Series preview: at Brewers
When (TV): 8:10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves LH Mike Minor (8-10, 4.58 ERA) vs. RH Wily Peralta (1-0, 5.14)
Tuesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (14-5, 3.59) vs. RH Marco Estrada (2-6, 3.99)
Wednesday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (12-9, 3.67) vs. RH Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.76)
About the Braves:
Batting: After breaking up an 0-for-17 streak with a bunt for a single, Brian McCann has hit home runs in each of his past two games to give him 20 for the season. He went 4-for-5 Saturday against the Mets for his ninth career four-hit game and drove in the game-winning run Sunday with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. Since returning to the Braves lineup on Wednesday, Dan Uggla is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three doubles and a home run.
Pitching: Minor took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his past start Wednesday against the Rockies. He walked four but struck out seven in seven innings. Nine of his past 11 starts have been quality starts, and he is tied with Hudson for the staff lead with 13 quality starts. Minor allowed only one unearned run on two hits in 7 1/3 innings of a 2-1 win in his only appearance against the Brewers this season April 14.
Miscellaneous: Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is expected to return to the Braves lineup Monday for the first time since July 8 after two months out with a broken bone in his right hand. Simmons will have played six games on a minor league rehab assignment, hitting home runs on both Friday and Saturday for Single-A Lynchburg.
About the Brewers:
Batting: Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two walks and his 22nd home run Saturday to make him 9-for-19 (.474) in his past five games. He is 6-for-12 with one home run and four RBIs in his career against Minor. Ryan Braun entered Sunday on a seven-game hitting streak (at a .394 clip, 13-for-33) and with a career-high 38 home runs on the season. He had 100 RBIs, making him the first Brewer to drive in 100 runs in five seasons.
Pitching: Peralta, considered the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect at the start of the season, was one of four players called up for September. He made his first major league start on Wednesday against the Marlins, giving up three runs in six innings to record the win in an 8-5 victory. Peralta pitched one inning in relief in April, giving up one run on three hits to the Rockies.
Miscellaneous: The Brewers had won 15 of 19 games entering Sunday, including the first two games of their weekend series against St. Louis, to pull within five games of the second wild card spot.
- Carroll Rogers