2009 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2009 season was the 40th season for the franchise in Milwaukee and 41st overall. It was Ken Macha's first season as manager of the team. The Brewers failed to improve on their 90–72 record of a year ago and missed the post season, finishing with a losing record of 80–82.[1]

2009 Milwaukee Brewers
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record80–82 (.494)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Mark Attanasio
General manager(s)Doug Melvin
Manager(s)Ken Macha
Local televisionWMLW-CA
FSN Wisconsin
(Brian Anderson, Bill Schroeder)
Local radio620 WTMJ
(Bob Uecker, Cory Provus)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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Offseason moves

Pitchers

Starting pitchers CC Sabathia, who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians in a mid-season trade in 2008, and Ben Sheets both rejected arbitration and became free agents following the end of the 2008 season.[2] Numerous teams showed interest in Sabathia, considered one of the best free agent pitchers available after compiling an 11–2 record and an ERA of only 1.62 in 17 starts for the Brewers in 2008.[3] The Brewers made a 5-year, $100 million contract offer to Sabathia, but he elected to sign with the New York Yankees on December 9, receiving a 7-year, $161 million contract that was the largest received by a pitcher at the time.[4] No serious attempt was made to resign Sheets, who had been the Brewers' ace before the acquisition of Sabathia but struggled with numerous injuries throughout his career.[5]

In the bullpen, closer Salomón Torres elected to retire from baseball despite believing that it would have been "a given" that the Brewers would exercise their 2009 contract option on him.[6] After a disappointing 2008 season, former closer Éric Gagné was not offered arbitration. Left-handed specialist Brian Shouse was offered arbitration, but instead chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays.[2][7] No attempt was made to resign Guillermo Mota, who eventually signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[8]

Needing to acquire at least one starter to fill the hole in the rotation left by Sabathia and Sheets, the Brewers signed free agent Braden Looper, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals, to a one-year, $4.5 million contract for 2009.[9] To replace the retired Torres, the Brewers turned to all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman, who became available after contentious contract negotiations caused the San Diego Padres, Hoffman's home for 16 years, to pull back their 2009 contract offer.[10] Hoffman was signed to a one-year, $6 million contract for the Brewers.[11] Relievers Todd Coffey, who was signed to a one-year contract avoiding arbitration after being claimed off waivers in September, and free agent Jorge Julio rounded out the offseason bullpen acquisitions.[8][12]

Position players

Outfielder Gabe Kapler, second baseman Ray Durham, and third baseman Russell Branyan all became free agents following the end of the 2008 season; Kapler and Branyan signed one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners respectively, while Durham remains unsigned as of May 19, 2009.[13][14][15] Center fielder Mike Cameron's $10 million contract option for 2009 was exercised by the Brewers.[16] Utility infielder Craig Counsell's $3.4 million contract option was declined by the Brewers, making him a free agent, but the team later agreed to terms on a new one-year, $1 million contract in late January.[17]

Coaching staff

Having made the move of firing manager Ned Yost with only 12 games remaining in the 2008 season,[18] an early priority for the Brewers was the hiring of a permanent replacement for Yost. Candidates considered included interim manager Dale Sveum, former Oakland Athletics manager Ken Macha, former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, and broadcaster and former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly. On October 30, 2008, the Brewers announced the hiring of Macha, who received a two-year contract to manage the club.[19] In an unusual move, Macha proceeded to hire two of his competitors for his coaching staff, naming Randolph the bench coach and Sveum the hitting coach.[20][21] Although the Brewers offered pitching coach Mike Maddux a new contract, they were unable to match the offer made by the Texas Rangers.[22] Bullpen coach Bill Castro was promoted to pitching coach, while Nashville Sounds pitching coach Stan Kyles was promoted to fill the vacated bullpen coach position.[23][24] Brad Fischer was hired as third base coach to round out Macha's new staff.[25]

