BREWERS ROUNDUP: The Braun saga continues
Suspended Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun reportedly told teammates and Major League stars last year that the man who took his infamous urine sample in 2011 was out to get him. Yahoo Sports and ESPN both reported last night that Braun accused Dino Laurenzi Junior of being anti-Semitic, as well as a Chicago Cubs’ fan who was out to get a rival player. Braun is Jewish. Yahoo said Braun had asked a number of players to publicly back up his allegations, and they believed him. His contacts included Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto. Braun’s urine sample tested positive for synthetic testosterone. It resulted in a 50-game suspension which Braun struck down on appeal, blaming Laurenzi for a faulty handling of his drug sample. Last month, Braun accepted a season-ending suspension amid allegations that he was on a performance-enhancing drug program from the now-defunct Bio-Genesis Clinic of Miami. On Friday, we learned that a former friend of Braun’s, Ralph Sasson, filed a defamation suit against him in Milwaukee County. He alleged that Braun and his agent paid him five-thousand dollars to do a background check on Laurenzi. There were also reports from Braun’s friends that he would make a public apology soon. Yesterday, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he wanted to meet face-to-face with Braun. He said he still questions whether Braun’s P-E-D use helped the Brewers win the fifth-and-deciding game of their 2011 National League Division Series. By now, Gibson said Braun has probably well-rehearsed himself for whatever gets thrown at him.
The Brewers got crushed by Cincinnati yesterday, 9-to-1 at Miller Park. The Reds scored five runs in the second inning, and four more in the fifth. Wily Peralta pitched his worst game in three weeks, giving up seven runs on eight hits in just four-and-a-third innings. He walked four and struck out four, as his record fell to 8-and-13. Homer Bailey won his third straight decision for the Reds, giving up a run on three hits in eight innings with eight strikeouts and a walk. Bailey is now 8-and-10. Ryan Hanigan drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the second which ended up being the game-winner. Khris Davis homered for Milwaukee’s only offense. He also singled, as the Brewers out-hit 10-to-4. The Reds won their sixth game in their last eight. Milwaukee split its four-game set with Cincy – and the Crew managed to get out of the Central Division cellar during the weekend, now a half-game ahead of the last-place Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will open a home series against Saint Louis tonight. Right-hander Marco Estrada will face Cardinals’ right-hander Shelby Miller.