Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brewers hope bats break out against Rockies

Two straight down games on offense have the Brewers needing one of their biggest stars -- Ryan Braun -- back in the lineup for Wednesday night's series finale against the Rockies at Miller Park. Braun suffered a right rib-cage strain while catching a Justin Morneau fly ball on Opening Day on Monday, which the Rockies won, 10-0. But he checked out much better Tuesday and could be back Wednesday. It took until the fifth inning of the second game for the Brewers to score their first runs of 2015, so they could use all their bats.
Three things to know about this game
• Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler posted a 1.80 ERA and struck out 143 batters in 149 2/3 innings in the Minor Leagues in 2013. But last year, when he appeared in the Majors, shoulder trouble limited the Rockies' No. 2 prospect to three big league starts (1-1, 6.75 ERA). A healthy offseason and development have him feeling he's back to the old effectiveness. He made the season-opening rotation, and Wednesday night will be his first start.
• Wily Peralta's bid to build on a breakthrough 2014 season begins Wednesday. Peralta won the team's most valuable pitcher award last year after leading the club in wins (17), innings (198 2/3), strikeouts (154) and quality starts (22), all career highs. In those quality starts (six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs), Peralta had a 1.95 ERA.
• No matter the result, the Brewers will be happy when Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki boards the plane after Wednesday night's game. In his career, Tulowitzki is 70-for-170 (.412) against Milwaukee.

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