May 20, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) reacts after striking out in the 9th inning during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. The Dodgers beat the Brewers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Brewer Daily News for May 21st: Hart hitting, Brewers lose to Dodgers


Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman Corey Hart was taking batting practice as he continues to come back from surgery. Secondly, the Brewers (17-26) lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers (18-25) last night.

Corey Hart’s bat has definitely been missed in the Brewers’ line-up. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Hart, who has been rehabbing his right knee from surgery back in January, has been taking batting practice alongside jogging. Currently, a combination of Alex Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt are plugging in at first, but Hart’s bat might provide the spark that perhaps the Brew Crew needs.

“It’s progress,” Hart said. “It’s still little by little but you continue to move forward rather than backwards. It’s always positive, so hopefully I can get a lot done here this homestand.” – via Brewers.com

The Brewers’ offense has been reliant upon the bats of Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun so hopefully Hart’s return can ease some of the weight. Unfortunately, Hart isn’t expected to come off of the disabled list when eligible on May 30th.

Last night the Brewers lost 3-1 to the Dodgers. Yovani Gallardo started for the Brew Crew and did a decent job, but received his fourth loss of the season. Gallardo pitched six innings, gave up three runs, eight hits, one walk and struck out seven. Clayton Kershaw started for the Dodgers and pitched a complete game of one-run ball and picked up his fifth win of the season.

Rickie Weeks scored the only Milwaukee run in the 3rd when Norichika Aoki hit a ground out to second base. The Brewers were limited to three hits, two by Braun and one by Betancourt. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp did all the damage for the Dodgers with two solo homers and one triple by Ethier that scored Kemp.

Tonight the Brewers will take on the Dodgers in game two of the series at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Hiram Burgos for Milwaukee and Zack Greinke for Los Angeles.

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