The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers went 4-3 over their last seven games going back to last Tuesday. They swept a short two game series with Oakland and then split a four games series at home against the New York Mets. Last night their bullpen got roughed up in an 11-5 loss in San Francisco. Milwaukee is currently 30-34 in the NL Central, good for fourth place and 2.5 games behind Pittsburgh.
Offensively speaking: The offense was on fire this past Saturday in a 7-4 win over the Mets. The team hit five homers, including two solo shots from Ryan Braun. Scooter Gennett hit one of the other homers and has been 11 of 24 with 6 RBI in his last seven games. Chris Carter has three homers in his last 24 at bats and a .250 average in that span. On the other side Jonathan Lucroy is 5 out of his last 22 trips to the plate, and Braun is right there with him – 5 for 29 with the two homers being the bright spot.
Pitching in: Zach Davies! He won both of his last two starts and has a 1.28 ERA over that span. Junior Guerra also had a nice outing this past week with 6.2 innings, 5 hits, and 1 run allowed. He didn’t get a decision, however. Jeremy Jefress has added three saves in the past week to run his total to 18 saves in 19 opportunities. Tyler Thornburg and Will Smith have each strung together a few scoreless relief efforts and have looked good recently.
Injuries and roster moves: Starter Wily Peralta was sent to Triple A over the weekend to work on his command, and to make room for Matt Garza to rejoin the rotation. Pitchers Zach Jones and Micharel Blazek were sent out on minor league rehab assignments today.
Down on the farm: Colorado Springs Sky Sox have a number of players hitting well, including Will Middlebrooks with 7 homers on the season and a well over .300 batting average in June. Catcher Manny Pina is still hitting well and has a .344 batting average with 30 RBI’s. Orlando Arcia has slipped a touch, but is at .291 for the year. At Double A Biloxi, outfield prospect Brett Phillips is back off the DL and has 31 RBI’s on the year to go with 8 homers. Another highly regarded prospect, catcher Jacob Nottingham, has shown improvement after starting out slow and is hitting .300 over the past month.
The week ahead: After two more games with the Giants, Milwaukee moves on to a four game weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are off next Monday before playing two games in Oakland, and will return home after that short series. Garza is on the mound tonight for his first start since coming off the DL and will face Madison Bumgarner. Jimmy Nelson squares off against Johnny Cueto tomorrow night.
Random notes: Supposedly talks have taken place between the Giants and Brewers about the Crew trading Ryan Braun. With their first three selections in the draft, the Brewers chose outfielder Corey Ray (University of Louisville), third baseman Lucas Erceg (Menlo College) and catcher Mario Feliciano (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy) with the fifth, 46th and 75th picks, respectively.
Brewers Week in Review will be on a break until late in the month, perhaps until June 29/30. Thank you for reading!
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