Brewers Roundup: Gomez's four-hit game carries Brewers to easy win
Alfredo Figaro won his first game since September of 2009, as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Marlins in Miami 10-1 last night. Figaro, who was brought in as a long reliever, pitched seven scoreless innings. He gave up three hits with no walks. And he struck out four, as he retired 17 straight Marlins at one point. Figaro was making his third start of the year, getting his first win since starting with Detroit four years ago. The Brewer offense scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. Jonathan Lucroy hit a three-run triple in that frame. The Crew also rallied for four in the sixth. Carlos Gomez went 4-for-5 with a triple, three R-B-I's, and three runs scored. Jean Segura had the game's only homer. Figaro helped his own cause with two singles and a run scored, as Milwaukee out-hit Miami 12-5. Giancarlo Stanton drove in the lone run for Miami, which was trying to win back-to-back series for the first time in a year. Kevin Slowey took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits over five innings. He's now 2-and-6. The Milwaukee defense extended its season-high streak of games without an error to nine. The Crew has now won seven games in June - one more than its victory total for May. The Brewers took two-of-three in Miami, as they pushed themselves further out of last. They're now a game ahead of the cellar-dwelling Cubs in the National League Central. Milwaukee is off today, and will open a series at Cincinnati tomorrow night.
Sitting out three games did not help Ryan Braun very much, as the Brewers' slugger tries to recover from an injured right hand. He said last night that the hand feels about the same as it did last Sunday, when he was removed in the third inning of a Brewers' home win over Philadelphia. Braun has not even swung a bat over the last three days, as he tries to heal his sore right thumb and ligaments connected to his index finger. The left-fielder said very minimal progress has been made. With today's off day, Braun gets basically two more days to rest the hand until the Crew's next game tomorrow night in Cincinnati. Manager Ron Roenicke was hoping to have Braun available by then, and not have to put him on the disabled list. Braun says it's a day-to-day thing, and he remains optimistic that his injury will improve sometime soon.