Spring training

The Brewers opened spring training camp on February 13, with the first game played on February 25. Home games were played at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The Brewers compiled a 22–10–3 record in spring training games, the best record of any National League team and the second-best record (behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) in the Cactus League.[26][27]

The 2009 spring training season was affected by the 2009 World Baseball Classic, which was held in March. Six players in the Brewers system played in the Classic and missed time during spring training: left fielder Ryan Braun (Team USA), relief pitcher Mark DiFelice (Team Italy), and minor league players Vinny Rottino (Team Italy), Adam Stern (Team Canada), Brett Lawrie (Team Canada), and David Welch (Team Australia).[28] Additionally, the Brewers played an exhibition game against Team Australia, winning by the score of 10 to 5.[29]

With the lineup and starting rotation largely set, the main position battles entering camp were for spots in the bullpen and on the bench.[30] Ultimately, the available bench spots were claimed by infielder Casey McGehee, who had been claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs during the offseason, center fielder Chris Duffy, who was invited to camp as a non-roster invitee, and outfielder Brad Nelson, the Brewers' fourth-round draft pick in 2001.[31] Mike Lamb, who had been expected to make the club before McGehee's strong spring, was released by the team on April 1; he was eventually signed to a minor league deal by the New York Mets.[32] Closer Trevor Hoffman suffered an oblique strain in mid-March and was forced to begin the regular season on the disabled list.[33]

Regular season

April

The Brewers opened the regular season on the road on April 7 with a loss against the San Francisco Giants; Jeff Suppan made his first Opening Day start for the Brewers and fourth overall.[34] The Brewers won their home opener three days later with a ninth inning rally over the rival Chicago Cubs.[35] Overall, however, the team struggled during the first few weeks of the season, losing four consecutive series against the Giants, the Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, and the New York Mets. The Brewers' pitching staff struggled early, compiling a 5.19 ERA during the first four series.[36] Manny Parra, the number three starter in the rotation, particularly struggled and finished the month with an 0–4 record with a 6.52 ERA, and Suppan went 1–2 with a 5.88 ERA.[37][38] The team's fortunes improved considerably after an 11–4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on April 21, however, as the Brewers won series against the Phillies and the Houston Astros before returning home and sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates to close the month, rallying to a 12–10 overall record in April.

Leading the offense during the month of April was Mike Cameron, who led the team with a .333 batting average and tied for the team lead in home runs with 5.[39] Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks also hit 5 home runs in April.[40][41] The month's best starting pitcher was newly acquired Braden Looper, who went 2–0 with a 2.45 ERA in April.[42] Dave Bush came within five outs of a no-hitter in a 6–1 win over Philadelphia on April 23.[43]

Trevor Hoffman returned from the disabled list and made his first Brewers appearance on April 27 in a non-save situation; he recorded his first save with the Brewers (and 555th overall) the following day.[44] Backup catcher Mike Rivera, however, suffered a sprained ankle in the same game and was placed on the disabled list; rookie Carlos Corporán was called up from Nashville to replace him.[45]

May

The Brewers opened May with a split of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks before sweeping the Pirates in a two-game series in Pittsburgh. In sweeping the Pirates, the Brewers extended their winning streak against Pittsburgh to 17 games dating back to May 20, 2008, the longest winning streak by one Major League Baseball team over another since 1970.[46] The Brewers continued their winning ways in the following five series as well, splitting series against the Reds and Cubs, sweeping the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, and winning two out of three games in Houston. In a one-month period between April 21 and May 21, the Brewers did not lose a series and went 22–6, the best record in baseball over that period.[47] The team struggled at the start of interleague play, however, as the Brewers were swept in their last scheduled visit to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome by the rival Minnesota Twins. Returning home, the Brewers won a Memorial Day matinee against the Cardinals in a game where both Yovani Gallardo took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter had a perfect game into the seventh inning, but lost the next two games, leaving the Cardinals in sole possession of first place in the NL Central.[48] The Brewers finished the month of May with a sweep of Cincinnati, giving the team an 18–10 record for the month.

