Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. Despite his time as a starter, Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie pitcher Donovan Hand will be making his return to the bullpen according to manager Ron Roenicke. Secondly, yesterday afternoon the Brewers (51-67) were shutout by the Seattle Mariners (54-63), but still won the series 2-1.
Hand, 28, made his debut earlier this season on May 26 and has been used a starter and reliever in his time up in the majors. Recently, Roenicke decided that Hand would be best suited in the bullpen, something he hopes the right-hander can expand upon.
“I like what he does,” Roenicke said. “He filled in really nice for us. I thought he threw a lot of good ballgames. He understands how to pitch.” – via Brewers.com
Roenicke mentioned that the team is unsure what they want to do with Hand once the offseason comes, but said “I really like him in the bullpen.” This season, Hand is 0-4 with an ERA of 3.93 and a WHIP of 1.33 in 19 games pitched (seven starts).
Yesterday after shutting out the M’s the night before, the Brewers were blanked 2-0. Wily Peralta made the start for Milwaukee and pitched extremely well, but was out-dueled and received his 12th loss. Peralta pitched a complete game (eight innings since Seattle was the home team) and allowed two runs on four hits, no walks and struck out four.
Opposing Peralta was the Mariner’s ace Felix Hernandez, who was flat out dominant and picked up his 12th win. Hernandez went eight innings and did not allow a run but did surrender four hits, one walk and struck out nine. Closer Danny Farquhar acquired his fourth save by pitching a scoreless top of the ninth.
The Brewers were scattered with just five hits, one of which was a Juan Francisco double, his 10th of the season. Scooter Gennett, Martin Maldonado, Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy had the other four hits while overall the offense left four runners on base and were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.
Today the Brew Crew has a day off before they head to Texas to take on the Rangers for a short two-game series.