The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers ended their week on a high note with a dramatic comeback victory over Seattle on Sunday, as they put up four runs in the ninth inning. The rest of the week was one the players and fans would like to forget. The Crew lost six straight, dropping four games to the Chicago Cubs and then the first two in Seattle. Most of the losses weren’t close other than a 7-6 score in the first game of the Mariners series. Going into Monday’s action, the Brewers are 53-70, tied for fourth/last place in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. The teams are 25 games behind the front running Cubs.
Offensively speaking: How about outfielder Keon Broxton slugging a couple homers on Sunday to lead the team? It was a perfect way for Manager Craig Counsell to celebrate his birthday. Broxton led the team in hits and batting average this past week – and also strikeouts. Chris Carter has upped his batting average of late, hitting .273 over 22 at bats with two homers. He leads the team with 29 homers for the year.
Pitching in: How long has it been since a left hander started a game for the Brewers? You’d have to go back to 2013 and (not Randy Wolf) Tom Gorzelanny. Counsell says there isn’t any one reason for the long drought, but it is “kind of fluky.” Lefty Brent Suter made his debut this past Friday after being summoned from Colorado Springs and will now move to a bullpen role. He is certainly someone to watch after tearing it up with the Sky Sox this season. Bright spots on the pitching staff this past week came from Tyler Thornburg, Tyler Cravy, and Carlos Torres with scoreless relief. Thornburg earned a win on Sunday in the comeback game.
Injuries and roster moves: There were a number of moves this past week. RHP Michael Blazek went on the DL first and Tyler Cravy was recalled to take his spot. Next RHP Damien Magnifico was recalled from the Sky Sox and 1B Andy Wilkens was sent back down. It was good to see right fielder Domingo Santana come off the DL, giving him time to salvage the season and look toward next year. Outfielder Ramon Flores was designated for assignment upon Santana’s return. Finally, in need of a starter, Brent Suter was called up and Magnifico sent down – so his stay in the bigs was pretty short – for now, at least. Starting pitcher Junior Guerra is working toward a return from elbow soreness. He threw a 30 pitch bullpen session in Seattle on Saturday and is scheduled for a couple innings of simulated action against batters back at Miller Park today. If all goes well he will be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment next.
Down on the farm: Pitching prospect Josh Hader threw six innings of shutout ball on Sunday and struck out 12 batters in the process – including Carlos Gomez – the guy he was traded for last year. It was Hader’s first win at the Triple A level. The Sky Sox are currently 6.5 games behind front running Oklahoma City. Brett Phillips leads Biloxi with 53 runs and RBI’s. Clint Coulter has a 13 game hitting streak going with the Shuckers. Off the field, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers welcomed former Brewers great Don Money for a meet and greet on Sunday.
The week ahead: The team is back at home for a nine game home stand to wrap up August, starting off with three games against Colorado. On Thursday Pittsburgh comes to town for a three game weekend series. Probable pitchers are Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, and Zach Davies.
Random notes: The recent word from GM David Stearns is the Crew won’t be “filling the dugout” with a bunch of extra players come September. Right now they’re trying to figure out who they want to look at in the last month, but some of the guys such as Orlando Arcia are already on the team. The last six weeks figure to be development time for many players and with a lot of upcoming games against better teams, fans shouldn’t be expecting too many wins. After this home stand the team has just nine games at home in September and October.
Today is former Brewers Hall of Famer Paul Molitor’s 60th birthday. Happy Birthday to the Ignitor!
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