Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun sat out due to a lingering thumb injury and is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Secondly, the Brewers (25-37) dismantled the Philadelphia Phillies (31-33) yesterday afternoon.
Braun left yesterday’s game in the third inning after his right thumb gave him more trouble. Logan Schafer replaced Braun in left field and may do so in tonight’s game against the Miami Marlins as Braun will look to rest his thumb.
“From the very beginning, I should have taken more time off and gotten it right,” Braun said. “But I just continued to try to fight through it, play through it. It’s at the point where it doesn’t feel very good.” – via Brewers.com
The thumb injury is causing Braun to swing the bat differently as he and manager Ron Roenicke are trying different ways to get the swing back. On the season, Braun is hitting .304 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and has stolen four bases. He’ll look to come back sometime during this Marlins’ series as it seems he won’t spend time on the disabled list.
Yesterday, the Brewers beat the Phillies 9-1. Kyle Lohse started for Milwaukee and was dominant, picking up his second win and lowering his ERA to 4.03. Lohse pitched eight innings and only allowed one run, four hits, one walk and struck out six. The only run Lohse gave up was a solo home run to Humberto Quintero. In the ninth inning, Jim Henderson pitched in his first game off the disabled list and only allowed one hit.
For the Brewers’ offense, they had eight hits, but did a lot of their damage early in the second inning, scoring four runs off of Philadelphia’s Jonathan Pettibone.
In the sixth inning, Carlos Gomez hit his 11th homer of the season, which was a two run shot. Back-up catcher Martin Maldonado hit his second home run of the season in the eighth inning. Rookie Scooter Gennet hit a two-run triple, his first of his career, scoring Yuniesky Betancourt and Maldonado.
Today the Brewers head to Miami to take on the Marlins for three games, tonight’s game beginning at 7:10 p.m. ET / 6:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.25 ERA) for Milwaukee and Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.61 ERA) for Miami.