Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. In the past week, Milwaukee Brewers’ second base baseman Rickie Weeks has been turning the corner on his very slow start out of the gate. Secondly, the Brewers (23-37) beat the Philadelphia Phillies (31-31) last night in the bottom of the 9th.
In the past seven days, Weeks has a .417 batting average with one homer, two RBIs, one triple and two walks. Weeks has been efficient with the bat, getting on base seemingly all the time in the past week and a half.
“He’s been good — the last three, four days, really good,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “That’s a really good sign if he’s coming out of this thing. It’s really important for our offense.” – via Brewers.com
When rookie Scooter Gennett was called up to the 25-man roster, Weeks homered twice in that game, starting on what would be his current hot streak. Gennett, who was called up possibly to shake things up with Weeks, has not done much at the plate, going 1-for-10 with four strikeouts.
Last night the Brewers beat the Phillies with a walk-off in the 9th. Alfredo Figaro made his second spot start of the season for Milwaukee and got a little roughed up, but did not factor into a decision. Figaro pitched 5 1/3 while giving up seven hits, four runs, no walks and struck out six. The bullpen was absolutely solid for the Brew Crew, only running into a few small jams. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect 9th and picked up his first win of the season.
In the 4th, the Brewers struck for two runs after being down 4-0. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a double that scored Carlos Gomez and moved Weeks to third. Soon after that, Figaro hit a ground out that scored Weeks. Jean Segura hit a triple in the 7th that scored Norichika Aoki and eventually Segura was able to score on a throwing error by Freddy Galvis. In the bottom of the 9th, Aramis Ramirez hit a walk-off single that scored Segura.
Tonight the Brewers play in game three of this four game set against the Phillies at 7:15 p.m. ET / 6:15 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Tom Gorzelanny (1-0, 2.01 ERA) for Milwaukee and Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 3.12 ERA) for Philadelphia.