06/30/11 4:30 PM ET
Braun runs hit streak to 20 games
Current stretch the longest of star left fielder's career
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
- 131 wins
- 121 wins
Braun also had a 10-game hitting streak earlier this season.
With Saito ready, Crew mulls tough move
NEW YORK -- With reliever Takashi Saito ready to return from the disabled list within the next 24-48 hours, the Brewers on Thursday were still mulling ways to get him back on the active roster.The team wants to return to a standard seven-man bullpen after working with only six relief pitchers in New York. That means a bench player would have to go, and if you assume the Brewers want to keep Mat Gamel to serve as the designated hitter this weekend in Minnesota, then outfielder Carlos Gomez is the only bench player who could be optioned to Triple-A Nashville. "I don't think that's going to happen," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I'm not saying down the road that wouldn't happen, but right now, [Gomez] had a nice day the other day against [the Twins' Francisco] Liriano, and I'm planning on playing him today and [Friday]." The Brewers faced left-hander CC Sabathia on Thursday and will see Liriano again in Minneapolis on Friday night. Gomez had two hits off Liriano, including a home run, last weekend at Miller Park. "We're looking at some things," Roenicke said. "There have been a lot of discussions the last couple days. It is a difficult move." The Brewers' other bench players are outfielder Mark Kotsay, infielders Craig Counsell and Josh Wilson, plus Gamel, a third baseman-turned-outfielder-turned-first baseman who was promoted this week to serve as the designated hitter for the Brewers' weeklong stint of Interleague games in American League parks. Wilson has been productive since the Brewers claimed him off waivers from the D-backs, batting .261 in his first 19 games, and he's regularly the only right-handed hitter on the bench. Counsell is hitting .200 but is the Brewers' most valuable defensive substitute. The veteran Kotsay, who signed in February for $800,000 plus incentives, entered Thursday in an 0-for-17 slump that had lowered his average .231. He had no home runs and nine RBIs in 130 at-bats. Someone may have to go for Saito, who has been sidelined this season by left hamstring, left rib cage and right upper back strains and is expected to rejoin the Brewers on Friday in Minneapolis. There is a good chance, Roenicke said, that Saito will be activated either Friday or Saturday. Roenicke is planning to ease Saito back into a late-inning role.
Roenicke puzzled by Brewers' road woes
NEW YORK -- The Brewers passed the halfway point of the season on Wednesday, and their troubles away from Miller Park appear to be much more than a statistical anomaly.Manager Ron Roenicke had hoped the team's dramatic home-road splits would even out with time, but it has yet to happen. Through 81 games, Milwaukee was 29-11 at Miller Park and 15-26 everywhere else. In all of Major League Baseball, only the Phillies had more wins at home. Only the A's, Nationals and Twins had more losses on the road. The Brewers have been two different teams, depending on the venue. They batted .282 with an .830 OPS at home in the first 81 games versus .234 and .657 on the road. They scored nearly two more runs in home games -- 5.35 runs per game at Miller Park and 3.44 runs elsewhere. Pitchers combined for a 3.60 ERA at home versus 4.26 on the road. Defenders committed 16 errors in 40 home games versus 29 errors in 41 road games. "I could see the offense -- I don't understand the pitching," Roenicke said. "I'd rather pitch on the road than at home, probably, with the way the ball carries [at Miller Park]. I don't understand those numbers, and I don't understand the defensive numbers. Those don't make sense."
Braddock's vow: 'Tighten it up'
NEW YORK -- Brewers left-handed reliever Zach Braddock vowed on Thursday to do everything in his power to avoid another demotion to the Minor Leagues.Braddock returned to the big leagues this week after a 12-day stint at Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers sent the left-hander down after he was tardy on several occasions. "Everybody has their certain things that challenge them, and I'm no different," Braddock said. "Sometimes, you just have to tighten it up. You live and you learn." It's been a complicated season for Braddock. He spent a month on the disabled list while receiving treatment for a sleep disorder. The club felt the problem was under control when Braddock was activated on June 4, but officials decided to option Braddock to Nashville on June 15 after he reported five to 10 minutes late several times. The pitcher declined to detail his infractions, saying only that "it was a little bit of me getting caught up in handling all of my stuff." Braddock said he needed "to get back into [realizing] this is an amazing opportunity to be on this team, to really get out of my own element and get into my own element, which is going to be best for all of us." Braddock rejoined the team on Tuesday and pitched in both of his first two games back.
Former Brewers pitcher Chris Bosio took over as the pitching coach for Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. A Sounds spokesperson said the team's previous coach, Rich Gale, had resigned two weeks ago for personal reasons and another former Brewer, Bill Castro, had been filling in on a temporary basis.