Volquez pitched nine innings, allowing one run on six hits. He gave up two walks and struck out five during the start. Volquez threw 114 pitches. The only time Volquez ran into trouble was the third inning. Kolten Wong singled and stole second to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Wong to third, Matt Carpenter was able to hit a sacrifice fly.
Volquez nearly found himself in a rough situation the following inning, as he allowed two singles to open the fourth. He was able to work around the jam, and wasn't threatened by the Cardinals the rest of the game.
The win brings Volquez to 8-6 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break.Analysis:
Miller allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. He had issues with his command, walking four hitters. He struck out just one during the outing. After Russell Martin notched a run against Miller in the first, he seemed to settle in for a few innings. In the fifth, however, he ran into trouble. Miller walked two hitters early, and wouldn’t get out of the inning unscathed. With two outs, Andrew McCutchen singled in a run and Neil Walker doubled home two runs. Miller issued another walk before finally getting out of the inning. He threw 92 pitches during the start.
The loss dropped Miller to 7-8 on the year. His next start is undetermined at this point due to the upcoming All-Star Game.Analysis:
Colon gave up three runs on 10 hits over eight innings. He did not issue a walk, and struck out seven during the appearance. The Braves did most of their damage early against Colon. After giving up a single to Andrelton Simmons, Colon allowed Freddie Freeman to belt an RBI double. Two hitters later, Jason Heyward managed to drive Freeman home.
The third run came in the third inning, after two consecutive singles, Justin Upton grounded into a double-play, which would up scoring a run. Over the next five innings, Colon allowed just three hits.
The loss dropped Colon to 8-8 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star break.Analysis:
Harang allowed one run on four hits over seven innings of work. He walked four and struck out two during the outing. Harang only found himself in trouble twice during the game. After a single and a walk, Harang allowed David Wright to hit an RBI single in the third inning.
The following inning, Harang wound up loading the bases after giving up a single and walking two batters, but managed to escape without any damage. He threw 104 pitches during the start.
The win brings Harang to 9-6 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star Game.Analysis:
Buchanan tossed a strong start against the Brewers Thursday, but Cliff Lee is nearing a return. The team won't need a fifth starter until Lee can come back, making Buchanan expendable. He posted a 4.40 ERA over ten starts in the majors.Analysis:
Gonzalez gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven during the appearance. Gonzalez was tagged by Baltimore early. Steve Pearce belted a solo home run in the first inning, snapping Gonzalez’s scoreless streak at 22 innings.
He later found himself in trouble in the third inning. After getting two outs, Gonzalez struggled. He walked Nick Markakis, and then allowed three hits, which drove in three runs. Gonzalez tossed 109 pitches during the start.
The loss dropped Gonzalez to 6-5 on the year. He’ll make his next start shortly after the All-Star break.Analysis:
The Brewers called up pitcher Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Thursday, and announced he would start in Estrada's place Saturday against the Cardinals. Over 107 innings, Estrada has a 4.96 ERA. He's given up 27 home runs through 18 starts.Analysis:
Nelson was called up Thursday after the team placed Wei-Chung Wang on the disabled list. Nelson will take Marco Estrada's spot in the team's rotation. Estrada will shift to the bullpen. Nelson has a 1.46 ERA over 111 innings in Triple-A.Analysis:
Lee is eligible to come off the DL July 18, and is expected to pitch July 19, so the move is just temporary so that the team can put another player on the 40-man roster. Lee is currently rehabbing after an elbow injury. He posted a 3.18 ERA over 68 innings prior to the injury.Analysis:
Niese was expected to be ready for the team's first series, but will likely return the following Monday. If he returns Monday, his first start will come against the Mariners. Niese is dealing with inflammation in his shoulder. He has a 2.96 ERA over 103 1/3 innings.Analysis: