I’m a touch late this week due to travel to see family over Easter weekend. But the Brew Crew had a big week, and I certainly don’t want to skip a week of Brewers Week in Review.
The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers had a hot week on their nine game road trip. They knocked off Toronto in a two game series (4-3 and 2-0). They won three out of four in Cincinnati over the weekend (wins 5-1, 10-4, 4-2; loss 4-2). Last night they beat the Cubs 6-3 to start a three game series in Chicago. Heading into Tuesday’s action, Milwaukee is 8-6 in the NL Central, .5 behind the Reds.
Offensively speaking: It’s the Eric Thames Show! The guy has hit pretty much everything lately. In his last seven games, 11 of 24, .458 batting average, 11 runs scored, 6 homers, 9 runs batted in. Ryan Braun has 3 homers and 7 RBI’s in the last week and hit .320, plus stole four bases. He’s tied for the team lead in steals with Jonathan Villar. Domingo Santana hit .348 this past week. Catcher Manny Pina had four hits Friday night, including two doubles, drove in two runs and scored two.
Pitching in: Great starting performances this last week from Chase Anderson, Wily Peralta, and Jimmy Nelson. Anderson and Peralta picked up two wins each, and Nelson won his outing. Peralta now leads the team with three wins. Neftali Feliz nabbed four saves this past week, and the bullpen has been largely unhittable.
Injuries and roster moves: Matt Garza has been moved from his rehab stint with Colorado Springs to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He’s expected to rejoin the big leaguers later in the week. Junior Guerra has been walking on a treadmill to start his rehab from a calf injury. GM David Stearns was quite active late last week in the transaction department. He traded RHP Damien Magnifico to Baltimore Orioles for Future Considerations. RHP David Goforth was designated for assignment, and he wound up being sent to Triple A Colorado Springs. Baltimore Orioles traded RHP Oliver Drake to Milwaukee Brewers for cash. The Brewers optioned C Andrew Susac to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Down on the farm: Colorado Springs has a four game winning streak. Top prospect pitcher Josh Hader threw a one hitter to defeat Nashville on Sunday. Outfielder Brett Phillips is hitting .299 so far. Fellow outfield prospect Lewis Brinson is day to day with a dislocated finger.
The week ahead: Milwaukee has a Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon game with the Cubs before coming home Thursday to play St. Louis. This will kick off a ten game home stand. Probable pitchers are Jimmy Nelson and Tommy Milone to face Chicago, and Wily Peralta and Chase Anderson to start off the weekend series.
Random notes: With his homer last night, Thames has hit a homer in five straight games, tying the franchise mark set by Jeromy Burnitz in 1997.
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