Earlier in the year, losses were piling up for Kyle Lohse. Now, he’s working on another long unbeaten streak.
The Brewers hope Lohse can extend that run while winning his third straight start Saturday night against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Lohse (5-6, 3.47 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his last eight starts and hasn’t lost since an 8-6 defeat at Minnesota on May 30. He’s plenty familiar with long unbeaten stints, going 15 starts without a loss for St. Louis at one point last year and 10 starts a year earlier.
Milwaukee (37-55) supplied the right-hander with an average of 2.6 runs of support as he went 1-6 in his first 10 starts. But the Brewers have backed him with 5.3 runs per game over his unbeaten run.
He also received some spectacular defensive help to preserve his latest victory, as Carlos Gomez robbed what would have been the go-ahead home run for the final out in a 4-3 win over Cincinnati on Monday. Lohse gave up nine hits — the most he’s allowed in 11 starts — but limited the damage to three runs over 6 2/3 innings for his seventh quality start in eight games.
Pitching to contact continues to be successful for Lohse, whose 5.3 strikeouts per nine innings is one of the majors’ lowest rates.
“I’m not going to be that guy to get them to swing at balls way out of the zone,” he said after beating the Reds. “I’m just up there trying to pound the zone, and they took advantage a couple of times, but more times than not I was able to get a weak fly ball or a ground ball.”
The Diamondbacks (49-44) only recorded four hits Friday — their fourth time in five games with five or fewer — but it was still enough for a 2-1 win thanks in large part to Patrick Corbin, who matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 strong innings.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in a run on a groundout and also doubled, improving to 14 for 32 (.438) during a nine-game hitting streak. He’s also 8 for 16 with six RBIs in five games against the Brewers this season.
Scheduled starter Randall Delgado (1-3, 3.82) will be looking to bounce back from his third loss in four starts after giving up a career-high 11 hits and three runs over six innings of a 6-1 defeat to the Dodgers on Monday. The D-backs have scored a total of three runs in Delgado’s three losses this season.
Delgado will try to cool off Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has four homers and is slugging .955 in his last six games after going 2 for 3 with a double Friday. Norichika Aoki was hitless in five at-bats, though, to end a nine-game hitting streak.
Lohse is 1-0 with a 1.02 ERA over his last three starts against the Diamondbacks, including his first of the season when he gave up one run over six innings but didn’t record a decision in a 3-1 loss April 5.