Brewer Daily News for May 9th: Weeks lowered, Brewers split series
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Thursday edition of Brewer Daily News. Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke has decided for now that struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks will have a new spot in the line-up. Secondly, the Brewers (15-17) lost to the Texas Rangers (21-13) last night, splitting the two game series.
Rickie Weeks is having quite the difficult time at the plate. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
This season, Weeks is hitting an abysmal .188 with two homers, nine RBIs and 39 strikeouts. His slump was something that many Brewer fans got used to for a good portion of 2012, but are hoping he breaks out of this soon.
"“Rick’s always hit. I think Rick will hit,” Roenicke said. “I started him at second, then moved him to fourth, moved him to fifth, and somewhere in there, there has to be production for the team.” – via Brewers.com"
Weeks did have a great game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 30th where he went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a home run. Since then, Weeks has not produced and it’s unclear what Roenicke is going to do at this point. Until a change is made, Weeks very well may be hitting seventh for Brew Crew for awhile.
Last night the Brewers lost 4-1 to the Rangers. Kyle Lohse started for the team and did not fare well, getting his fourth loss of the season. Lohse pitched 6 1/3 innings while giving up four runs, nine hits, two walks and struck out six. Derek Holland got the win for the Rangers and Joe Nathan picked up his ninth save of 2013.
Offensively, the Brewers did have 12 hits, but left eight men on base. The only run produced by the team came in 6th inning when Aramis Ramirez hit a double that scored Ryan Braun. Center fielder Carlos Gomez went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, extending his hit streak to 14 games.
Today the Brewers have an off day before going on a 10 game road trip that starts in Cincinnati. The Brew Crew will take on the Reds tomorrow night.