Brewers sweep away Marlins after Monday winWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers completed a four-game sweep at Florida with a 7-2 victory last night.
MIAMI - The Milwaukee Brewers completed a four-game sweep at Florida with a 7-2 victory last night.
Zack Greinke went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. He improved to 5-1. Prince Fielder put Milwaukee in front for good in the third inning with a three-run homer. He drove in four on the night, extending his National League RBI lead to 49. Ryan Braun singled twice, scored twice, and drove in a run.
Brewers’ closer John Axford – who saved the first three games of the series – was not with the team last night because his wife Nicole was in labor in Milwaukee with their first child. Manager Ron Roenicke said he didn’t want to use Axford last night anyway.
The win was the Brewers’ one-thousandth since they moved to the National League in 1998. It was Milwaukee’s first four-game sweep of the Marlins since ’98. And the Brewers no longer have the Majors’ worst road record, as they improved to 13-19 in that department. Four NL teams now have fewer road victories.
Javier Vazquez took the loss, giving up six runs in four innings. He’s now 3-5. Logan Morrison and Omar Infante each had three hits for Florida, which has lost five straight. The Brewers came home after completing a 5-2 road trip. They’re eight games above .500 as they get ready to open a home series tonight against the New York Mets. Right-hander Shaun Marcum will face former Brewers’ left-hander Chris Capuano.
The Brewers selected a pair of college pitchers last night in the first round of the Major League Draft. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann of Texas was taken with the 12th overall pick. And left-hander Jed Bradley from Georgia Tech was drafted in the 15th spot. The 21-year-old Jungmann is 13-1 for the Longhorns with a 1.93 ERA. He’s one of three finalists for the Silver Spikes Award, that’s given to the nation’s top amateur. And Jungmann’s team is advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals. Bradley, who turns 21 next week, was the second left-hander taken in the draft. He recently finished his junior year at Georgia Tech and went 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA. Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin said both Jungmann and Bradley are strong, aggressive pitchers with good command. Scouting director Bruce Seid said he’s taking the best players available when the Brewers are on the clock. There was a big run on pitchers in the first round. Twelve hurlers were taken in the first 20 picks. Dante Bichette Jr. son of former Brewer Dante Bichette Sr., was taken by the New York Yankees in the supplemental round. The draft resumes at 11 this morning, and is expected to go about 30 rounds today. The rest of the 50-round draft will be completed on Wednesday.
Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun has become the National League’s top vote-getter in the All-Star fan balloting. He overtook Albert Pujols of Saint Louis in the latest tallies released yesterday. Braun has just under one-point-six million votes so far. Last year, he was the first Brewer ever to be elected to start three consecutive All-Star Games. This year, he could be the first since Barry Bonds to be elected in four straight years. Braun says it speaks volumes about the support he has received from the Milwaukee fans – and he says it’s an honor. Rickie Weeks is second in the fan voting at second base, behind Brandon Phillips of Cincinnati. Prince Fielder is third in the balloting at first base. The All-Star Game will be played next month in Arizona.
The Chicago Cubs have lost seven straight, after falling at Cincinnati 8-2 last night in the NL Central. Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer for the Reds. Matt Garza took the loss to drop to 2-5. He gave up four runs in four innings in his first start since an elbow injury in mid-May.