Brewer Daily News for August 10th: Ramirez ready, Brewers crush M’s
By Benjamin Orr
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. Milwaukee Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez says that he is ready to return to the line-up, but manager Ron Roenicke wants to be cautious with the veteran. Secondly, last night the Brewers (50-66) beat the Seattle Mariners (53-62).
Aramis Ramirez wants to come back, but management is playing it safe with the veteran. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
With Rickie Weeks being placed on the disabled list (and now out for the season), the Brewers recalled Scooter Gennett from Triple-A, making it hard to place Ramirez back on the roster. Ramirez has said himself he feels ready to go in this current series against the Mariners.
"“I’m good to go,” Ramirez said. “We don’t have much time left, and I want to play before I go home. Hopefully we finish strong. [It is important] to every player.” – via Brewers.com"
Ramirez was on the DL for a lingering knee problem that had him out earlier this season. Roenicke isn’t sure when Ramirez will be back, but until then the 34 year-old veteran will continue to rest his left knee.
Last night the Brewers beat the Mariners 10-5. Kyle Lohse took the hill for Milwaukee and did well, picking up his eighth win. Lohse pitched seven innings while allowing three runs on six hits, three walks and struck out seven. From the bullpen, Alfredo Figaro gave up two unearned runs in the eighth while Brandon Kintzler worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth.
For the M’s, Joe Saunders was the starter and got completely destroyed, being tagged with his 11th loss this season. Saunders only lasted 4 1/3 innings while giving up nine runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Erasmo Ramirez came in to mop up the mess for Seattle and gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Offensively, the Brewers absolutely exploded at the plate. The biggest hit of the night came off of Yuniesky Betancourt‘s bat when he hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, the sixth of his career.
Norichika Aoki was also big at the plate, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jean Segura stole his 33rd base of the season while Carlos Gomez stole his 30th.
Tonight the teams play in game two of the series at 9:10 p.m. ET / 8:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.78 ERA) for Milwaukee and Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5, 2.75 ERA) for Seattle.