BREWERS ROUNDUP: Brewers take care of Cubbies, 6-1
The Milwaukee Brewers have won four-of-their-last-five, after beating the Chicago Cubs 6-1 at Miller Park last night. Caleb Gindl fell a double short of the cycle. The rookie outfielder ended a 2-for-17 slump by going 3-for-3 with three R-B-I's and three runs scored. Gindl homered in back-to-back games for the only second time in his baseball career. His triple came in the fourth inning, and he scored the run which put Milwaukee in front for good. Starters Wily Peralta and Edwin Jackson both had a National League-leading 15 losses coming in -- and it was Jackson who got his 16th for Chicago. He went four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. Jackson could be seen having words with Cubs' manager Dale Sveum when he was removed. Sveum said Jackson wanted to stay in the game, but the skipper decided it was best that he not. Peralta, meanwhile, gave up no earned runs for the first time since July 21st. He struck out seven in six innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits. Peralta improved to 10-and-15. The Cubs scored their only run in the fifth on a two-out single by Starlin Castro. Milwaukee then scored two each in the sixth-and-seventh frames to pull away. The Brewers are now three-and-a-half games ahead of last-place Chicago in the National League Central, after beating the Cubs 6-to-1 at home last night. The victory assured the Crew that it will not drop into last place during its four-game series with the Cubs this week. Game-Two is tonight. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces Cubs' right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Jonathan Lucroy is the Brewers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. It's given each year to honor a player who best represents Major League Baseball both on-and-off the field. Among other things, Lucroy supports veterans through Milwaukee's Fisher House. It provides services to veterans who get treatment at the Milwaukee V-A Hospital. For the last three years, Lucroy has provided scholarships of five-thousand-dollars each to military families. He's also active with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Team Muscle Walk, the Brewers Community Foundation Drive-for-Charity, and the Miracle League -- which lets kids with various challenges play baseball.