Carlos Zambrano pitched a solid game today, beating the division rival Milwaukee Brewers 6- 2. Zambrano struck out nineâ€”a season highâ€”and also hit two singles. He improved his record to 6- 5.
In his last start, Zambrano allowed a career-high 13 hits against the Atlanta Braves and got into a dugout fight with catcher Michael Barrett. The fistfight continued in the clubhouse. Barrett received a cut across his lip that required stitches.
Back-up catcher Koyle Hill caught the game as Barrett was given the day off after catching Tuesday nightâ€™s game.
Zambrano noted that he felt terrible about the incident and that he and Barrett had a tearful make-up meeting where they forgave each other and called one another â€œbrother.â€?
Meanwhile, skipper Lou Pinella finished up his four-game suspension today. He told the media that thereâ€™s still plenty of time for his team to capture the division but that the team had to â€œstabilizeâ€? itself.
The Brewers Jeff Suppan (7- 6) lost. The Brewers are in first-place in the NL Central, 6.5 games ahead of the Cubs and 5 ahead of the Cards, who have won three-in-a-row.