Brewers sweep Miami, welcome San Diego next
Caleb Gindl hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning yesterday to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 1-nothing victory over the Miami Marlins at Miller Park. Gindl led off the 13th, and dumped a pitch from Ryan Webb just over the fence in the left field corner for his first career homer and his first walk-off blast at any level. Gindl also doubled, as he had two of Milwaukee's seven hits. Miami only had four hits in losing their fourth straight overall. The Brewers swept a three-game series from a Marlins' team that has not scored in 37 straight innings – the longest such streak in the Majors’ since 1985. Milwaukee has now pitched 35 scoreless frames, breaking the team record of 31 set in 1990. That was also the last time Brewer pitchers registered three consecutive shut-outs. And the 12 scoreless innings by both teams yesterday were the most in the Majors since a 16-inning Boston win over Tampa Bay in 2011. John Axford threw a perfect 13th to get the win. He's 4-and-3. Webb's loss dropped him to 1-and-4. Wily Peralta had his fourth solid start for the Crew, giving up four hits and two walks in eight innings. The rookie right-hander has given up just one run in 29-and-a-third frames this month. The Brewers won despite the fact that Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez were not in the starting lineup. Gomez has new pain in his right elbow. Braun's still getting over nerve damage in his right hand. And Lucroy sat because Martin Maldonado has become Peralta's personal catcher. The Brewers will open a home series tonight against San Diego.
Tom Gorzelanny will try to extend the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching streak of 35 scoreless innings tonight, when the Crew opens a four-game home series against San Diego. The Brewers set a new team record yesterday, after shutting out the Miami Marlins in three straight victories at Miller Park. They broke their old mark of 31 scoreless innings set in 1990 – which was also the last time Milwaukee pitched three shutouts in a row. The Crew has recorded eight shutouts in its last 31 games – but it hasn’t helped much in the standings, as Milwaukee remains three-and-a-half behind next-to-last-place Chicago in the National League Central. Gorzelanny, a veteran left-hander, has not given up an earned run in 12 innings in his last two starts. But he lost both those games because the Brewers’ offense only gave him a total of one run. Gorzelanny earned a spot in the Milwaukee rotation for the rest of the season, after pitching in long relief for most of the first half. He’s 1-and-3 on the year with a one-point-eight-eight E-R-A. The Padres will send right-hander Andrew Cashner to the mound tonight. He’s 5-and-5 with a three-point-eight-one E-R-A. The San Diego offense has not given him much help either, scoring just seven runs in his last five starts. The Padres are last in the West at 13 games below .500.