The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers went 5-2 over this past week (Tuesday to Monday). They swept the Atlanta Braves on the road (2-1, 3-2, 6-2) and then won two of three from the Reds at home (9-5 and 5-4 wins, 7-6 loss). They played at home on Memorial Day against the St. Louis Cardinals but suffered a shutout, 6-0.
Offensively speaking: Jonathan Lucroy became the first Brewer since Robin Yount in 1987 to have 3 straight 3-RBI games. In the 5-4 victory over the Reds, Lucroy teamed with Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez (the 1-2-3 hitters that day) for a 5 for 7 line with two walks and all five runs batted in. All off the aforementioned players have been red hot over their last seven games, and you can throw Aaron Hill into the mix with his .476 batting average with two home runs. On the opposite end of the spectrum, both Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett have cooled off significantly of late. Carter has a .161 batting average with no homers over his last 31 at bats.
Pitching in: Chase Anderson continues to turn his season around. Although he only lasted five innings his last time out, he only gave up a run. Wily Peralta also is seeing his ERA drop despite not getting as deep into games as manager Craig Counsell would like. Carlos Torres and Tyler Thornburg strung together a number of scoreless appearances in relief to offset the normally consistent Michael Blazek and Blaine Boyer who got roughed up a bit this past week. The bullpen’s 3.81 ERA is good for seventh in the National League.
Injuries and roster moves: Ryan Braun has sat out with neck stiffness. Lefty reliever Will Smith will rejoin the team on Thursday. Outfielder Domingo Santana has joined the Biloxi Shuckers for his rehab stint. Corey Knebel and Matt Garza are about to start minor league rehab stints and both hope to join the team by mid-June. The Brewers claimed right handed reliever Neil Ramirez today off waivers after he was released by the Cubs.
Down on the farm: Colorado Springs (and former Brewers) outfielder was named PCL Player of the Week. He hit .524 with seven extra-base hits and 22 total bases while scoring nine runs, and even had a five hit game. The Sky Sox gave Fresno an offensive beatdown on May 27 by winning 17-4. Colorado Springs is second to last in team ERA with 5.02, but is fourth in team batting average. Orlando Arcia has dropped off a bit hitting-wise as of late. Third baseman Garrett Cooper is making an impression with the Shuckers, hitting .301 with 23 RBI’s. Prospect Brett Phillips has his batting average up to .268, but has an impressive .353 on base percentage and 7 homers.
The week ahead: Two more home games with the Cards Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, followed by a four game series in Philadelphia beginning Thursday night. Off next Monday.
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