Milwaukee Brewers looks to the recently acquired Chi Chi Gonzalez and the resting Bull Pen for a three-game weekend series of rubber games against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
Gonzales (0-1, 7.36 ERA) will make his second start in Milwaukee since he was claimed to be exempt from Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will face right-handed Jose Berríos (5-3, 5.11). ..
Milwaukee won 5-4 on Saturday, equalizing the series from game to game. Corbin Burnes took the lead 5-0 after three innings, allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings and achieving three consecutive victories, with Andrew McCutchen hitting a two-run home run.
Devin Williams made it to the final in the 8th inning with no points in 18 consecutive times, and Josh Hader had 23 chances despite giving up 9 runs. I finished the 22nd save.
"I used Devin and Josh today, but that was all," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "We have a lot of fresh people, and we should be in really good shape, especially on Monday's holidays."
Starting pitchers Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, Gonzales, with Aaron Ashby on the injured list, played the starting lineup shortly after being claimed by the waiver wire.
Gonzales gave up three runs in four innings in his first start with Milwaukee, who lost to St. Louis 6-2 on Tuesday. The Texas Rangers' first right-handed player in 2013 made two undecided starts in Minnesota this season, allowing six innings and six runs. His first start at the Twins this season was against Toronto, where he gave up three innings.
Milwaukee is 9-14 in June and will be shut out four times after doing 32-19 in April and May.
Despite the June plunge, Milwaukee stands at the top of the St. Louis Cardinals and National League Central with eight games over .500. Toronto has won 19 of the last 32 games, surpassing 9 games by .500, but still 111/2 below the Yankees in the American League East.
Two-time all-star Berríos is about to return to the form. After posting 7.01 ERA with 5 starts in May, it became 2-1 with 4.15 ERA with 4 starts in June. But on Monday, the Chicago White Sox tagged 6 runs with 9 hits in 4 innings and hit 3 home runs with an 8-7 win.
"He had lost the side of his arm, so his braking pitch was in the center of the zone and he paid for it," said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. He said after the recent start of Berríos. "His fastball was good, but his braking pitch wasn't. Yeah, they weren't really good."
Berríos was 2-1 and three times with Milwaukee. At the start of my career, ERA is 1.42. He played against the Brewers with the Twins last season, not allowing more than 6 innings of hits and walks and hitting 12 2-0.
Brewers shuffled the bullpen on Saturday. Right-handed Trevor Gott and Jandel Gustave are back from the 15-day disabled list. Right-handed Miguel Sanchez was placed in the IL with discomfort in the right ulnar collateral ligament, and right-handed Peter Stochelecki was selected for Triple A Nashville.
– Field-level media