Yovani Gallardo and four relievers combined on a five-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers posted their second straight shutout since coming back from the All-Star break, blanking the Miami Marlins at Miller Park Saturday night 6-0.
Jonathan Lucroy had four hits in four trips, including his 14th home run—his sixth in his last nine games—in the third inning and Ryan Braun drove in his first runs since returning from the disabled list last week with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.
Gallardo (8-8) worked the first 6.1 innings for the Crew, allowing five hits and two walks while fanning five. He bounced back nicely from a 25-pitch first inning that included a 10-pitch at-bat by leadoff man Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Marlins haven’t scored since the fourth inning of their 5-2 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals last Sunday, a string of 24 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Brewers pounded Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-1) early and often. The first four Brewer batters had hits, highlighted by Braun’s two-run double off the center-field wall, and Milwaukee never looked back.
The Crew added another run in the third on Lucroy’s homer, one that came with an assist when Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton managed to bat the ball over the wall while trying to make the catch.
Milwaukee put the game away with a three-run fourth inning. Rickie Weeks led off the inning with his 10th home run, a blast off the batter’s eye in straightaway center field. Norichika Aoki added an RBI single and Lucroy drove in a run with a ground-rule double to center to make it 6-0.
Lucroy wound up a triple short of his first career cycle.
For Gallardo, his dominance of the Marlins continued. He is now 2-0 with 14.1 scoreless innings against the Fish this season and has only surrendered nine hits. For his career, Gallardo is 5-0 in seven career starts against the Marlins with a 1.12 ERA in 48.1 innings. That is Gallardo’s lowest ERA against any opponent.
Eovaldi had his shortest outing since returning from the disabled list on June 18, working four innings and surrendering all six runs on 10 hits and two walks. That snapped a streak of five consecutive quality starts for the 23-year-old right-hander.
Gallardo’s only real trouble came in the sixth. Juan Pierre led off with an infield single and after he was forced at second on Hechavarria’s grounder to third, Ed Lucas grounded a single up the middle to put runners at first and second with one out.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a grounder to first base, but Juan Francisco opted to try for the out at second. His throw plunked Lucas in the back for an error and loaded the bases. But Gallardo induced Logan Morrison to ground to second and the double play ended the inning.
In the seventh, Gallardo walked Marcell Ozuna and allowed a single to Derek Dietrich. After a fly ball out by pinch-hitter Donovan Solano moved Ozuna to third, Brandon Kintzler relieved Gallardo and slammed the door on the rally, inducing a popup from Jeff Mathis and striking out Pierre.
Manager Ron Roenicke got the bullpen some work in the ninth. Donovan Hand, who hadn’t pitched since July 13, started the ninth inning and walked leadoff hitter Morrison before getting Ozuna to fly out. Hand, who is scheduled to start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, was pulled at that point.
Michael Gonzalez, who hadn’t appeared since Sunday, struck out the only batter he faced and Burke Badenhop, idle since July 10, got the final out.
Saturday night marked the Brewers’ eighth annual Negro League Tribute night, with the team sporting replicas of the uniforms worn by the 1923 Milwaukee Bears in the Negro National League. The Marlins wore replicas of the Miami Marlins’ uniforms from the International League in 1956 and donned a No. 29 patch on the sleeve in honor of former Negro League star Satchel Paige, who pitched for the Marlins in 1956 at age 50.
Milwaukee improved to 4-1 against Miami this season and looks to close out the sweep Sunday afternoon. Wily Peralta (7-9) is scheduled to start for the Crew while the Marlins counter with Henderson Alvarez (0-1). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Central Time.
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