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Brewers end April with loss, still set win record

Most weekday afternoon games in baseball are considered "get-away-days."  Wednesday had the feel of a "give-away day" for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee wrapped up their series in St. Louis with a 9-3 loss at the hands of the Cardinals.  Brewers starter Matt Garza lasted 3-plus innings allowing 5 runs before having to leave with thumb contusion.  He is listed as day-to-day.

Facing no off-day for another week and a bullpen that has been overworked from two straight extra inning games, Manager Ron Roenicke went to little used reliever Wei-Chung Wang.  The 22 year-old was a Rule 5 selection this past off season meaning the Brewers must keep him on the 25-man roster or risk losing him back to Pittsburgh, where the Brewers selected him from.  The team has been open about him not being ready to pitch in the big leagues but like his upside enough to hold the roster spot.  He was roughed up for 4 runs in 3 innings and the game was essentially over before it was over.  

Carlos Gomez (7) and Mark Reynolds (6) each homered in the loss for the Brewers.  

Milwaukee’s 20-8 record still the best in baseball and set a franchise record for most wins in the first full month of the season.  They also took the series 2-1 from the Cardinals evening up the season series at 3-3.  The teams play 13 more times this year.

The Brewers continue their 7-game NL Central road trip tonight with the first of 4 in Cincinnati.  Marco Estrada goes for Milwaukee against the Reds Homer Bailey.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 with pregame starting at 5:35 on WHBY.

posted : May, 1st by WSCO


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