Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. This morning, we’ll be taking a look at the Milwaukee Brewers’ struggles so far in the month of May. In the second bit of news, the Brewers (16-24) lost to the St. Louis Cardinals (27-14) last night at Busch Stadium.
In the month of May so far, the Brewers are 2-12 and are trying any way possible to stop this skid. All five Milwaukee starting pitchers have an ERA over 5.00 this month whereas the offense has been pretty active with the bat. Notable players that have hit a slump are catcher Jonathan Lucroy, second baseman Rickie Weeks and utility man Yuniesky Betancourt.
Bullpen wise, this seems to be the team’s one strong suit aside from the struggling John Axford. Even with left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list, the jobs by Burke Badenhop, Alfredo Figaro and Jim Henderson have been nothing but solid. The one risk the team is running is with that of Francisco Rodriguez who was just recently called up. Mike Gonzalez and Brandon Kintzler are both looking to turn it around as well, both having ERAs over 3.80.
Last night, the Brewers lost a close 7-6 game to the Cardinals. Wily Peralta started for the Brew Crew and got absolutely pummeled, receiving his fourth loss of the season. Peralta pitched five innings and gave up seven runs (six earned), 11 hits, one walk and struck out six. Axford, Badenhop and Gonzalez pitched three innings of scoreless relief.
Aramis Ramirez delivered all six Milwaukee runs with two separate three-run homers in the 4th and 6th innings. Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with one run scored and Jean Segura, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez all had one hit a piece for the team.