Having extended their winning streak with an extra-inning shutout, the Milwaukee Brewers hope to continue their run of outstanding pitching performances against another struggling club.
The Brewers will attempt to keep their scoreless streak going and win their fifth in a row Monday night when they host a San Diego Padres team that has dropped 11 of 12 on the road.
Milwaukee allowed four hits en route to the team's third straight shutout and rookie Caleb Gindl ended it with a home run in a 1-0, 13-inning victory that completed a three-game sweep of visiting Miami on Sunday."I didn't think I would be the one to hit the walk-off," Gindl said after becoming the first player in team history to hit a walk-off home run for his first career homer. "No, not a chance."
The Brewers (41-56) set a franchise record with 35 scoreless innings - breaking the previous record of 31 set April 18-22, 1990 - and have eight shutouts in the last 31 games.
Now they'll try for their longest winning streak since a nine-game run April 14-23 in the opener of this four-game set against the NL West-worst Padres (43-56).
Scheduled starter Tom Gorzelanny (1-3, 1.88 ERA) will try to provide the club with another effective outing as he makes his third start since joining the rotation earlier this month. The left-hander has not allowed an earned run over 12 innings in his first two starts, but has taken two losses with the Brewers totaling one run in those games.
Gorzelanny is 1-3 with a 3.99 ERA in five career starts versus the Padres. He's allowed two runs over seven innings of relief against them the past two seasons.
He'll be facing a San Diego team looking to avoid its 17th loss in 20 games after dropping two of three in St. Louis with Sunday's 3-2 loss.
The Padres had shown improvement by scoring 21 runs in a three-game stretch before they were kept in check by Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright ."We had good swings against an All-Star pitcher," manager Bud Black said. "To a man, we fought him. He knew it."
Carlos Quentin has taken some good swings lately, going 6 for 16 with a homer, three doubles and five RBIs in his last four games. His only career hit in seven at-bats against Gorzelanny is a home run.
Teammate Yonder Alonso went 3 for 4 Sunday and is batting .333 during a 12-game road hitting streak.
The Padres haven't provided much offense for Andrew Cashner (5-5, 3.81), who has been given seven total runs of support while going 0-2 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts - all San Diego losses.
The right-hander lasted only 2 1-3 innings in his only career start against the Brewers on June 9, 2012, yielding one run and two hits before leaving due to a tight pitch count. He's 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA over nine innings in seven appearances overall versus Milwaukee.
Slugger Ryan Braun was limited to pinch-hitting duty Sunday but is expected to return to the lineup. He's hitting .386 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last 12 home games against the Padres.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy also figures to return to the lineup after pinch-hitting Sunday. He's 15 for 34 with six homers and 11 RBIs in his last 10 games.
The Brewers took two of three in San Diego from April 22-24.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 21, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sore left elbow|
|July 09, 2013||Norichika Aoki||Day-to-Day||Left elbow tightness|
|July 07, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Sprained left knee|
|July 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left knee injury|
|July 02, 2013||Wily Peralta||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|June 24, 2013||Alfredo Figaro||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Andrew Cashner used his arm and his bat to help San Diego earn a rare road victory.
Cashner pitched a solid six innings and had a key bunt single to lift the Padres to a 5-3 win over Milwaukee on Monday night, hours after Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for the season.
"We went to the small ground attack there started by Cash," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Cashner's bunt single that started a four-run rally in the sixth.
Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, was suspended Monday afternoon for the final 65 games without pay for being tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance enhancing drugs.
The game took a back seat to the news that Braun was the first player to be suspended for baseball's latest drug scandal. Braun spoke to his teammates, issued a statement and left Miller Park without answering questions.
"I am not perfect," he said in the statement. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."
Braun's teammates described him as somber, depressed and apologetic during a five-minute speech in the clubhouse before batting practice.
"It was one of those things where you kind of get embarrassed a little bit saying that you are suspended," Rickie Weeks said. "When a guy goes through something like this, you want to get the truth out and then everybody can formulate their hypothesis and take things from there."
Jonathan Lucroy was one of the more vocal Brewers expressing support for Braun. He said he came to Miller Park Monday still believing Braun had not used PEDs, but the star outfielder pulled him aside and told him he was accepting a suspension.
Lucroy said he felt deceived, but had forgiven Braun.
"I felt that way," he said. "He came up to me before the meeting and told me about it. I said, `OK man.' He said `I'm sorry and I screwed up.' I said, `OK.' I forgave him.
"I think it's tough, especially when people do something like that, they make a mistake," he said. "It takes a bigger person to forgive him then to hold a grudge."
The loss of Braun leaves another hole in a lineup that has been without Corey Hart (knee) all season and Aramis Ramirez , who has played in only 54 games and is on the disabled list due to recurring knee pain.
The watered-down lineup had only four hits, but showed no immediate effects from the announcement regarding their star player. Milwaukee scored twice in the first off Cashner but managed only one more run the rest of the game.
The Brewers said the controversy didn't hamper them in the game.
"I had bigger things to worry about," Milwaukee starter Tom Gorzelanny said. "I had guys at the plate trying to hit me.
"Once the game started it was easy for everybody to focus on that, to worry about what we had ahead of us," he said. "As a team you can't think of anything else except what you have to do."
Jesus Guzman homered in the second and capped the sixth inning off Gorzelanny (1-4) with a two-out double that snapped a tie, scoring Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin to give the Padres a 5-3 lead. It was only their 17th win in 50 road games.
Cashner (6-5) allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
Logan Schafer , starting in center field for injured NL All-Star Carlos Gomez , walked with one out in the first. Jean Segura doubled to center field, and Schafer - who was running on the pitch - slid and scored on a close play for a 1-0 lead.
Lucroy then doubled to score Segura and make it 2-0.
"My timing and my rhythm was off in the first inning," Cashner said.
Milwaukee didn't allow a run in its weekend series against Miami, but had its 36-inning scoreless pitching streak snapped in the second when Guzman hit his sixth homer to bring the Padres within 2-1.
The Brewers extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth when Norichika Aoki scored on Segura's groundout.
Gorzelanny was having little trouble with San Diego until Cashner and Everth Cabrera led off the sixth with a pair of bunt singles. Chris Denorfia then hit a groundout to advance the runners to second and third, and Chase Headley was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Quentin doubled to the base of the wall in right field to score Cashner and Cabrera, tying the score 3-3. Guzman then hit the first pitch from Gorzelanny down the left-field line for another double, scoring Headley and Quentin to snap the tie and give the Padres a 5-3 lead.
"Those two doubles were huge hits," Black said.
Gorzelanny pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six.
Notes: It was Gorzelanny's 115th game as a starter vs. 114 games as a reliever. ... Segura has a nine-game hitting streak.