Week In Review: The Milwaukee Brewers went 4-3 from Monday to Sunday this past week. They had two big wins to start the week over the Angels (8-5 and 5-4) at home, then dropped the final game and the first two against the Reds on the road. They rebounded with victories over the Reds on Saturday and Sunday. They have been back and forth in the battle for the NL Central basement with the Reds.
Offensively Speaking: Aaron Hill had a great offensive game this past Saturday night. Hill had three homers and seven runs batted in, including the go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning, as the Brewers won 13-7. Hill is now the ninth Brewers player in franchise history to drive in seven runs in a game. After starting slow this season, he has been hot offensively of late with a nine game hitting streak. Jonathan Lucroy is hitting for a bit more power from the cleanup spot and had a big homer in Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Reds. Ryan Braun continues to rake and had a .367 batting average after Sunday’s 2 for 3 effort. Chris Carter is still hitting well. He’s at .286 over his last 15 games with 6 homers and 8 RBI’s. The strikeouts are still there as Carter has 16 in that stretch, but drew 6 walks to offset the K’s a bit.
Pitching In: Jeremy Jeffress is 8 for 8 in save opportunities and has a 2.63 ERA. He does work around hits as he’s given up 15 in 13.2 innings of work. It’s never too early to start trade rumors and Jeffress’ name has been popping up a bit recently. Another guy that scatters hits but keeps getting guys out is Blaine Boyer – also with 15 hits given up but a 2.40 ERA over 15 innings. The starting rotation is still the consistent Jimmy Nelson with a lot of inconsistency behind him. Nelson picked up a win on 5/2 over the Angels with 2 runs allowed over 7 innings.
Injuries: Domingo Santana is available in a pinch hit role but isn’t quite ready to make throws from the outfield. He’s most likely going to avoid a stint on the DL. Scooter Gennett is going to play a few tune-up games for Brevard County as he rehabs from an oblique injury. He’s expected to be back in time for this weekend’s homestand with San Diego.
The Week Ahead: The Crew is in the midst of three games in Miami against the Marlins, then returns home on Thursday to play four over the weekend against the Padres.
Down on the Farm: Orlando Arcia has a .302 BA in 106 at bats over 27 games. It will be interesting to see when the team decides to bring him up. The Sky Sox are seeing a ton of hitting out of catcher Manny Pina who has a smaller sample size than Arcia at just 20 games played so far. Pina is at .370 and is second on the team with 16 RBI’s. He has only briefly played in the big leagues, but could potentially be an option if the Brewers trade Lucroy this season, as prospect Jacob Nottingham isn’t ready to join the team just yet. Reliever Damien Magnifico has 7 saves and a 2.25 ERA for the Sky Sox. At AA Biloxi, former Brewer and Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang continues his climb through the minors to rejoin the Crew. He has pitched to a 2-2 record and a 3.48 ERA in six starts with 25 strikeouts in 33 innings. Biloxi closer Jaye Chapman pitched himself up a level and joined the Sky Sox last week. His stats for the Shuckers were insane: 12 games with no runs allowed, 2 hits, 15 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched and 10 for 10 in saves.
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