Washburn opened the season 7-1, including a six-start winning streak from April 17-May 15. But he is 0-1 in his last three starts, surrendering 13 runs and 26 hits over 17 innings. Last Wednesday, Washburn was pounded for a season-high seven runs and nine hits over a season-low 3 1-3 innings in the Angels’ 10-7 win over Boston.
Washburn was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but was given an extra day off after experiencing some tightness in his left leg. He may need it.
The Angels used four relievers for a combined nine innings in Tuesday’s series-opening 1-0, 17-inning loss to the Brewers. After Milwaukee’s Ben Sheets, who carried a perfect game into the seventh, and Anaheim’s Kelvim Escobar staged a classic duel, the two bullpens combined to toss 16 scoreless innings before Scott Podsednik broke the drought with an RBI double off Ramon Ortiz in the top of the 17th.
Danny Kolb shut the Angels down in the bottom half for his 16th save in 17 chances this season.
Milwaukee ended a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-4 on its nine-game road trip.
But Anaheim wasn’t alone in its offensive futility. Milwaukee batters struck out 26 times, tying the major league record set by the Angels on July 9, 1971, in a 20-inning game against Oakland.
Milwaukee’s Geoff Jenkins, who also went 0-for-7, tied a major league record by striking out six times.