Zac Gallen pitches six shutout innings, Diamondbacks beat Brewers 5-1
September 5, 2022
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen pitched six shutout innings on Sunday, helping his team to triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1. Arizona won three games in the four-game series against Milwaukee.
After Sunday’s game, Gallen managed to accumulate 41 1/3 scoreless innings. During his seventh inning on Sunday, the 27-year-old enabled two singles and a walk. He also gained seven strikeouts in that game.
It was Gallen’s sixth straight start in which he didn’t allow the opponent to score a run in the first six innings. In the entire MLB history, he tied with Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser and Zack Greinke for that record. Currently, the highest record is held by Hershiser who made 59 scoreless innings consecutively.
In his last six games, Gallen conceded 16 hits while having eight walks and 46 strikeouts. He needed two more strikeouts to match Arizona’s own record of 42 innings which was posted by Brandon Webb in 2007.
During the game, Gallen was not the only player contributing to the Diamondbacks’ win. Corbin Carroll maximized Carson Kelly's single off shortstop and got to the third in the second inning. Carroll eventually scored a run when Alek Thomas hit a sacrifice fly to the left side.
Daulton Varsho scored a home run in the third inning to further the lead 2-0. It was Varsho’s 20th homer in the season. Another homer for Arizona was given by Jake McCarthy in the eighth inning, which was the batter’s seventh homer this year. Earlier, McCarthy made a single during the fifth inning which enabled Josh Rojas to score the Diamondbacks’ third run in the game.
The Diamondbacks recorded 64-69 after winning over the Brewers. They are currently No. 4 in the NL West after the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. After Milwaukee, they will see the Padres in a three-game series. The last time Arizona met San Diego was in July when the team lost 2-1 in the series.
For the game against the Padres, Arizona has selected right-hand pitcher Ryne Nelson to take the mound. The game will be Nelson’s major league debut. He previously played in the minor league, at Triple-A Reno. In the minor league, Nelson recorded 10-5 with a 5.43 ERA and 1.39 WHIP so far in the season.
Milwaukee on Sunday’s game
On Milwaukee’s side, Jason Alexander became the starting pitcher. The starter pitched 4 2/3 innings, in which he allowed three runs off five hits. Alexander enabled four walks and struck out three batters from the Diamondbacks when on the mound.
The only score that the Brewers gained on Sunday came from Hunter Renfroe’s homer during the ninth inning. It was Renfroe’s 24th home run in 2022. he managed to make it off Arizona’s pitcher, Mark Melancon.
Before the game, the Brewers were 2 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies to win the last National League wild card. In the past five years, they made it to the playoffs. However, the Brewers have never won a championship.
In the NL Central, the Brewers ranked second behind the St. Louis Cardinals, recording 70-63 after the defeat from the Diamondbacks. The Brewers will meet the Colorado Rockies for a three-game series.