We kind of owed him one of those," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Burnes allowed three runs in the first inning, got himself under control but then loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Trevor Richards (1-0) relieved and struck out three straight to end the threat and preserve a three-run lead.
You start from the back of the game because you know Josh (Hader) is going to work the ninth if we’re ahead. So, that’s kind of how you start it and you work backwards. Brent (Suter) was unavailable today.
This marks the second time this season that the 32-year-old right-hander has changed teams. The Angels purchased Strickland from the Tampa Bay Rays on May 15 before designating him for assignment Monday. Strickland had a 1.69 ERA in 13 appearances for Tampa Bay but posted a 9.95 ERA in nine games with the Angels.