Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. Even though he was originally scheduled to come back in the summer, the Milwaukee Brewers have officially lost first baseman Corey Hart for the season. Secondly, the Brewers (32-46) were crushed Pittsburgh Pirates (49-30) last night.
Yesterday, the Brewers announced that Hart, 31, would be missing the rest of the season as he’s going to have a second surgery. In January, Hart had surgery on his left knee which had kept him out until this point, but it seems a second surgery will be necessary.
Hart is in the final year of his contract with the Brewers and will become a free-agent after the season ends. It’s unknown if the Brewers will resign the veteran after the season as talks of an extension hadn’t been brought to the table before.
Last night the Brewers lost 10-3 the Pirates. Rookie Johnny Hellweg made his major league debut as he took the hill for Milwaukee and was absolutely pummeled, receiving his first loss. Hellweg only lasted 1 2/3 innings while giving up seven runs (five earned), six hits, two walks and struck out one. Tom Gorzelanny came on in relief in the second inning and pitched through the fifth inning, allowing only one run.
The Brewers did strike early, taking advantage of Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole, who eventually rebounded. Milwaukee would score their three runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Aramis Ramirez was hit in the hand by a pitch, scoring Norichika Aoki. After that, Jonathan Lucroy hit into a double play, but Jean Segura was able to score. With two out and one on, Juan Francisco hit a double that scored Carlos Gomez
Tonight the Brewers play in game two of the series against the Pirates at 7:15 p.m. ET / 6:15 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Donovan Hand (0-0, 2.37 ERA) for Milwaukee and Francisco Liriano (6-3, 2.30 ERA) for Pittsburgh.