GAME NIGHT: Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers
When: 8:10 PM ET, Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Left-hander Eric Lauer will present the first challenge for the Washington Nationals when they face the Brewers in the opening match of a three-match weekend series in Milwaukee on Friday.
Lauer (3-1, 2.60 ERA) will make his seventh start of the season for the National League’s central-leading brewers, while right-hander Eric Fedde (2-2, 4.24) gets approval for the Nationals, most recently in the NL East. The Milwaukee All-Star will be followed by right-handed Brandon Woodruff and Freddie Peralta.
Both Milwaukee and Washington were inactive on Thursday. The Brewers took home the rubber game of the three-game home set on Wednesday, beating Atlanta 7-6 in the 11th inning on a two-run homer by Keystone Hurray, their only round-tripper in the series.
Hura was sent back from Nashville in Triple early Wednesday when shortstop Willie Adams was on a 10-day injury list for a left ankle injury. Lewis Urias, who moved from third to short in the absence of Adams, has reached 14 games safely since hitting .294 on May 1.
Milwaukee, which has been shut down four times, split the first two games against the Braves, despite scoring just one run, which came home on a wild pitch in the opener. Before Wednesday’s comeback win, the Brewers were 1-13 when trailing after eight innings.
The Nationals are also coming up with an extra innings win with a 5-4 win in Miami in 10 innings to improve to 13-26 on Wednesday. They have lost seven of their last 10.
Lauer is coming off his worst start to the season after being knocked out for three home runs in the fourth innings of a 9-3 loss in Miami on Saturday. Lauer was tagged for four runs in six innings in five innings after not allowing more than one run scored in any of his previous four starts.
“He made a bad pitch and they paid him for it,” said Brewers manager Craig Council. “Not with the singles, with the homers. I think if you look at all three pitches, they were the ones he didn’t want.”
Lauer has struck out 49 in 34 2/3 innings while just eight walks, and opponents are hitting .205 against him.
Lower 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA at the start of four careers against the Nationals. In his only start against them last season, he allowed three runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings without a decision.
Fedde, making its eighth start of the season, is leading 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts in May after going 1-2 with an ERA of 6.00 in April. In his most recent start, the Nationals’ 13-6 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday allowed three runs and three walks in five hits in four innings.
National manager Dave Martinez said: “He couldn’t throw a series of strikes and then when he did, it was a lot more on the plate and then walking,” said national manager Dave Martinez. “A lot of people when you walk, like I said, worked hard for every inning.”
Fedde has not faced the Brewers since 2019. In two appearances vs. Milwaukee, including a start, he has allowed four runs on 11 hits in six innings.
Milwaukee’s close Josh Hadar has a chance of 14 for 14 and has yet to score this season. Hader converted 28 consecutive save chances with a 35-run scoreless appearance in 33 2/3 innings last season.
Hadar was unavailable on Wednesday due to family circumstances, the council said. His status was not announced for Friday.
Stats and Records
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