Marcum looks to win his fourth consecutive decision Tuesday night when the Brewers attempt to continue capitalizing on the punchless San Diego Padres in the middle game of this series at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (15-20) is 9-5 at home, where it’s batting .298 with 17 homers in 14 games. That’s a marked difference from the Brewers’ .218 average with 16 homers in 21 games on the road, where they’re a major league-worst 6-15.
Five of their eight hits went for extra bases in Monday’s series opener, a 4-3 victory over San Diego (14-21).
The Brewers had dropped eight of 10 on a road trip in which they batted .179, averaged 1.9 runs and got shut out three times.
“It’s a huge win, especially for what’s been happening with us and the road trip. To come back here and I think everybody had a good feeling,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It’s huge. You never know what game it’s going to take to get on the right track.”
Weeks went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Monday, continuing his recent tear at home. He’s 10 for 20 in his last five home games with two doubles, a triple, three homers, five RBIs and six runs. The second baseman is batting .347 at Miller Park, 86 points higher than on the road.
The Brewers have won four of the last five home meetings with the Padres, batting .322 average with 10 homers in those contests.
Marcum (3-1, 2.06 ERA) now gets the ball looking to remain unbeaten since losing his season debut at Cincinnati on April 2. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA since then in six starts, lasting at least six innings in each.
Marcum allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings Thursday, but failed to earn a decision in a 2-1 loss at Atlanta.
Marcum won his only previous start against San Diego, yielding two earned runs in seven innings of Toronto’s 6-3 victory June 14.
The Padres’ offense ranks last in the majors in both batting average (.216) and runs per game (3.09).
The left-hander has a 2.50 ERA in his last three starts but has lost all three, as the offense has backed him with two total runs.
Richard got credit for an 11-3 win over St. Louis in his season debut, but has received six total runs of support in his last six starts.
His defense also let him down during Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh, committing two errors leading to six unearned runs over five innings.
“Errors are made and that’s part of the game,” said Richard, who scattered four hits and allowed seven total runs. “It’s disappointing not to make some pitches to get us out of it. That’s probably the thing that hurt most.”
Richard is 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers.