Brewers blanked in series finale at Seattle
The Milwaukee Brewers failed to sweep their first road series of the year, falling at Seattle 2-0 yesterday. Felix Hernandez shut down the Crew to win his seventh decision in his last eight. “King Felix” struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits and a walk. He’s now 12-and-5, and his ERA is an American League-low two-point-two-eight. Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth to earn his fourth save. Wily Peralta threw an eight-inning complete game, giving up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks in just 98 pitches. Peralta is now 8-and-12. The Mariners scored the game-winner in the third inning, on a bouncing wild pitch from Peralta that scored Dustin Ackley from third base. Justin Smoak pounded his fourth homer in 11 games for Seattle's other run. Juan Francisco doubled for Milwaukee's only extra-base hit. The Brewers were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, but they still out-hit the Mariners 5-4. The loss was only the second for the Brewers in their last six games. Milwaukee is off today, and will open a two-game Interleague series at Texas tomorrow night.
Donovan Hand has lost his starting spot for the Brewers, with Marco Estrada healthy again. Manager Ron Roenicke said yesterday that Hand would return to a long relief role. The right-hander is 0-and-4 with a three-point-nine-three E-R-A in seven starts and 19 total appearances. Despite the record, Roenicke said Hand threw the ball well and showed that he could pitch at the Major League level. Estrada is scheduled to start tomorrow night for the Brewers at Texas. He threw five shutout innings last week at San Francisco, in his first start in two months following an extended hamstring injury. Tyler Thornburg will start for the Crew on Wednesday night. He’s replacing Yovani Gallardo, who’s expected to come off the disabled list later this week.