Injuries and ineffective play by several bench players caused the Brewers to make several roster moves during the month of May. Mike Rivera returned from the disabled list on May 14 as Carlos Corporán was returned to the minors; Corporan appeared in only one game, where he caught the last two innings of a 15–3 blowout of the Cincinnati Reds on May 6 and singled off of regular Cincinnati shortstop Paul Janish in his only at-bat.[49] The team suffered a significant setback on May 18 when starting second baseman Rickie Weeks suffered an injury to his left wrist, ending his 2009 season. For the time being, Craig Counsell and Casey McGehee are expected to replace Weeks in the lineup; Hernán Iribarren was called up from Nashville following the injury, but was returned to Nashville after only one series.[50][51] Brad Nelson, who went hitless in 21 at-bats, declined a demotion to the minor leagues and became a free agent on May 15; top third base prospect Mat Gamel was called up to replace Nelson on the roster.[52] On May 21, the Brewers traded Triple-A outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Jody Gerut; Chris Duffy was demoted to Nashville to make room on the roster for Gerut.[51] Finally, on May 21 the team called up outfielder Frank Catalanotto, who had been signed to a minor league contract by the team earlier in the month.[53]

June

The Brewers opened June on a sour note, dropping three out of four games to the Florida Marlins at Land Shark Stadium, but rebounded in the next series and won two out of three against the Atlanta Braves. Following a poor outing on June 1 in which he failed to retire any of the six batters he faced, Jorge Julio was released; Mike Burns was called up to take Julio's spot in the bullpen.[54] In 15 appearances for the Brewers, Julio went 1–1 with a 7.79 ERA in 17+13 innings.[55] The Brewers returned to Miller Park on June 9 but suffered a 1–5 homestand in which the team was swept by Colorado and lost two out of three against the Chicago White Sox. After giving up 6 runs in 1+13 innings in the second game of the White Sox series, Manny Parra was demoted to Triple-A Nashville; in 13 appearances through June 13, Parra went 3–8 with a 7.52 ERA.[56][57] In the third game of the series, Trevor Hoffman finally gave up his first run of the season in what was then a tie game; Hoffman had pitched 18+23 innings in 2009 without giving up a run.[58][59]

The Brewers returned to interleague play in Cleveland, where they swept the Cleveland Indians in a high-scoring series that included a six-run rally in the eighth inning on June 15, capped by Prince Fielder's first career grand slam, and an 11-inning win on June 17 that mooted a four-run comeback by the Indians in the ninth inning, giving Hoffman his first blown save of the season.[60][61] The team's interleague woes returned for the remaining two interleague series, however, as the Brewers were swept in Detroit and dropped two of three against the Twins at Miller Park. The Twins series included the first start by a Brewers pitcher not in the opening day rotation, as Mike Burns made his first career start, replacing the injured Dave Bush.[62] Milwaukee's fortunes improved with a return to National League play, as the team closed out June with series wins at home against San Francisco and the New York Mets. On June 27, Seth McClung made his first start of the year as Manny Parra's replacement in the pitching rotation (due to off days, a fifth starter had not been needed since Parra's June 13 demotion).[63] On June 30, Burns collected his first career win in a game which also included Casey McGehee's first career grand slam. The Brewers ended June with a 12–15 record for the month, but nonetheless held a one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the division lead.[64]

July

After opening July with a 1–0 loss to the Mets, the Brewers traveled to Wrigley Field for the first time in 2009, losing three of four games to the Cubs over the Fourth of July weekend. The team fared little better upon returning to Miller Park, dropping series against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny Parra returned to the majors on July 9 and pitched seven shutout innings, but received a no-decision after the Cardinals scored five runs off the Milwaukee bullpen in the eighth inning.[65]

