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-- The Milwaukee Brewers are taking a breather today, after winning six games in a row and 13-of-their-last-16. The Brew Crew is off, following their 6-4 victory over Washington yesterday.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers are taking a breather today, after winning six games in a row and 13-of-their-last-16. The Brew Crew is off, following their 6-4 victory over Washington yesterday.
Milwaukee won its ninth straight home game, while the Nationals lost their eighth-in-a-row at Miller Park. Zack Greinke had his longest and best start of the season, striking out 10 in seven innings while giving up three runs on five hits and a walk. Greinke also hit a solo home run – the second of his big league career – as he improved his record to 3-and-1. Prince Fielder drove in four runs, and he took over the National League RBI lead with 41. Fielder drove in the eventual game-winner in the seventh inning with a single. He also had a two-run double and a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Michael Morse hit a three-run homer for the Nationals – his third round-tripper of the series in which he drove in 10. The homer came off Greinke. Kameron Loe picked up a four-out save, his first of the season. Jason Marquis took the loss. He’s now 5-2. The Brewers are 19-6 at Miller Park.
But they’re tied for the National League’s worst road record at 8-17, and that’s why they’re only four games above .500 overall. But it’s been almost two years since Milwaukee’s been four above the break-even point. They’re 27-23. And yesterday’s win moved the Brewers into sole possession of second place in the NL Central, two-and-a-half behind front-running Saint Louis.
The Brewers will open a series tomorrow night against West division-leading San Francisco.
The Brewers got some more infield help yesterday, as they claimed veteran Josh Wilson off waivers from Arizona. The Diamondbacks designated the 30-year-old Wilson for assignment, after they activated infielder Willie Bloomquist from the disabled list. Milwaukee has had just one backup infielder – left-handed hitting Craig Counsell. And general manager Doug Melvin has been trying to find a second back-up who hits right-handed. Wilson foots the bill. And like Counsell, he can play at short, second, and third. Wilson has spent most of this season at Triple-“A” Reno. He went 2-for-10 for the Diamondbacks. And he’s a career .227 hitter in 302 Major League games with Arizona, Tampa Bay, Florida, Washington, San Diego, and Seattle. To make room for Wilson, the Brewers moved reliever Takashi Saito from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The Minnesota Twins were shut out at home by Seattle, 3-0. Erik Bedard got the win, giving up six hits in six scoreless innings. Brian Duensing took the loss, as Minnesota has dropped five-of-its-last-six. Also in the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox lost 2-of-3 at Texas, after dropping the rubber game yesterday 2-1. C-J Wilson retired 15 Sox batters at one point. He struck out five in six-and-a-third innings to get the win. Paul Konerko drove in the only run for the White Sox. The Detroit Tigers were rained out at home against Tampa Bay. They’ll make it up on June 13th.
Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey was placed on the 15-day disabled list after yesterday's loss to Seattle. The righthander has not pitched in a game since last Saturday. The team is describing Slowey's injury as an abdominal strain. Slowey, a starter for most of his major league career, has been working out of the bullpen this season, and has struggled. He's made only six appearances and thrown 14-and-two-third-innings. His season earned run average is 4.91. Minnesota will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow night's game against the Angels.
The Minnesota Twins are paying tribute to Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew tonight at 7pm, holding a free public memorial service at Target Field. Fans are invited to get downtown early to see Killebrew's National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque on Target Plaza near his bronze statue. The plaque arrived from Cooperstown yesterday and will be on display, starting at noon. Before the ceremony, former teammates will gather at Mall of America around the Met Stadium home plate and board the number-3 train to pick up additional Twins alumni at the Metrodome.
The Chicago Cubs lost to the New York Mets 7-4 last night in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at Wrigley Field. Dillon Gee improved to 4-0, giving up four runs in six innings. Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson each drove in two runs for the Cubs, who’ve alternated wins-and-losses in their last six games.