Good morning everyone and welcome to the Sunday edition of Brewer Daily News. This season, Milwaukee Brewers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez has been pitching extremely well and finds himself in the middle of some trade rumors. Secondly, the Brewers (40-56) blanked the Miami Marlins for the second day straight (35-60) last night.
Although he was signed and brought up later in the 2013 season, K-Rod has been doing terrific as the closer in Milwaukee. With that, the 31 year-old righty has drawn interest from teams such as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers as the trade deadline approaches.
“I’m feeling pretty strong as far as physically,” Rodriguez said. “I feel the ball is coming out of my hand pretty well and the command’s been really a key factor of the success. Hopefully, it can continue.” – via Brewers.com
This season, Rodriguez is 1-1 with 10 saves and has an ERA of 1.14 in 24 games pitched. On June 22, K-Rod acquired his 300th career save in a win against the Atlanta Braves. As things stand now, Rodriguez could very well be traded within the coming weeks.
Yesterday the Brewers beat the Marlins 6-0. Yovani Gallardo started for Milwaukee and was dominant, picking up his eighth win of the year. Gallardo pitched 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball while allowing five hits, two walks and he struck out five. The bullpen pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while striking out two and walking one.
For Miami, Nathan Eovaldi took the hill and was rocked, receiving his first loss on the season. Eovaldi would only last four innings while giving up six runs on 10 hits, two walks and struck out two.
In the first inning, Ryan Braun got the offense going when he hit a double that scored Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura. As the third inning rolled around, Jonathan Lucroy, who was on fire the entire game, hit a solo home run and would be followed up by Rickie Weeks who hit one in the fourth. After Weeks’ home run, Aoki would go on to hit a single scoring Jeff Bianchi. Lucroy once again would crank up the offense as he hit a two-run double, adding to the lead in the fourth inning.
Today the Brewers will look try and sweep the Marlins at 2:10 p.m. ET / 1:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.58 ERA) for Miami and Wily Peralta (7-9, 4.61 ERA) for Milwaukee.