time All-Star right-hander.
Johnson wasn’t particularly sharp Friday against San Francisco, yielding three runs, nine hits and a walk in five innings, but Miami rallied for a 7-6 victory.
The Marlins (28-22) have won all five of Johnson’s starts this month, and 20 games altogether in May to break the franchise record for victories in a month.
The Marlins, who are off Thursday, have made up 4 1/2 games in the standings this month, and can pull within one-half game of the first-place Nationals if they can beat Chien-Ming Wang (1-0, 3.00), who is making his first start of 2012.
7pm: Channel 1928HD,1931 and 1940: St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves have been homering with regularity over the last week and they finally benefited from a couple of deep drives to end their longest losing streak in two years.
Relying on the long ball again might not work against the St. Louis Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse in Wednesday’s series finale at Turner Field.
The Braves (27-24) snapped an eight-game skid — the franchise’s longest since April 2010 — with a 5-4 win over the Cardinals (27-23) on Tuesday, as Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and Michael Bourn had a solo shot.
It seems unlikely they’ll get many pitches to send deep against Lohse (5-1, 2.90 ERA), who has surrendered four homers in 62 innings and one in his six road starts.
Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.12), who will oppose Lohse in the finale, is ironically one of the two players on Atlanta’s active roster to have homered off the right-hander. Dan Uggla is 4 for 12 with the one homer against Lohse, who is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves.
Hudson is 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA in his last six starts versus St. Louis.
Yadier Molina is 6 for 12 with a double and five walks against Hudson, Matt Holliday is 7 for 21 and Carlos Beltran is batting .351 with four homers, four doubles and nine walks in 74 career at-bats against the three-time All-Star.
Those three carried St. Louis’ offense Tuesday, combining to go 8 for 12 and scoring all four runs. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Cardinals lost for the fourth time in six games.
7pm: Channel 1929HD,1930 and 1939: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
The Cincinnati Reds are playing some of the best baseball in the majors at the moment and are on the verge of winning their fourth consecutive series.
That seems all but assured given Johnny Cueto’s success in Pittsburgh.
Cueto looks to overcome some recent inconsistency and continue his dominance of the Pirates when the NL Central rivals conclude their three-game set Wednesday night at PNC Park.
The division-leading Reds (28-21) have won nine of their last 11 after Tuesday’s 8-1 victory over Pittsburgh, as Jay Bruce went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs.
The Pirates didn’t have an answer for Reds starter Homer Bailey — who threw a four-hitter — and it likely won’t get any easier given their history against Cueto (5-2, 2.53 ERA). He’s 7-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his last eight starts at PNC after a seven-hitter in a 6-1 victory May 4.
Cueto has allowed one run or none in six of those road outings, and he’s 9-1 with a 1.87 ERA in his last 12 starts overall versus the Pirates. His 11 career victories over Pittsburgh are by far his most against any team.
The right-hander, though, has lost two of his last three starts. He allowed six runs over four innings in Atlanta on May 15, and after pitching seven strong in the Bronx on May 20 gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits in 4 2/3 of a 6-3 loss to Colorado on Friday.
Pittsburgh (24-25) had won four straight prior to Tuesday’s loss. Andrew McCutchen tripled and is hitting .423 (22 for 52) with four homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.223 OPS in 16 home games this month.
McCutchen is a .286 (8 for 28) hitter against Cueto, but he has three homers and two doubles.
The Pirates, who allowed only seven runs during their winning streak, will look to bounce back by sending A.J. Burnett (3-2, 4.19) to the mound.
Burnett has given up either two runs or none in six of his seven outings after he struck out six in 5 1/3 innings of a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
8pm: Channel 1925HD and 1936: Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers
Runs could be difficult to come by in this series finale between the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners.
Starting pitchers Derek Holland of Texas and Blake Beavan of Seattle have each enjoyed success against his opponent heading into Wednesday night’s matchup in Arlington.
Texas (31-19) won Monday’s series opener 4-2, then Seattle (22-30) ended a five-game losing streak with Tuesday’s 10-3 rout. The Rangers lead the season series, 5-4.
Neither Holland (4-3, 4.05 ERA) nor Beavan (2-4, 4.38) has been overly impressive this season, but both should feel good about their chances Wednesday. Holland is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last five starts against the Mariners while Beavan has a 1.71 ERA despite a 1-2 record in three career outings against the Rangers.
8:30pm: Channel 1926HD,1937 and 1941: Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies
The Rockies try for a sixth consecutive home victory over the scuffling Houston Astros as these teams continue a four-game set Wednesday night.
Colorado (19-29) lost 15 of 18 from May 4-22 but has since won four of six, including a doubleheader sweep of Houston on Memorial Day. After taking the first game 9-7, the Rockies pulled out a 7-6 victory as Fowler capped an already impressive day with a game-winning triple off Astros closer Brett Myers in the 10th inning.
Fowler finished the day 7 for 9 with a homer, five runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base. He raised his batting average to .276 — the highest it’s been since April 12.
Houston (22-27), meanwhile, has dropped a season worst-tying four straight since scheduled starter Lucas Harrell (4-3, 3.72 ERA) last took the hill.
The right-hander is looking to win a third straight start, having allowed one earned run in each of the last two. Six days after striking out a career-high six in a 6-5 victory over Texas, Harrell went 7 1/3 innings during Friday’s 3-1 win at Dodger Stadium. He recorded 17 groundball outs and didn’t strike anyone out in the longest outing of his career.
Harrell will be opposed by rookie Christian Friedrich (2-1, 5.09), who got hit hard in a 10-3 loss to Seattle on May 19 but was better Friday in a 6-3 win at Cincinnati. The left-hander yielded three runs and struck out six over five innings, earning his first victory since his major league debut three weeks ago.
Houston hasn’t dropped five in a row overall since a seven-game slide Aug. 9-15.
10pm: Channel 1928HD and 1931: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum is mired in the worst start of his six-year career. Facing the Arizona Diamondbacks might not make things any better.
Ian Kennedy is in the midst of his longest personal losing stretch, but has fared well against the San Francisco Giants of late.
The struggling aces match up Wednesday night when the Giants look to complete a three-game sweep with their fifth straight win over the visiting Diamondbacks.
Lincecum (2-5, 6.41 ERA) last won April 28 when he allowed an unearned run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory over San Diego. Since then, the two-time Cy Young Award winner is 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA in five May starts. He has not gone an entire month without earning a win since he was 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in August 2010.
The right-hander gave up one run through five innings before yielding five in the sixth of a 7-6 loss at Miami on Friday. It’s the third time in four starts Lincecum allowed at least four runs in a single frame.
His season began on a rough note when he allowed five runs and two homers in 5 1/3 innings of a 5-4 loss at Arizona on April 6. Lincecum has posted a 6.85 ERA while losing four straight outings to the Diamondbacks.
Kennedy (3-5, 4.65) gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings of that opening day victory over Lincecum to improve to 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 11 starts versus San Francisco.
Though the right-hander has a 2.60 ERA while winning four straight starts against the Giants, he’s not won since April 22 and owns a 6.00 ERA while losing five consecutive outings. The Diamondbacks (22-28) have scored two runs with Kennedy on the mound in those contests.
Melky Cabrera, 4 for 7 with a homer off Kennedy, had three hits in San Francisco’s 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The Giants (27-23) have won three in a row and 12 of 18.
Cabrera’s 50 hits are the most in May by a San Francisco player — breaking Willie Mays’ record — and are one shy of the record for any month set by Randy Winn in September 2005. He’s hitting .486 (17 for 35) versus Arizona in 2012.
10pm: Channel 1929HD and 1930: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Heading into this week’s series, the struggling Milwaukee Brewers didn’t appear to be much of a match for the major league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Given how they’ve roughed up Clayton Kershaw at Chavez Ravine over the past few years, there’s a good chance they’ll continue proving any doubters wrong.
Milwaukee seeks its first three-game winning streak since early April when it plays the third of four games in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
The Brewers (21-28) entered this series having lost 10 of 14, but a pair of one-run victories over the Dodgers (32-17) have them on the brink of matching their season-best three-game run from April 9-11.
Ryan Braun’s two-run homer in the first inning was all Milwaukee needed in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory to spoil the return of Los Angeles slugger Matt Kemp, who went 1 for 4 after missing the previous 14 games with a hamstring injury.
The Brewers will now look to keep rolling against Kershaw (4-2, 1.97 ERA), who has never beaten Milwaukee at home.
The left-hander is 0-2 with an 8.74 ERA in three career starts versus the Brewers at Dodger Stadium. The last time he faced them at home was disastrous, as he allowed seven runs in a career-low 1 1/3 innings May 4, 2010.
Yovani Gallardo (3-4, 4.19), who will take the mound for Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Gallardo improved to 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA over his last four starts after allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings of a 7-1 win over Arizona on Friday, but he’s never beaten the Dodgers.
The right-hander lost his first three career starts versus Los Angeles while compiling a 10.80 ERA, though he’s been much better in his last two outings. Gallardo gave up one run in eight innings of Milwaukee’s 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Aug. 16, then allowed two runs in seven innings of the Brewers’ 5-4 win on April 17, but failed to earn a decision in either start.