Braves 5, Brewers 0
The Brewers can't beat Jorge Campillo. They can beat the rest of the Braves' pitchers, just not Campillo. The Brewers lost to Campillo on Sunday for the third time this season. Against the rest of the Braves' staff, the Brewers went 6-0. Against Campillo, they went 0-3. And they had no chance in any of the three starts.
Campillo shut them out on six hits for seven innings this time. In three starts against the Brewers this season, he has a 1.42 ERA. Otherwise, he is 3-4.
Right-hander Ben Sheets' mid-season skid continued as he lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions. Sheets wasn't awful, surrendering three runs (two earned) in six innings. But it didn't matter with Campillo mowing down the Brewers. The Brewers had won nine in a row on the road, matching a club record set in June 1973.
--Dave Bush will remain in the starting rotation and righty Seth McClung will move to bullpen duty for the foreseeable future. The pitchers had been sharing the same rotation spot, with Bush pitching at home and McClung on the road, but manager Ned Yost scrapped the plan when neither pitcher prospered. McClung pitched 1.1 innings of relief Sunday in Atlanta, allowing two hits, three walks and two runs.
--First baseman Prince Fielder usually hits his home runs in bunches and that has been the case over the past week. With two home runs Saturday in a 4-2 victory in Atlanta, Fielder boosted his total to five over a four-game period. Fielder failed to hit a home run Sunday in a 5-0 loss in Atlanta, falling one short of the club record of five consecutive games with a homer set by Jeromy Burnitz in August 1997.
--Left-hander CC Sabathia fell two outs short Saturday of pitching his fourth complete game in six starts since coming in a trade from Cleveland. Sabathia limited the Braves to six hits and two runs in 8.1 innings before being pulled after 109 pitches. Sabathia is 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in those six outings, with 35 hits allowed and 43 strikeouts in 48 innings.
--Sheets is 0-3 with a 4.60 ERA in five starts since the Brewers acquired Sabathia. The Brewers hoped the 1-2 punch of Sabathia and Sheets at the front of their rotation would be tough to beat, but Sheets hasn't won a game since July 4 against Pittsburgh.
While right-hander Aaron Harang hopes his rehab start today in Louisville will be his only one for the Bats, Reds manager Dusty Baker believes even if Harang is picture-perfect, he probably will make a second start for Louisville.
"I don't want to run him out there for only four innings on his first start and put my bullpen in jeopardy," Baker said. "We want him to at least go seven innings or 100 pitches. More than likely, he'll pitch two there."
Baker and pitching coach Dick Pole will watch disabled right-hander Jared Burton throw before tonight's game against Milwaukee in Great American Ball Park.
Burton, out with a side muscle pull, threw Saturday in Cincinnati and Baker said he was told he looked good but wants to see for himself.
"He threw off the mound and threw pretty good and we'll find out what's what when we get home," Baker said.
Nationals 4, Reds 2
Righty Johnny Cueto (7-11) gave up all four runs in the first inning and the Reds lost Sunday for the eighth time in nine games, including all three to the Nationals. They had only eight hits, including homers by first baseman Joey Votto and center fielder Corey Patterson. They finished the two-city trip 1-5 and were 3-9 in a string of 12 games against teams below .500.
--Righty Mike Lincoln's string of 19 straight scoreless innings ended Saturday when he gave up four runs and three hits in one-third of an inning to the Nationals and was charged with a loss.
--Righty Bronson Arroyo (9-8) attempts to start a new winning streak at home against the Brewers tonight after his five-start winning streak ended in his last outing at Houston. Arroyo is 6-4 for his career against the Brewers with a 3.80 ERA for 13 appearances (10 starts).
--Right fielder Jay Bruce, who took traded Ken Griffey Jr.'s spot as the No. 3 hitter, singled Sunday against the Nationals to push his hitting streak to seven games, during which he has hit .346 (9-for-26).
--Righty David Weathers, a 39-year-old veteran, has posted a 1.27 ERA over his last 12 appearances, giving up two earned runs in 14.1 innings and has a 1.98 ERA over his last 22 appearances (five runs, 22.2 innings).
--Javier Valentin, the club's No. 3 catcher who does more pinch-hitting than catching, nevertheless has hit safely in 10 of his 11 starts this season (14-for-38, .368).
Quote of the day
"It is about time for me to step up and fill those shoes that Ken Griffey Jr. left, do even better than I've done. With Griffey gone, it is time for the team to step up and do what we have to do. I'm sad he's gone. He helped me, made me what I am. Before he left, he told me, ‘Be yourself.' And that's what I'm going to do."—second baseman Brandon Phillips the day after Griffey was traded to the Chicago White Sox.