Hello everyone and welcome again to the Saturday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. On Thursday, Milwaukee Brewers’ suspended left-fielder Ryan Braun made a formal apology for his usage of a banned substance. In the second bit of news, last night the Brewers (56-72) beat the Cincinnati Reds (73-56) in the Great American Ballpark.
Many writers, analysts and fans have expressed their opinions that Ryan Braun’s apology wasn’t enough. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Braun, 29, formally made an apology Thursday stating his regret of taking a banned substance and how he made “mistakes”. In his apology, Braun addressed his teammates, commissioner Bug Selig, Dino Laurenzi Jr, and many other parties.
"“It was certainly enough for me,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “I think it’s enough for his teammates…I think no matter what he comes out and says, there’s going to be some negative from a lot of people.” – via Brewers.com"
Reliever John Axford and catcher Jonathan Lucroy both spoke about Braun’s apology and were supportive of their teammate. Braun is still facing backlash from most baseball writers as a majority claim his apology wasn’t enough.
Last night the Brewers had a 6-3 win over the Reds. Yovani Gallardo started for Milwaukee and put together a quality outing, but received a no-decision. Gallardo went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, two walks and struck out five.
In relief, Rob Wooten pitched a perfect seventh inning while picking up his second win. Brandon Kintzler gave up one run in the eighth and closer Jim Henderson notched his 20th save by pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth.
For the Reds, Homer Bailey took the mound and did well, but was given a no-decision. Bailey pitched six innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, two walks and struck out five. Reliever Alfredo Simon gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning and was tagged with his fourth loss.
The Brewers scored first when Norichika Aoki hit an RBI single in the third inning. In the sixth inning, Khris Davis hit a two-run homer to center that scored Aramis Ramirez and in the eighth, Davis crushed another two-run bomb. Scooter Gennett followed Davis’ lead by hitting a solo home run in the eighth.
Tonight the teams play in game two of the three game set at 7:10 p.m. ET / 6:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Wily Peralta (8-13, 4.60 ERA) for Milwaukee and Bronson Arroyo (12-9, 3.40 ERA) for Cincinnati.