MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Johnny Hellweg was sent down to the minors after he had another bad start for the Milwaukee Brewers in their 6-2 home loss to Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon. He gave up four runs in four-and-a-third innings on four hits with five walks. In his three starts and one relief appearance with the Crew, Hellweg gave up 13 earned runs in nine-and-two-thirds innings for an E-R-A of 10.97 and an 0-3 record. Manager Ron Roenicke says the Brewers want Hellweg to keep pitching in the minors during next week’s All-Star break – and he’ll be re-evaluated after that. He was sent to Single-“A” Wisconsin, because the Double-“A” and Triple-“A” clubs will be on their All-Star breaks next week. Roenicke said Hellweg looked great in his only scoreless inning yesterday - the fourth – but he was fighting the rest of the time as he kept getting behind in the count. Cincinnati scored once in each of the first three innings – and that’s all they needed to avoid what could have been the Brewers’ first series sweep since mid-April. Milwaukee scored its only runs on Sean Halton’s first career homer, and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez. Brandon Phillips drove in three runs for Cincy. Shin Soo-Choo went 3-for-4 with a double. Mike Leake went eight-and-a-third innings, and did not allow a base-runner after the fifth. He’s now 8-4. The Crew took 2 of 3 from the Reds, and will open a four-game series tonight at Arizona – their final series before the All-Star break. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face D-Backs’ southpaw Wade Miley. Pregame coverage on WHBL begins at 8:05.
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