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Bet on the MLBThe Brewers must think they have died and gone to heaven with the San Diego Padres coming to Brewtown after the Chicago Cubs concluded their visit. It could be argued that between the Cubbies and Padres you are looking at playing the two worst teams in baseball six consecutive times at home.
That being said, they did drop the first affair versus Chicago by the score of 10-0. After that they took the next two, turning things around nicely on Wednesday, with an 8-0 shutout of their own, behind the strong pitching of Zach Greinke. He struck out 12, while walking just two, allowing just two hits over seven innings of work. Ryan Braun and Cody Ransom each had a double and a run batted in. Click here to read our other top sports news, including basketball and hockey playoffs.
Yesterday they had to work a little for the win in what was the only truly competitive game of the series. Milwaukee won this one in a ten inning affair ending on a walk off round tripper by Norichika Aoki. It came leading of the inning and was his second home run of the day. He was 3 for 5 overall, raising his average to .303 for the season. Corey Hart was 2 for 4 with a RBI for the winners as well.
The Brewers are 7-3 in their last 10 and have moved ahead of Houston for fourth place in the National League Central with an overall mark of 26-31. They trail third place St. Louis by three games in the loss column and are just 14-16 in Miller Park. At the other end of the spectrum, San Diego has dropped 8 of their last 10 and sit dead last in the NL West with a record of 19-39. They are 5-19 on the road.
Tonights series opener finds righty Edison Volquez on the mound for the Padres with a 2-5 won/loss and 3.42 earned run average. The Brewers will counter with another righthander in Shawn Marcum, who enters this affair at 4-3 with a 3.39 ERA. Milwaukee is the home favorite at -$155, while San Diego is +$145. The over/under on www.betroyal.com odds is 8 total runs on a $115/$100 moneyline.