10:35p So… How about the pitching on this homestand? Or, the pitching this entire year, I should say.
The Brewers defeated the Dodgers, 3-1, in yet another close game on this homestand. It was also their sixth straight win, and this marks the third consecutive winning streak in which the Brewers have won at least six games.
It was a pitching duel between starters Zack Greinke and Nathan Eovaldi, but Eovaldi finally broke in the sixth inning. After walking Ryan Braun, giving up a single to Prince Fielder, and walking Casey McGehee (all with one out), Yuniesky Betancourt promptly popped out. But, after that, Jerry Hairston Jr. FINALLY came through offensively with a two-run single to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
That would be the rookie Eovaldi’s last inning. He went six innings while giving up two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Greinke, meanwhile, pretty much danced around danger all game while shutting out the Dodgers in the process. He gave up a solo home run to ex-Brewer Tony Gwynn Jr. in the seventh inning, but that would be it.
Greinke’s line was seven innings with a run on five hits. He walked three and struck out eight.
Anyway, LaTroy Hawkins threw a scoreless eighth, and John Axford struck out the side in the ninth for his 33rd consecutive save. That continues to add on to a franchise record, and, with each save he gets, he adds to a career high (which currently stands at 36). Axford had 24 saves as a rookie last year.
Greinke’s long-awaited sub-4.00 ERA
At long last, Greinke’s ERA dipped below the 4.00 mark. That marked the first time this season that he’s finished a game with an ERA below 4.00. In fact, the first time his ERA even went under 4.00 was in his last start against the Pirates, when it went as low as 3.96. But, he would give up two more runs after that, rising it to 4.08. Greinke’s ERA currently stands at 3.92.
Now, the only guy in the Brewers’ rotation with an ERA above 4.00 is Chris Narveson (4.49). He’s injured right now, but, even when he gets back, I don’t think he can bring it under 4.00 before the season ends.
Gomez on the way back from DL
Injured center fielder Carlos Gomez is still working his way back from the DL, but, he cleared a milestone earlier today. He took his first swings since the injury (25 dry swings and 25 swings off a tee).
Gomez injured himself while making a highlight reel play in Arizona back on June 20. It was determined that he had fractured his collar bone after that game.
The Brewers hope Gomez will be able to go on a Minor League rehab assignment before the Minor League seasons end in the first week of September.
Injured players Rickie Weeks (second base) and Chris Narveson (pitcher) are both further along in their returns from the DL than Gomez, as far as I know.
Up next for the Crew…
The Brewers will go for a four-game sweep of the Dodgers tomorrow, but it certainly won’t be easy, and I’ll explain why in a bit. Anyway, the Brewers will send Marco Estrada (3-7, 4.46 ERA) to the mound, and he’ll be making his second spot start in place of the injured Narveson. He threw five shutout innings his last time out against the Pirates and got the win in that start.
The Dodgers will counter with one of the best pitchers in the National League: Clayton Kershaw (14-5, 2.72 ERA). Kershaw is definitely an early favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award this year (in fact, he’s my first choice to win it). Anyway, the good news is he’s 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA in his career against the Brewers. The bad news is that he’s having a career year this year and has already set a career high in wins, and his ERA is lower than it’s been the past few years. And yes, this is why it’s not going to be easy for the Brewers to get a sweep of the Dodgers.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||6||1|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.312|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.329|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.304|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.236|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.264|
|Jerry Hairston, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||0||1||.257|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||1||2||0||0||1||0||.289|
|Zack Greinke, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|a-Craig Counsell, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.151|
a-Walked for Greinke in the 7th.
2B: Lucroy (12, Eovaldi).
RBI: Hairston 2 (26).
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.
CS: Counsell (1).
E: Betancourt (15).
|Zack Greinke (W, 12-4)||7.0||5||1||1||3||8||1||3.92|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H, 19)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.63|
|John Axford (S, 36)||1.0||0||0||0||1||3||0||2.31|
Pitches-strikes: Greinke 107-66, Hawkins 18-12, Axford 20-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Greinke 8-5, Hawkins 2-1, Axford 0-0.
Batters faced: Greinke 29, Hawkins 4, Axford 4.