Brewers win fourth straight
MIAMI - Yovani Gallardo threw eight shutout innings last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Marlins in Miami, 6-1 for their fourth straight victory.
It was the second game in a row that Milwaukee's bullpen only had to be used for one frame. Gallardo had his longest outing since August of 2011 as he gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out four - including his one-thousandth career "K" in the seventh. The Crew scored four runs in the first three innings to put this one away. They tied a season-high with 16 hits, and went 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Norichika Aoki doubled and singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, and he extended a string of 71 plate appearances without striking out. Jonathan Lucroy went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI's. Carlos Gomez had three hits and drove in two. And Rickie Weeks homered and singled twice. Miami's only run came in the ninth, when Juan Pierre tripled and scored on a groundout. Giancarlo Stanton returned from the disabled list for Miami, and singled in four trips. Marlins' third baseman Placido Polanco left in the sixth with a stiff lower back. Ricky Nolasco the loss, giving up four runs on a season-high 10 hits with five strikeouts in five-and-a-third innings. He dropped to 3-7, and has not won in his last four outings. Gallardo improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Marlins, and is now 5-6 on the year.
The Brewers will play in Miami again tonight. Right-hander Wily Peralta faces Marlins' right-hander Jacob Turner.
Ryan Braun says it's possible that he'll miss the Brewers' entire three-game series at Miami, to nurse his lingering sore right thumb that acted up on Sunday. Braun sat out the series' opener in South Florida, which the Brewers won 6-1 last night. Both he and manager Ron Roenicke say nothing's set in stone. Roenicke says Braun may need the time off to get the right hand back into shape. Braun remains available for pinch-hitting, but the skipper says he'd have to weigh the importance of the at-bat. If he does not appear against the Marlins, Braun's next start would be on Friday night at Cincinnati. The Brewers are off Thursday. Roenicke repeated that he does not want to put Braun on the disabled list if he can avoid it. Braun said he hurt his right hand a month ago on a specific swing - but he doesn't remember which one. He said his thumb went numb for a week-and-a-half, and he got the feeling back. Braun said the biggest problem is a nerve and a ligament between his thumb and index finger. Braun is batting .304, but has not homered in 16 games. He only has two extra base hits in his last 13 contests.