Brewers lose a slugfest to San Diego
The Milwaukee Brewers lost a 10-to-8 slugfest yesterday to San Diego at Miller Park. Yovani Gallardo, the subject of trade rumors this month, did not impress the scouts who were in the stands. He gave up six runs in just three-and-two-thirds innings on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Gallardo’s record fell to 8-and-9. The Padres jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings. Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh inning to make the final score look respectable. Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez, and Yuniesky Betancourt all homered for the Crew, which had 13 hits on the day to San Diego’s 16. Aoki’s blast was his first since May 11th. Betancourt also had three singles while going 4-for-5. Gomez went 3-for-5. Carlos Quentin and Jesus Guzman homered for San Diego, which took three-of-four games in Milwaukee in a battle of divisional last-place teams. Edinson Volquez went five-and-a-third innings for the win. He’s now 8-and-8. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 18th save. The loss was Milwaukee’s third in its last eight games overall. Tonight, the Brewers will open a weekend series at Colorado. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start for the Crew against Rockies’ right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Ryan Braun says he’ll talk more about his drug suspension when he’s quote, “legally allowed” to do so. The Brewers’ outfielder was widely criticized for making a vague apology this week, when he accepted a season-ending suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs. That was after he made numerous denials that he ever took any PED, despite contacts with the Bio-Genesis clinic in Miami which reportedly provided the drugs. Yesterday, Braun left a message with the Brewers’ media relations department which said he’s not legally allowed to address the subject yet. On Wednesday, owner Mark Attanasio said Braun agreed not to talk publicly about the matter until Major League Baseball completes its full investigation. Over 20 players were said to have taken PED’s from Bio-Genesis. One media report said the clinic put Braun on a regimen for quote, “high-end clients.” Attanasio said Braun would do the right things and say the right things to get back in fans’ good graces.
Reliever Rob Wooten will become the ninth Milwaukee Brewer to make his Major League debut this season. He was called up yesterday from Triple-“A” Nashville, when first baseman-outfielder Sean Halton was sent back down. The 27-year-old Wooten had 20 saves as Nashville’s closer this season, and he recorded the final out for the Pacific Coast League team in this month’s Triple-“A” All-Star Game. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke says Wooten has a good cut-fastball, and he does a good job of locating the ball without issuing a lot of walks. He gave up exactly one walk-and-hit per inning pitched this season. Roenicke said Wooten was called up because the Brewers need bullpen help at the moment. Halton batted .200 in 19 games with Milwaukee, with a homer and two RBI’s.