Rogers earns first Major League win
It hasn’t been the easiest journey for the Brewers’ Mark Rogers, but the 26-year-old right-hander finally picked up his first Major League win on Monday against the Cubs. Rogers pitched five innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits in the 9-5 win at Miller Park.
“It feels great,” Rogers said. “It’s been a long time coming, so I feel very good about it. Tonight wasn’t my best effort of the year probably, but the offense was excellent. They’ve been great all year, and they picked me up today. And then the bullpen came in and really shut them down, so it was a good win.”
Rogers left the game with his team down 3-1. However, an eight-run fifth inning put the Brewers on top, and after the bullpen blew leads in three of his last four starts, the relievers held on for the win.
“It was a crazy game,” Rogers said. “You never really know. Coming out behind, I obviously wasn’t expecting to get the win. But like I said, the way our offense played in the fifth inning was incredible.”
Rogers, who’s undergone four surgeries since Milwaukee took him with the fifth pick of the 2004 draft, added: “There’s been a lot of obstacles on the way here, but I never gave up. Hopefully this is the first of many.”
Manager Ron Roenicke said before Monday’s game that Rogers is nearing his innings limit, and he likely will either be shut down or moved to the bullpen in the near future. That left the young pitcher, who also has a newborn baby at home, happy to get his first win out of the way.
“I don’t know exactly how much longer they’re going to let me pitch,” he said. “I still feel great, and I want to keep it that way. Unfortunately, that’s out of my control, but I’m going to keep doing everything I can to prepare to pitch.”