National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Arizona
(Monday, July 18th)
Final Score: Arizona 3, Milwaukee 0
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Josh Collmenter went eight shutout innings and
Ryan Roberts added a two-run home run as the Arizona Diamondbacks opened a
four-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-0 win.
Collmenter's (5-5) past two starts have come against Milwaukee as he went six
scoreless innings on July 6 and gave up just three hits and a walk with three
strikeouts, but did not factor into the decision.
Monday, though, he was even better as he gave up just three hits and no walks
with seven strikeouts to snap a four-game losing streak. His last win had come
on June 3 against Washington.
"He threw an exceptional game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He was
pounding the zone. He had 105 pitches, 74 strikes."
Gerardo Parra's double-play groundout in the third plated Henry Blanco for the
only run needed by Arizona, which has won three straight.
Randy Wolf (6-7) pitched a strong game as he gave up just three runs -- two
earned -- on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings,
but he lost for the third time in his past four starts.
"I thought he threw the ball well tonight, we just couldn't help him out,"
said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke about Wolf. "He did a nice job out there
again for us."
Singles from Nyjer Morgan, Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt accounted
for the hits for the Brewers, who entered off a four-game series split in
Milwaukee is tied with St. Louis at a half-game back of surprising Pittsburgh
for first place in the NL Central.
Morgan singled with one out in the first and moved to second on a Mark Kotsay
groundout. Fielder, whose three-run home run in the All-Star Game in this
stadium last Tuesday led the NL to victory and earned him the MVP, then hit a
bouncer that shortstop Willie Bloomquist made a diving stop on. He was able to
throw out Morgan at home from his knees.
Arizona scored in the third to take the lead. Blanco led off with a single and
Collmenter reached base and Blanco was safe thanks to a bad throw to second
by Wolf on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Bloomquist then singled to load the bases
and Parra hit into a 4-6-3 double play that saw Blanco cross the plate.
The seventh inning saw the Diamondbacks pad their lead as Chris Young doubled
with one-out and Roberts drilled a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left for his
second home run in as many days.
After Betancourt led off the sixth with a bunt single, that was it for
baserunners for Milwaukee as Collmenter set down the next nine batters in
order and David Hernandez went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his ninth save of the
Arizona took two of three from Milwaukee in early July...Wolf fell to 10-5 in
20 career starts against the Diamondbacks...Roberts has 13 home runs and 40
RBI on the season. Both are career highs...Yovani Gallardo takes the mound for
Milwaukee on Tuesday and will be opposed by Barry Enright.
07/19 01:54:29 ET
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