Brewers get first road series win since April after beating Marlins in 11Wisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers have won their first road series since April 20th after a victory at Florida yesterday, 6-5 in 11 innings.
MIAMI - The Milwaukee Brewers have won their first road series since April 20th after a victory at Florida yesterday, 6-5 in 11 innings.
Josh Wilson belted the game-winner, a pinch-hit solo home run off Marlins' reliever Michael Dunn. He went two innings and took the loss to drop to 4-3.
Milwaukee blew a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning when Brett Hayes tied it with a grand slam off Marco Estrada – who came in after Chris Narveson loaded the bases. Narveson had another rough start, giving up four runs on four hits in five-and-a-third innings with five walks and three strikeouts. Tim Dillard won his first decision of the year in relief. John Axford pitched the 11th for his 16th save. The Marlins left 11 on base as they dropped their seventh game in their last nine -- while the Brewers are now at seven games over .500 for the first tie since June 30th of 2009.
Rickie Weeks hit his 100th career homer for Milwaukee -- and he also singled, scored twice, and drove in three. Wilson also went 2-for-5 and scored twice, as the Brewers won their third straight in Miami. All were one-run victories, and the Brew Crew clinched its first road series in six tries. The finale of their four-game set will be played tonight. Right-hander Zack Greinke faces Marlins' right-hander Javier Vazquez.
For the first time in 18 years, the Brewers will have two first-round selections when the Major League First-Year Player Draft begins tonight. Milwaukee has the No. 12-and-15 picks in the first round. The 15th pick is compensation for losing last year’s first-rounder, high school starter Dylan Covey. He learned soon after the draft that he had juvenile diabetes – and he opted to go to college at the University of San Diego rather than turning pro. Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin says he’s hoping for an even better pick in the 15th spot than Covey would have been. Milwaukee’s previous first-rounder from 2009 has proven to be a bust, at least so far. Right-hander Eric Arnett went just 1-9 last year for the Class-“A” Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – and this year, he’s getting shoulder rehabilitation at the Brewers’ training facility in Phoenix. The Brewers no longer have their top draft choices from 2008, ’07, and ’06. Infielder Brett Lawrie was traded to Toronto for Shaun Marcum. Matt LaPorta was dealt to Cleveland to rent C.C. Sabathia for the Brewers’ 2008 playoff run. And Jeremy Jeffress was sent to Kansas City in the deal for Zack Greinke.
The Chicago Cubs were swept for three games at Saint Louis, with a 3-2 loss yesterday in 10 innings. Albert Pujols hit his second walk-off homer in two days -- this one off Rodrigo Lopez, who took the loss to fall to 0-1.