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9/3, 2:05 PM - Marlins(67-68) at Milwaukee (62-74)


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The Marlins will go for a season sweep of Milwaukee, but, more importantly, could get back to .500 on Sunday with a victory over the Brewers.

Florida has won 11 of 13 games, and has won the first six games with the Brewers this year. Milwaukee has lost nine consecutive games, with the slump starting last weekend when Florida swept the team in a four-game series.

 

The Marlins were 11-31 on May 21, but since has gone 56-37 and could become the first team since 1900 to reach the .500 mark after falling 20 games below .500 in the same season. The only team to accomplish it was the 1899 Louisville Colonels.

 

"I can't tell you how far it felt like in early May, but now it's right there," Josh Willingham said. "We have to go out and play hard and we might get there.

 

"That was a goal, once we started to get somewhat close," he said. "Now, it's right in front of us."

 

Both teams blew through their bullpens in the Marlins' 9-6, 10-inning victory Saturday night. It will be important for Florida starter Scott Olsen to pitch deep into the game, something he has done well in his last two starts.

 

Pitching matchup

 

 

 

FLA: LHP Scott Olsen (11-7, 4.24 ERA)

Olsen is coming off his best start, limiting the Cardinals to one run on three hits in eight innings. He walked one, throwing only 89 pitches in the Marlins' 9-1 victory Tuesday. He has not pitched against the Brewers this season, but lost his only start to the Milwaukee, 3-2, on July 4, 2005.

 

 

 

MIL: RHP Tomo Ohka (4-3, 4.40 ERA)

No team has befuddled Ohka like the Marlins. In 17 starts, he is 2-10 with a 5.02 ERA. He missed nearly three months with a partial tear of his right rotator cuff, and is 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA in nine starts since coming off the disabled list.

 

Player to watch

The Marlins clearly are pitching around Bill Hall, the Brewers cleanup hitter. He walked three times Saturday night and once on Friday night. He has 30 home runs this year and was followed by Laynce Nix in the lineup during the first two games of the series.

 

On the Internet

MLB.TV

Gameday Audio

? Gameday

? Official game notes

 

On television

? SUN

 

On radio

? WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Espa?ol)

 

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Credit: MLB.com

 

Let's keep winning! :gofishb

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