Milwaukee Brewers infielder Casey McGehee, off to a .206 start at the plate and 3 for 22 on the home stand, was given the day off yesterday. That off day lasted until the 8th inning when McGehee came to the plate with a runner on and two outs in the 8th inning and the Brewers down by a run (5-4). McGehee picked himself and his team up, with a pinch-hit, 2-run homer for a 6-5 Brewers victory over the Chicago Cubs.
McGehee’s homer came off of Cubs reliever Kerry Wood over the wall in right-center field. It helped the Brewers come back after starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo struggled out of the gate. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said it’s wins like this that usually bode well for the future.
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder also clubbed 2-run homers for the Brewers, who after an 0-4 start, have won 5 of their last 6 to climb back to .500. Roenicke said his team played well in all aspects of the home stand.
John Axford worked the 9th for the save. He gave up a leadoff single to Marlon Byrd. But catcher George Kottaras picked Axford when Byrd tried to steal 2nd and was gunned down by the Brewers catcher.
Today is an off day for the Brewers. They’ll open up a 3-city, 9-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.