Brewers take three-of-four from Philadelphia
MILWAUKEE - Kyle Lohse got his first win since April 22nd, as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed Philadelphia 9-1 at Miller Park yesterday.
The veteran right hander gave up just four hits in eight innings, as he snapped a personal five-game losing streak. Lohse retired 17 of his final 18 batters. Had he not given up a homer to Humberto Quintero in the eighth, manager Ron Roenicke said he might have let Lohse pitch the ninth - and go for Milwaukee's first complete game since April 5th of 2011. The Brewers scored four runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run triple from Scooter Gennett. It was Milwaukee's 24th triple this season, which leads the National League by far. Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer in the sixth, on a day when his Bobblehead was given away to 38,000 fans. Jean Segura made it 8-0 in the seventh with a two-run single. Martin Maldonado capped off the Brewers' scoring with a solo blast in the eighth. Ryan Braun left in the third, as a sore thumb acted up again. Phillies' starter Jonathan Pettibone was rocked for six runs, four earned, over five-and-a-third innings. The loss dropped him to 3-2.
The Brewers took the final three games of their four-game series with Philly. The two teams completed their season series with Milwaukee going 5-2. The Crew opens a series at Miami tonight. Yovani Gallardo faces the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco.
Tyler Thornburg was sent back down to Triple-"A" Nashville yesterday, to make room on the Brewers' roster for closer Jim Henderson who was recalled from the DL. Henderson worked around a lead-off hit and threw a scoreless ninth inning in yesterday's Milwaukee win over Philadelphia. Thornburg tossed four scoreless innings of relief in his short weekend stay with the Crew. He's 0-7 at Nashville, and Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke cannot understand why. The skipper says Thornburg has a solid curveball and an explosive 95-mile-an-hour fastball and quote, "How can you have those two pitches and do not well at Triple-"A?" Roenicke said Thornburg's short Brewer stint will certainly give him confidence back in the minors. Meanwhile, the skipper must decide who's the closer for the Crew right now. Francisco Rodriguez has been solid in the role, and is just two saves away from 300 for his career. Henderson is 9-for-9 in save chances this season. Roenicke says Henderson could be eased back into his closer's spot, but he'll have to discuss it with general manager Doug Melvin.
Ryan Braun has lost his starting spot in the National League All-Star balloting. The Brewers' left-fielder dropped to fourth in the fan voting for the league's three starting outfield positions. The second round of National League voting results was released yesterday for the July 16th Mid-Summer Classic in New York. Braun has almost one-point-three million votes, and was passed last week by Carlos Beltran of Saint Louis - who has just over one-point-five-million votes. Brewers' center-fielder Carlos Gomez is 12th for the three outfield spots. Jean Segura is in third place at shortstop. Jonathan Lucroy is fifth in the voting at catcher. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey remains the the NL's top vote-getter with 1,961,000 votes. The fan balloting continues through the Fourth of July.