Found August 15, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
Milwaukee's Mark Rogers welcomed his first child to the world Monday. He's hoping he doesn't have to wait much longer for his first major league win. Rogers takes the ball Wednesday for the sputtering Brewers in a matchup with a Colorado Rockies team seeking its first home sweep in 2 12 months. After dropping Monday's opener 9-6, Milwaukee (52-63) fell to 1-13 away from Miller Park since the All-Star break with Tuesday's 8-6 loss. The defending NL Central champs, who are already three losses away from matching last season's total, had reason to believe they could solve their road woes in Denver. Colorado (43-71) entered the series with only one win in its previous 11 games at Coors Field. Instead the Rockies, whose only home sweep came over Houston from May 28-31, have jumped all over Milwaukee's starters in the first two games, roughing up Mike Fiers for eight runs in two innings Monday and Randy Wolf for six in five the following night. "It's definitely good to see all those guys doing their jobs and creating situations for us," Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez said. Rogers (0-1, 4.08 ERA), who is taking the ball two days after his wife, Kerrie, gave birth to daughter Ellyette Bay in Arizona, hopes to halt that trend. This will be fourth start of the season for Rogers, who has already seen two games he's been in line to win end up as losses as John Axford blew the saves. He had his best showing Friday against Houston, permitting one run and three hits - all singles - while walking two and striking out a career-high eight in seven innings. The right-hander left with a 3-1 lead, but the Astros rallied to send Milwaukee to a 4-3 loss. "I'm going to get that first win soon, hopefully," said Rogers, who has struck out 20 and walked four in 17 2-3 innings. "That's just the way it goes sometimes." He'll have to be careful pitching to Eric Young Jr., who went 3 for 5 with a homer and double Tuesday. The leadoff hitter, whose playing time has increased with Michael Cuddyer (strained right oblique) on the disabled list, is hitting .486 with nine runs in his last eight games, bumping his average up 51 points to .318. Gonzalez is batting .321, and he singled in all four of his at-bats Tuesday to snap a 1-for-19 funk. Ryan Braun, meanwhile, is still slumping, batting .143 with 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He flew out with two runners on to end Tuesday's game. "Didn't happen for me (Tuesday)," said Braun, who finished 0 for 5, "but still feel good and hopefully in the near future, I start swinging the bat better." He'll get his first look in the finale at Guillermo Moscoso (0-1, 8.23), who has never faced the Brewers. Moscoso is expected to be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take the ball for Drew Pomeranz, who had his start pushed back to Sunday because of chest soreness. Moscoso was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA in seven starts for the Sky Sox since being sent down at the end of June. The righty had an 11.57 ERA in two starts for the Rockies earlier this season. He's also made eight relief appearances, and Colorado has lost all 10 games he's pitched.
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