Cain sent down, clears spot for Gallardo

The Brewers indeed returned to a 13-man pitching staff on Thursday, optioning outfielder Lorenzo Cain back to Triple-A Nashville to clear a roster spot for right-hander Yovani Gallardo to return from the disabled list. Gallardo will start against the Pirates tonight in the finale of a four-game series, and I’ll post the lineup here as soon as it’s available. 

Can you really blame Ken Macha for wanting 13 pitchers? A Brewers starter has allowed at least 10 runs four times in the last 12 games, including three times in the last four games and two straight. Randy Wolf was the victim on Wednesday night, when he stayed in the game long enough to surrender a career-worst 12 runs. 
To find a poorer four-game stretch for one team’s starters, the Elias Sports Bureau had to go back to 1937, when St. Louis Browns pitchers allowed at least 10 runs in three consecutive games. Browns pitchers did it twice more that month. But, according to, you have to go back a year further, to the 1936 Philadelphia A’s, to find the last time a team had four different starters surrender at least 10 runs in a single month.
Here’s the lineup:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Joe Inglett  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Jim Edmonds  CF
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Craig Counsell 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
Yovani Gallardo  RHP
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