BREWERS BASEBALL ROUND-UP: Auburndale's Zimmerman gets 12th win at Brew Crew's expense
WASHINGTON D.C. - Former UW-Stevens Point star Jordan Zimmermann earned his National League-leading 12th win of the year last night, as the Washington Nationals pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5. It was the Crew’s sixth straight loss.
Zimmermann did not have the best of nights, giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings with five strikeouts. But it was good enough for the Auburndale native to remain unbeaten in 21 home starts dating back to May of last year. Zimmermann also had three hits including a double, and he scored twice. He improved to 12-3, matching his win total from a year ago.
The Brewers never led. Bryce Harper homered in the first inning, after missing 31 games with left knee bursitis. It was the 100th homer given up by Milwaukee this season. The Nats scored five times in the third, and were up 8-nothing after four. Yovani Gallardo gave up all eight runs on nine hits in three-plus innings with two walks and a pair of strikeouts. His record dropped to 6--8. Rickie Weeks and Juan Francisco both homered for Milwaukee. Jean Segura singled in five trips to keep his National League hits lead with 106, but he committed two errors. The Brewers are becoming entrenched in the National League Central cellar, now three-and-a-half games behind fourth-place Chicago and 19 behind first-place Saint Louis – the largest such deficit of any team in the Majors.
The Brewers and Nationals will play again tonight in the nation’s capital. Wily Peralta faces Washington’s Stephen Strasburg.
Kyle Lohse is being moved up in the Brewers’ starting rotation. He’ll pitch tomorrow night in Washington, after he went just one-and-two-thirds innings on Sunday at Pittsburgh, not returning after two-hour-and-20-minute rain delay. Lohse was supposed to go on Thursday, but Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke is trying to give his worn-out bullpen some rest. The relievers went seven innings-plus both Friday and Sunday, and six innings last night. Roenicke says the Brewers might have to call up a reliever if right-hander Wily Peralta cannot give the Crew some innings tonight against the Nationals.
Rickie Weeks has been named the Brewers’ player-of-the-month, and starter Kyle Lohse is the team’s pitcher-of-the-month. Weeks recovered from a huge season-opening slump, batting .355 in June with five homers and nine R-B-I’s. Lohse went 2-and-0 in six starts last month with a 2.34 ERA and 22 strikeouts.
The original whistle-blower in the Bio-Genesis performance-enhancing drugs’ case will provide evidence to Major League Baseball investigators this week. The T-M-Z Web site reports that Porter Fischer will show proof that big leaguers bought P-E-D’s from the Miami anti-aging clinic, including Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun and Yankees’ star Alex Rodriguez. Fischer is a former associate of Bio-Genesis founder Tony Bosch. It remains to be seen what new evidence Fischer can provide, since investigators have reportedly spoken with Bosch. Reports said Fischer leaked clinic records to the New Times publication, in retribution for money that Bosch owed him but refused to pay. Braun claims that he never bought P-E-D’s – and that he Bosch for expert advice in his successful appeal of his 2011 drug suspension. Bosch has confirmed Braun’s account.