The playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers are one victory away from
forging a tie for the most home wins in franchise history.
Zack Greinke has a chance to move them to the brink of a new
record while completing his season-long dominance at Miller
Greinke looks to finish his first NL season unbeaten at home
when the Central champion Brewers meet the Florida Marlins on
Milwaukee (92-65) clinched its first division title since
winning the AL East in 1982, with Friday’s 4-1 win over the Marlins
combined with St. Louis’ loss to the Chicago Cubs. Ryan Braun ended
a 1-for-16 slump with a three-run go-ahead homer in the eighth
“I think for me honestly, I live for that moment,” said Braun,
whose .329 batting average is tied with the New York Mets’ Jose
Reyes for the league lead. “You play the game to have the
opportunity to play meaningful games down the stretch in September.
I truly expected to come through in that situation.”
Milwaukee has a major league-leading 53 home wins, its most
since 1978, when it won 54 games at County Stadium.
With a playoff berth locked down, the Brewers may give some of
their regulars a night off. Given how well Greinke (15-6, 3.75 ERA)
has fared in Milwaukee, it may not matter who first-year manager
Ron Roenicke pencils into the lineup.
Greinke has already set a franchise record in his first NL
season with a 10-0 record in 13 starts at home – all Milwaukee
The right-hander alternated wins and losses in his final six
starts outside Wisconsin. He gave up one run and two hits with a
season high-tying 10 strikeouts in seven innings of Sunday’s 8-1
victory at Cincinnati.
Greinke’s 191 strikeouts rank second on the team behind Yovani
Gallardo (207), but leads the majors with an average of 10.7 per
nine innings. He’s nine shy of his second 200-strikeout season and
first since winning the 2009 AL Cy Young Award with Kansas
Greinke is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against
Florida. He allowed two runs and fanned seven over six innings of a
7-2 victory June 6 in Miami.
Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is 3 for 3 in his career
against Greinke, but went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Friday.
Brewers closer John Axford needs one save to break Francisco
Cordero’s franchise mark of 44, set in 2007. Axford has converted
41 consecutive saves including all four opportunities versus the
Marlins this year.
Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and Buck Petersen added two and
drove in the lone run in the series opener for Florida (71-86),
which has dropped six straight to the Brewers. Bonifacio’s 33 hits
this month are tied for fourth in the majors.
After a solid effort during his first major league start in
almost a year, Alex Sanabia (0-0, 1.29) gets the call for
Facing major league-leading Philadelphia in the back end of a
Sept. 15 doubleheader, the right-hander gave up one run over six
innings but didn’t receive a decision as Florida was swept with a
2-1 loss in 10 innings.
“Having success against a team like that helps your confidence,”
said Sanabia, who has never faced Milwaukee.
Sanabia is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA in 10 career games – seven starts
– on the road.