The week in review: It was a tale of two home series this past week for the Milwaukee Brewers. They started out a ten game home stand with wins over the Colorado Rockies by scores of 4-2, 6-4, and 7-1. The Pittsburgh Pirates came to town over the weekend and swept the Crew in a four game series. Going into Monday’s action the Brewers are 56-74, a half game ahead of Cincinnati in the battle for fourth or last place in the NL Central.
Offensively speaking: Hernan Perez continues to flash some power. He had two homers and six RBI’s over the last seven games. Perez also added three steals to his credit. Jonathan Villar had two steals to reach an even 50 for the year. Orlando Arcia hit .318 in his last 22 at bats, including knocking his first big league homer.
Pitching in: Zach Davies threw six innings, working around 5 hits and 3 walks to pick up a win. Tyler Cravy had some good scoreless work out of the bullpen this past week – and he hit a home run in his first MLB at bat! On the opposite end of the spectrum, tough outings for Matt Garza and Chase Anderson last week.
Injuries and roster moves: Some rehab assignments this week for RHP Jacob Barnes (Biloxi Shuckers), RHP Junior Guerra (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) and infielder Will Middlebrooks (Biloxi).
Down on the farm: Biloxi had their five game winning streak snapped over the weekend. Middelbrooks went 2 for 4 with an RBI in his first rehab start. The Shuckers are chasing the Mississippi Braves, but sit six games back with time running out. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have also been hot – all through August to be exact. The class A club claimed their fourth straight win on Sunday behind Isan Diaz’s 20th homer. He just needs two more to tie for the franchise single season record. The T-rats are just a half game behind Burlington in the race for a wild card.
The week ahead: The Brewers continue the home stand with three games against St. Louis starting tonight. After an off day on Thursday, they spend the weekend in Pittsburgh before traveling back to Miller Park on Labor Day for a series with the Chicago Cubs. Probably pitchers for the Cards series are Zach Davies, Wily Peralta, and Matt Garza.
Random notes: It sounds like some of the September “call-ups” will be guys returning from the DL, such as Guerra, Middlebrooks, Barnes, and Michael Blazek. Guerra had a successful rehab outing and fully expects to rejoin the team this Friday in Pittsburgh. It remains to be seen who the potential legit call-ups might be when rosters expand.
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