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ATL@WSH: Strasburg strikes out eight over six frames

Another game against Washington, and another ace for the Brewers to try to figure out in this three-game series.

After being shut out by Gio Gonzalez in the series opener Monday and scratching across two runs against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats' bullpen over 16 innings on Tuesday, the Brewers will look to break through against fireballer Stephen Strasburg in the series finale Wednesday.

Strasburg sports a 6-5 record and 3.24 ERA and had recorded 11 straight quality starts before letting up four earned runs over six innings in his last start against Atlanta.

In his only previous start against Milwaukee, Strasburg hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out eight.

On the Milwaukee side, the scuffling Marco Estrada will take the mound against his former team looking to find some consistency. Estrada has had a season-long problem with giving up home runs, allowing at least one long ball in 14 of his 15 starts this year.

Despite making his last start in hitter-friendly Coors Field, Estrada managed to limit the Rockies to one home run, but he still gave up seven runs over 5 2/3 innings. In four June starts, Estrada's ERA is 8.74.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has stood by Estrada throughout his struggles, but said Tuesday that the timing of the right-hander's gaffes have been frustrating. In the righty's last two starts, nine of the 12 runs he's allowed have come in the first two innings.

"[The last start] was kind of that continued thing that's been going on with him," Roenicke said. "Once he gets to a point, he seems to get past that, and he'll reel off some good innings ... It tells you his stuff is still there. When he commands the ball, he can still get by a lot of innings. It's trying to do that the whole game. You have one or two bad inning and that can be the ballgame."

Estrada will have a chance to get on the right track against Washington, which rank in the bottom half of baseball in home runs hit.

"A lot of it's mental," Roenicke said. "If he shows he can do it for a few innings, why can't he do it for all of them? It's usually because you miss a couple pitches, a guy hits one, all of a sudden you're like, 'Woah.' And then you start picking, and then your stuff's not the same. "

Nationals: Taylor and Giolito named to Futures Game roster
The Nationals will have two prospects -- outfielder Michael Taylor and right-hander Lucas Giolito -- playing for the U.S. Team in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

An excellent defensive outfielder, all Taylor needed to do was hit the baseball on a more consistent basis, something he hadn't done until this year. Entering Tuesday's action, Taylor was hitting .333 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs for Double-A Harrisburg.

"He is in the proper position to hit on a more consistent basis," assistant general manager Doug Harris said. "He has made adjustments from at-bat to at-bat and pitch to pitch. In the past it would take a week or more to get [out of a slump]."

Giolito, who was Washington's first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. In 11 starts for Class A Hagerstown, Giolito, 19, is 2-2 with a 2.59 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.

"He is a very mature young man. He applies information very quickly. That is the most impressive thing about him," Harris said.

Brewers: Roenicke happy with Gorzelanny's early showings
Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who came off the disabled list on June 14 after offseason shoulder surgery, hasn't had too many chances to prove himself. But Roenicke likes what he's seen in limited action.

Gorzelanny had made three appearances and has yet to give up a run. Opponents are 2-for-9 against him. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the team's loss to Washington on Monday.

"He's located the ball really well," Roenicke said. "His stuff isn't like it was last year, but I went inside to look at a couple batters yesterday when he got in the game, and his command is really good. He's down in the zone, he's got nice sink with his fastball, changeups were very good and he threw some nice sliders. I like what he's doing. I like his command. It's just the stuff is different."

Worth noting
• Rickie Weeks' walk to lead off the seventh inning of Tuesday's game broke a streak of 25 straight batters retired by the Nationals' bullpen.

• Tuesday's 16-inning marathon was the longest game in Nationals' history and was the Brewers' longest game, in terms of innings, since they went 17 innings to beat the Angels in Anaheim on June 8, 2004.

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