July 2010

Counsell at shortstop vs. lefty Bumgarner

As promised by manager Ken Macha, rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar got the day off Tuesday in the Brewers’ second of a four-game series against the Giants at Miller Park. 

Macha said he would give Escobar at least two of the final six games off before the All-Star break, and Tuesday was the first, as veteran Craig Counsell was in the lineup for the Crew with left-handed rookie Madison Bumgarner on the hill for San Francisco.
The rest of the lineup is as would be expected, with George Kottaras starting in place of rookie Jonathan Lucroy as lefty Randy Wolf takes the mound for Milwaukee.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Fielder  1B
Braun  LF
McGehee  3B
Counsell  SS
Gomez  CF
Kottaras  C
Wolf  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Jenkins to retire as a Brewer

The Brewers just sent the following announcement:
Former Brewers Outfielder Geoff Jenkins will formally announce his retirement from baseball in a press conference on Friday, July 9 at Miller Park. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and Jenkins will throw out the first pitch prior to that night’s game vs. Pittsburgh.
“Geoff indicated a desire to retire as a Brewer, and we were honored to accommodate the request,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.  “He was drafted by the Brewers, made his Major League debut here and established many team marks on the field. As far as we’re concerned, Geoff will always be a part of the organization and we look forward to welcoming him home.”
 
Jenkins played 11 Major League seasons, 10 of which came as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He played his final season, 2008, with Philadelphia.  He made his Major League debut with the Brewers on April 28, 1998 and was named a National League All-Star in 2003.
“The Milwaukee fans and organization welcomed me into their homes and it was an honor to put on the Brewer uniform for a decade, Jenkins said. “I look forward to coming back on July 9th to formally retire as a Milwaukee Brewer and hope to be a part of the organization for years to come”
Jenkins ranks among the Brewers all-time leaders in nearly every offensive statistical category, including  home runs (2nd, 212), slugging percentage (2nd, .496), RBI (4th, 704), total bases (4th, 2188), extra base hits (4th, 521), doubles (4th, 287), at-bats (5th, 4407), runs (5th, 661), hits (5th, 1221), games (6th, 1234), on base percentage (6th, .347), batting average (T7th, .277) and triples (8th, 22).
A native of Olympia, Wash., Jenkins attended the University of Southern California where he played baseball.  He was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft by the Brewers.  
Following the press conference, Geoff will toss the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Brewers game against the Pirates. 
Geoff’s wife, Jennifer, will join him at the July 9 press conference and game.  
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Business as usual in series opener vs. Giants

Nothing too surprising in the Brewers’ lineup for today’s afternoon contest with the San Francisco Giants.

Carlos Gomez is in center field with a lefty on the mound in Jonathan Sanchez for the Giants, rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy is behind the plate, and Casey McGehee is back at third base after taking a much-deserved day off on Sunday in St. Louis.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Fielder  1B
Braun  LF
McGehee  3B
Lucroy  C
Gomez  CF
Escobar  SS
Bush  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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