Good morning everyone and welcome to the Friday edition of Brewer Daily News. With the season coming to a close soon, Milwaukee Brewers’ injured first baseman Corey Hart has made his intentions of coming back clear. In the second bit of news, yesterday afternoon the Brewers (68-84) fell to the Chicago Cubs (64-89), but won the series 3-1.
Hart, 31, missed the entire 2013 season due to knee surgeries that kept the slugger on the disabled list much longer than anyone thought. With Hart being a free-agent in the upcoming offseason, the Brewers aren’t sure what to do with him, but he wants to return.
“I’ve told them I would be very generous to stay here,” Hart said. “I wouldn’t sit there and ask for anything that is outlandish. I would take a discount to stay here because I think I owe it to them to stay here.” – via Brewers.com
In his statement, Hart mentioned he would be willing to take a pay cut and play with the Brewers basically in any way he could. The gaping hole at first base had never been filled this season, so perhaps the team will consider re-signing Hart.
Yesterday, the Brewers lost 5-1 to the Cubs. Kyle Lohse started for Milwaukee and didn’t do well, receiving his 10th loss. Lohse lasted five innings and surrendered three runs on seven hits, one walk and struck out four. Reliever Burke Badenhop gave up one unearned run while Donovan Hand allowed one run.
For the Cubs, Jake Arrieta made the start and performed well, picking up his third win. Arrieta pitched seven innings and gave up only one run on three hits, one walk and struck out five.
Powering the Cubs were three big home runs by Luis Valbuena and Brian Bogusevic who hit solos while Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run shot. In the sixth inning, Arrieta hit a sacrifice that scored Junior Lake.
Offensively, the Brewers were held to only four hits, one of which was a Carlos Gomez home run in the seventh inning. Aramis Ramirez, Jeff Bianchi and Sean Halton (who pinch hit) acquired the other three hits.
Today the Brewers stay home for their last three games at home, with tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Shelby Miller (14-9, 3.01 ERA) for St. Louis and Johnny Hellweg (1-4, 8.31 ERA) for Milwaukee.