Cubs avoid sweep with 6-1 win over Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Brewers ended up with a .500 record for July, after losing to the Cubs in Chicago 6-to-1 last night. The Brewers blew a chance to get their first-ever four-game sweep of the Cubbies. But they still went 14-and-14 last month. Jonathan Lucroy says it shows that the team is past the Ryan Braun suspension, and is focused on the game. Wily Peralta lost his second straight start, giving up four runs – three earned – in five innings. He’s now 7-and-11. Peralta gave up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo and a solo shot by Starlin Castro. The Brewers’ defense didn’t help, committing two errors. The Cubs were up 4-nothing in the sixth when a 66-minute rain delay took place. Milwaukee scored its only run in the eighth on a double from Lucroy. He had a pair of two-baggers on the night in his first Major League start at first base. The Crew only went 2-for-11 with runners-in-scoring-position. David DeJesus had two hits and three R-B-I’s for Chicago. Edwin Jackson pitched eight innings for the win, giving up a run on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks. He’s now 7-and-11. The Brewers took 3-of-4 from the Cubs. But Milwaukee remains three-and-a-half games behind the next-to-last-place Cubbies in the National League Central. The Brewers are off today, and will host Washington tomorrow night.
Yesterday’s non-waiver trade deadline came and went with no new deals from the Milwaukee Brewers. General manager Doug Melvin’s only move came last week, when he sent reliever Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore for third-base prospect Nicky Delmonico. Melvin said injuries put a big dent into the trade activity – and not just by his team. He says injuries are hurting the depth on a lot of clubs, and it prevents them from making trades they’d like to make. Melvin said Yovani Gallardo’s hamstring injury from Tuesday night did not affect any trade talks, as Gallardo was considered untouchable as the month ended. Gallardo went on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, after he was examined in Milwaukee. Manager Ron Roenicke said it was fortunate that the right-hander had nothing worse than a mild strain. Tyler Thornburg will take Gallardo’s spot in the rotation. Infielder Scooter Gennett takes Gallardo’s roster spot for now.