BREWERS BASEBALL ROUND-UP: Brew Crew wins Game 1 of series against Cubs
CHICAGO - The Milwaukee Brewers broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the top of the ninth inning, as they blanked the Chicago Cubs 5-0 last night at Wrigley Field.
Carlos Gomez drove home the first run with a bloop single, after Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy singled to open the ninth. Jeff Bianchi and Rickie Weeks then added a pair of two-run doubles. Pedro Strop took the loss in relief for the Cubs. He’s now 1-and-1. Brandon Kintzler got the win after throwing a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He’s now 3-and-0. Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija had a no-hitter going until the fifth, when Caleb Gindl hit a two-out single. Gindl also doubled, as he accounted for two of Milwaukee’s seven hits. Norichika Aoki went 0-for-5 and ended a nine-game hitting streak. David DeJesus doubled for Chicago’s only extra-base hit, as the Cubs ended a three-game winning streak. Samardzija struck out seven in seven innings, giving up just three hits.Kyle Lohse earned his team-leading 14th quality start for the Brewers, surrendering five hits in six scoreless frames. Last-place Milwaukee is now 6-and-3 against the next-to-last Cubs this season. The two teams will play a day-night double-header today. Yovani Gallardo starts the opener against former Brewer Carlos Villanueva. Tonight, Tyler Thornburg faces Chicago’s Jake Arietta.
One of the Brewers’ first legitimate stars has died. It was announced yesterday that George “Boomer” Scott passed away on Sunday at his home in Greenville Mississippi. He was 69. Scott came to the Brewers in late 1971 – their second year in existence – as part of an 11-player trade with Boston. He went on to win Gold Gloves at first base in each of his five seasons with Milwaukee. Scott played 14 years total in the Majors. His best year was in 1975, when he led the American League with 109 R-B-I’s and tied Reggie Jackson for the home run title with 36. Former Brewers’ owner Bud Selig said Scott was the team’s first 100-thousand-dollar player in 1976, and he was saddened to hear of his passing. Scott was known as a colorful character – and when the team was in a bad streak, Selig remembered Scott saying quote, “The players have to play better, the manager has to manage better, and the owner has to own better.” Scott called homers “taters,” and he called his first-base glove “Black Beauty.” After the 1976 season, Milwaukee traded Scott back to Boston. The Brewers obtained eventual All-Star Cecil Cooper in that deal. Yesterday, the Brewers called Scott’s death “sad.” The team honored him with a bobble-head earlier this year.
Former Brewers’ reliever Jose Veras has a new home. The Houston Astros traded him to Detroit yesterday for a minor league outfielder and a player to be named later. Veras was the closer for the last-place Astros this season with 19 saves in 22 opportunities. Veras is 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA. The 32-year-old Veras had been a set-up man for much of his eight-year career, including his lone campaign in Milwaukee in 2012. The Tigers have been struggling to find a reliable closer. They’ve used several players in that spot – including former set-up man Joaquin Benoit, who leads Detroit with 10 saves.
Beloit Snappers’ catcher Nick Rickles has been named the Midwest League’s position player-of-the-week, and Preston Gainey of Wisconsin is the week’s honored pitcher. Rickles, an Oakland A’s prospect, fell a triple short of the cycle in two games last week, with a combined eight hits in 10 at-bats in those contests. Rickles is hitting .405 this month after batting just .187 in his first 42 games. Gainey, a 22-year-old right-hander, held Clinton to one hit in seven innings of a 9-1 Timber Rattlers’ victory last Wednesday. Gainey has won his last three decisions, despite having a 6.28 ERA for the season.
The Northwoods League’s hottest prospects were featured in a pair of games last night in Madison at Warner Park. The South Division prospects beat the North 9-to-4 in the opener of the “Big League Dreams Showcase.” The North won the second game, 7-6. The North had the lead in the opener until John LaPrise of Madison tied the contest with a single that scored Edgar Figeuroa of the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The South scored another four runs over the next three innings. Nick Torres of Green Bay went 4-for-5 in Game-One with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. Bryce Bellin of Green Bay got the win. In Game-Two, the South trailed 7-1 after four innings – but they scored five times in each of the next four innings to get the final margin within one. Michael Katz of La Crosse highlighted the comeback attempt with a solo home run. Taylore Cherry of Madison took the loss. Regular season play resumes tonight in the Northwoods.
In Major League Baseball…
Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 0Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2
In the Midwest League…Quad Cities 4, Beloit 1Burlington 5, Wisconsin 1Peoria 14, Kane County 1Cedar Rapids 4, Clinton 3Lansing 6, Bowling Green 5Great Lakes 9, Lake County 0Dayton 3, Fort Wayne 2West Michigan 4, South Bend 3
In the Northwoods League…“Big League Dreams Showcase” in Madison…South Division prospects 9, North prospects 4 in Game-OneNorth 7, South 6 in Game-Two