The Milwaukee Brewers desperately needed a strong outing from starter Jhoulys Chacin on Monday night as they looked to get back on the winning track. The team’s most reliable starter this season delivered again.
Chacin (9-3) limited the Washington Nationals to one run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings to help lead the Brewers to a 6-1 win. Milwaukee has won just twice in 10 games.
Chacin’s impressive start came a day after the Brewers used backup catcher Erik Kratz and utility player Hernan Perez in mop-up roles on the mound in an 11-2 drubbing by the Dodgers. Chacin struck out a season-high nine batters and didn’t issue a walk for the second consecutive game.
”He’s done a heck of a job for us this year Nate Solder Jersey ,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ”Coming off back-to-back games with three and four innings from our starters, it was much needed.”
Chacin had command of his slider and fastball throughout the game.
”Every time I throw strikes and keep the ball down, I feel I have a good game,” Chacin said. ”I feel like my slider was really good. I was able to control it and change the speed, too. And I was throwing it for strikes.”
Christian Yelich had a base-loaded triple and eighth batter Erik Kratz drove in a pair of runs for the Brewers, who pulled within 2 1/2 games of NL Central leading Chicago, which lost to Arizona 7-1.
”It’s not the top of the order that’s going to do it every night. We can’t always lean on those guys,” Kratz said.
The Brewers also learned on Monday that starting pitcher Brent Suter would be lost for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Suter left Sunday’s game after three innings when he felt pain. He will have Tommy John surgery.
The Nationals scored first when Daniel Murphy lined a home run to right field leading off the second against Chacin.
The Brewers even the score in the second on Kratz’s sacrifice fly off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (6-7).
Kratz drove in another run in the fourth with a bases-loaded groundout. Chacin followed with a single to left to drive in his first run of the season.
Hot-hitting Yelich lined a triple off Gonzalez into the right-field corner with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-1.
”He’s such a pure hitter. I think the (All-Star) break did him good,” Counsell said.
Two Brewers batters drew bases on balls in the inning before Yelich’s hit. ”I just can’t walk people. I’ve got to go out there and be more aggressive,” Gonzalez said.
Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long was ejected in the second inning after shouting from the dugout at plate umpire Nic Lentz, who had just called out Trea Turner on strikes.
In the fourth, Turner failed to run out of the batter’s box after a pitch from Chacin hit his bat and landed in fair territory. That didn’t sit well with manager Dave Martinez. ”I actually thought the ball hit him in the hand. (The umpire) said he bunted the ball. I was like Dwayne Harris Jersey , well why would he walk off the field? In that moment, we are trying to win a ball game. There’s a good chance he won’t play tomorrow.” Turner said he put the bat up in ”self-defense” because he thought he was going to get hit by the pitch. ”I then ended up bunting it fair somehow. By the time I got my feet underneath me, the pitcher was already standing right there. I probably should have ran to first.”
Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) got his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Friday. Zimmerman got hit in the lower back with a pitch from Chacin in the sixth but remained in the game.
Brewers: Recalled RHP Jorge Lopez from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Suter. … All-Star 1B Jesus Aguilar didn’t start for the second consecutive game due to hamstring soreness. ”There’s enough soreness that we’re going to be cautious and hold him out today,” manager Craig Counsell said. … 1B/OF Eric Thames (right hamstring soreness) could come off the DL as early as Tuesday. … RHP Zach Davies (right shoulder tightness) threw live batting practice on Monday and is expected to make a rehab start with Class A Wisconsin on Thursday.
Nationals: Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 3.29 ERA) has allowed one earned run spanning 11 innings over his last two starts. Opponents are hitting .111 (4-for-36) during that stretch.
Brewers: Junior Guerra (6-6, 3.23), who has been on the disabled list since July 14 with right forearm tightness, will be activated and get the start. Guerra is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in two career games (one start) against the Nationals.
Adam Silver sees successes all around the NBA, yet can’t stop thinking about the teams who aren’t successful.
And he can’t make them try to be.
Tanking is the problem the NBA commissioner can’t solve.
He can’t force every team to try to win when they all know sometimes there’s more reason to lose. And though he understands rebuilding, he loathes losing on purpose.
”Let me add, I find it an incredibly difficult issue,” he said Friday.
He spoke shortly after ties were broken for positioning ahead of the draft lottery Michael Crabtree Jersey , which seemed a bigger priority than the postseason for some teams this season. And as the Philadelphia 76ers head to the playoffs as the hottest team in the league led by youngsters they drafted during multiple seasons of tanking, it’s hard to tell other teams they can’t do it.
No team was punished for tanking, beyond the $600,000 Dallas owner Mark Cuban was fined for his comments on Julius Erving’s podcast that the Mavericks were better off losing, but there were discussions with other clubs.
”I will just say we had conversations with several teams about what the product was that they were putting on the floor and I’ll leave it at that,” Silver said.
He’s hoping to take some of the incentive of tanking away with lottery that takes effect next season. The three worst teams will have 14 percent chances at the top pick, instead of the current format in which the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance.
This season that was Phoenix, which appears to also be on a multi-season tanking agenda after shutting down healthy regulars last season. Dallas, Memphis, Chicago and Atlanta also threw out some curious lineups that sometimes looked incapable of winning.
The new format may not stop tanking – and could even make it worse in some respects. Teams only need to be third-worst in the league to have the best shot at the No. 1 pick, rather than having to anchor themselves at the bottom.
So Silver said the league continues to look at the issue, but even he senses that more work is going to have to be done.
”We recognize that our goal is to put the best competition on the floor and it’s balanced against legitimate rebuilding of some teams. But I know we’re not there yet Cris Carter Jersey ,” Silver said.
”I certainly wasn’t satisfied, there can only be so much cajoling out of the league office and it’s one of the those things that the last place I want to go as the commissioner is the league office to start dictating minutes and which particular players should be playing at what points of the game, and I recognize that the incentives are not aligned right now that there’s a huge incentive to increase your chances in the draft lottery especially in the old system. As I’ve said we’re switching the system for next year we’ll see how much of an impact that has.”
Other items from Silver’s remarks after the Board of Governors meetings:
Silver said the investigation into misconduct in the Mavericks’ workplace that began after a Sports Illustrated report in February could be wrapped up by early summer. He said the investigation includes every Mavericks employee and any former ones who would make themselves available.
”From everything I’ve heard directly from the investigators, everyone has been completely cooperative,” Silver said. ”And by the way, it doesn’t just include interviews. It includes documents, it includes emails. And that’s come directly from Mark Cuban. He’s told the investigators that and he’s told the league office that as well, that he is open book, and he’s demanding himself a thorough investigation. So we’re waiting for the outcome of that.”
There were no formal discussions about changing the way the playoffs are seeded, with Silver saying there isn’t a better current solution. The Competition Committee did review a proposal for a play-in game and he expects further discussion at the summer meeting.
Owners agreed to continue the revenue sharing plan that was instituted after the 2011 lockout through the remainder of this Collective Bargaining Agreement, running through 2022-23. Silver said the goal is to make sure all teams, whether paying or receiving Craig Mager Jersey , have the most incentive to be competitive.
”You know, nobody is happy who has to write those checks, but I think, again, they understand the league is no stronger than its weakest team,” Silver said.
Silver said there were positive reports from the meetings that Michelle Johnson, who oversees referee operations for the league, and head of referee development Monty McCutchen with all 30 teams in an effort to sooth friction that seemed to worsen this season.
”So I feel pretty good going into the playoffs that we’ve made some real progress there,” Silver said.
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