(Sports Network) - Jimmy Nelson gets a chance to show the Milwaukee Brewers if
he can become an effective starter in the majors.
The right-hander makes his fourth appearance with the Brewers and his first
major league start when the Brewers continue their season-ending four-
game series Saturday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Nelson had his contract purchased from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 3. His
first three appearances have come in relief, most recently allowing one hit
over two innings against the Cubs on Sept. 18. Nelson, who has yet to give up
a run, went 10-10 with a 3.25 ERA in 27 starts between Double-A Huntsville and
Triple-A Nashville. He was named to the All-Star Futures Game and Southern
League All-Star Game.
Aaron Harang tries to snap a nine-start winless streak for the Mets. The
righty, who went 5-11 for Seattle earlier this season before being released on
Aug. 31, has dropped his last four decisions since a victory on July 22
against Cleveland. He is 6-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) against
Milwaukee could get back one of its top players today. Shortstop Jean Segura
has not played since Sept. 18 due to a strained right hamstring.
Mets third baseman David Wright could sit out again. He missed Friday's
contest due to a thumb injury.
Three home runs and six solid innings from Yovani Gallardo were enough to help
the Brewers to a 4-2 victory Friday night. Milwaukee has thrived in Flushing
as of late, winning nine of its last 10 visits. Norichika Aoki and Martin
Maldonado had solo homers and Khris Davis hit a two-run shot before leaving in
the eighth with a leg injury.
Gallardo (12-10) has been on a roll ever since returning from the disabled
list. On Friday, he struck out six and allowed both New York runs on seven
hits. He has four wins and a 2.10 ERA over his last eight starts.
"Being on the DL for those two weeks just kind of lets you reset, kind of have
a fresh start," Gallardo said. "And ever since then I've been feeling good."
Justin Turner and Juan Lagares each drove in a run for the Mets, who have
dropped the first two of this four-game set. Carlos Torres (4-6) struck out
seven and was charged with three runs on four hits over six frames.
"This is a tough park to hit in," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've
looked at a lot of stats, a lot of numbers, and our numbers are not good here.
But neither are our opponents'. You've got to be able to hit the baseball.
You've got to be a pretty good offensive player to play in this park and put
up decent numbers. This is a tough place to hit."
The Mets won two of three in Milwaukee from July 5-7.
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