Brewers prove they can win without big hitsWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers only had two hits yesterday, but it was enough to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 at Miller Park.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers only had two hits yesterday, but it was enough to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 at Miller Park.
The Brewers scored all their runs on one hit in the third inning. Ryan Braun tripled in two runs on a fly ball to center. Dexter Fowler dived and missed it -- and then Fowler committed a throwing error which allowed Braun to score. Mark Kotsay doubled in the eighth for the Brewers' only other hit.
Randy Wolf got the win, giving up one run on four hits in seven solid innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Wolf recovered from two previous rough outings, and he's now 4-4. Kameron Loe and John Axford held Colorado hitless the rest of the way. Axford picked up his 12th save.
Carlos Gonzalez singled home the only run for the Rockies, who've lost four-of-their-last-five. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez went all the way for Colorado, giving up two earned runs with five walks and four strikeouts. Last year's National League starter in the All-Star Game continues to struggle this year, going 0-4.
The Brewers swept their three-game series against the Rockies. It was their second straight home sweep, their third total, and their first against a team other than Pittsburgh. Milwaukee has won eight-of-its-last-10, and they’re above .500 for the first time since April 29th. The Brewers will host Washington tonight. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Nationals' left-hander Tom Gorzelanny.
The Brewers won’t see former UW-Stevens Point starter Jordan Zimmermann in their three-game series against Washington that begins tonight at Miller Park. Zimmermann, a right-hander from Auburndale, suffered a hard-luck loss for the Nationals at Baltimore yesterday, 2-1. He dropped to 2-5, despite giving up only two runs on four hits and a walk in six-and-a-third innings. Zimmermann also struck out five Orioles.
Milwaukee outfielder Nyjer Morgan will have a two-game rehab stint this week to test his recovery from a broken finger. He was supposed to play for the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tomorrow and Wednesday at Peoria. But the Brewers say rain is in the forecast for those days, and he needs some guaranteed hitting time. So he’ll be at the Brewers’ extended spring training facility in Arizona. Morgan has been on the disabled list since May sixth with a broken left middle finger. He was out with a deep thigh bruise earlier this season, and has only been in 15 games so far. Meanwhile, Brewers' reliever Zach Braddock is expected to throw 35 pitches tonight in another rehab appearance for Wisconsin. The Rattlers are at home near Appleton this evening against Burlington. Braddock is recovering from a sleep disorder, and Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says his fastball doesn't have the zip it did last season. Braddock is 0-1 for Milwaukee this year with a two-point-seven-nine ERA.
The Chicago Cubs lost their first series at Boston in 93 years, falling 5-1 to the Red Sox on Sunday night. Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run triple, and Tim Wakefield held the Cubs to a run on four hits in six-and-two-thirds innings. The Cubs lost two-of-three Interleague contests in their first trip to Fenway Park since losing the 1918 World Series.