Reds rookie Luis Castillo allowed a run on four hits over eight innings, striking out 10 and walking nobody to earn his third win of the season.
The Brewers will be without perhaps their most reliable starting pitcher as they make a last-ditch run at a playoff spot. Nelson's six games with double-digit strikeouts this season (had 11 in his last start last Friday versus Washington) are the most by a Brewer in a season since Gallardo in 2010 (seven). "There's not a lot of time left in the season so any time he misses will significantly impact our chances of making it to the postseason".
Hernan Perez homered and drove in five runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 15-2 on Saturday. Kyle Schwarber, who didn't start the game, saved the Cubs from their second-straight scoreless outing with a solo homer in the eighth inning. Josh Hader is a former starter in the minor leagues, and while he has been tagged with a couple of losses in recent weeks, he's an option to pick up a couple of extra outs throughout the course of a few games. Chase Anderson will pitch in his 100th career contest (99th start) for the Brewers in the middle game of the series while the Cubs counter with lefty Mike Montgomery as they go for a ninth victory in 13 outings.
Manager Craig Counsell said afterward he was "optimistic" about Nelson's prognosis, as the pitcher had told team officials he wasn't in any significant pain. The Brewers didn't come to Wrigleyville to get buried, symbolically or otherwise. They were unable to find that big clutch hit though.
"One of the best qualities of this team is that there's no hangover or carryover, good or bad", Stearns said. They're far from dead.