Win: Yovani Gallardo (3-4)
Loss: Ian Kennedy (3-5)
HR: Weeks (5), Braun (13), Hart (10), Kubel (4)
MVP: Yovani Gallardo (.237 WPA)
LVP: Jonathan Lucroy (-.033 WPA)
5.5 games behind the Cardinals and 6.0 behind the Reds. That's not a good place to be. With the start the Brewers had to the year, though, that sounds pretty ok. It sounds manageable. A team, this team, can come back from 6.0 games down with well over 100 games remaining. It's an uphill battle. It will be difficult. But they can inch their way closer one game at a time.
Today was one inch in that direction. Rickie Weeks hit a home run and only struck out once. It's just one hit but it's as good of a hit as a player can have. Maybe it will help him break out of his season-long funk. Maybe not.Time will tell.
Ryan Braun and Corey Hart each hit a two-run home run. This continues both men's very good season's. Five of the Brewers runs were scored via the long ball today. The other two runs came on a sacrifice fly in the ninth and a Cesar Izturis RBI single in the fourth.
Speaking of Izturis, he appeared to have injured himself in the sixth inning. After a double, Corey Hart hit a single to move Izturis to third. However, Izturis looked hurt on the play and was subsequently pulled for Cody Ransom. It's never good when a player is hurt. At least, in this case, the player in question might have actually been more of a hindrance than a help.
After entering the game, Cody Ransom went 1-2 with a single and a strikeout. He also scored a run. Aramis Ramirez also picked up a couple hits and scored two runs.
Oh, and three more Brewers were hit by pitches today. Aramis Ramirez, Corey Hart and Travis Ishikawa were all plunked tonight.
Yovani Gallardo was excellent for Milwaukee. He pitched 7.1 innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He also struck out five Diamondbacks.