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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick & Prediction JUN 29TH 2022

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The Milwaukee Brewers' first trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., in five years will be over not long after it began when a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays is completed Wednesday afternoon.

The Brewers earned a 5-3 victory on Tuesday in the series opener, and less than 24 hours after that one began, the visitors will be off to the airport following Wednesday's series finale.

The Brewers and Rays rarely see each other; they are playing in a series for the first time since a 2017 meeting in Tampa Bay. This is just the 14th game between the teams. The last time they played at Milwaukee was in 2011.

Yet there is familiarity between the clubs, who made a significant trade last season. Former Rays shortstop Willy Adames returned to his old stomping ground and went 1-for-3 with a walk in the series opener.


"Obviously, it was a tough day when I left," Adames said Tuesday, "but it has been good for my career. It was a little difficult getting the news, but they have treated me so well in Milwaukee."

There is no doubt where his loyalty lies now.

"I want to win some games here," Adames said. "I love them, but I want to win some games."

The Rays even played a tribute video after the second inning on Tuesday for Adames, Brewers infielder Mike Brosseau (who played for Tampa Bay the past three years) and Milwaukee hitting coach Ozzie Timmons (who was a coach with Tampa Bay from 2018-21).

The familiarity does not end there. The Brewers' starter on Tuesday was Brandon Woodruff, who made his major league debut in that 2017 series at St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, Milwaukee will send left-hander Eric Lauer (6-3, 3.89 ERA) to the mound.

After a hot start to the season -- a 2.38 ERA through 10 starts -- Lauer has pitched to an 8.83 ERA over his past three outings. He has just one career appearance against Tampa Bay, when he gave up three runs in five innings during a no-decision in 2019.

On June 22 at home against the St. Louis Cardinals, Lauer gave up five runs on six hits over six innings. Eight of the 16 home runs he has allowed this season have come in his past three outings.

The Rays plan on getting through Wednesday's game on a "full bullpen day," according to manager Kevin Cash. Left-hander Jalen Beeks (1-1, 2.59 ERA) will be the opener for the third time in his past four appearances. He has never faced the Brewers.

Hit hard by injuries to position players such as Kevin Kiermaier (hip), Manuel Margot (knee), Mike Zunino (shoulder) and Brandon Lowe (back), not to mention some key pitchers, the Rays have added a new name to the list. First baseman Ji-Man Choi sat out on Tuesday and might not play on Wednesday either after he tweaked his left ankle on Sunday.

"He wasn't going to be fully available today, but we felt like we could double up, two days off (with Monday) and, with a lefty (Lauer) going tomorrow, maybe three," Cash said on Tuesday. "We'll just see how he comes in and gets treatment today and then tomorrow."

Isaac Paredes played first base for the Rays on Tuesday. After going 10-for-15 over his previous four games with five home runs, Paredes was 0-for-3 with a walk in the series opener.

--Field Level Media

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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Recap JUN 29TH 2022

Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs and Luis Urias and Jace Peterson also went deep as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a two-game series sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.

It was Telez's third multi-homer game of the season and second in the last three games.

Christian Yelich added two hits to pace the Brewers to their fourth straight victory.

Brad Boxberger (2-1) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Josh Hader picked up his 24th save after overcoming one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

Taylor Walls had two RBIs, Wander Franco had an RBI double and Harold Ramirez and Francisco Mejia each had two hits for Tampa Bay. Calvin Faucher (2-1) took the loss.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Tellez's first homer of the game, a drive that hit the top of the fence above the 404 sign in dead center. It marked the 13th consecutive game that the Brewers have hit a home run.

Walls then put Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the fourth when he blooped a double into right-center field off the glove of Peterson. Randy Arozarena started the rally with a one-out walk and then advanced to second on a single by Ramirez. The duo then advanced to second and third on a double steal.

The Brewers regained the lead, 3-2, in the fifth after Andrew McCutchen walked with two outs and Urias followed with his eighth homer of the season that went an estimated 428 feet into the catwalk above left-center field.

The Rays tied it in the bottom half of the inning when Vidal Brujan led off with a walk and scored on a double over the third-base bag by Franco.

Tellez then put Milwaukee ahead 4-3 in the eighth with a towering homer off the catwalk in right, his 15th of the season.

Peterson added an insurance run in the ninth after smashing his seventh home run of the season to right-center field.

--Field Level Media

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