The Milwaukee Brewers’ offense may not be striking fear in the hearts of opponents yet, but it hasn’t had to with the way the pitching staff has performed.
The Brewers are 4-0 for the first time since starting the 1987 season with 13 straight wins, and they try to extend the run when they continue their three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Milwaukee is the National League’s only undefeated team after defeating Arizona 3-1 on Friday night. Three runs was also enough for the Brewers in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory to complete a sweep of Pittsburgh.
“Just get a base hit here and there,” said second baseman Rickie Weeks, who had an RBI triple Friday and is batting .385 (5-for-13) through the season’s first four contests.
Each of Milwaukee’s victories has come by three runs or less, enabling closer Derrick Turnbow to get off to an unprecedented start. Turnbow is the first player to save each of his team’s first four games since the save became an official statistic in 1969.
With all the use he’s received, Turnbow hasn’t been dominant, allowing at least one baserunner in each appearance.
“It’s tough when you start the season with the workload that he had,” manager Ned Yost said.
Brewers starting pitchers have thrown six or more innings and given up two runs or fewer in each game this season, a feat even more impressive considering staff ace Ben Sheets is on the disabled list rehabbing a back injury.
Right-hander Doug Davis looks to keep the run going Saturday. Davis didn’t get a decision in Monday’s opening-day victory over the Pirates, but pitched effectively with two runs allowed in six innings of work.
Davis has no decisions and a 2.49 ERA in five career appearances against Arizona.
The Diamondbacks counter with their opening day starter, Brandon Webb.
Webb pitched seven strong innings of one-run ball at Coors Field on Monday, but earned no decision in a game Arizona eventually lost 3-2 in 11 innings.
Webb has thrown at least seven innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in six consecutive starts dating to last September. One of those outings was a no-decision against Milwaukee on Sept. 14, when Webb gave up one run on five hits in eight innings.
The 26-year-old right hander is 0-1 in four career starts against the Brewers, but the Diamondbacks won all three games where he didn’t earn a decision.
Arizona mustered only two base hits in Friday night’s defeat, one of which was a solo home run by Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 5-for-12 in his last three games after going 0-for-4 in the opener.
The Brewers have won six of the last eight meetings between the teams.