BREWERS ROUNDUP: Brewers go for four-game sweep of Cubbies this afternoon
Tyler Thornburg gave up just two hits in six shutout innings last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Chicago Cubs 7-0 at Miller Park. The Brewers did most of their damage in the first inning, when they scored five times. Sean Halton capped off the rally with his first career grand slam. Khris Davis added a solo homer, and he scored twice. Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez each drove in a run for the Crew, which is now 13-and-5 against the Cubs this season. Thornburg has gone exactly six innings in each of his six starts -- and all six have been quality starts in which he gave up three runs or fewer each time. He struck out four and walked two last night, as he held his opponents scoreless for a second straight outing and improved his record to 3-and-1. Chris Rusin took the loss, giving up six runs in four innings. He's now 2-and-5. Brewers' All-Star shortstop Jean Segura left after just one inning with a strained right hamstring. He's listed as day-to-day. The Brewers have now won four straight. The last-place Cubs have lost five-in-a-row, and seven of eight. Chicago is now five-and-a-half games behind next-to-last Milwaukee in the National League Central. The two teams will wrap up their four-game series this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Kyle Lohse faces Cubs' right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Ryan Braun saw his Brewer teammates yesterday for the first time in almost two months. Although he got a season-ending drug suspension in late July, he's still allowed to be at the ballpark before the games. He did not talk to the media, and there was no indication that he would. Manager Ron Roenicke said there was not a team meeting in the clubhouse, and it was nothing more than an informal visit. The skipper said the Brewers' players and staff were happy to see him. Roenicke said he arranged the Braun visit in advance -- and the suspended slugger said he didn't want to be a distraction. Roenicke said he assured Braun that he wouldn't be. The skipper was not sure if Braun would make another appearance before the end of the season. While in Milwaukee yesterday, Braun also paid a visit to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. He was last year's honorary chairman of the Wisconsin AIDS Walk. Also yesterday, injured Brewers' first baseman Corey Hart paid a visit to his teammates and staff. Roenicke said both players reminded him what the Brewers were missing this year. Hart never played this season after surgeries on both his knees.