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Brewers hope to keep faint wild-card hopes alive vs. D-backs
Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers
- The Diamondbacks took three of four games against the Brewers in Arizona this season from September 1-4. The Brewers scored a combined two runs in three losses while scoring eight in their only win.
- The Diamondbacks lost 4-3 in 10 innings yesterday at San Francisco. Arizona has lost its last six decisions in one-run games. They are 17-28 on the season in one-run games with their .378 winning percentage being the lowest in the National League.
- Jake McCarthy is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with four runs scored over his last four games. Two other Diamondback rookies have had at least five-game streaks of runs scored this season (Emmanuel Rivera had seven and Alek Thomas had five).
- The Brewers have lost five of their last seven games. Milwaukee needs to sweep the three-game series with Arizona and have Philadelphia get swept in Houston for the Brewers to make the playoffs. Milwaukee has made the playoffs in each of the previous four seasons.
- Brandon Woodruff is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA (five earned runs in 33 innings) over his last five starts, including four straight wins. He has had a win in four straight outings one other time in his career (April 27 to May 14, 2019). He has never had five straight.
- Hunter Renfroe is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored over his last eight games. He has 28 home runs on the season and needs two more for his third career 30-home run season (33 in 2019 and 31 in 2021).
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The wild-card formula is a simple concept for the Milwaukee Brewers as they open a season-ending, three-game series Monday against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Milwaukee (84-75) must win all three games against Arizona, while the Philadelphia Phillies (86-73) must lose three straight at Houston.
"The math is pretty simple," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday. "But we can only take care of us. So we've got to try and come out and win a game tomorrow. That's what we can control. So that's the mission tomorrow."
Milwaukee will turn to ace right-hander Brandon Woodruff (13-4, 3.05 ERA) to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, while rookie left-hander Tommy Henry (3-4, 5.98) will get the nod for the Diamondbacks.
The Brewers dropped two games behind Philadelphia for the third and final NL wild-card with a 4-3 loss to Miami in 12 innings on Sunday. The Phillies picked up a game with a rain-shortened 8-1 victory at Washington.
The Brewers scored just nine runs in the series as the lowly Marlins won three of four. Milwaukee stranded 12 runners in Sunday's loss and had the bases loaded with one out in the 11th inning and failed to score.
"We didn't score enough runs, absolutely, because we pitched pretty darn good," Counsell said. "Eight runs in four games. That's not going to lead a winning series."
Milwaukee got four scoreless innings Sunday from starter Freddy Peralta, but the Brewers used seven relievers to get through the extra innings.
"Today, it's going to take its toll for sure," Counsell said of the bullpen. "We'll have to regroup and figure out what's going on tomorrow. The guys are willing to do things for sure."
Woodruff has been Milwaukee's best pitcher in the second half of the season. Since coming off the injured list in late June, he is 8-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 17 starts. He is 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA in his last seven starts, allowing 10 runs in 44 2/3 innings.
Woodruff has at least 10 strikeouts in each of his last four starts. In his last outing, he threw five scoreless innings, fanning 10, in a 5-1 win over St. Louis.
Woodruff is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA in six career appearances, including five starts, against Arizona (73-86). Woodruff has faced the Diamondbacks once this season, suffering his only loss of the season's second half on Sept. 1, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 5-0 defeat.
Henry, who made his major league debut on Aug. 3, has never faced the Brewers. In his last three starts, he has allowed 17 earned runs in 13 innings with eight walks vs. 12 strikeouts.
In his last start, he allowed five runs in six innings, giving up three home runs, but he did not get the decision in a 6-5 loss to San Francisco. Henry has allowed six homers in his last two big league starts.
"Sometimes that's just the way things happen, but yeah, you never want that to be kind of the highlight of the outing," Henry said of the home runs.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 3, 2022