The week in review: After a flurry of trade deadline activity, the Milwaukee Brewers had a 2-4 week against San Diego and Arizona. The Crew went bat bonkers last Saturday night, winning 15-6 behind Ryan Braun’s 7 RBI game to tie a franchise record. Going into Monday night’s action the Brewers were still in fourth place in the NL Central with a 49-60 record, 19.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
Offensively speaking: Keon Broxton has been working hard since being recalled from the minors. One hitting adjustment has made the difference, leading to him hitting over .400 in his last dozen at bats. Besides his big RBI night, Braun has four homers in the past week.
Pitching in: Matt Garza had a good outing, throwing 6.1 innings with 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Tyler Thornburg grabbed a save in his new closer role, plus tossed two scoreless innings. David Goforth was roughed up in relief to the tune of 5 earned runs on 2 innings.
Injuries and roster moves: The big move (in case you were asleep) was catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress being traded to the Texas Rangers for prospects – RHP Luis Ortiz, CF Lewis Brinson, and (supposedly a big name prospect) player to be named later. The same day the Crew dealt LHP Will Smith to the San Francisco Giants for catcher prospect Andrew Susac and RHP Phil Bickford. The team then brought up top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia and immediately put him in the lineup, moving Jonathan Villar to third base. Catcher Manny Pina also came up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to take Lucroy’s place. Reliever David Goforth was recalled from the Sky Sox briefly, but was returned after being lit up. RHP Rob Scahill was recalled today to take his place. Junior Guerra was placed on the 15 day DL retroactive to August 4, and being down a starter, Wily Peralta was recalled to take his spot in the rotation.
Down on the farm: MLBPipeline.com says the Brewers have the No. 1 Minor League system in baseball since the trade deadline brought in even more talent. GM David Stearns says, “The most important thing I’ve stressed to our group is that we stay on strategy, and that strategy is to continue to try to acquire as much young talent as we possibly can.”
The week ahead: The Crew kicks off a homestand tonight which is the start of a four game set with the Atlanta Braves. This weekend the Cincinnati Reds come to town for a three game series. Next Monday is an off day. Wily Perata makes his first start tomorrow night after returning from the minors. Chase Anderson is on the mound Wednesday, followed by Matt Garza and Jimmy Nelson on Friday night.
Random notes: Sunday is Craig Counsell bobblehead day and yours truly will be there! As my Dad always said, even the worst day at the ballpark beats working.
Last fall I posted a bio on this site about Ted Kubiak, original Brewers player from 1970 – and the guy who first set the 7 RBI in a game record. Since Braun did it Saturday night (and for the second time in his career), it has me thinking again about Kubiak. If you missed the post, you can read about his 7 RBI game and time with Milwaukee in the early years here.
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