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WASHINGTON — The Milwaukee Brewers will have to forget fast

in General Section Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:13 am
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as they continue their pursuit of a playoff spot by concluding a three-game series with the Washington Nationals on Sunday.The Brewers led the Nationals 3-1 in the eighth inning Saturday but ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 decision in a game that was delayed nearly two hours by rain and ended well past midnight.The Nationals mounted a two-out rally against reliever Joakim Soria and Juan Soto and capped it with a two-run single against Dan Jennings with Milwaukee closer Josh Hader unavailable.Article continues below ...With a win Blaine Boyer Jersey , the Brewers (76-61) would have moved into the top wild-card spot in the National League.“I think we’ll be fine,” Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson said after giving up one run in five innings. “I know how we respond to things. Our bullpen’s picked up the starters a lot this year. Just gotta pick those guys up.”Soto had three hits to raise his average to .301 and Washington (68-68) climbed back to .500 as it tries to stay in the playoff picture.Adam Eaton started the rally with a two-out double, Trea Turner singled him home, and Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon walked to set up Soto.“It’s a testament to the boys. They don’t quit,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “They wanted to get back out there and play. They got the field ready. Stopped raining for us. We were able to come back and get a big win.”Milwaukee right-hander Junior Guerra (6-9, 4.09) opposes rookie right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (2-1, 4.54) in Sunday’s rubber game.Guerra is 0-4 with a 7.28 ERA in his last eight starts. He has allowed six earned runs in two of his last three starts. Last time out he only lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits.Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the team did not consider skipping Guerra in the rotation.“We feel like Junior has pitched well for us this year,” Counsell said. “I won’t tell you his last start was a good start. I will tell you the starts before that were much better than they looked. There’s a lot of indicators that say those were not bad starts, they were bad luck.“I think that’s why Junior’s getting the ball still. We still believe he’s throwing the ball well.”Guerra is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in three games (two starts) versus the Nationals.Meanwhile, Counsell said newly acquired Gio Gonzalez won’t start a game in the Brewers’ next series against the Chicago Cubs but will be available in the bullpen.“He’s gonna get outs for us,” Counsell said. “He will play a role in this team going down the stretch. We made the trade and I’m glad we have him.”Rodriguez has a 1.69 ERA in his last three starts. Last time out he threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks, as the Nationals pulled way late for a 15-0 win over the New York Mets when they scored 14 times in the final two innings.“I think the biggest difference there is, before, I used to like to just battle with my fastball a lot Trevor Cahill Jersey ,” he told MASN.com.“Now I’m mixing in my pitches more … using my off-speed more and getting more comfortable and confident with those off-speed pitches.”He’s making his first start against Milwaukee.Nationals catcher Matt Wieters is dealing with a hip/groin issue that has bothered him since Washington’s series in Philadelphia earlier this week. He didn’t start, but pinch hit in the eighth inning.Washington right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (right hamstring strain) threw a bullpen session Saturday. BOSTON — David Price helped the Toronto Blue Jays into the 2015 postseason by going 9-1 after a late-season trade from the Detroit Tigers.But other than that chapter in his career, Price has tortured those same Blue Jays.The left-hander, who has been brilliant since the All-Star break, takes a 20-3 lifetime record and a 2.52 ERA to the mound when he faces Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.Article continues below ...The Red Sox became the first team in baseball to clinch a postseason bid by coming on late to beat the Jays 7-2 Tuesday night — Chris Sale coming off the disabled list to pitch one inning — 26 pitches, two strikeouts — to extend his personal shutout streak to 29 straight frames.Price, 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA (48 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings) since the break, has already beaten the Jays twice this season, yielding four earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.He worked 6 1/3 innings in his last start, yielding just two hits and striking out 10 before the bullpen blew the win, leaving his record at 14-6 with a 3.57 ERA. That was his first start after missing a turn because he took a line drive off his pitching wrist.Price, in the third year of a seven-year contract with Boston, can opt out of the deal after this season, but Tuesday told masslive.com he wasn’t going anywhere.“Why would I leave here to go to a team that’s not as good as this team?” Price said. “I came here to win. I don’t worry about all the other stuff. Just come here to win. We’re going to have a really good chance to do that.”He added his relationship with the Boston media, strained in his first two years, had improved.Sanchez will be making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list. His last outing was his best in the first three — three runs Melky Cabrera Jersey , six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts in a no-decision at Tampa Bay.He is 0-1 with a 6.19 ERA since his return, but was raked for seven runs on nine hits in five innings in the first one.The right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 18 games (10 starts) against the Red Sox, 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA in eight games (five starts) at Fenway.J.D. Martinez is 5-for-16 (.313) with a home run and Andrew Benintendi 3-for-10 (.300) lifetime against Sanchez, but Ian Kinsler is 1-for-13 (.077), Brock Holt 2-for-13 (.154), Xander Bogaerts 6-for-28 (.214) and Eduardo Nunez 3-for-14 (.214).The current Blue Jays are hitting a cumulative .238 (43-for-181) against Price. Devon Travis is 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run and Teoscar Hernandez 3-for-10 (.300) with a homer against him. But Kevin Pillar is 3-for-22 (.136) with a homer, Russell Martin 5-for-32 (.156), Yangeris Solarte 3-for-16 (.188) and Justin Smoak 4-for-20 (.200) with a home run.The plan for Sale is to have him pitch three innings as an “opener” against the New York Mets Sunday, then work again in Cleveland the following weekend and likely one more time before the playoffs.“Good, really good,” Sale said when asked how he felt. “A little erratic, obviously (he hit Kendrys Morales), drove my pitch count up a little bit which is why I didn’t to go out for my second or third inning, but got some good work in and move on from there.”The Blue Jays had a 2-0 lead behind rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki until the seventh inning — the Red Sox scoring four in the seventh and three in in the eighth to notch their 99th win and clinch the playoff spot.Sale only pitched a one inning, but that gave Borucki a chance to pitch against one of his idols.“I grew up watching (Sale) with the White Sox and http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , for me, I was the same kind of pitcher — I was really tall and skinny like how he was … and just kind of slung it, didn’t really have much mechanical work going,” Borucki, an Illinois native, said. “Really just trying to go out there and throw, and that’s what I did.”Manager John Gibbons said before the game that Marcus Stroman’s dreadful year — 4-9, 5.54 ERA in 19 starts — could be over because of a blister.“You won’t see him probably pitch, I wouldn’t think,” Gibbons said. “But he might. He’s getting a little far removed from last time, when he went on the DL with it. He threw a side (session), pitched a game and it’s almost a month now. Now he’s going to have to build back up, and I don’t know how smart that would be. For what?”The Jays placed Russell Martin on the paternity list prior to the game.

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