Good morning everyone and welcome to the Saturday edition of Brewer Daily News. Next season, the Milwaukee Brewers will see right fielder Norichika Aoki again as they decided to exercise his option for the next year. In the second bit of news, last night the Brewers (73-87) beat New York Mets (73-87).
Norichika Aoki will be back in Milwaukee come 2014. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aoki, 31, will be back in a Brewer uniform for 2014 as the team decided yesterday to exercise the option on his contract. In 2014, the Brewers will owe Aoki $1.5 million in a move that many thought was going to happen sooner than later.
"“Yeah, we will definitely pick up Nori’s contract,” Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio said. “Nori has been an outstanding teammate, outstanding member of the community.” – via Brewers.com"
For now, Aoki will look to play right field next year, but could also be a commodity on the trade market with the rise of Khris Davis. This season, Aoki is hitting .289/.358/.374 with eight homers, 37 RBIs, 80 runs scored and has stolen 20 bases.
Last night the Brewers emerged victorious over the Mets 4-2. Yovani Gallardo took the mound for Milwaukee and did well, picking up his 12th win. Gallardo pitched six innings and surrendered two runs on seven hits, one walk and struck out six.
For the Mets, Carlos Torres made the start and received his sixth loss of the season. Torres went six innings and gave up three runs on four hits, one walk and struck out seven. Reliever Scott Atchison coughed up one run in an inning pitched.
All of the Brewers’ runs last night came off of home runs. Aoki hit his eighth of the year in the first inning shortly followed by Davis who hit a two-run shot, his 11th. In the seventh, Martin Maldonado slugged out a solo homer, his fourth on the year.
Today the teams will play in game three of the series at 4:10 p.m. ET / 3:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Jimmy Nelson (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who is making his first major league start, for Milwaukee and Aaron Harang (5-12, 5.57 ERA) for New York.