The Milwaukee Brewers managed to win their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they dropped their series finale 7-1 in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Starter Jhoulys Chacin made it through just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, three walks and six runs, falling to 2-2 on the season.
“My slider wasn’t working today,” Chacin said. “Not for lefties or for righties. I just couldn’t command it. Those guys hit a lot of homers but they also take a lot of walks, too. You have to throw strikes and make good pitches.”
Dodger pitcher Ross Stripling tossed eight innings of one-run ball and didn’t allow a run until Eric Thames’ Sacrifice fly in the eighth. Stripline allowed just four hits and a while striking out three.
The Brewers finished 2-4 on their trip out west, after they were swept by the Angels in Anaheim. They’re 10-6 on the season and are a half game up on St. Louis (9-6). The Cardinals are in Milwaukee on Monday night for the start of a three game series.
Freddy Peralta (1-0, 6.91) gets the nod for the Brewers. Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.79) pitches the opener for the Cardinals.
Jeffress set to return Monday night
The results weren’t strong, but reliever Jeremy Jeffress is reportedly ready to pitch in the big leagues and is expected to be activated in time for Monday night’s series opener against the Cardinals.
Jeffress allowed seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs in four games (4 1/3 innings) and leaves AAA San Antonio with a 14.54 ERA.
With Corey Knebel sidelined for the season, the Brewers can use the bullpen help.
Last season, Jeffress made a career high 73 appearances, going 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA. He saved 15 games and struck out 89 in 76 2/3 innings.