Good morning everyone and welcome the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles for which they received a top prospect from the organization. Secondly, last night the Brewers (41-58) fell once again to the San Diego Padres (45-56).
With the Brewers trading K-Rod to the Orioles, the team may look at shopping a few more players before the trade deadline ends. However, with how well Rodriguez had been doing this season, it came as no surprise to general manager Doug Melvin that teams would be scouting the right-hander.
“It’s unfortunate our season is where it’s at and moves like this have to be made,” said Melvin. “I would rather be in a pennant race and keep him.” – via Brewers.com
In the trade, the Brewers received Nick Delmonico, a third baseman who was ranked fifth in the Orioles’ Top 20 prospects. This season, Delmonico, 21, is hitting .244/.351/.471 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs. Delmonico is slated to play in Class-A ball at Brevard County and will work his way up from there.
Last night the Brewers lost 6-2 to the Padres. Donovan Hand started for Milwaukee and didn’t last long leaving with a hand contusion, but still received his second loss this year. Hand only pitched four innings while giving up two runs on seven hits, one walk and struck out one. Tyler Thornburg came on to pitch after Hand and was battered for four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, one walk and struck out two.
Tyson Ross took the mound for San Diego and was effective, picking up his first win on the year. Ross went six innings while allowing one run on two hits, two walks and struck out six. Colt Hynes pitched in the eighth inning for the Padres and gave up one run.
In the third inning, the Brewers were able to get their offense going when Jeff Bianchi scored after Norichika Aoki hit into a fielder’s choice and was safe at second because of a throwing error. Khris Davis hit a solo home run, his first career homer, in the eighth inning. The Brewers were held to only four hits in the game, while leaving four runners on base and were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Tonight the teams play in game three of the four game series at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 6.43 ERA) for San Diego and Kyle Lohse (6-7, 3.49 ERA) for Milwaukee.