Brewers win series with Astros with Easter Sunday victoryWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers took two-of-three games from Houston, with a 4-1 victory on Easter Sunday at Miller Park.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers took two-of-three games from Houston, with a 4-1 victory on Easter Sunday at Miller Park.
The game was decided in the third inning, when the Brewers scored three times. Rickie Weeks led off with a homer, one day after sitting out with a sprained left pinkie. Prince Fielder extended his Major League RBI lead to 22 with a triple that scored Carlos Gomez. And then Casey McGehee singled home Fielder. Brendan Boggs scored Milwaukee's other run with his first big league homer since 2008. Gomez went 3-for-5. Ryan Braun singled in four at-bats. He has now reached base in 21 straight games to open the season, two away from Robin Yount's team record. Randy Wolf got the win, giving up one run on four hits in eight innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Wolf faced the mininum batters from the fourth-through-seventh innings before giving up Houston's only run -- a homer to J.R. Towles in the eighth. That ended Wolf’s string of 19-and-two-thirds scoreless innings. John Axford gave up one hit in the ninth, but got his fourth save of the year on his bobble-head day. Wandy Rodriguez took the loss, giving up four runs on 10 hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out nine, but still fell to 1-3.
The Brewers have now won four-of-their-last-six, and they'll open a three-game home series against Cincinnati tonight. Left-hander Chris Narveson will face Reds' right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
The roof was closed at Miller Park, but a flying hawk still got viewers' attention. It attacked another bird in center field during the top of the third, and then it landed in shallow right field to watch the bottom of the inning. An umpire finally shooed the bird away before the start of the fourth.
Brewers’ right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in two-and-two-thirds innings yesterday at Triple-“A” Nashville. Greinke made his second rehab start as he recovers from injuries to his left ribs. He gave up three hits and a walk in 54 pitches against Omaha. Nashville lost the game 7-3, and former Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan was the winning pitcher. Greinke will have his pitch-limit raised to 75 in his next rehab start on Friday night for Nashville against Albuquerque. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says Greinke might have a couple more rehab starts if necessary. Roenicke says it doesn’t make sense to bring up Greinke if his arm is not strong enough – and by the time he gets to Milwaukee, Greinke should be solid for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Brewers’ right-fielder Corey Hart will play his first entire game for Triple-“A” Nashville tonight as he gets over a strained left oblique muscle. If he bats well, Roenicke says the Brewers could call him up tomorrow. Otherwise, he’s expected to return on Wednesday. Hart will be the starter when he returns – but it might be awhile before he plays full games on a regular basis.
The Chicago Cubs lost the rubber game of their series with the LA Dodgers, 7-3 yesterday at Wrigley Field. Carlos Zambrano took the loss, giving up six runs in five innings. He ended a personal three-game winning streak at the Friendly Confines., as the Cubs have now lost three-of-their-last-four. Aaron Miles had three hits for the Dodgers, including a triple.