The Milwaukee Brewers entered Sunday’s series finale at Target Field in Minneapolis with a chance to sweep their first series of the season. Minnesota pitcher Mike Pelfrey had something else in mind.
Pelfrey scattered eight Brewer hits (7 singles) over eight innings, walking one and striking out seven, improving to 5-2 on the season.
Minnesota scored both of its runs in the second inning. Torii Hunter led off with a walk and scored on Eddie Rosario’s double. Rosario scored when Eduardo Escobar followed with a triple.
Mike Fiers took the loss for the Brewers, working just 4 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, two runs while walking three and striking out three. Fiers fell to 2-6.
After Fiers left, Neal Cotts, Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel combined to pitch 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The Brewers’ bullpen has now allowed just two runs over the last 35 innings.
Rodriguez moves into 9th on saves list
Francisco Rodriguez earned his tenth save of the season on Saturday, moving him into a tie for ninth place with Troy Percival on baseball’s all-time save list at 358.
Rodriguez and Percival were teammates in 2002. They helped the Angels win the 2002 World Series and remained teammates until 2004 when Percival signed a free-agent deal in Detroit.