Greinke stays perfect at home with shutout of CubsWisconsin Sports
-- Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 12 batters last night, as he improved to 15-0 at home in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 8-to-nothing win over the Chicago Cubs.
MILWAUKEE - Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 12 batters last night, as he improved to 15-0 at home in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 8-to-nothing win over the Chicago Cubs.
Greinke became only the fourth big league pitcher since 1900 to win his first 15 home decisions with a team. The others were Kenny Rogers of Oakland and LaMarr Hoyt of the Chicago White Sox in the 1980’s, and Johnny Allen of the Yankees in the 1930’s. Greinke gave up two hits and two walks in seven shutout innings. Manager Ron Roenicke said he would have considered giving Greinke a chance to finish the game had it been close. Milwaukee broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with four runs. Ryan Braun and Cody Ransom had RBI doubles, and Brooks Conrad had a two-run broken-bat single. Corey Hart made it 5-nothing in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. And Taylor Green hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth, his first career-blast, as the Brewers won their second game in their last five. Norchika Aoki went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Greinke has won four of his last five starts to improve to 7-2. Paul Maholm took the loss, giving up four runs in four innings. He’s now 4-5, as the Cubs have now lost 5-of-6. The Brewers earned their third shutout win of the season, and they’ll close out their three-game series against the Cubs this afternoon at Miller Park. Left-hander Randy Wolf faces Cubs’ right-hander Matt Garza.
The Brewers took a total of 42 players in the three-day Major League Draft that ended yesterday. Half were position players, and the other half were pitchers. Milwaukee selected 27 college players and 15 from the high school ranks. They picked nine infielders, six outfielders, and six catchers. Of the 21 pitchers, 16 are right-handers. On the final day, the Brewers selected a son of Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. California-Santa Barbara senior outfielder Lance Roenicke was taken in the 25th round. He batted .310 this past season with four homers, seven stolen bases, and 38 RBI’s in 55 games. Lance joins a large pro baseball family. Ron Roenicke and his older brother Gary both played in the Majors. Gary is now a scout for Milwaukee, and his son Josh is a reliever with Colorado. Also, the son of Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum was drafted yesterday. Rustin Sveum was taken by the Cubs in the 39th round. And Tate Matheny, son of Saint Louis manager Mike Matheny, was chosen in Round-23. Rustin Sveum will play college ball at Utah, while Tate Matheny is heading to Missouri State.