BREWERS ROUNDUP: Three hits from Weeks lead Brewers to a 9-3 win
Rickie Weeks pounded two homers and a double last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Chicago Cubs 9-3 at Miller Park. After an early slump, Weeks is having a solid June in which he’s hitting .439 with five homers and nine driven in. His batting average has jumped 47 points during the month to .230. The Brewers were down 3-to-1 when they scored five times in the fifth inning to go in front for good. Juan Francisco homered and doubled, Jean Segura had an R-B-I double, and Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single as the Crew won its third game in its last four. Kyle Lohse finally got some run support, as he gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked nobody, as Lohse won his second straight decision and improved to 3-and-6. Edwin Jackson took the loss, giving up six runs in four-and-two-thirds frames. He’s now 3-and-10. Nate Schierholtz belted a three-run homer for Chicago, which has lost six of its last nine overall, and nine straight in Milwaukee. A slumping Starlin Castro took the night off for the Cubbies, ending baseball’s second-longest consecutive games’ streak with 269. The Brewers and Cubs will play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo goes up against Cubs’ righty Scott Feldman.
Brewers’ starter Alfredo Figaro has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. The injury was disclosed after last night’s Milwaukee victory over the Chicago Cubs. Prospect Johnny Hellweg is being called up from Triple-“A” Nashville, and will start on Friday night at Pittsburgh. Hellweg joined the Milwaukee organization last summer, as part of the trade that sent Zack Greinke to Anaheim. Hellweg is 7-and-4 at Nashville this season with a two-point-eight-two E-R-A. Figaro lost each of his last two starts. He’s 1-and-2 with a four-point-six-four E-R-A. Also, the Brewers are pulling starter Marco Estrada from his rehab assignment with the Class-“A” Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He struggled on Sunday against Cedar Rapids, giving up six runs in two-and-two-thirds innings. Manager Ron Roenicke says Estrada will sit until the soreness in his injured hamstring is completely gone – and that could be a while.
The Brewers now say that first baseman Corey Hart is having problems with both his knees – not just the right knee on which he had surgery in January. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said Hart could no longer do rehab work on the right knee, after feeling discomfort in the other. Hart will now visit a knee specialist in Los Angeles for a second opinion on his current treatment plan. The 31-year-old Hart, a three-time All-Star, recently said he was making almost no progress in getting his right knee cured. Yesterday’s revelation increased the speculation that Hart would miss the entire season. Meanwhile, Ryan Braun was eligible to come off the disabled list yesterday. But he’s still having trouble with nerve damage between his right thumb and index finger. Manager Ron Roenicke is not ready to swing a bat yet – but he’ll start testing his grip sometime soon. The skipper has no idea when that will happen. Also, Brewers’ centerfielder Carlos Gomez said his sprained left shoulder was much better yesterday. That’s after he slammed it into a wall while making a spectacular catch on Sunday. Gomez lobbied to return tonight against the Cubs, but Roenicke says it’s likely that he’ll sit out at least until Friday night’s game at Pittsburgh.