Garza Struggles, Brewers Fail to Complete Sweep of Nats

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Matt Garza struggled with control, allowing three long balls and seven earned runs over four and a third innings in a 7-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Nats were spotted an early 4-0 advantage thanks to a first inning bomb from Bryce Harper and a solo homer from Jose Lobaton in the second. The Brewers fought back quickly and valiantly to put up their own four-run inning in the third to tie the game. However, that tie score would be short lived, as Stephen Drew’s RBI double in the bottom of the third and Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run home run in the fifth produced the game’s final and deciding three runs.

Garza’s ERA ballooned up to 5.54 with the loss, and he is just 1-2 since his return to action from the DL last month.

After losing a 4-0 lead early on, Washington starter Tanner Roark settled in and went seven innings deep before turning it over to the Nationals bullpen, which allowed just one baserunner over the final two innings.

The Brewers take Thursday off before commencing a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park beginning Friday.

Brewers Hit Out of Order vs. Nats

WASHINGTON — Junior Guerra’s second straight dominant starting pitching performance overshadowed one of the more brainless mistakes a baseball team can commit in a 1-0 win on Sunday over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

In the top of the first inning, Ryan Braun innocently lined a single to center field with two outs in the inning. However, instantaneously, Nationals manager Dusty Baker emerged from the dugout to contest that the Brewers had batted out of turn. A quick scan of the lineup card indicated that the Brewers’ official order for the day had Jonathan Lucroy hitting in the three-hole, not Braun.

As a result, Lucroy was deemed out automatically and the inning concluded. Afterwards, Craig Counsell could only blame himself.

“I screwed up; I was going with some different lineups yesterday, with Ryan (Braun) in and out of the lineup,” Counsell said. “It’s not something that makes you feel very good, that’s for sure.”

Braun saw his hit get washed out as a result of the gaffe, and he and Lucroy combined to go 0-for-8 following the bad omens of the first inning. Fortunately, the game result did not reflect the error.

“Junior (Guerra) was phenomenal again,” said Braun. “It’s not the way either (myself or Lucroy) wanted to start our day, but fortunately we were able to get the win.”

According to the Brewers, the out-of-order blunder was the first instance of that in Major League Baseball since 2013, and the first occurrence by a Brewers team since 1996.