Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. The Milwaukee Brewers (1-5) have been facing quite a few injuries as of late and these are causing manager Ron Roenicke to shuffle the line-up. Secondly, the Brewers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1) to end the three game series.
Yesterday, shortstop Jean Segura got injured when Arizona’s Gerardo Parra slid into second trying to break up a double play. The beaten up Brewers moved Martin Maldonado to first, Yuniesky Betancourt to third and Alex Gonzalez to shortstop in the wake of Segura’s injury.
“I don’t want to do status updates every day,” Braun said. “As soon as I’m able to get to a point where I have any chance to contribute and play, I’ll be playing.” – via Brewers.com
With all the injuries as of late, including the ones prior to the start of the season, Roenicke has been having to mix and match the line-up accordingly. In previous games, Segura had been the second hitter in the line-up with various players batting clean-up, but it still seems to be changing everyday.
In the last game of the series against the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon, the Brewers lost 8-7 in extra innings. Yovani Gallardo started for Milwaukee and went six innings while giving up four runs, nine hits and struck out three. Burke Badenhop pitched in the 7th inning and gave up two runs, two hits and struck out two. Ian Kennedy started for Arizona and went six innings while giving up four hits, seven hits and struck out four.
J.J. Putz had an opportunity for a save in the bottom of the 9th with the Diamondbacks up 6-4, but blew it, which led the game into extra innings. In the top of the 11th inning after coming off of a strong 10th, John Axford gave up a two-run homer to Eric Hinske, giving Arizona the 8-6 lead. Heath Bell came on in the bottom of the 11th and gave up one run, but still managed to get the save. Tony Sipp got the win and Axford got the loss.
Offensively, Norichika Aoki went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Alex Gonzalez hit a home run in the 4th inning and Jonathan Lucroy had two clutch hits that scored runs in the 9th and 11th. Braun did not play, but was used for a decoy in the batter’s box in the bottom of the 11th.