DENVER -- Ryan Braun's hitting streak ended at 23 games on Friday, as he went 0-for-3 in the Brewer's 4-0 loss to the Rockies.Braun, whose hitting streak was the third-longest in team history, was on deck when Rockies closer Huston Street struck out Nyjer Morgan to end the game. Bruan struck out on a foul tip in the first inning, grounded into a fielder's choice in the fourth and grounded into a double play in the seventh. The Milwaukee outfielder's hitless night also broke a string of 24 straight games with a hit against the Rockies, the longest such streak against Colorado in the franchise's 19-year history.
Reliever Braddock sent down to Triple-A
DENVER -- Suffering through a severe rough stretch this month, Brewers left-handed reliever Zach Braddock was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after Milwaukee's loss to the Rockies on Friday.The Brewers will recall right-hander Tim Dillard from Nashville to take Braddock's spot on the roster. Braddock couldn't retire any of the four batters he faced during Milwaukee's 12-3 loss to the Rockies on Thursday. He surrendered four runs on two hits and a pair of walks. In five relief appearances this month, Braddock has allowed 10 earned runs in three innings of work. "Whether it's mechanical, whether it's something [mentally] getting confidence, he needs to be out there more often to hopefully get it rolling again," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Roenicke said he hasn't been able to figure out why Braddock is struggling, but he said that the lefty has been affected by a drop in velocity. "We want the guy they saw last year, and that's what we're after," Roenicke said. "Hopefully he can go down there and get it back." Roenicke noted that he has seen an increase in Braddock's velocity since he returned from the disabled list with a sleep disorder. Dillard has a 5.00 ERA in 15 appearances with Milwaukee this season. Roenicke said he isn't worried about Braddock's demotion leaving the team with no left-handers in the bullpen. "I think with adding [Francisco Rodriguez] to the bullpen, our right-handers are fine," he said.
K-Rod switches from No. 75 to No. 57
DENVER -- It didn't take long for Francisco Rodriguez to make a change with the Brewers.One day after taking the field in a No. 75 jersey during his first game with the Crew on Thursday, Rodriguez changed to No. 57, the same digits that were on his jersey for his entire professional career before he joined the Mets. When Francisco got to New York, lefty Johan Santana was already wearing No. 57, and the reliever wasn't about to ruffle any feathers. "There was zero chance I was going to take the number from a superstar like him," Rodriguez said. Instead, Rodriguez just flip-flopped the numbers to come up with the jersey he wore for the Mets. But the trade to the Brewers gave the right-hander a chance to switch back to the number that he wore when he began his career in the Minor Leagues. "Hopefully it will bring me some luck," Rodriguez said. It has been a whirlwind few days for Rodriguez since he learned on Tuesday that he had been traded to Milwaukee, but he said his new teammates have helped make the transition a smooth one. "Great group," Rodriguez said. "Everybody's relaxed, which is nice to see."
Roenicke discussed new roles with relievers
DENVER -- The ninth inning won't be the only time that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will have decisions to make due to the addition of reliever Francisco Rodriguez.With Rodriguez and John Axford likely to split time between closing and setup situations, Roenicke now has a bevy of arms to turn to in the seventh inning -- right-handers Kameron Loe, LaTroy Hawkins and Takashi Saito. Since last week, Roenicke has used the three in a committee approach for the setup role, and he'll now likely do the same when making bullpen decisions in the seventh. Loe said that he and the other relievers are embracing the "friendly competition," since it means that the bullpen is now stronger. "We're ecstatic to have him," Loe said. "To have an addition like that at the back of our bullpen, it's awesome. I think it's going to shorten the game. "I think we're all on the same page, we all want to win. We're all in this together. We all want the same thing." Just as he met with Axford and Rodriguez to discuss the closer/setup situation, Roenicke met with Loe, Hawkins and Saito to discuss their roles. "They've been doing a good job, and it's not necessarily fair to them to keep them guessing what's going on," Roenicke said. "I wanted to let them know what I was thinking with their roles, also."
Nick Kosmider is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.