Player of the Week
Gennett hit .286 this week with a home run and 3 RBI. He has earned more playing time with his ability to hit left handed pitching recently. His batting average is up to .268 after a rough start that saw his average under .230 as recently as June 4.
Gennett had a huge game on Wednesday, going 3 for 5 with a go-ahead 2-run home run in the fifth inning against the A’s. He hit a 2-0 fastball to left center field with Yadiel Rivera on to put the Brewers up 3-1 in a game that the Brewers would win 4-2.
Gennett drove in the sixth and final run for the Brewers in the third inning of a 6-5 win over the Nationals on Saturday. He reached on a fielder’s choice when Daniel Murphy threw home. Chris Carter slid and avoided the tag to score what proved to be the winning run.
Pitcher of the Week
Nelson had a rough first inning on Tuesday, giving up 2 singles and a walk in a 31-pitch inning. He was helped by a double play that wiped out the walk and a strikeout of Khris Davis that stranded 2 runners. He settled down and left the game after 5 innings with a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the bullpen was not able to hold the lead and the Brewers fell 5-3.
Nelson appeared to have a no-hitter going through 5 innings on Sunday, though a hard hit ground ball by Ben Revere was changed from an error to a hit later in the game. Nelson’s day was not as smooth as a no-hit bid would normally indicate. He was in trouble often with 7 runners on in his 5 innings. He was taken out after 5 innings after throwing 91 pitches and ended up with another no-decision in the 3-2 loss to the Nationals.
Even though he struggled, Nelson ended up pitching 10 innings and gave up just 1 run on 7 hits and 6 walks for a 0.90 ERA on the week. Normally, only giving up 1 run in 2 starts would earn a win or two, but the bullpen and the offense did not help Nelson this week.