Zack Greinke extends scoreless streak to 35.2 innings and lowers ERA to 1.39

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Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke finished his spectacular first half Thursday night with eight shutout innings against the Phillies, heading into the All-Star break with an MLB-best 1.39 ERA and 35.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Last season Greinke’s rotation-mate Clayton Kershaw threw 41 straight scoreless innings, so he can try to match or surpass that feat in his first start of the second half. He hasn’t allowed a run since June 13.

Overall this season Greinke is 8-2 with a 106/20 K/BB ratio in 123 innings, holding opponents to a .191 batting average in 18 starts. And his 1.39 ERA is the lowest mark any starting pitcher has posted in the first half since 1968–also known as “The Year Of The Pitcher”–when Bob Gibson, Luis Tiant, and Don Drysdale all went into the All-Star break with sub-1.40 ERAs.

Gibson finished 1968 with a 1.12 ERA, which stands as the modern record. Orel Hershiser holds the record for consecutive scoreless innings with 59.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”