The Milwaukee Brewers should be thrilled to start a nine-game
They’ll have even more reason to be excited if Ryan Braun is on
the field for it.
Braun might not be available to the Brewers on Friday when they
face the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at
Milwaukee (21-23) owns the best home record in the NL at 13-6,
batting .305 with 26 homers. The Brewers are 8-17 on the road,
where they’re batting .220 and have hit 10 fewer home runs in six
The Brewers’ success at Miller Park may be in for a significant
test. Braun, who has been putting together MVP-caliber numbers with
a .305 batting average, 12 homers and 34 RBIs, had to depart
Thursday’s 1-0 loss at San Diego in the fifth inning due to a sore
“It happened (Wednesday) in the game,” said Braun, who first
felt the soreness on a swing. “I tried to play through it.
“(Thursday), I was trying to get through it but it just got to
the point where I didn’t think I could contribute. Once it gets to
that point, it makes no sense to play.”
Braun, whose status for Friday is uncertain, has been a major
reason for the Brewers’ home success, batting .338 with eight
homers and 25 RBIs at Miller Park. He’s also thrived against
Colorado (23-19) during his career, batting .380 with six homers
and 20 RBIs in 28 meetings.
Braun is batting .415 during a 20-game hitting streak versus the
With or without its star left fielder, Milwaukee will try for a
four-game home winning streak when it gives the ball to Zack
Greinke (2-1, 6.60 ERA).
The right-hander has won his last two starts – both at home –
despite a 5.73 ERA.
Greinke’s most recent effort started well, as he tossed four
scoreless innings Sunday before surrendering five runs and getting
pulled after the fifth in a 9-6 win over Pittsburgh.
“I kind of felt stronger,” said Greinke, who missed all of April
due to a broken rib. “I should be finishing that a little bit
better. I feel good now. Once the results start to get better,
maybe I’ll feel a little bit better about things.”
While with Kansas City, he split a pair of starts against the
Rockies while yielded 11 runs over 10 2-3 innings.
Colorado won for the third time in four games Thursday, beating
Philadelphia 7-1 as Jason Giambi belted three homers and drove in
all seven runs, a career high.
“It’s nice to contribute and get an opportunity to play,” said
Giambi, who started at first base because Todd Helton had a stiff
back. “It’s exciting, something you dream about.”
Giambi may be in the lineup again, but he’s only started seven
games this season and is batting .194 with four homers and 11
Jason Hammel (3-3, 3.71) is scheduled to take the mound for
Colorado, looking to build on his 3-0 record and 2.95 ERA in three
career starts against the Brewers. He won his only start at Miller
Park on June 9, 2009, allowing two runs in six innings.
Beating Milwaukee again would keep Hammel from dropping a third
The right-hander may have endured his worst performance of 2011
on Sunday, when he gave up a season-high six runs in 6 1-3 innings
of an 8-2 loss to the Padres.