After suffering through a rough stretch last week, the Milwaukee Brewers should feel a little better about the way they have played the last two games.
The NL Central-leading Brewers look to continue their recent home success over the Colorado Rockies with a third straight win overall in the finale of this two-game set Wednesday night.
Milwaukee (87-62) has scored two or fewer runs in five of the last seven games, but has won two straight following a five-game skid. Prince Fielder(notes) hit a tying homer in the sixth and Ryan Braun(notes) delivered a walk-off shot in the 11th to extend the Brewers’ home winning streak over Colorado to seven games with a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
Milwaukee remained 6 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis with 13 remaining.
“It’s fun to play meaningful games this time of year,” said Braun, whose homer was his first hit in 12 at-bats versus Colorado. “Obviously, we understand what’s at stake. We continue to battle, continue to fight. I don’t think we really deserved that game. But good teams find a way to win games they shouldn’t sometimes.”
Fielder, who homered for the first time in 10 games, is 9 for 27 with two home runs and five RBIs against the Rockies this season.
Shaun Marcum(notes) (12-6, 3.25 ERA) looks to avoid a third straight losing start at home when he takes the ball for the Brewers. Though the right-hander is 5-3 in 15 home starts, he has a 4.15 ERA at Miller Park compared to the 2.31 ERA he’s posted while going 7-3 in 15 road starts.
He allowed five runs, nine hits and walked four in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-3 home loss to Philadelphia on Friday to fall to 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA in four starts at Miller Park since beating the Cubs there July 28. The Brewers have scored just one run with him on the mound in his last three outings.
Marcum, however, has yielded three runs and eight hits in 13 innings to win his two starts versus Colorado this season. The first came at Miller Park where he gave up a solo homer to Carlos Gonzalez(notes) and three other hits while striking out eight in eight innings of a 3-2 win May 21.
Gonzalez went 1 for 5 on Tuesday for the Rockies (69-78), who have totaled four runs in their last three games at Milwaukee. He is 8 for 24 in his last six games overall, but 4 for 23 against the Brewers this season.
Kevin Millwood(notes) (2-2, 3.79) takes the mound looking to bounce back after he allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to Arizona last Wednesday in his sixth start since signing as a free agent with the Rockies on Aug. 10.
“Of all the starts I’ve had here, I’ve felt that it was the worst stuff that I’ve had,” said Millwood, who homered in that contest. “I was able to battle and give us a chance. It just wasn’t enough. Nothing was really working that well.”
The right-hander is 4-3 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 starts against the Brewers, but has not faced them since 2003 while with Philadelphia.