BREWERS ROUND-UP: Milwaukee's home win streak over Cubs ended
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers broke a nine-game home winning streak over the Chicago Cubs with a 5-4 loss last night. The Cubs won for only the third time in their last 22 contests at Miller Park.
Yovani Gallardo ended a string of 22 scoreless innings by giving up two runs in the second. He lasted just four innings, giving up all five Chicago runs – three of them earned – on eight hits and four walks. The loss dropped Gallardo to 6-7. Scott Feldman earned the win, giving up three runs in six innings. He’s now 7-6. Kevin Gregg got his 12th save, despite giving up a homer to Juan Francisco – his second blast in two days. Aramis Ramirez became the 15th active big leaguer to reach two-thousand career hits with a solo homer for Milwaukee. Jean Segura extended his National League lead in hits with a single for his 101st of the year – still the only N-L player with at least 100. Rickie Weeks doubled and singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. For the Cubs, Ryan Sweeney homered. Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s, as Chicago won its third game in its last five.
The Brewers and Cubs are again tied for last in the National League Central. They’ll close out their three-game series this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start against Chicago right-hander Matt Garza.
The Brewers returned second baseman Scooter Gennett to Triple-“A” Nashville late last night, and they brought up first baseman-and-outfielder Sean Halton. Gennett was platooned with Rickie Weeks, as Weeks was just starting to get out of a season-long slump. With Weeks on a 10-game hitting streak, Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says he’d like to play him some more – and he doesn’t want Gennett just sitting on the bench. Gennett batted .214 in 17 games for the Crew with a homer and five RBI’s. Halton was batting .288 for Nashville with nine homers and 35 RBI’s in 66 games this season. Roenicke says Halton will play in both left field and at first – both of which have starters out with lingering injuries.
Injured Milwaukee starting pitchers Marco Estrada and Alfredo Figaro have been sent to the Brewers’ camp in Phoenix for rehab work. Both are on the disabled list. Estrada thought he got over a bad hamstring before he gave up six runs in a minor league rehab start last Sunday. He says he hopes can rejoin the Brewers right after the All-Star break in mid-July – if not sooner. Figaro was put on the DL Tuesday with a strained oblique muscle.
Wily Peralta hopes to have another solid performance this afternoon, when the Milwaukee Brewers close out their home series with the Chicago Cubs. The 24-year-old right-hander is coming off his best start of the season last Friday night in a 2-nothing win over Atlanta. Peralta gave up just two hits in seven innings, with four walks and four strikeouts. It was only his second victory in the last six weeks. Peralta is 5-and-8 with a five-point-five-nine E-R-A. Right-hander Matt Garza will start for the Cubbies. He’s 2-and-1 with an E-R-A of four-and-a-quarter. Garza did not make his season debut until May 21st after a Spring Training injury. He had a 6.26 ERA in his first five starts – but in his last two outings, Garza has given up just one run in 15 innings. Milwaukee has won 19-of-its-last-22 home games against the Cubs. But their current series is tied at a game-apiece, after Milwaukee lost a 5-4 decision last night. Today’s first pitch is at 1:10. The loser will not only drop the series – they’ll get sole possession of the cellar spot in the National League Central. The Cubs and Brewers are now tied for that unwanted spot at 32-44.
Minor league starter Jimmy Nelson will represent the Brewers in the All-Star Futures’ Game on July 14th in New York. He’ll play for a team of U.S. prospects against a squad of foreign-born minor leaguers. Nelson, a right-hander, is a combined 5-and-6 for Double-“A” Huntsville and Triple-“A” Nashville with a 2.79 ERA. The Brewers drafted him in the second-round in 2010. For the first time, fans will vote for the final player on both the U-S and the World squads – and one of the candidates is Beloit Snappers’ third baseman Renato Nunez. He’s from Venezuela, and would represent the World team if elected. Voting instructions are at MLB-Dot-Com. The Futures’ Game has become a major part of the All-Star festivities since it debuted in 1999. Last year, 30 previous players in the Futures’ contest had made the All-Star rosters in both leagues.