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BREWERS ROUNDUP: Brewers off to Arizona for final series before All-Star break

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Johnny Hellweg was sent down to the minors, after he had another bad start for the Milwaukee Brewers in their 6-to-2 home loss to Cincinnati yesterday. He gave up four runs in four-and-a-third innings on four hits with five walks. In his three starts and one relief appearance with the Crew, Hellweg gave up 13 earned runs in nine-and-two-thirds innings for an E-R-A of 10-point-nine-seven and an 0-and-3 record. Manager Ron Roenicke says the Brewers want Hellweg to keep pitching in the minors during next week’s All-Star break – and he’ll be re-evaluated after that. He was sent to Single-“A” Wisconsin, because the Double-“A” and Triple-“A” clubs will be on their All-Star breaks next week. Roenicke said Hellweg looked great in his only scoreless inning yesterday, the fourth – but he was fighting the rest of the time as he kept getting behind in the count. 

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Cincinnati scored once in each of the first three innings – and that’s all they needed to avoid what could have been the Brewers’ first series sweep since mid-April. Milwaukee scored its only runs on Sean Halton’s first career homer, and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez. Brandon Phillips drove in three runs for Cincy. Shin Soo-Choo went 3-for-4 with a double. Mike Leake went eight-and-a-third innings, and did not allow a base-runner after the fifth. He’s now 8-4. The Crew took 2-of-3 from the Reds, and will open a four-game series tonight at Arizona – their final series before the All-Star break. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face D-Backs’ southpaw Wade Miley. 

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Yovani Gallardo might be auditioning for his next team tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers play the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The D-Backs’ have a one-and-a-half game lead in the National League West, and they’re trying to hang on without injured starters Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill. As a result, Gallardo and three relievers from the last-place Brewers are rumored to be targeted by the Diamondbacks – with left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs possibly going to the Brewers. Earlier this week, Milwaukee G-M Doug Melvin said he had no deals brewing before the All-Star break, but that could change. He says he won’t make any trades unless they can help the Brewers down the road. Gallardo is 7-and-8 this season, with a 4.85 ERA. He got the win last Saturday night against the New York Mets, despite giving up four runs in six innings. Gallardo is 7-and-0 lifetime against Arizona in both the regular season and the playoffs. The Diamondbacks will put up left-hander Wade Miley, who’s 5-and-7 with an E-R-A of just over four.

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