9/6/2013 7:23 P.M. ET
For Crew starters, success breeds success
By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Going into Friday's series opener with the Cubs, Brewers starters had an ERA of 3.00 over their previous seven games, which included six quality starts.
Yovani Gallardo said that the key has been locating pitches and trying to continue the quality performances the other starters have been turning in.
"When you see other guys going out there and performing well, you want to follow that up," Gallardo said. "You want to do the same or better. And the other thing, too, is that we've been throwing the ball well. … We've been able to keep the ball down and mix in the offspeed pitches."
Gallardo -- who has given up two earned runs over his past two starts (14 innings) -- added that another key has been being able to make a big pitch to get out of a jam.
"When you fall behind in the count [and] you're able to make that one pitch, whether it be for a double play or a strikeout, [that's] another one of the main reasons for [the recent success]," he said.
Manager Ron Roenicke agrees that getting crucial outs when in trouble has been important.
"A couple of them haven't commanded the ball as well as they usually do, but they made pitches when they've needed to," Roenicke said. "When they got in trouble, they made some pitches to get out of it. … They're figuring things out to where they're not allowing that other team to have those huge innings."
Tyler Thornburg -- who tossed six strong innings against Pittsburgh on Monday, giving up two runs on six hits -- also said that there is some momentum that builds when one starter pitches well and the others have an incentive to follow suit.
"I think it's one of those things [that] when one starter starts out the series well, it just kind of keeps rolling," Thornburg said. "It's just something about the game, that when one guy does well, I don't know if it gives you more confidence or you try to do the same thing. I don't know what it is, but it seems to work like that."
Roenicke said the rotation's recent success bodes well for the club as it finishes the 2013 campaign with an eye toward 2014.
"This is a time when we're making decisions on next year," Roenicke said. "Any time they can go out there and show us something, it certainly adds in their favor [with] what's going on in our minds and how we go forward with it."
Gallardo said that it's encouraging to see the recent quality starting pitching even though the season hasn't gone as planned, and that starting pitching success is important for next year.
"We all know it's been a disappointing season," Gallardo said. "We're not in the situation we were hoping for, but there's a lot of positives, one being with the rotation. We've got some guys that are able to step in and take care of business, which I think is always a good sign going into next year."
• The Brewers announced on Friday that the Brewers Community Foundation raised more than $234,000 during the week of Aug. 15-21 at Miller Park in support of the foundation's charitable causes. The weeklong fundraiser included such activities as the "Ultimate Auction," which included one-of-a-kind memorabilia items and experiences. Other activities included the Pink Tie Guy event -- hosted by Doug and Ellen Melvin with special guest Hank Aaron as well as Brewers staff, players and coaches.
The areas of focus for the foundation include health, education, recreation and basic needs for children and families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
• Left fielder Khris Davis was a late scratch from Friday's lineup because of a sore left wrist and is day to day. Logan Schafer started in his place.
• Entering Friday's series opener, the Brewers were 12-7 in their last 19 road games and 4-0-2 in their last six road series.
• Jean Segura, who was not in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale with the Pirates because he was feeling sick, was back in the lineup on Friday. Roenicke said that Segura is still recovering but well enough to play.
"He had something going on in his throat," Roenicke said. "Not a cold, but something else. He feels a little better today. We've got him on something, and he's on the way to recovery."
• Tom Gorzelanny, who exited a relief appearance after two pitches on Monday because of stiffness in his shoulder, had the shoulder examined and was not with the team for the opener against the Cubs.
"The exam checked out good," said Roenicke. "There are no major issues going on. So it's a little inflammation, which is what they thought, a little cuff irritation. I don't know if he will [join the team for the series in Chicago] or not. He's getting therapy with [team physical therapist] Kevin [Truitt] up there today, so I'm not sure."
The team is not considering placing Gorzelanny on the disabled list at this time.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.