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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee2 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 8120
Miami0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3100
  W: M. Albers (6-5)   L: R. Dugger (0-2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 9, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 6,672

Back in wild-card chase, Brewers face lowly Marlins

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Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins

  1. The Brewers dropped two of three at home to the Marlins in June, and have lost six of eight in Miami. Their three straight series lost in Miami are tied for their longest active road series losing streak to an NL team along with Atlanta.
  2. The Brewers have won six of eight with their pitchers posting a 2.84 ERA in those games, best in MLB since August 31. This comes immediately after a 1-4 stretch during which their pitchers had a 5.73 ERA.
  3. With a homer, double and four steals in the Brewers' weekend series with the Cubs, Christian Yelich now has 76 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases on the season. He is the first NL player with at least 75 extra-base hits and 30 steals in a season since teammate Ryan Braun in 2012.
  4. Yasmani Grandal has homered in four of the last six games to give him 25 on the year and he drew his 90th base on balls on Sunday. The only other NL catcher to have at least 25 home runs and 90 walks in a season was Hall of Famer Johnny Bench in 1972.
  5. Starlin Castro leads all of MLB with 11 runs scored this month. He has a .314/.339/.567 slash line with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 54 games since the All-Star break after slashing .245/.272/.336 with six homers and 34 RBI in 88 games before it. Among batting qualifiers, his increase in slugging of .231 trails only Jose Ramirez's increase of .361 for the biggest jump in MLB.
  6. Jorge Alfaro is batting .515 with three homers, seven RBI and nine runs during an eight-game hitting streak in Miami. He has a .312/.366/.441 slash line since the start of August after slashing .248/.261/.380 in June and July.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/9/2019 thru 9/12/2019

The Milwaukee Brewers are back in the wild-card race after winning the last three games of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs with an 8-5 victory Sunday afternoon. The Brewers and Cubs played seven times in the past 10 games, with the Brewers winning five of the seven.

Trailing the Cubs for the second wild-card spot by just two games, the Brewers travel to Miami to begin a four-game series Monday night. The Marlins took two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee in June, including a 16-0 whitewashing on June 4.

Right hander Jordan Lyles (10-8, 4.46 ERA) will start for the Brewers. Lyles is 2-1 with a 5.76 ERA in his career against the Marlins. He's faced them six times, including four starts. He has not faced them in 2019.

Lyles, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for righty Cody Ponce on July 29, is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in seven starts with the Brewers. In his last seven starts with the Pirates, he had an ERA of 10.00. He gives credit for the turnaround to his catchers.

"I think a lot of it has to do with 'Yaz' and Manny, trusting their fingers," said Lyles, referring to Brewers catchers Yasmani Grandal and Manny Pina. "Putting me in the right situations at the right times, calling the right pitches. I think a lot of credit goes to them. We've been in a lot of good counts."

In his last start, Lyles held Houston to two runs on six hits without walking a batter in 6 1/3 innings against the Astros.

"We were pretty efficient from the start," he said following Tuesday's game. "We didn't have our best stuff. The breaking ball wasn't there for us. But we missed some barrels. We did a good job."

The Marlins will be trying to play spoiler. They could use more starts like Sandy Alcantara's four-hit shutout against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Alcantara walked just two and struck out eight. But he had lost his previous six outings, and his 5-12 record shows his inconsistency.

Right hander Robert Dugger (0-1, 4.00) will get the ball for the Marlins. It will be just the fourth start of his career. After allowing six runs in five innings in his debut, he's allowed two earned runs over 13 innings in his last two starts.

In his most recent start, Dugger induced a pair of double plays in the first and second innings.

"The more starts you get, of course you're going to get more comfortable and acclimated," Dugger said following the game. "But you have to go out there every single day. You still have a job to do."

Dugger looks to be part of the Marlins' future, even though he was surprised with the call-up.

"I started breathing really heavy. I couldn't really breathe at all really," Dugger said in early August when he found out he was going to make his major league debut.

"I had no idea. Total blindside. I think that's what makes it even more of an overwhelming situation."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 9, 2019

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