The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers finished out their three game series with St. Louis by losing 10-3 last Tuesday and winning 3-1 to kick off June. They split a four game weekend series with Philadelphia with 4-1 and 6-3 wins and 6-3 and 8-1 losses.
Offensively speaking: It’s the Jonathan Lucroy and Johnathan Villar show of late. Lucroy is 11 out of his last 22 trips to the plate. Villar is 8 for 26 over his last 7 games with 3 homers and 7 RBI’s. Ryan Braun has cooled off with a .238 batting average in his last seven games, but is approaching 1500 career hits.
Pitching in: Zach Davies threw a great game in beating the Cardinals 4-1 last week. He tossed eight innings of shutout ball and gave up just three hits while striking out nine batters. Tyler Thornburg has looked great out of the bullpen and has retired 23 batters in a row, which is a franchise record for a reliever. Jamie Navarro holds the club record of 28 consecutive batters over two starts. The Phillies hadn’t scored more than three runs in an inning all season – at least until they met up with starter Wily Peralta on Sunday and plated five in the fifth inning. His ERA is 6.79 to go with 7 losses in 12 starts. Manager Craig Counsell says he will continue to stick with Peralta even though he has one minor league option left.
Injuries and roster moves: Rule 5 pick Colin Walsh was designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and offered back to Oakland. The move was made after the Brewers picked up reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers. Domingo Santana was activated and fellow outfielder Keon Broxton was returned to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Left handed reliever Will Smith was activated from the DL and reliever David Goforth optioned to the Sky Sox. Reliever Michael Blazek was placed on the DL retroactive to May 29 and righty Jacob Barnes was recalled from the Sky Sox to take his place.
Down on the farm: After 207 at bats, top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia has a .309 batting average for the Sky Sox. Outfielder Brett Phillips is continuing to elevate his hitting with AA Biloxi, and has drawn 20 walks for a .356 on base percentage. Catcher Jacob Nottingham also is doing better with the bat for Biloxi and has raised his BA to .256 to go with 7 homers. Pitching prospect Josh Hader has a stingy 0.88 ERA over 51 innings covering 10 starts for Biloxi. Pitcher Jed Bradley was traded to the Atlanta Braves for either a player to be named or cash. Bradley was a first round draft pick in 2011, but has a total 4.78 ERA over his minors career plus a 6.20 ERA in Biloxi this season, and the Brewers now feel they have enough pitching depth to warrant the trade.
The week ahead: After a day off on Monday the Crew starts a 6 game homestand on Tuesday with two games against the Oakland A’s followed by four with the New York Mets this weekend. It’ll be Zach Davies on the mound followed by Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson to kick off the homestand.
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