Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, May 27th (All times eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (26-23) at Milwaukee Brewers (30-22), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (5-2, 4.08) Milwaukee - Matt Garza (2-4, 4.92)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound Tuesday night at Miller Park opposite Matt Garza, as the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers resume their three-game interleague series.
Chen got a no-decision against Cleveland his last time out, as he allowed five earned runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander notched only one strikeout but did not issue a walk. A misplayed grounder by Ryan Flaherty let two runs score, although raising Chen's ERA with runners in scoring position to 9.39, compared to 1.29 with the bases empty.
"I thought he deserved a lot better fate," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Chen. "He was pretty sharp. I thought his breaking ball was sharper."
Baltimore will also get a boost from Chris Davis, who is expected to return to the lineup after missing games on Sunday and Monday while on paternity leave. Davis has five homers and 11 RBI in his past eight games while batting .345. He has also shredded National League pitching, hitting .458 in 22 interleague games since the start of last season.
Garza has just one win and a 5.93 ERA over his last five starts. Most recently, he came away with a no-decision at Atlanta last week after giving up four earned runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. However, the right-hander has dominated Baltimore over his career, going 9-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 12 starts.
The team has gone just 10-14 in the month of May after starting the year 20-8, as injuries to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez have slowed the offense.
"It hurts, but we've just got to keep going," Garza said. "We've just got to keep fighting and grinding this month. We've got some guys banged up and some guys nursing some things, so we've just got to keep going and keep finding a way."
The Brewers still own a 1 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the National League Central despite dropping seven of their last 10 games.
In Monday's series opener, newcomer Nick Hundley rebounded from a throwing error to single home J.J. Hardy in the top of the 10th inning as Baltimore rallied for a 7-6 victory. Jonathan Schoop homered twice, including a game- tying blast in the top of the ninth off Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was the second straight game that Rodriguez gave up the long ball.
"It was tough, but this team will bounce back," Brewers starter Kyle Lohse said. "We'll forget about it (Tuesday) and come back and do what we've got to do. It's always tough when you have the lead like that, but you don't go perfect for the whole year holding leads."
Baltimore has won three in a row to keep pace with red-hot Toronto in the AL East. The O's lead the all-time series with Milwaukee (229-164), although the Brewers are 6-1 in interleague play this season.
05/27 10:36:43 ET