Preview: Nationals at Brewers

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GAME: Washington Nationals (43-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (33-40)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 25 - 4:10 PM EST
WHERE: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


A road trip that began with promise is turning into a disaster for the Washington Nationals, who look to avoid a seventh consecutive defeat when they continue their three-game series against the host Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon. Pitching continues to plague Washington, which has allowed at least four runs in all but one game during its 2-6 trek.

Wilson Ramos went 4-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to eight games and Daniel Murphy contributed two hits and two RBIs in Friday's 5-3 loss for the Nationals. Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper is 5-for-25 during the six-game skid for Washington, which saw its lead atop the National League East cut to three games. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and Keon Broxton delivered a pinch-hit solo blast to lift Milwaukee to its second straight win following a 1-7 slide. Brewers right-hander Matt Garza will make his third start of the season against slumping lefty Gio Gonzalez on Saturday.

TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Washington), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals LH Gio Gonz├ílez (3-6, 4.25 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Matt Garza (0-0, 0.90) 

Gonzalez owned a major league-leading 1.86 ERA after beating the New York Mets on May 18, but he has seen it climb to 4.25 over a dismal six-start stretch in which he is 0-5. The latest setback came at San Diego on Sunday, when he was knocked around for six runs - five earned - and walked four batters in 5 1/3 innings. Gonzalez has lost his last three outings away from home, but he is 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts versus Milwaukee.

After he was reached for one run and eight hits over four frames at San Francisco in his season debut, Garza amped up his game last time out at the Los Angeles Dodgers. He scattered five hits over six scoreless frames and did not walk a batter but came away with a no-decision. Garza never has beaten the Nationals in eight starts, posting an 0-4 record and unsightly 7.17 ERA, and has had trouble versus Harper (3-for-6) and Ramos (5-for-13).

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington's Nos. 6-8 hitters were a combined 0-for-10 with nine strikeouts in the series opener.

2. Brewers 3B Aaron Hill has hit safely in six of his last seven games following a two-run single Friday.

3. Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (back), who missed his last start, had two ribs popped back into place this week and is expected to pitch Sunday.

PREDICTION: Nationals 5, Brewers 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Washington 43-31 L6 20-12 23-19 24-13 8-10 2-5 9-3
Milwaukee 33-40 W2 20-17 13-23 11-13 9-12 4-10 9-5

Last Meeting

Washington Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/24/16 WAS 3 MIL 5 .250 0 .675 .172 2 .629

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
WAS W. Ramos .800 4 1.800
MIL C. Carter .333 1 .833
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
WAS D. Murphy 0 1 2
MIL K. Nieuwenhuis 1 1 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
WAS 5.62 .250 13
MIL 3.00 .172 16
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
WAS D. Murphy .349 95 .970
MIL R. Braun .320 74 .915
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
WAS B. Harper 15 43 43
MIL C. Carter 18 34 44
Pitching ERA Avg K
WAS 3.36 .251 707
MIL 4.53 .247 546

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Washington Overall Milwaukee
43-31 W/L 33-40
38-36 RL W/L 36-37
37-31-6 O/U 37-32-4
4.51 Runs For 4.05
3.57 Runs Against 4.82
Washington A/H Milwaukee
23-19 W/L 20-17
24-18 RL W/L 18-19
20-18-4 O/U 18-16-3
4.88 Runs For 4.38
3.57 Runs Against 4.59
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