Good morning everyone and welcome to Friday’s edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that they would be calling up a minor league pitcher to start Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Secondly, the Brewers (6-8) swept the San Francisco Giants (9-7) yesterday afternoon.
Hiram Burgos will be making his major league debut on Saturday against the Cubs as the Brewers called him up yesterday. The decision for the team was between Burgos and Tyler Thornburg, who had experience in the majors last season. Mike Fiers was sent down to Triple-A Huntsville as a result of Burgos coming to the 25-man roster.
“I guess nothing surprises me in this game,” Fiers said. “I didn’t start off the year that well, so I have to go down. They need someone right now who is reliable, and I guess they feel like I’m not that guy right now. I guess I need to get better.” -via Brewers.com
Before his call-up, Burgos was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in Triple-A with 15 strikeouts and seven walks. Burgos also pitched in this year’s World Baseball Classic for Team Puerto Rico.
Yesterday, the Brewers completed their sweep of the 2012 World Series champion Giants with a 7-2 win. Yovani Gallardo started for the Brew Crew and went six innings while giving up one run, five hits and struck out six. The bullpen took over from there and Alfredo Figaro made his first appearance since April 9th. Figaro gave up a solo home run to Brandon Crawford. Gallardo got the win and improved to 1-1 on the year.
Offensively, the Brewers struck hard and early against Giants’ starter Matt Cain. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first giving the team a 2-0 lead. Yuniesky Betancourt continued his hot streak at the plate with a single that scored Carlos Gomez. After Betancourt, Gallardo hit a two-run homer followed by Jonathan Lucroy hitting a two-run homer as well in the 3rd. Cain was charged for all seven runs and the loss, going to 0-2 on the year.
Tonight the Brewers will stay home to take on the Cubs for the weekend series at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Marco Estrada (1-0, 4.50 ERA) for Milwaukee and Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 2.75 ERA) for Chicago.