Three Brewers players participated in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game held July 14 in St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan Braun received 4,138,599 votes in fan balloting, the most received by any National League outfielder, and started his second consecutive All-Star Game. Prince Fielder also made his second All-Star appearance when he was selected as a reserve player by National League team manager Charlie Manuel.[66] Fielder was also invited to the 2009 Home Run Derby, which he ultimately won with 17 home runs in the first two rounds and six home runs in the final round, beating Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers.[67] Finally, Trevor Hoffman made his seventh All-Star appearance as a replacement for injured Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton.[68]

Following the All-Star Break the Brewers went on the road, splitting a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds before losing two of three against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates win on July 20 snapped the Brewers 17-game winning streak against Pittsburgh in a game marred by a disputed beanball thrown at Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, reportedly in retribution for an incident in April where Karstens hit Ryan Braun with a pitch, that caused both benches to empty during the eighth inning.[69] On July 19, second baseman Felipe López was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league players Cole Gillespie and Roque Mercedes; the acquisition of Lopez was expected to fill the hole at second and at the top of the lineup left by Rickie Weeks' May injury.[70]

Milwaukee's July struggles continued at home, as the team lost a series against Atlanta before splitting a four-game series against the Washington Nationals, who entered the series with a Major League-worst 30–68 record. Tim Dillard was called up from the minor leagues to replace the struggling Mike Burns, and Carlos Villanueva made his first start of the season in a July 28 loss to the Nationals. Villanueva was a somewhat surprising choice for the assignment; though he had starting experience in 2008, Villanueva had struggled out of the bullpen in 2009 with a 2–7 record and 6.19 ERA.[71] Following the series against the Nationals, the Brewers were forced to make more roster moves as Jeff Suppan was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique and third baseman Bill Hall was optioned to Triple-A Nashville at his own request to work on his hitting; Hall had struggled with a .201 batting average in 199 at-bats in 2009.[72][73] Shortly before the July 31 trading deadline, former Brewer Claudio Vargas was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for minor league infielder Vinny Rottino in an attempt to shore up the pitching staff.[74]

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 9171 0.562 46–35 45–36
Chicago Cubs 8378 0.516 46–34 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 8082 0.494 11 40–41 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 7884 0.481 13 40–41 38–43
Houston Astros 7488 0.457 17 44–37 30–51
Pittsburgh Pirates 6299 0.385 28½ 40–41 22–58

Record vs. opponents


Source:
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona3–44-21–57-115–35–47-112–55–21–56–111-75-132–41–55–10
Atlanta4–34–23–64–48-103-34–33–313–510-83–43–33–44–210-87–8
Chicago2-42–410-52–44–311–63–510-73-31–510-44–54-26-105–26–9
Cincinnati5-16-35-100-73-312-41-58-72-42-513-51-63-38-83-46-9
Colorado11-74-44-27-02-42-54-146-03-42-46-310-88-106-16-011-4
Florida3-510-83-43-34-24–33-33-411-79-92-44-23-43-312-610-8
Houston4–53-36-114-125-23-44–35-101-56-210-56-12-46-93-36-9
Los Angeles11-73-45-35-114-43-33-43–35-14-34-310-811-72-53-29-9
Milwaukee5-23-37-107-80-64-310-53-33-34-39-52-44-59-95-35-10
New York2-55-133-34-24-37-115-11-53-36-124-32-55-34-510-85–10
Philadelphia5-18-105-15-24-29-92-63-43-412-64-25-23-44-115-36-12
Pittsburgh1-64-34-105-133-64-25-103-45-93-42-43-42-45-105-38–7
San Diego7-113-35-46-18-102-41-68-104-25-22-54-310-81-64-25–10
San Francisco13-54–32–43–310-84–34–27-115-43–54–34–28-104–34–29–6
St. Louis4-22-410-68-81-63-39-65-29-95-41-410-56-13-46–19–6
Washington5-18-102-54-30-66-123-32-33-58-103-153-52-42-41-67–11

