Hello everyone and welcome again to the Friday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. Despite his struggles as of late, Milwaukee Brewers’ shortstop Jean Segura will continue to play as manager Ron Roenicke has given him some confidence. Secondly, last night the Brewers (63-82) beat the St. Louis Cardinals (85-61), but lost the series 2-1.
For Segura, the months beyond the All-Star Game haven’t been as spectacular with the 23 year-old hitting around .270 since then. Roenicke has said that he wants Segura to continue to “play out” the rest of his first full season in the majors.
“If I feel like he’s fighting through it, then he’s not going to play as much, but when I have conversations with him, he still says he’s fine,” Roenicke said. “I think that we’ve got a better chance of winning when he’s out there.” – via Brewers.com
Roenicke has speculated that Segura has been hit with the fatigue of the long season, but that he’ll recover by next season. Overall, Segura is still doing well this season as he leads the Brewers in hits and batting average.
Last night the Brewers had a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals. Tyler Thornburg made the start for Milwaukee and pitched well, picking up his second win. Thornburg went six innings and allowed only two runs on three hits, two walks and struck out six. Closer Jim Henderson gave up one run, but still notched his 25th save.
For the Cards, Joe Kelly took the mound and was roughed up, receiving his fourth loss. Kelly pitched five innings and surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits, one walk and struck out four. Reliever Seth Maness gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings.
Offensively, the Brewers struck fast and early in the first inning when Aramis Ramirez hit a ground out that scored Scooter Gennett. In the second, Sean Halton drove in a run with a single and would hit two-run homer in the fourth, his second. Norichika Aoki hit a triple in the ninth that scored Yuniesky Betancourt.
Today the Brewers head home to host the Cincinnati Reds (83-64) for a three-game series with tonight’s game beginning at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Mat Latos (14-5, 3.02 ERA) for Cincinnati and Kyle Lohse (9-9, 3.59 ERA) for Milwaukee.