Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Despite how poorly the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting pitchers have fared recently, manager Ron Roenicke is sticking with them for the long haul. Secondly, the Brewers (19-31) lost to the Minnesota Twins (21-28) last night, losing the two-game series.
Yovani Gallardo has been flat out disappointing in 2013. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Before yesterday’s game, the Brewer starting pitching staff had a collective ERA of 5.29, which was only boosted in the loss last night. Yovani Gallardo, Wily Peralta and Marco Estrada have all been struggling while the veteran Kyle Lohse has been battling an elbow problem.
"“You don’t usually see this; usually somebody will go out there like Marco did the other day and throw up some zeros,” Roenicke said. “With our pitching staff, I expect that to happen. I don’t know why it hasn’t.” – via Brewers.com"
Roenicke has confidence in his starters regardless and has no intentions currently of swapping any starters out. Mike Fiers, who is currently slated as the fifth man in the rotation, is projected to be the starter in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but has yet to find solid success. At the moment, this Brewers’ starting rotation holds the National League’s worst ERA from a five-man staff.
Last night, the Brewers lost 6-5 to the Twins in 14 innings. Reliever Alfredo Figaro started for Milwaukee and didn’t fare well, but did not pick up a decision. Figaro pitched five innings and allowed four runs, four hits, one walk and struck out four. Brandon Kintzler gave up a run in the 8th and Burke Badenhop gave up a run in the 14th, which ultimately led to a Twins’ victory and his second loss of the season.
In the 4th inning, the Brewers struck for three runs after being down 4-0. Aramis Ramirez hit a double scoring Jean Segura and Ryan Braun. After Ramirez’s double, Jonathan Lucroy hit a double scoring Ramirez. In the 5th, Braun hit a triple scoring Segura. The Brewers were able to tie the game up in the bottom of the 9th when Segura hit a single scoring Jeff Bianchi. Segura went an impressive 6-for-7 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Today the Brewers head to Minnesota to play another two-game series with the Twins at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Marco Estrada (4-2, 4.94 ERA) for Milwaukee and Sam Deduno (0-1, 10.13 ERA) for Minnesota.