Brewers send horsehides flying against D-Backs; home crowd boos Hall
The Milwaukee Brewers helped put Arizona's Randy Johnson into second place on the all-time career strike-out list and then went on to beat the Diamondbacks 7-1 Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Mike Cameron fanned on three pitches in the first inning. It moved the 44-year-old Johnson ahead of Roger Clemens behind strikeout king Nolan Ryan.
Johnson struck out eight Brewers in six-and-a-third innings, giving him 4,680 career "K's."
But the wheels fell off for Johnson when he gave up two runs in both the sixth and seventh, starting with a towering home run by Ryan Braun that put Milwaukee in front in the sixth.
Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy also went yard for the Brewers, who extended their winning streak to a season-high five games.
Seth McClung got the win, to go to 3-2. He gave up a run on six hits in six innings and he singled twice for his first Major League hits. Both came off the future Hall-of-Famer Johnson, who took the loss to go 4-2.
Brian Shouse got his second save, as Milwaukee improved to 7-1 in a home-stand that wraps up this afternoon (Wednesday) against Arizona.
Left-hander Manny Parra faces D-Backs' right-hander Micah Owings.
The Brewers remain tied with Houston for third in the National League Central, still seven games behind the Cubs.
Hall quite on trade
Bill Hall won't talk about his agent's demand that he be traded.
Brewers' General Manager Doug Melvin says he won't make the deal and Manager Ned Yost says he won't let it be a distraction on a team that's exuding confidence after winning 11-15.
On Monday, Hall's agent Terry Bross said his client should be traded to a team that will play him every day and maybe the Brewers can get some better pitching out of the deal.
Hall refused comment when asked about it Tuesday. He was miffed after he was platooned with Russell Branyan at third - that after Hall was hitting only .158 against right-handers.
Branyan says he can see why Hall's upset, but he wasn't the one who did it and Yost's decision looks pretty good so far - as Branyan has .292 in the last week-and-a-half with three homers.
Meanwhile, Melvin says he's not motivated to trade Hall, saying he can still help the Brewers get to the post-season.
With a left-hander on the mound last night, Hall got the start at third and was loudly booed when he struck out against Randy Johnson.
The home crowd also got on Hall the next two times he batted. He finally got a hit off right-handed reliever Max Scherzer.
Yost says Hall has been 100-percent professional and he has not pouted in the dugout.