Good morning everyone and welcome to the Friday edition of Brewer Daily News. After his last start, Milwaukee Brewers’ starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg was sent back down to the minors, hoping to recollect his composure on the mound. Secondly, last night the Brewers (37-54) lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-44).
In his last start, Hellweg only lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, something he seemed to run into frequently. Hellweg only lasted three starts and one relief appearance before the Brewers decided to send him back down to the minors.
”I think he got a little overwhelmed,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “He needs to take this as a learning experience and realize that most of the time, he’s one to two pitches [away from] being out of the inning.” – via Brewers.com
Hellweg lost all three starts and had an ERA of 10.97, allowing 20 runs, 13 of which were earned. Currently, Hellweg is in Class-A Wisconsin due to Hunstville and Nashville’s schedules not playing in favor of the team’s plan with the 24-year old.
Last night the Brewers suffered a 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Yovani Gallardo started for Milwaukee and was decent, but did not factor into a decision. Gallardo pitched six innings and gave up three runs, four hits, two walks and struck out three.
John Axford pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough for the team. In the eighth inning, Jim Henderson ran into trouble and gave up two runs on one hit and four walks, one of which was intentional. Henderson was charged with his third loss this season.
Opposing Gallardo was Wade Miley, who took the mound for Arizona. Miley was also efficient, picking up his sixth win while pitching eight innings of three-run ball on eight hits and struck out four while not walking a batter. Brad Ziegler came on as the closer in the ninth and acquired his second save this season by pitching a scoreless inning.
The Brewers struck in the first inning when Lucroy hit a two-run homer, his 12th of the season. In the third inning, Carlos Gomez hit a solo home run, his 14th on the season.
Tonight the Brew Crew plays in game two of the series against the Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. ET / 8:40 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Tom Gorzelanny (1-2, 2.12 ERA) for Milwaukee and Patrick Corbin (10-1, 2.40 ERA) for Arizona.