Milwaukee Brewers Week in Review: April 18-23

The week in review:  The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their road trip with two tough losses in Chicago.  Last Thursday they came home to face the St. Louis Cardinals, and promptly won 7-5.  The Cards won the next three games 6-3, 4-1, and 6-4.  Going into Monday’s action, the Brewers are 9-11 in the NL Central, two games behind the front running Cubs.

Offensively speaking:  How about that catching tandem on offense?  Manny Pina and Jett Bandy had a great combined week to continue rolling in 2017.  Bandy:  6 out of his last 15 plate appearances with 3 homers.  Pina: 4 out of 11 with a homer.  Ryan Braun is still locked in with 9 out of 23 with 2 homers and 5 RBI’s.  Eric Thames and Travis Shaw each had three doubles and 5 homers between them in the past seven games.

Pitching in:  Jacob Barnes and Brent Suter pitched 3 and 4 innings of scoreless relief respectably.  Chase Anderson had another good outing, pitching six innings with just a run allowed against the Cardinals, but didn’t factor into the decision (the Brewers later lost 4-1).  He lowered his ERA to 1.13 with the effort.

Injuries and roster moves: Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment and later outrighted to Triple A Colorado Springs.  LHP Brent Suter was temporarily recalled and did see action over the weekend, pitching three scoreless inning on Friday and a scoreless seventh inning Sunday in which Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny were ejected.  Suter was optioned back to Colorado Springs after the game to make room for starter Matt Garza to return from the 10 day disabled list.

Down on the farm:  The Colorado Springs Sky Sox continued to pound the baseball this past week, scoring 27 runs in two days.  They beat the Memphis Redbirds 14-4 and 13-4 in those games.  No. 10 prospect Brett Phillips homered twice and drove in six runs in the 13-4 win.  Fellow outfield prospect Lewis Brinson continues to hit well and has a .400 batting average so far.  With their 6-5 win on Sunday, the Sky Sox have won 8 of their last 10 games and hold an 11-5 record.

The week ahead: Milwaukee has six more games at home this coming week, starting with Cincinnati tonight.  The series wraps up on Weds.  After an off day on Thursday, the Crew welcome the Atlanta Braves to Miller Park for a weekend series.  Probable pitchers are Matt Garza tonight, Zach Davies tomorrow night, and Wily Peralta on Wednesday afternoon.

Random notes: Of his second trip back to the minors this year, Brent Suter quipped, “I’m just never going to unpack my bags all year.”

Until Milwaukee failed to hit a homer in the 4-1 loss to St. Louis, they had hit one in 13 consecutive games, the seventh longest streak in franchise history.

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