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Brewers-Diamondbacks Preview 2008-07-01


Brewers-Diamondbacks Preview 2008-07-01
July couldn't come soon enough for Randy Johnson.

The veteran left-hander looks to avoid a sixth consecutive loss by opening the month trying to help the Arizona Diamondbacks to a second straight victory as they continue their home set with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Winless in his last seven starts, Johnson (4-6, 4.94 ERA) enters the new month still looking for his first victory since beating Detroit on May 18 for his 288th win. He went 0-5 with a 6.82 ERA in June and looks to avoid his longest losing streak since dropping eight straight from May 26-July 21, 1992, while with Seattle.

"I'm looking forward to getting into a new month and hopefully having my luck change a little bit," Johnson told the Diamondbacks' official Web site.

The 44-year-old pitched well enough to win his last start, giving up two runs and eight hits in six innings of a 5-0 loss at Boston on Wednesday.

"Nothing really to be happy about," he said of the outing. "A loss is a loss. Basically, all the games I've pitched the last month have been kind of a blur."

Johnson is 18-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 31 starts against Milwaukee, but allowed three earned runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-1 road loss on June 3 that triggered his current slide.

Though Arizona (42-41) leads the weak NL West by 3 1/2 games, it avoided falling below .500 by winning 6-3 on Monday. The Diamondbacks, who were swept at Milwaukee from June 2-4, are 22-33 since starting 20-8, but have given up only 1 1/2 games in the standings.

Mark Reynolds went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who won for the third time in 10 games.

"There's 70-something games left and we're still in first place, believe it or not," said Reynolds, who is batting .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs in his last seven contests. "We're just out there struggling and fighting every night, trying to scrap something together."

Reynolds is 8-for-14 with six RBIs against the Brewers (44-38) this season.

The Diamondbacks will be without left fielder Eric Byrnes, who was placed on the disabled list - just one week after being activated from it - after straining his left hamstring in the victory.

Jeff Suppan (4-6, 4.05) looks to avoid a third straight loss as he takes the ball for Milwaukee. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings of a 4-2 defeat at Atlanta on Wednesday.

"You take good and bad things from each outing and you get ready for your next game," Suppan told the Brewers' official Web site.

The right-hander, who is 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA in his last three outings, is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in seven starts against Arizona. He allowed three runs in seven innings, but didn't factor in the decision of Milwaukee's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on June 2.

J.J. Hardy went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI on Monday for the Brewers, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five since winning the first two on their 10-game road trip.

Hardy is hitting .367 (18-for-49) with eight doubles, two homers and nine RBIs in his last 12 contests.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 1, 2008

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