Questionable call helps Brewers defeat Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - A blown call wiped a Philadelphia runner off the bases and kept him from scoring on a double in the ninth inning of Milwaukee's 4-3 victory Saturday. That's two wins in a row for the Brewers who just completed their record-tying worst month in the team's history.
Second-base umpire Mike Estabrook called pinch-runner Kyle Kendrick out when he was tagged on a pickoff by shortstop Jean Segura. One problem - the ball wasn't in Segura's glove at the time. Given the reprieve, Francisco Rodriguez gave up a double, but then nailed down his third straight save since inheriting the closer's job. Jonathan Lucroy followed up Friday's 5-for-5 performance at the plate by belting a home run. Wily Peralta stopped his personal four-game losing streak by completing seven innings on the mound to improve his record to 4-6. Logan Schafer was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Brewers, pounding two doubles and driving in a run. Freddy Galvis had a roundtripper for Philadelphia.
Right-hander Mike Fiers got an extra day of rest and will start for Milwaukee today. He'll be opposed by left hander Cliff Lee as the Brewers go for the sweep.
The signing last March of free-agent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse means the Milwaukee Brewers' first pick in the 2013 Draft is going to be number-54. Before that, the Brewers were getting ready to pick at number-17. It forces a different strategy, but doesn't mean Milwaukee won't get a good draftee. The team's scouting department points out several quality prospects have come in rounds two through four recently. The Brewers do get an extra pick after the second round at number-72. That one is part of Major League Baseball's effort to help smaller market clubs like Milwaukee beef up with extra chances.