The Milwaukee Brewers are slumping and might not have star Ryan
Braun available to help them get out of it.
Nursing a strained calf, Braun could miss a third straight game
as the Brewers try to regroup from their latest defeat Tuesday
night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Braun, the NL top vote-getter for next week’s All-Star game, was
hurt Saturday when Milwaukee (45-41) rallied for an 8-7 win at
Minnesota. He then watched as the Brewers blew a five-run lead in a
9-7 loss Sunday and the same cushion in Monday’s 8-6 home defeat to
Batting .320 with 16 homers, 62 RBIs and carrying a career-best
22-game hitting streak, Braun is not sure if he will be back
“Obviously I want to play, but at the same time I have to listen
to what everyone else says,” Braun told the Brewers’ official
website. “It’s the type of thing that you could easily re-aggravate
or make far worse, and I don’t want that to happen and have to miss
a couple months.”
One game behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central,
Milwaukee likely can’t afford that after losing six of seven.
“Anytime you lose games that you think you should win, it does a
little something to you. If it happens a lot of times, it ends up
mentally bothering you,” said manager Ron Roenicke, whose Brewers
are 29-12 at Miller Park and have not lost consecutive games
The Brewers might have a good chance to bounce back against
Arizona’s Zach Duke (1-3, 5.92 ERA), who is 0-6 with an 8.13 ERA in
11 starts at Miller Park.
The left-hander allowed four runs in five innings of a 6-2 loss
to Cleveland on Wednesday to fall to 0-3 with a 7.26 ERA in six
starts since winning his 2011 debut at Houston on May 28.
“You want to see better results and for him you worry about his
confidence,” manager Kirk Gibson said.
Duke would not mind seeing Braun out of the lineup, considering
the slugger is a .368 hitter with two homers against him. Teammate
Prince Fielder is batting .333 with three home runs and two doubles
Fielder had two hits Monday but has homered just twice in his
last 20 games.
Miguel Montero and Wily Mo Pena each homered for the
Diamondbacks (46-40), who scored every inning from the fourth on to
win for the third time in nine games.
“It was a really nice comeback, we needed it to get your
momentum going, get your confidence back,” said Montero, who had
three hits with two RBIs. “We picked each other up and had a couple
of opportunities and we failed, but we just came back and kept
Back in the majors for the first time since 2008, Pena has five
home runs and seven RBIs in 13 games.
Montero is 3 for 5 against scheduled Milwaukee starter Randy
Wolf (6-5, 3.33), who is 4-0 with a 4.19 ERA in his last six starts
The left-hander was 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his previous four
starts before allowing four runs in seven innings of a 5-0 loss at
Yankee Stadium on Thursday.