Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. After leaving his last start due to an injury, Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Tom Gorzelanny remains in question for his upcoming start on Wednesday. In the second bit of news, the Brewers (47-64) beat the Washington Nationals (54-57) yesterday, but still lost the series 2-1.
In last Friday’s game, Gorzelanny was drilled in the arm off of a ball that the Nationals’ Jayson Werth hit. Gorzelanny left the game after one inning of work and had X-rays done on his left elbow, but fortunately they came back negative.
“His start on Wednesday is definitely a question mark,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “Doug was in earlier and we were talking about different scenarios, what we could do. It’s getting really complicated.” – via Brewers.com
With Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada already on the disabled list, Gorzelanny’s injury adds to a pencil thin Brewer rotation. Prospects Johnny Hellweg and Jimmy Nelson have been mentioned in call-ups to fill Gorzelanny’s role, should he go on the DL or miss a couple starts. This season, Gorzelanny is 2-4 with an ERA of 2.78, a WHIP of 1.11 in 64.2 innings of work, which include six starts.
Yesterday afternoon the Brewers beat the Nationals 8-5. Veteran Kyle Lohse made the start for Milwaukee and did well, but did not receive a decision. Lohse pitched five innings while giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits, one walk and struck out two.
John Axford came on in the sixth and picked up his fifth win as he gave up one run. Mike Gonzalez also gave up a run in an inning of relief. Closer Jim Henderson acquired his 15th save of the season by pitching a perfect top of the ninth inning.
For the Nats, rookie Taylor Jordan took the mound and was rocked, but also did not receive a decision. Jordan lasted 5 1/3 innings while giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and struck out two. Fernando Abad came out of the bullpen and only went 2/3 of an inning while giving up two runs on three hits and got tagged with his third loss. Craig Stammen surrendered two runs (one earned) in two innings of relief.
Offensively, the Brewers had a big day at the plate. Jeff Bianchi who played third base, went 1-for-3 with three RBIs while first baseman Juan Francisco was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Carlos Gomez both had one hit and one RBI a piece. Rookie Khris Davis who came on to pinch hit went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Today the Brewers head west to take on the San Francisco Giants (49-61) for a four game series with tonight’s game beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 9:15 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.22 ERA) for Milwaukee and Chad Gaudin (5-2, 2.64 ERA) for San Francisco.