First baseman Adam LaRoche (left shoulder) didn't play Sunday, and said prior to the game he expected to get a second opinion on the shoulder on Monday. During Spring Training, LaRoche was diagnosed with a torn labrum. He is hitting only .172 with three home runs and 15 RBIs, and said at some point he might have to take himself out of the lineup if he feels he's hurting the team. "At some point, I have to weigh it to myself and say, 'Am I doing more harm than good if I'm not right at the plate?' If it's mechanics or a slump, I know I can handle it, because I know I can come out of it," LaRoche said. "But when I go this long and have the same results ... I'm not helping us like I should be, offensively. Brewers: Yo goes for fourth straight win
After five straight poor starts in April and early May, 25-year-old right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-2, 4.70) is finally pitching as expected, bringing a personal three-game winning streak to the mound on Monday. In his last outing, on May 18 against San Diego, Gallardo allowed two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out a season-high nine batters. He is 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in five games (four starts) against the Nationals in his career.
Gallardo will be looking to continue an impressive 15-game stretch for Milwaukee starters, who are 10-2 with a 3.19 ERA in that span with 10 quality starts.Worth noting
Although the Brewers managed only two hits in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Rockies, Mark Kotsay's double continued the club's streak of 19 straight games with a two-bagger. Although Gorzelanny has held Prince Fielder in check throughout his career (6-for-30 with seven strikeouts), the lefty has had no such luck with Milwaukee's other star. Ryan Braun is hitting .476 (10-for-21) with three homers and nine RBIs against Gorzelanny in his career. Braun has also drawn seven walks against him. Only Albert Pujols (eight) has drawn more walks against Gorzelanny.