Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick- 8/4/13
Washington Nationals (54-56) at Milwaukee Brewers (46-64)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Miller Park)
Taylor Jordan (R) (1-3) (3.311) vs. Kyle Lohse (R) (7-7) (3.216)
Milwaukee Brewers -122 / Washington Nationals +112 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
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The Washington Nationals try to stifle the Milwaukee Brewers for the third straight day at Miller Park after 4-1 and 3-0 clinics.
Saturday's exhibition was even more dominant than Friday's for Washington, who was carried by Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14 ERA) through seven innings. Donovan Hand (0-3, 3.60 ERA) wasn't bad through seven either, but Wilson Ramos and Adam LaRoche each touched him up for a home run.
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The Nats first got on the scoreboard during the top of the second via Anthony Rendon's sacrifice fly. Milwaukee was outhit 7-4. The Brewers were 0-of-2 with Runners In Scoring Position. Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura failed and were 0-of-8 combined at the plate.
Milwaukee goes with Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.22 ERA) next. Lohse has won six of his last seven decisions and with the Brewers headed nowhere, it's a bit surprising he wasn't traded. Lohse's last six victories have seen the opposition work in nine runs during 42.2 frames. Five of those wins were at Miller.
Lohse's first two decisions were losses, allowing four runs a piece to the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers during five and 6.1 innings. Washington knocked in a run during eight frames at Nationals Park in a 4-1 defeat to Lohse, who Washington is 49-of-177 with 23 RBIs against. Jayson Werth, LaRoche and Chad Tracy have driven in six, five and four runs versus Lohse during 71 at-bats.
The Nats turn to Taylor Jordan (1-3, 3.31 ERA), who will make his sixth start Sunday. Washington is 3-3 following up three Jordan losses with wins, the last, at Nationals Park. Unfortunately, on the road Jordan is 0-2, tumbling to the New York Mets and Philadelphia, giving up seven runs, four earned, during 10 innings.
At Miami July 14, Jordan surrendered two runs during six frames of a 5-2 Washington victory. The Nats also beat Milwaukee 8-5 in Washington July 4, although Jordan left after 5.2 inings of two-run baseball. The Brewers are 6-of-20, with a Juan Francisco and Jonathan Lucroy RBI against Jordan. Milwaukee avoids being swept.