Florida (56-57) at Milwaukee (53-60)

Scattered Showers Currently: Milwaukee, WI, US
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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 13, 2004
  • TV: FSFL
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Ismael Valdez was impressive in his debut for the Florida Marlins. He’ll try to give a repeat performance when the Marlins open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Valdez, acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres, limited the Brewers to just two hits over six innings Saturday in a 5-0 victory at Pro Player Stadium.

“I just want to give my team a chance to win a ballgame, that’s all I am trying to do,” Valdez said. “I was aggressive in the strike zone today. I threw strikes. Keep the ball in play. We have a great defense.”

The 30-year-old right-hander extended his streak of scoreless innings against Milwaukee to 15. He is 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA against the Brewers this season.

“He was in command,” Florida manager Jack McKeon said. “He drove you crazy sometimes with 3-1, 3-2 on (every batter), but he was able to get the hitters out. He had a good idea. You watch him pitch, and he has an idea on how to pitch.”

The Marlins hope that trend continues as they open a nine-game road trip.

A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings Thursday, and Damion Easley drove in three runs to help the Marlins snap a three-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Florida moved within one game of .500, but the defending World Series champion still trails the Chicago Cubs by 5 1/2 games in the NL wild-card race.

“If we want to play in October, we’ve got to make a move now,” Easley said.

The Brewers have lost seven of their last nine, including two of three in Florida last week. Geoff Jenkins hit his team-leading 18th homer Thursday, but the Brewers fell to the Atlanta Braves 4-2 to close a six-game road trip. Milwaukee has won just one of its nine series since the All-Star break.

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I. Valdez MIA vs. W. Obermueller MIA
14-9 Record 6-8
5.19 ERA 5.80
67 K 59
49 BB 42
1.48 WHIP 1.53