BREWERS ROUNDUP: Brewers break losing streak, but win came at a price
Nothing seems to be going right for the Milwaukee Brewers – not even during a 4-to-nothing victory at Washington last night which ended a six-game losing streak. Wily Peralta was working on a three-hit shutout when he left the game in the sixth inning when he strained his left hamstring. He became the third Milwaukee pitcher to leave a game this season with hamstring problems – Marco Estrada and Jim Henderson being the others. Afterward, Peralta said he hoped to make his next start, and avoid joining Brewer starters Estrada and Alfredo Figaro on the disabled list. Peralta matched Stephen Strasburg pitch-for-pitch before he got hurt. Strasburg had a no-decision, giving up three hits in seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. Milwaukee scored the only runs of the game in the eighth inning. Juan Francisco broke the deadlock with a two-run double. Martin Maldonado had an R-B-I single, and Jeff Bianchi hit a run-scoring single. Washington failed to get an extra-base hit, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Henderson pitched the seventh to get the win. He’s 3-and-2. Drew Storen took the loss for the Nationals, giving up all four runs in relief. He’s 2-and-2. Milwaukee won its 14th road game against 26 losses. They’ll play the Nationals in D-C again tonight.
Brewers’ left-fielder Ryan Braun said his injured right hand felt fine after taking some swings last night. Braun says there’s a chance he could play before the All-Star break in a week-and-a-half. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says he’s not so sure. Braun called his latest practice “encouraging,” but he says he’ll need to follow some type of progression before he can return. Except for the injured hand, Braun says he’s in shape and ready to go. The 2011 National League M-V-P has not played since June 9th. He went on the disabled list five days later with a nerve injury between the thumb and index finger on his right hand. Braun has played in 57 of Milwaukee’s 82 games this year, batting .304 with nine homers and 36 R-B-I’s. The Brewers have gone 8-and-12 since he went out.
Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez are expected to return to the starting lineup tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers play the Nationals in Washington. Manager Ron Roenicke says Segura has been nursing a sore right thumb, and last night was his first off-day since June second. Gomez is still healing his sore left shoulder, which he crashed into a centerfield wall while making a circus catch last month. He played the final two innings as a defensive safeguard in last night’s 4-nothing win over the Nationals. Segura has a chance to be the National League’s starting shortstop in the July 16th All-Star Game. Gomez has been mentioned as a possible backup for the N-L squad. Bovada-Dot-Com of Las Vegas says Segura has a 10-to-1 chance of winning the National League M-V-P award for the season – and Gomez has a 12-to-1 shot. Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona is the current favorite at 4-to-1. The Brewers and Nationals are tied at a game-apiece in their four-game series. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for the Crew tonight against Nationals’ left-hander Ross Detwiler. The game will start an hour earlier than normal at 5:05, to accommodate folks attending the July third fireworks shows.
The Brewers have agreed to sign five Latin American players. They’ll report to the team’s academy in the Dominican Republic, if they pass their physicals and identification reviews. They’re all listed as 16-year-olds. The five are outfielder Nicolas Pierre, shortstops Franly Mallen and Henry Correa, catcher Johel Atencio, and right-hander Nelson Hernandez.