Brewers pound Diamondbacks by 11-3 scoreWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers pounded three homers in the first inning last night, and then went on to crush the Diamondbacks in Phoenix 11-3.
PHOENIX - The Milwaukee Brewers pounded three homers in the first inning last night, and then went on to crush the Diamondbacks in Phoenix 11-3.
The Brewers had a field day against Barry Enright, who had just been recalled from the minors. Corey Hart led off the game with a homer. Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt followed with blasts of their own. Betancourt homered twice and had a single, four RBI’s, and three runs scored. It was the first time in his career that he homered more than once in a game.
Braun returned after missing most of two contests with pain from his strained left calf. He played the first half of the game as the Brewers try to ease him back into play. Braun had been out for 10-of-Milwaukee’s-last-13-games. Rickie Weeks also hit a solo shot, as the Brew Crew had its most lop-sided road victory since April 19th. Enright dropped to 1-4.
Yovani Gallardo got the win, giving up three runs – one earned – in six innings. Gallardo struck out six, as he improved to 11-and-6. Brandon Allen homered for Arizona, which ended a three-game winning streak.
The Brewers have won three-of-their-last-four, all on the road. And they remain a half-game behind Pittsburgh in the National League Central. Milwaukee will face the Diamondbacks again tonight. Left-hander Chris Narveson will start for the Crew against southpaw Joe Saunders.
Only one of the Brewers’ Top-16 draft picks has signed a contract. But that’s expected to change soon, as the Major League signing deadline approaches on August 15th. Scouting director Bruce Seid says the team is making good progress in talks with third-round high school pitcher Jorge Lopez from Puerto Rico. But teams have not set a market yet for the higher picks. Little progress has been made in negotiations with Milwaukee’s first-round picks, college right-hander Taylor Jungmann from Texas and left-hander Jed Bradley of Georgia Tech. Seid says there’s been some initial talks, and they’ll try to reach agreements sooner than August 15th.