After a break from writing due to a much needed vacation with family, I’m back to review the Milwaukee Brewers past week. Let’s dig in…
The week in review: The Brewers again had an uneven week, which has been the story for much of the season. They lost two of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, but the victory was a solid 7-0 effort. The Crew kicked off a road trip in St. Louis over the holiday weekend and were swept, losing 7-1, 3-0, and 9-8. They moved on to Washington with an 11:00 a.m. game on the 4th, winning 1-0 as Junior Guerra outdueled Max Scherzer. Going into Tuesday’s action Milwaukee is 36-46, good for fourth place and 16 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Offensively speaking: Often the subject of trade rumors these days, Ryan Braun is having a bounce-back year. He’s 9 out of his last 28 with a homer and six RBI’s in that span. Scooter Gennett was named the We Energies Player of the Month for June – and he has hit at a .273 clip in his last seven games. Aaron Hill is right there with Gennett for batting average and has chipped in a couple RBI’s too. “Captain” Kirk Nieuwenhuis has six RBI’s in his last six games. The team hasn’t generated a lot of power as of late. Even though Chris Carter recently hit his 20th homer on the season, he also turned in a .176 batting average over his last 7 games (17 at bats).
Pitching in: It’s the Junior Guerra show! How about this guy? He’s thrown 15.1 innings covering his last two starts, giving up just four hits and no runs, plus struck out 14. Opposing hitters are .082 in that span, and his WHIP is just 0.52. Guerra also has two hits in his last five at bats. There haven’t been many save opportunities for Jeremy Jeffress, but he picked up one this past week. Carlos Torres had four innings in relief this past week without giving up a run, covering three appearances.
Injuries and roster moves: Late last week the team designated outfielder Alex Presley for assignment, sending him to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. They brought up infielder Jake Elmore to take his place. They moved lefty pitcher Chris Capuano from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL – he has a left elbow flexor strain. The latest move was to option outfielder Keon Broxton to Colorado Springs and bring up infielder Will Middlebrooks. The story with Middlebrooks is that he worked to change his swing and saw results in the new approach. In his final 32 games with the Sky Sox he hit .371 with 7 homers and 31 RBI’s. Middlebrooks did have an assignment clause in his contract that he needed to either be promoted by July 1st or the Brewers needed to offer him to the other major league teams.
Down on the farm: Middlebrooks and lefty pitcher Brent Suter were named players of the month for June with the Sky Sox. Suter did a little bit of everything, winning three games and posting a 3.33 ERA over 27 innings. He started four games but also came out of the bullpen to earn a save in extra innings. He also threw four innings of relief after a long rain delay to pick up a win on June 30. Top shortstop prospect has slumped at the plate and his batting average has plummeted to .265 after being close to .300 for much of the season. At Biloxi, Rule 5 pitcher and former Brewers player Wei-Chung Wang continues to be consistent, with a 3.75 ERA over 13 starts. The Shuckers finished 1.5 games behind Pensacola in the first half of the season.
The week ahead: The Crew has two more games with the Nationals – a night game Tuesday and a Wednesday afternoon contest. Zach Davies and Matt Garza take the hill to finish off the Nat’s series. The team is off Thursday and then finishes the first half with a three game home set against the Cardinals over the weekend. Sunday is Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock Day, and if you haven’t seen the funny promotional clip featuring Mr. Baseball, you can check it out here.
Random notes: Shorter recap for you next week right before the ASG. In the coming weeks here on the blog I’ll be posting a story recapping Hank Aaron’s final home run on the 40th anniversary of that monumental occasion. I’ll also take a look back at the 1975 ASG played in Milwaukee County Stadium. Thanks for reading!
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