Brewers earn doubleheader sweep over Cubbies
The Milwaukee Brewers earned their first double-header sweep in almost three years yesterday, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-to-5 and 3-to-2 in a day-night twin bill at Wrigley Field. But it came with a price, as Milwaukee lost starter Yovani Gallardo for an undetermined amount of time with a tight left hamstring. He limped noticeably after he threw a pitch to Darwin Barney with two-on and two-out in the fifth inning of Game-One. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gallardo actually suffered the injury in the third, when he dived to catch a bunt – and it took an inning for the hamstring to tighten up.
The Brewers came from behind to take Game-One. The Cubs scored five times in the fifth on four singles. Khris Davis tied the game in the seventh with a three-run homer for Milwaukee, and Jean Segura capped off the rally with a double that scored the game-winner. Segura and Yuniesky Betancourt also homered for the Brewers. Rob Wooten earned his first Major League victory by pitching a scoreless sixth. Jim Henderson almost gave up a game-winning homer for Chicago in the ninth – but Welington Castillo’s blast turned foul down the left-field line with a man on, and Henderson escaped with his 13th save. James Russell took the loss in relief. He’s 1-and-3. In the nightcap, Jeff Bianchi hit a two-run single in the top of the ninth to give Milwaukee the sweep. Henderson then worked around a two-out single to get his 14th save. Burke Badenhop got the win and Kevin Gregg took the loss, both in relief. Both are now 2-and-3. Juan Francisco homered for the Crew.
The Brewers have won the first three contests of their four-game set at Wrigley, clinching their first road series win since mid-June. The final game is tonight. Right-hander Wily Peralta faces Cubs’ right-hander Edwin Jackson.
We’re now learning that Ryan Braun committed two major violations before getting his season-ending 65-game suspension last week. The Associated Press said the Brewers’ slugger was punished for violating both the Major League drug policy, and the terms of the Basic Agreement for conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the best interests of baseball. The A-P said Braun got a 50-game suspension as a first-time drug offender, and 15 games for the detrimental conduct clause. The Basic Agreement violation was reportedly tied to Braun’s 2012 spring training speech in which he blamed Dino Laurenzi for mishandling his drug test and called the testing program “fatally flawed.” Officials have not said how Braun violated the drug policy, but E-S-P-N said the Bio-Genesis clinic put Braun on a quote, “P-E-D regimen for high-end clients” starting in the 2011 season.