Rockies-Brewers Preview

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 hit a tying homer in the sixth and Ryan Braun

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 (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 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 (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.