Brewer Daily News for September 4th: Nelson’s arrival, Bucs beat Crew


Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Recently, the Milwaukee Brewers called up Jimmy Nelson, ranked the top prospect in the organization, who will be making his debut soon. In the second bit of news, last night the Brewers (59-79) lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates (81-57).

Jimmy Nelson was the top ranked prospect in the Brewers’ organization. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson, 24, was called up to Milwaukee with the rosters expanding in September. Nelson will be making his debut soon for the Brew Crew, but he’s expected to pitch out of the bullpen and not as a starter.

"“It’s something I’ve worked for for a long time,” Nelson said. “It still hasn’t hit me.” – via"

This season in the minors, Nelson pitched in a combination of Double-A and Triple-A, both leagues that he was successful in. Overall, Nelson’s 2013 numbers were solid with a 10-10 record, an ERA of 3.25 and made 27 starts while pitching 152.1 innings.

Last night the Brewers fell 4-3 to the Pirates. Yovani Gallardo started for Milwaukee and was solid, but didn’t factor into a decision. Gallardo went seven innings and surrendered two runs on five hits, three walks and struck out six.

Brew Crew reliever Brandon Kintzler gave up one run in the eighth and closer Jim Henderson gave up a solo home run to Travis Snider in the ninth, leading to his fifth loss.

For the Pirates, rookie Gerrit Cole took the mound and performed well, but walked away with a no-decision. Cole pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits, one walk and struck out five.

Vin Mazzaro gave up one run in relief while picking up his seventh win and Mark Melancon notched his 11th save in the scoreless bottom of the ninth.

In the first inning, Jonathan Lucroy knocked in the first runs for Milwaukee when he hit a two-run single to left field. Jean Segura hit in the Brewers’ third run in the eighth when he hit a single that scored Caleb Gindl.

Tonight the teams play in the finale of the three game set at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Francisco Liriano (15-6, 2.57 ERA) for Pittsburgh and Wily Peralta (8-14, 4.51 ERA) for Milwaukee.