The 51-32 Brewers have the best record in the National League and the largest division lead in MLB, boasting a 6.5-game cushion over the second-place Cardinals just beyond the midpoint of the season.
Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his major league-high 27th save as the upstart Brewers won their fourth consecutive game 7-4 on Saturday night at home against the Rockies. Milwaukee tagged Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin for those seven runs on 11 hits and a walk, driving his season ERA from 4.84 all the way to 5.40.
The Brewers will be going for a sweep of the Rox on Sunday afternoon.
It’ll be Yovani Gallardo versus Jorge De La Rosa.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Nationals 3, Cubs 0; Nationals 7, Cubs 2
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
Braves 10, Phillies 3; Braves 5, Phillies 1
Angels 6, Royals 2
Rays 5, Orioles 4
Twins 0, Rangers 5
Mets 5, Pirates 3
Rockies 4, Brewers 7
Tigers 4, Astros 3
Athletics 7, Marlins 6 (14 innings)
Red Sox 2, Yankees 1
Cardinals 1, Dodgers 9
Reds 7, Giants 3 (11 innings)
Indians 5, Mariners 0
Diamondbacks 3, Padres 1
It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.
Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:
He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.
Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”
During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.