Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers placed reliever and occasional spot starter Alfredo Figaro on the 15-day disabled list and called up another rookie. Secondly, the Brewers (32-43) beat the Chicago Cubs (31-44) last night.
Figaro was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a right oblique strain. Taking his place on the roster is right-handed prospect Johnny Hellweg who the Brewers received in the trade with the Los Angeles Angels last season for Zack Greinke.
“Figaro’s hurt, so we need another starter again,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “The problem is if we go to the bullpen, to [Tom] Gorzelanny, we don’t really have a long guy to come up and fill those spots.” – via Brewers.com
Hellweg, 24, will make his major league debut Friday as he is currently slotted to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In Triple-A Nashville this season, Hellweg is 7-4 with an ERA of 2.82 in 14 starts with 50 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched. This move makes Hellweg the seventh Brewer to make their debut this season.
Last night the Brewers beat the Cubs 9-3. Kyle Lohse started for Milwaukee and looked strong out on the mound, picking up his third win of the season. Lohse pitched seven innings while giving up three runs (a three run homer to Nate Schierholtz), eight hits, no walks and struck out three.
For the Cubs, Edwin Jackson started and was roughed up, receiving his 10th loss of the season. Jackson only lasted 4 2/3 innings while giving up six runs on six hits, two walks and he struck out one. Hector Rondon and Shawn Camp gave up a combined three runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Offensively for the Brew Crew, Rickie Weeks had a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and scored three runs. Juan Francisco also pitched in with a solo home run and ultimately went 2-for-3. Rookie Caleb Gindl also had a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Jonathan Lucroy drove in two runs as he went 1-for-4 at the plate.
Tonight the Brewers play in game two of the series against the Cubs at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09 ERA) for Milwaukee and Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39 ERA) for Chicago.