Two more Milwaukee Brewers will be joining the disabled list before the club closes a three-game road series against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Milwaukee shortstop Alex Gonzalez badly injured his right knee during Saturday’s loss to the Giants and outfielder Carlos Gomez suffered a hamstring injury during Friday’s victory. San Francisco snapped a four-game losing skid behind Madison Bumgarner’s solid pitching on Saturday and is just 3-5 on a nine-game homestand.
Melky Cabrera has strung together four consecutive multi-hit games and Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 19 games as the Giants continue to regroup after losing third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a broken hand. Buster Posey had the tiebreaking single in Saturday’s victory and is now batting .469 with 11 RBIs in 32 career at-bats against the Brewers. Ryan Braun was back in Milwaukee’s lineup and slammed his eighth homer of the season after missing Friday’s game with Achilles’ tendon soreness. Gonzalez was injured while sliding into second base and the always-hustling Gomez came up ailing while running back to first base on a fly to the outfield. The Brewers lost first baseman Mat Gamel to a knee injury earlier this week.
Brewers Giants Betting
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, May 6, 2012
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Shaun Marcum (1-1, 3.19 ERA) vs. Giants RH Matt Cain (1-2, 2.35 ERA)
Marcum has gone four straight starts without a victory since beating the Chicago Cubs in his first outing. He pitched seven innings of three-hit shutout ball against the San Diego Padres in his last start, but wasn’t involved in the decision. Marcum is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three career starts against San Francisco.
Cain has been exceptional despite having just one victory. He has allowed just 26 baserunners (20 hits, six walks) in 38 1/3 innings for a 0.68 WHIP. Cain lost to the Miami Marlins in his last start when he gave up two runs and six hits in eight innings. He is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA in seven career starts against Milwaukee.
1. The Brewers will recall third baseman Taylor Green and shortstop Edwin Maysonet from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gonzalez and Gomez.
2. San Francisco outfielder Nate Schierholtz is mired in a 1-for-25 slump
3. Milwaukee’s Corey Hart (.154 in 13 at-bats) and Aramis Ramirez (.167 in 18 at-bats) have struggled against Cain.