The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Gallardo's struggles, late mistakes cost Brewers in 5-4 loss to Nats

  • Print

WASHINGTON - The Milwaukee Brewers knocked out Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez out, scored just the fifth run of the year against closer Rafael Soriano, and stole two runs with aggressive base running.

They still couldn't stop their downward slide.

Jayson Werth hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after the Brewers tied it in the top of the inning, and Washington beat Milwaukee 5-4 on Sunday.

The Brewers fell to 3-12 in July as they headed home to start a three-game series Monday against Cincinnati, against whom they're 3-7 this season.

"We gotta quit making so many mistakes," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said testily. "We're not always going to swing the bat great. We're not always going to pitch great, but you should at least be (able to) make solid plays. Close games, that's what it comes down to. If we do things right, maybe (All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez) is in the ballgame with a one-run lead and (Rob) Wooten's not in there."

However, it was Wooten on the mound in the ninth after Rickie Weeks singled off Soriano to score pinch runner Logan Schaefer, tying the game in the top of the inning. And it was Wooten who allowed Werth's walk-off double into the left field corner that scored Anthony Rendon from first with two outs.

"I threw a backdoor sinker to Werth and it came back over the middle," Wooten said. "I made a mistake and he's a pretty good hitter and he took advantage of it."

Roenicke, who praised Ryan Braun and Jean Segura, respectively, for scoring on fielder's choices in the third and fourth innings — the former from second base on a dribbler — wasn't happy that Braun missed cutoff man Segura on Werth's winning hit.

"If he hits the cutoff man, (Rendon's) out," said Roenicke, also upset that Weeks was thrown out on an attempted double steal in the top of the ninth. "We did a nice job of coming back and tying it, but we let an opportunity go . there."

Instead, those late mistakes ensured the Brewers would fail to overcome another poor outing from starter Yovani Gallardo.

Staked to a 3-1 lead, Gallardo allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings. He hasn't won since June 19 and is 0-2 with 7.33 ERA in his last four starts.

Gallardo started the fourth by walking Adam LaRoche after Milwaukee had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the inning. The next batter, Ryan Zimmerman, homered to right field. Before Gallardo got out of the inning, he had allowed a double to light-hitting backup catcher Jose Lobaton, a swinging bunt single to reliever Craig Stammen, and a two-out wild pitch that tied the game.

"It stinks. Any time you have the lead and (don't hold it)," exclaimed Gallardo, who added that Zimmerman's home run came on a hanging curveball. "You always want to start on a good mode coming out of the break. This was a tough game. You've gotta forget about it. We're going home."

Gonzalez allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts on 88 pitches over 3 1-3 innings. He left in the fourth with a runner at third and trailing 2-1. Gomez's RBI groundout against Stammen gave the Brewers 3-1 lead.

NOTES: Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy also drove in runs for Milwaukee. ...The Brewers fell to 29-21 on the road, and are just 25-24 at Miller Park. ... Wily Peralta (10-6, 3.72) faces fellow RHP Mat Latos (2-1, 2.79) in Monday's series opener with the Reds.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Jets This Week: Predicting the line-ups

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Winnipeg Free Press 090528 STAND UP...(Weather) One to oversee the pecking order, a pack of pelican's fishes the eddies under the Red River control structure at Lockport Thursday morning......
  • A young gosling flaps his wings after taking a bath in the duck pond at St Vital Park Tuesday morning- - Day 21– June 12, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Which Jets prospect has the best chance of making NHL team this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google