Brewers' Jeremy Jeffress gives up a three run home
run to Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during the eighth
inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015,
— The Milwaukee Brewers lost two key players in a trade
right before the game, and almost got the win anyway.
bullpen just couldn't hold on.
Nelson pitched seven innings of two-hit ball for
Milwaukee, but Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer off
Will Smith to send the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory on
last-place Brewers lost for the fifth time in six games.
They also traded outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander
Mike Fiers to Houston for four prospects: left-hander Josh
Hader, right-hander Adrian Houser and outfielders Brett
Phillips and Domingo Santana.
was so close to the game I wasn't even in the
clubhouse," Nelson said. "Fiers is a good friend
of mine. Gomez is a spark plug to this team."
manager Craig Counsell said the traded players will be
Brewers' Gerardo Parra jokes with teammates in the
dugout during the third inning of a baseball game
against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, July 30, 2015,
is ever going to forget Carlos Gomez. He made an impact on
the Brewers. I love watching the guy play," Counsell
said. "Mike has been this under-the-radar guy who has
established himself as a major league starter. He never
took a back seat to anybody and he had to fight for
everything he got."
struck out eight and walked three. He also threw seven
scoreless innings in his previous start at Arizona.
put two runners on in the seventh, but Nelson struck out
Kris Bryant swinging to end the inning. Nelson yelled and
pumped his right arm as he left the mound to a loud
me, that was the game right there," Nelson said.
Brewers' Gerardo Parra makes a catch in center field
against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of
a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in
Chicago rallied in the eighth. Addison Russell and Dexter
Fowler singled against Jeremy Jeffress before Smith (4-2)
retired his first two batters, but Rizzo connected for his
18th homer to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. It was only the
second home run allowed by Smith this season.
pitched really well," Rizzo said. "We came
through there (in the eighth). We got two guys on and got
the big inning. Just huge for us."
added two runs in the ninth on Bryant's sacrifice fly and
Kyle Schwarber's RBI single.
Soriano (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh, Pedro Strop
retired the side in the eighth and Hector Rondon finished
for his 14th save in 17 tries.
whole night, it wasn't going our way," Chicago
manager Joe Maddon said. "But I liked the way we
worked. And then eventually Riz steps up and does what he
Brewers broke through for two runs in the third against
Jake Arrieta. Gerardo Parra led off with a single, giving
him a career-high 14-game hitting streak. Parra stole
second and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's double. Ryan
Braun's infield single drove in Lucroy.
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gets a high five from teammate
Dexter Fowler after hitting a three run home run off
Milwaukee Brewers' Jeremy Jeffress during the eighth
inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015,
gave up five hits in six innings.
MAKE A DEAL
general manager Doug Melvin said don't expect his team to
sit still after the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday.
made a lot of pretty good deals in my career after July
31st," he said. "We acquired (Jonathan) Broxton
after the deadline last year."
Miguel Montero continues to make progress in recovering
from a sprained left thumb. Montero has been on the
disabled list since July 17. "He's very adamant that
he feels really good," Maddon said. Montero likely
will be sent on a brief rehab assignment. ... Bryant
didn't start so he could rest. He hit for Arrieta in the
seventh and took over at third.
Milwaukee recalled OF Logan Schafer and selected INF/OF
Elian Herrera from Triple-A Colorado Springs. They are
expected to join the team on Friday.
Jason Hammel (5-5, 3.20 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.25 ERA in
eight career starts against the Brewers. He faced
Milwaukee in consecutive starts in May, registering a win
while surrendering five earned runs over 13 innings.
Rookie Taylor Jungmann (5-2, 2.14 ERA) will make his 10th
start of the season on Friday night. Milwaukee is 6-3 in
those starts. Opponents are batting .210 (43-for-205) with
just two home runs against Jungmann.
— The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as
they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time
All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee
also received right-hander Mike Fiers in the deal and sent
four prospects to the Brewers: left-hander Josh Hader,
right-hander Adrian Houser and outfielders Brett Phillips
and Domingo Santana.
was a move with an eye toward this year, next year and the
year after that, more so than five or seven years from
now," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
"That's what our fans want. They want us to
general manager Doug Melvin said a trade fell through
Wednesday that would have sent Gomez to the New York Mets
for infielder Wilmer Flores and injured pitcher Zack
said he had been talking with Melvin for a few weeks and
that they resumed talks on Thursday morning. He raved
be plugged right in," Luhnow said. "He's an All
Star-caliber player. This guy is exciting. Everybody here
is going to love him once they get to know him. He's got a
lot of energy. ... He has all the tools and abilities in
Gomez was called into the manager's office by the Brewers
on Thursday, he thought they were going to explain to him
what happened the day before.
they tell me: 'No, you've been traded,'" he said.
"And I say: 'Is this going for like two or three
hours or is this the real one?' So I was laughing a little
bit. But they say, no, it's true that you get traded to
the Houston Astros."
To add to
the crazy week Gomez has had professionally, he's also a
new dad. Already the father to a 6-year-old boy and a
15-month-old boy, Gomez and his wife welcomed a third
child 10 days ago.
mom is right here with her, but she has go back to the
Dominican, and we are still waiting on the birth
certificate and the passport so they can come with me to
Houston," he said.
move came a week after the Astros obtained top starter
Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics. Seeking its first
postseason appearance since 2005, Houston entered Thursday
with a one-game lead in the AL West.
29-year-old Gomez is hitting .262 with eight homers and 43
RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers this season. He is making
$8 million this season and $9 million in 2016, then can
become a free agent.
who won a Gold Glove in 2013, is a nine-year veteran
coming off a career-best season last year, when he hit
.284 with 34 doubles, 23 homers, 73 RBIs and 34 steals.
Gomez and Mike Trout are the only players with at least
100 steals and 50 home runs over the last four seasons.
played for the Mets and the Twins before joining the
Brewers in 2010.
5-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee this
season. He has 121 strikeouts in 118 innings this season.
He won't be a free agent until after the 2019 season.
got a good fast ball. His curveball is his out
pitch," Luhnow said. "If you look at his
numbers, he's been punching out more than a guy an inning
for his entire career. He doesn't walk a lot of guys. Very
the trade, Melvin bristled at the notion the Mets didn't
make their proposed deal because they concluded Gomez has
a bad hip.
any typical trade, you have a box you have to check off to
get deals approved. In the end, we did have a deal done.
When all was said in done there, was a level of discomfort
(on the part of the Mets) in making the deal
complete," Melvin said.
agent Scott Boras said there is nothing wrong with Gomez's
Milwaukee medical records were clear," he said.
"Carlos had an adductor issue in June, and the MRI
revealed it was without issue, just some temporary
inflammation. Carlos has never had a hip issue. In fact
the medical records stated the hip was structurally
said they don't have any concerns about the health of
know nothing about what happened with the Mets," he
said. "We did our homework like we do on every trade,
and we're very comfortable with the players we got and the
condition that they are in."
was playing in Triple-A Fresno and Hader, Houser and
Phillips were all at Double-A Corpus Christi.
felt lucky to have snagged Phillips.
was a young player that they just did not want to put in
any deal," he said. "He was supposedly an