This Weekend's Results
The offense continued to struggle and couldn't provide any support to a solid start from Jimmy Nelson. While it wasn't as good as his performance last week, Nelson did keep the Pirates in check through, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) in five innings with three strikeouts. However, the offense couldn't pick him up, and the game was out of reach after Jonathan Broxton allowed another three runs in the eighth inning.
Early on, the Brewers were looking good, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning off of a Jonathan Lucroy sacrifice fly. However, the Pirates took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the first, then added another three in the fifth on a Starling Marte home run. Kyle Lohse had another rough start, and the offense struggled again as the Brewers couldn't get back on track.
It didn't take long for the Brewers to fall behind in this one, trailing 2-0 after one inning. They did tie it back up in the second with RBI hits from Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy, but the Pirates regained the lead in the third and didn't look back. Matt Garza had to take one for the team as he allowed five earned runs in six innings, allowing seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. There were no extra-base hits for the Brewers, and the only Brewer with multiple hits was Lucroy.
Brewers News & Notes
- Jim Henderson is making progress in his rehab from shoulder surgery. Noah notes that Henderson began a rehab assignment with Brevard County on Friday.
- Ever wonder what craft beers Miller Park has available? Nicole has the answer for you, as she runs down a list of all of the craft beers available all around Miller Park.
The Missing Offense
- The missing offense has been a big mystery for the team. Adam Berry of Brewers.com reports that the team can't explain the loss of power this early in the season, but also notes that the team is stranding too many runners in scoring position. However, despite the rough start to the season, the Brewers are refusing to panic.
- How bad have the Brewers offensive struggles been? Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has some stats that help put the cold start to the season in perspective.
- Over on Reviewing the Brew, Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker looks at a few of the reasons behind the Brewers struggles at the plate, including opposing pitcher pitch selection and first pitch patience.
- How much is luck playing into the Brewers early struggles? Over in the FanShots, GoldenFrank notes that the Brewers have a big lead in BABIP against, while the Cardinals are on the other side of the spectrum.
- We have another addition to the list of strange Brewers injuries. This morning, Scooter Gennett posted a picture on Instagram of stitches he got after he cut his hand while in the shower after Sunday's game. He expects to miss the next two games and be back on Wednesday.
- Adam Berry of Brewers.com notes that despite another rough performance on Sunday, Matt Garza believes that he is improving with each start. He also notes that Jimmy Nelson had a solid start before being pulled early because the Brewers needed offense.
- If the Brewers continue to play badly, how much longer will Ron Roenicke have? Over on Reviewing the Brew, Michael Trzinski is already done with Ron Roenicke, and believes that it is time to move on to a new manager.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||3-7||
Friday: Nashville 3, Colorado Springs 2
Saturday: Colorado Springs 4, Nashville 2
Sunday: Nashville 2, Colorado Springs 1
|Colorado Springs @ Nashville|
Friday: Biloxi 4, Mobile 2
Saturday: Biloxi 6, Mobile 2
Sunday: Biloxi 6, Mobile 2
Sunday: Mobile 4, Biloxi 0
|Jacksonville @ Biloxi (in Jacksonville)|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||5-5||
Friday: Brevard County 4, Dunedin 0
Saturday: Dunedin 4, Brevard County 2
Sunday: Brevard County 3, Dunedin 2
|Lakeland @ Brevard County|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||2-8||
Friday: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 2
Saturday: Peoria 15, Wisconsin 4
|Wisconsin @ Peoria (DH)|
News & Notes
- With Jason Rogers earning a promotion on Friday, Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects put together a profile of the path that Rogers has taken through the minor leagues.
- Marcus Young of Miller Park Prospects recently attended a few of Monte Harrison's starts for the Timber Rattlers and posted a scouting report from the two games.
- Continuing in his series of 30-second questions, Tim Dillard asks Nevin Ashley to describe the plot of the movie "Frozen", and Chris Perez to play a game of word association.
NL Central Update
Today's Division Games
- Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Pirates (AJ Burnett) = 6:05 pm
- Cardinals have the day off.
- Braves LHP Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for use of a banned substance.
- The Giants placed starting pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day DL and recalled catcher Andrew Susac.
- The Marlins claimed LHP Matt Tracy off of waivers from the Yankees and sent him to Triple-A. They also moved starting pitcher Jose Fernandez to the 60-day DL.
- The Orioles placed Jonathan Schoop on the 15-day DL with a PCL tear and MCL sprain.
- The Rays designated reliever Grant Balfour for assignment.
- The Royals placed reliever Greg Holland on the 15-day DL with a pectoral strain and recalled Yohan Pino.
- The White Sox will promote LHP Carlos Rodon today. Rodon is considered to be the top prospect for the White Sox.
- Get ready to see more of Pete Rose in the upcoming season. Mark Townsend of Big League Stew notes that Pete Rose has been hired as a baseball analyst for FOX Sports, and will be on several of their baseball programs.
- Scott Gelman of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Angels are looking for ways to settle their dispute with outfielder Josh Hamilton. Possibilities include a buyout and a trade.
- We have a new candidate for strangest delay of game. During Thursday's Diamondbacks-Giants game, there was a delay of game due to a chicken finger falling on the field near the pitcher's mound.
The brewers return home to Miller Park to start a seven-game homestand. They open up the homestand tonight with a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Anthony DeSclafani starts for the Reds, and Wily Peralta goes for the Brewers. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com has the preview. Tonight's game has an earlier start time of 6:20 pm, and it is also the MLB.TV Free Game today.