(Sports Network) - Weather denied Kyle Lohse a chance to put a positive
exclamation point on his excellent June.
But with Lohse on quite a roll right now, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke will
quickly get the right-hander back in action on Wednesday when the Brewers play
the third contest of a four-game set with the Washington Nationals.
Lohse began last month with five straight quality starts, going 2-0 with a
2.45 earned run average. He hoped to cap June with a big win over the
streaking Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, but did not return after 1 2/3 innings
of work due to a two-hour, 20-minute rain delay.
"It was a tough game for us," Roenicke said following the 2-1 loss in 14
innings. "You got Lohse pitching and he's been pitching so well that you want
him out there and circumstances didn't allow us. Once we got too long with the
rain delay we didn't feel right bringing him back out."
So, the 34-year-old gets his next start bumped up to just three days after his
previous one due to the low pitch count and will try to improve on his 3-6
record and 3.63 ERA through 16 starts.
Lohse is 4-2 lifetime versus the Nationals with a 5.23 ERA in 14 meetings (12
While Lohse has been racking up quality starts, Washington's Ross Detwiler
aims for his first victory since May 10 Wednesday, having gone 0-3 over his
last five starts.
The southpaw lasted five innings at the New York Mets on Friday, giving up
three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and a pair of walks in his club's 6-4
win. That left Detwiler 2-6 on the season through 12 starts with a 4.13 ERA.
He did experience some tightness in his back during his start versus the Mets,
but was able to throw a bullpen session on Monday without issues.
Detwiler, 27, has lost both of his previous career starts versus the Brewers
while pitching to a 4.32 ERA.
Milwaukee drew even in this series on Tuesday with a 4-0 victory, finally
snapping a scoreless contest with a four-run eighth inning. Juan Francisco
drove in the first runs of the game with a double that scored two, while
Martin Maldonado and Jeff Bianchi also had RBI hits as the Brewers snapped a
Relievers John Axford, Jim Henderson, Michael Gonzalez, and Francisco
Rodriguez combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings after Wily Peralta was
forced out of the game with one out in the sixth due to a left hamstring
injury. He had allowed just three hits and a pair of walks before exiting.
"He had great command on his fastball and great movement," Roenicke said of
his starter. "It was a real nice game for him."
Peralta had to be on top of his game going against Washington's Stephen
Strasburg, who got a no-decision despite seven scoreless innings of three-hit
ball. He also walked four and struck out eight, but an offense that had plated
23 runs over consecutive victories failed to come through.
"It just didn't work out for us tonight," Strasburg said.
The Nationals won five of eight games versus the Brewers in 2012.
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