The Milwaukee Brewers have made it clear to the contending teams in the National League Central: They aren't going to lie down.
Led by yet another strong start from Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers wrapped up their six-game road trip against division contenders with a 4-0 win over the Pirates. Following a series win in Cincinnati, Milwaukee won two-of-three in Pittsburgh.
"We're obviously pretty far out, so really we are playing just to show people that we are actually a good team -- that our record really doesn't show how good we are," Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett said. "We played one of the best teams in baseball in Cincinnati and then here in the Pirates. We're showing what we got. We're down a few key guys and we are still in ballgames. We're going to try and ruin some ERA's and ruin some seasons late in the year."
The most encouraging part of Thursday's victory was the performance of Gallardo, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out five to lower his season ERA ...