Brewers Roundup: Brewers back in last place after losing series in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI - The Milwaukee Brewers are back in last place after losing 2-of-3 at Cincinnati. The Crew fell to the Reds 5-1 yesterday to fall 12 games below .500 - a half-game behind the fourth-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.
Carlos Gomez hit a solo homer in the first inning - but that was the Crew's only offense to speak of, as Milwaukee was out-hit 9-7. Gomez has now hit safely in 11-of-14 games in June. Jonathan Lucroy doubled and singled for the Brewers. Brandon Phillips drove in the eventual game-winner in the third inning on a check-swing ground-out that scored Zack Cozart from third base. Jay Bruce then put the Brewers away with a towering 469-foot homer in the third. Johnny Cueto returned from the disabled list to get the win, giving up a run on five hits with three strikeouts in six innings. Cueto is now 4-and-0, as he gave the Reds their fifth victory in seven games. Wily Peralta took the loss, surrendering five runs - four earned - on seven hits in five-and-a-third frames. He's now 4-8.
The Brewers are off today, and will open a series at Houston tomorrow night.
It appears that Jean Segura has the Brewers' best chance of becoming a National League All-Star this year. After the third round of fan voting, Segura is third at shortstop with almost one-point-two million votes. But Segura is actually second, because top vote-getter Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado will miss the July 16th Mid-Summer Classic due to a recent injury. For now, Segura is about 105-thousand votes behind the de-facto leader, Brandon Crawford of San Francisco. Ryan Braun remains fourth in the fan voting for the Top-Three outfield spots. But he's on the disabled list with his current right-hand injury - and he faces punishment due to his reported involvement in the Bio-genesis P-E-D scandal. Jonathan Lucroy is fourth in the voting among National League catchers. Carlos Gomez is 11th for the three N-L outfield spots.
Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke has re-worked his starting rotation for this week. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro will start tomorrow night against the Astros in Houston. Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo will get their regular rest and start Wednesday and Thursday. Wily Peralta, who took the loss yesterday, returns Friday night at home to face Atlanta. The question mark is who the Brewers will get for Saturday's game against the Braves. Roenicke says it's possible that left-hander Chris Narveson - who's on a rehab assignment - could be ready by then. If not, the Brewers could turn to relievers Donovan Hand or Tom Gorzelanny for a spot start. Or Roenicke says the Brewers could call up somebody from the minors, like Johnny Hellweg.
Marco Estrada could return from a bad hamstring next week. The skipper says Estrada will throw a bullpen session today. If all goes well, he'll go on a minor league rehab assignment. Meanwhile, Brewers' right-hander Mike Fiers will be out 9-to-12 weeks. That's after he broke his right forearm on Saturday when a batter hit a hard line drive to the mound in a game with Fiers' Triple-"A" Nashville team. The 28-year-old Fiers is 1-and-4 with Milwaukee this season, with a seven-point-two-five E-R-A.
The Brewers have signed their top draft pick, Missouri high school pitcher Devin Williams. Baseball America says the right-hander is getting a signing bonus of just over one-and-a-third million dollars. That's more than the one-point-one-million-dollar target assigned by Major League Baseball for a player in Williams' draft position. He was the 54th player taken in the second round. Milwaukee lost its first-round pick this year when it signed veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse near the end of Spring Training. Williams bypassed a scholarship offer at the University of Missouri, which is perhaps the reason for the higher signing bonus. He'll report to the Brewers' spring training facility in Phoenix.