Jul 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) takes the ball from pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) as he is removed from the game in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Brewer Daily News for July 2nd: Team not quitting, Nats best Brewers

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Despite the horrid 2013 season, Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke has said that the team is not giving up even though there has been a lot of criticism. Secondly, the Brewers (32-49) continued their losing streak as the Washington Nationals (42-40) beat them last night.

Ron Roenicke has insisted to the media that his ball club has not quit. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers’ season hasn’t exactly panned out how anyone imagined it would. The starting pitching has been rough for the team, as the pitching staff ranks last in the National League. Lately, anonymous scouts have said that the team overall has quit for the season.

“I don’t see it,” Roenicke said. “I see sometimes that a guy isn’t running down to first base hard. A couple of guys I’ve told not to…but there’s some other guys once in a while that don’t run hard down to first base.” - via Brewers.com

Currently, Milwaukee has the third worst record in the majors and are 17 games below .500. The month of May was a huge tailspin for the team and in their last 10 games, they are 3-7, losing their last six games straight. They play the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks before the All-Star break after this current series.

Last night, the Nationals beat the Brewers 10-5. Yovani Gallardo took the mound for Milwaukee and was pounded, receiving his eighth loss of the season. Gallardo only lasted three innings as he gave up eight runs, nine hits, two walks and struck out two. Burke Badenhop and Tom Gorzelanny pitched a combined four innings of scoreless relief while Johnny Hellweg gave up two runs (one earned) in one inning pitched.

Offensively, the Brew Crew was held scoreless until the fifth inning when Norichika Aoki hit a single scoring Juan Francisco. After that, Jean Segura hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Sean Halton. In the sixth inning, Rickie Weeks and Francisco hit back-to-back solo home runs. The last bit of offense came in the seventh when Aramis Ramirez hit a double scoring Carlos Gomez.

Tonight the Brewers play in game two of the series against the Nats at 7:05 p.m. ET / 6:05 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.58 ERA) for Milwaukee and Stephen Strasburg (4-6, 2.41 ERA) for Washington.

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