Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. On Thursday, Milwaukee Brewers’ left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson made his first rehab start in Triple-A Nashville Sounds and looks to come back soon. Secondly, the Brewers (20-33) snapped their six game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies (26-29) last night.
With Narveson rehabbing, this gives the Brewers some time to figure out where exactly he’ll be placed. Speculation says that Narveson would have to be placed in the rotation that has been constantly battered and with him being a left-hander, it will give them more versatility to work with.
In his outing with the Sounds on Thursday, Narveson threw two scoreless innings while giving up a hit and striking out one. Narveson’s next outing will be Tuesday, in which he’ll more than likely have two more starts of rehab after that. Once he’s back up with the Brewers, Narveson’s presence could help the beaten and battered rotation.
Last night, the Brewers beat the Phillies 8-5. Yovani Gallardo started for Milwaukee in what was thought to be a possible pitchers’ duel, but got tagged while still picking up his fourth win of the season. Gallardo pitched 5 2/3 innings while giving up five runs, six hits, three walks and struck out six. The bullpen was solid, giving up no runs in 3 1/3 innings of work and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his second save of 2013.
For the Phillies, Cole Hamels was lit up for seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits and struck out three while receiving his ninth loss of the season. Mike Adams gave up a run in relief in the 9th inning.
Jonathan Lucroy had quite the big day at the plate for the Brew Crew, going a perfect 5-for-5 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. Yuniesky Betancourt went an impressive 3-for-5 with one RBI as well. Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and Jeff Bianchi also had one RBI a piece as the team connected for 14 hits.
Today the Brewers play the Phillies in game two of the series at 4:05 p.m. ET / 3:05 p.m. CT. The starters will be Mike Fiers (1-3, 5.66 ERA) for Milwaukee and Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 5.74 ERA) for Philadelphia.