05/16/12 12:28 AM ET
Weeks hopes homer can get him going
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Roenicke hopes Veras has turned corner
NEW YORK -- Will Monday's clean inning prove to be a turning point for Brewers seventh-inning specialist Jose Veras? His manager sure hopes so."He needs results," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think yesterday's game certainly should help him. If he has a couple more good ones in a row, I think his confidence should be real good again." Veras retired all three Mets hitters he faced with the Brewers trailing, 2-0, in an eventual 3-1 loss. It was his first clean inning in 12 outings since April 21, and his third outing without a hit or a walk in 17 appearances this season. Roenicke suggested that bad luck has continued to Veras' uneven start. "If you look at the pitches he's thrown lately, he's really throwing the ball OK," Roenicke said. "He's not lights-out, but he's throwing the ball OK. But if he makes four good pitches and one mistake, they don't miss the mistake. That's what's going on with him. He's not getting any breaks." Veras' curveball has not been as sharp since it was in Spring Training, Roenicke said, but it was effective on Monday. The seventh is a key inning for the Brewers, who count on Veras as a bridge between the starting rotation and usually reliable relievers Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford.
Conrad seeking first hit since callup
NEW YORK -- A game on Brooks Conrad's iPad was giving the Brewers' utility man a tough time Tuesday afternoon. Nothing has come easy of late.An 0-for-4 Monday night against the Mets dropped Conrad to 0-for-15 since his promotion from Triple-A Nashville, and he finally reached base Tuesday with a pinch-hit walk. The cold spell comes after he batted .400 with five home runs in 13 RBIs in 15 games with the Sounds. "Obviously, there's a few at-bats where I could have put some better swings on the ball, but overall, I feel I've had some good at-bats," Conrad said. "I hit some balls hard on the last homestand. It's nothing to be worried about. You can't dwell on anything. "It would be nice to get that first [hit] out of the way." The 32-year-old had two big chances on Monday. Conrad struck out with a runner at third and nobody out in the second inning and struck out again in the ninth with two runners on base and the Brewers trailing by two. Conrad started at second base on Monday when Rickie Weeks rested a bruised left hand for the third consecutive game. Weeks was back in the lineup Tuesday night, so Conrad was back on the bench.
The Brewers' top Minor League club has become a comeback specialist. Triple-A Nashville scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday for a 9-7 win over Reno. Seven of the Sounds' 14 wins have come courtesy of scoring rallies in their final turn at the plate. And 23 of the Sounds' 38 games have been decided by one or two runs, tied with Memphis for most in the Pacific Coast League.