MLB News: Marcum to try and lead Brewers to road-series winRegional Sports
-- Shaun Marcum has an impressive road record. And the Milwaukee right-hander will try to keep it going tonight, when the Brewers wrap up a three-game series at Cincinnati.
CINNCINNATI - Shaun Marcum has an impressive road record. And the Milwaukee right-hander will try to keep it going tonight, when the Brewers wrap up a three-game series at Cincinnati.
Marcum has a zero-point-five-three ERA in five road starts after losing at Cincy on the second day of the season. His only other defeat came last Friday night, when he gave up a grand slam to Brandon Crawford in a home loss to San Francisco. Marcum is 6-2 overall, with a two-point-eight-oh ERA. The Reds will send right-hander Mike Leake to the mound. He’s 4-2 with a five-point-one-oh ERA – and he recently came back from two weeks in the minors where he worked on his control. Leake won his most recent start in Atlanta last Friday. He gave up a run, seven hits, and three walks over six innings. Leake had a no-decision against Milwaukee on April 26th at Miller Park, as he gave up solo homers to Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder in a seven-inning start. The Brewers are only 2-12 in their last 14 games at Great American Ball Park, but they can win their current series there with a victory in tonight’s rubber game.
The Detroit Tigers have beaten Minnesota eight straight times – and they’ll try to make it nine tonight in the Motor City. The Tigers are going for a sweep of their current three-game set against the Twins. Minnesota has dropped three straight, and nine-of-their-last-11. The Tigers have averaged just over eight-and-a-half runs in their last eight victories over the Twins. Scott Baker will try to even his 2-3 record for Minnesota tonight against Rick Porcello, who’s 4-3.
It’s been almost three years since the Chicago Cubs were swept by Houston in a series at Wrigley Field. But it could happen this afternoon unless the Cubs get off the mat. Chicago has lost two straight to the Astros and four-of-its-last-five overall, while hitting only .215 during that stretch. The Cubs’ top home run producer, Alfonso Soriano, was put on the disabled list yesterday with a strained quad muscle suffered on Monday night. Former Brewers’ left-hander Doug Davis will start for the Cubs. He’s 0-3, and he hasn’t won since May 10th of last year. Brett Myers starts for the Astros. He’ll try to break a personal four-game losing streak.
The Chicago White Sox will go for a three-game sweep of their series at Boston this afternoon. The White Sox have scored 17 runs in their back-to-back wins over the Red Sox. Gavin Floyd, who’s 5-5, will start for Chicago against knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield.