Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke had right-fielder Norichika Aoki take a day off due to an injury he suffered last Wednesday. Secondly, yesterday afternoon the Brewers (57-73) beat the Cincinnati Reds (74-57), winning the series 2-1.
Norichika Aoki has been one of the better contact hitters on the team this season. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Aoki received an unexpected day of rest yesterday as Roenicke was playing it cautious with the outfielder. Last Wednesday, Aoki missed the game due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee, so Roenicke wants to play it safe with him.
"“He’s been fine playing the last couple days,” Roenicke said. “With [center fielder Carlos Gomez] banged up and him a little bit, [too], I’d like to get him closer to 100 percent.” – via Brewers.com"
With the off-day today, Aoki will be able to rest his knee some more before the team starts their next series. This season, Aoki is hitting .282/.342/.362 with seven homers, 31 RBIs, 61 runs scored and has stolen 17 bases.
Yesterday the Brewers won 3-1 over the Reds in Cincinnati. Marco Estrada started for Milwaukee and was absolutely sharp, notching his sixth win. Estrada pitched seven innings and didn’t allowed a single run on one hit, two walks and struck out nine. Jim Henderson picked up his 21st save in the ninth, but gave up a solo home run to Joey Votto.
For the Reds, Greg Reynolds made the start in place of Tony Cingrani and was effective, but received his second loss of the season. Reynolds went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and struck out two. Reliever Manny Parra gave up one run in 2/3 of an inning pitched.
Caleb Gindl started things off for the Brew Crew in the second inning with a two-run homer, the third of his career. In the seventh inning, Jean Segura hit a single to left field that scored Yuniesky Betancourt.
Today the Brewers have the day off before heading to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night.