Giants-Brewers Preview

After Milwaukee broke out for its most runs of the season, Kyle

Lohse hopes his Brewers teammates have enough offense left over to

provide him with some much-needed support.

Looking for another strong outing, Lohse tries to help the

Brewers to a third straight victory Wednesday night against the

visiting San Francisco Giants.

Lohse (0-1, 2.08 ERA) has pitched well during the first two

starts of his Milwaukee career, but has nothing to show for it. The

right-hander allowed a run in six innings of a 3-1 loss to Arizona

on April 5, then gave up two over seven in a 2-0 defeat against his

former team in St. Louis on Friday.

“It’s a shame you get those kind of outings and sometimes you

just don’t score,” said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke of Lohse,

who signed a three-year, $33 million free agent deal on March 25.

“But if he keeps throwing like that, we’re going to have a nice

year with him.”

Lohse’s teammates would love to provide him with the kind of

support they gave their pitching staff in Tuesday’s 10-8 win over

San Francisco (9-5). Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam and

Carlos Gomez homered for one of his three hits as the Brewers (4-8)

used an eight-run third-inning to win two straight for the first

time in 2013.

Milwaukee was shut out in consecutive games at St. Louis before

Sunday’s 4-3, 10-inning win over the Cardinals.

“It sure was nice to see us scoring all those runs,” Roenicke

said. “Another big inning. That seems to be us. We seem to be big

innings and not consistent through a game, but I’ll certainly take

that.”

Gomez is 6 for 9 in the last two games to raise his average from

.162 to .261.

Teammate Ryan Braun, however, is mired in a 1-for-17 slump. He’s

struck out 10 times during that stretch, including four Tuesday.

Braun’s 1 for 2 with a homer against scheduled San Francisco

starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 7.15).

Though the right-hander has struggled out of the gate, he

retired the last 10 batters he faced despite giving up five runs

and eight hits in six innings of a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on

Thursday.

“He was out of sync, even said he was having a hard time getting

the ball where he wanted,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “But he got

in a good groove there after (allowing four runs in the third

inning) and started getting pitches where he wanted and he got in a

good rhythm there.”

Vogelsong also has benefited from an offense that’s scored 13

runs during his two starts.

He is 2-2 with a 6.18 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, but

did not face them last season and has not made a start at Miller

Park since 2004 for Pittsburgh.

Pablo Sandoval had four RBIs and Brandon Belt added three hits

Tuesday for the Giants, who have two losses in eight games.

Sandoval is batting .361 (13 for 36) with 12 RBIs during a

nine-game hitting streak. He’s 3 for 8 versus Lohse, who is 4-3

with a 4.39 ERA in seven starts against San Francisco.

That included last season’s NLCS when Lohse allowed a run in 5

2-3 innings of St. Louis’ 3-1 Game 3 victory, but yielded five in

two innings of a 9-0 loss in Game 7.