Good morning everyone and welcome to the Sunday edition of Brewer Daily News. Even though he’s been struggling as a starter, Milwaukee Brewers’ right-hander Mike Fiers is still hoping that he has a clear shot to be in the rotation. Secondly, the Brewers (21-33) beat the Philadelphia Phillies (26-30) yesterday.
Mike Fiers just hasn’t been the same pitcher he was in the first half of 2012. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Fiers has been battling for awhile now to be in the starting rotation, but just hasn’t found the success to stay there. This year, Fiers has an ERA of 10.00 and is 0-2 when starting, but seems to do well as a long reliever.
"“Right now that’s my job, the ‘pen and starting,” Fiers said. “It’s what I have to do. As long as I’m pitching, it doesn’t matter.” – via MLB.com"
This season, Fiers has an ERA of 5.66 with a 1-3 record in 10 games pitched, eight of which were relief appearances. Fiers will get the ball later today against the Phillies as he matches up with Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34 ERA) and will hope to rebound from his previous two starts this season.
Yesterday afternoon, the Brewers beat the Phillies 4-3. Wily Peralta started and bounced back after his last two outings, picking up his fourth win of the season. Peralta pitched seven innings and allowed two runs, eight hits, one walk and struck out six.
Brandon Kintzler pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Brew Crew in the 8th coming in after Tom Gorzelanny walked a batter. In the 9th inning, Francisco Rodriguez gave up three hits, one being a solo home run to Freddy Galvis, but still was able to acquire his third save of 2013.
The Brewers’ struck first for runs in the 2nd inning when Logan Schafer hit a single scoring Aramis Ramirez and eventually scored Jonathan Lucroy as there was a throwing error by Domonic Brown allowing Lucroy to score. Jean Segura hit a triple in the 5th that scored Norichika Aoki and in the 8th, Lucroy hit a solo homer, his third home run in two days.
Today the Brewers will go and try to sweep the Phillies at 1:35 p.m. ET / 12:35 p.m. CT before heading home to take on the Oakland Athletics.