Game log

2009 Game Log
April (12–10)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
1April 7@ Giants10–6Martinez (1–0)Suppan (0–1)42,7670–1
2April 8@ Giants4–2Gallardo (1–0)Johnson (0–1)Villanueva (1)40,7641–1
3April 9@ Giants7–1Cain (1–0)Parra (0–1)30,0271–2
4April 10Cubs4–3Villanueva (1–0)Gregg (0–1)45,4552–2
5April 11Cubs6–5Heilman (1–0)Villanueva (1–1)Mármol (1)43,7682–3
6April 12Cubs8–5Dempster (1–0)Suppan (0–2)40,1682–4
7April 13Reds7–6Vólquez (1–1)Gallardo (1–1)Cordero (2)25,0162–5
8April 14Reds6–1Arroyo (2–0)Parra (0–2)27,4412–6
9April 15Reds9–3Looper (1–0)Owings (0–1)30,3493–6
10April 17@ Mets5–4Putz (1–0)McClung (0–1)36,4363–7
11April 18@ Mets1–0Santana (2–1)Villanueva (1–2)Rodríguez (3)36,3123–8
12April 19@ Mets4–2Suppan (1–2)Figueroa (0–1)Coffey (1)36,1244–8
13April 21@ Phillies11–4Moyer (2–1)Parra (0–3)40,6054–9
14April 22@ Phillies3–1Looper (2–0)Blanton (0–2)Coffey (2)32,7595–9
15April 23@ Phillies6–1Bush (1–0)Hamels (0–2)36,3956–9
16April 24@ Astros5–2Gallardo (2–1)Paulino (0–1)25,3167–9
17April 25@ Astros9–8 (11)DiFelice (1–0)Geary (0–3)31,3558–9
18April 26@ Astros3–2Ortiz (2–0)Parra (0–4)Valverde (2)27,6908–10
19April 27Pirates10–5Coffey (1–0)Yates (0–1)32,1989–10
20April 28Pirates6–5Julio (1–0)Chavez (0–1)Hoffman (1)26,59410–10
21April 29Pirates1–0Gallardo (3–1)Snell (1–3)Villanueva (2)29,79111–10
22April 30Diamondbacks4–1DiFelice (2–0)Gordon (0–1)Hoffman (2)26,46412–10
May (18–10)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
23May 1Diamondbacks5–2Peña (3–0)Villanueva (1–3)Qualls (5)42,81012–11
24May 2Diamondbacks4–1Haren (3–3)Looper (2–1)Qualls (6)42,42212–12
25May 3Diamondbacks4–3Stetter (1–0)Gutiérrez (1–2)Hoffman (3)44,72713–12
26May 4@ Pirates7–4DiFelice (3–0)Capps (0–2)Hoffman (4)8,48214–12
27May 5@ Pirates8–5Suppan (2–2)Snell (1–4)Villanueva (3)9,77515–12
28May 6@ Reds15–3Parra (1–4)Arroyo (4–2)10,98216–12
29May 7@ Reds6–5Owings (2–3)Looper (2–2)Cordero (8)14,72416–13
30May 8Cubs3–2Stetter (2–0)Heilman (2–2)Hoffman (5)42,02517–13
31May 9Cubs12–6Gallardo (4–1)Dempster (2–2)44,42818–13
32May 10Cubs4–2Marshall (1–2)Suppan (2–3)Gregg (6)41,64618–14
33May 12Marlins6–3Parra (2–4)Koronka (0–1)Hoffman (6)29,33119–14
34May 13Marlins8–6Looper (3–2)Nolasco (2–4)Hoffman (7)32,82520–14
35May 14Marlins5–3Bush (2–0)Badenhop (2–2)Hoffman (8)35,65821–14
May 15@ CardinalsPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for May 18
36May 16@ Cardinals1–0Suppan (3–3)Wainwright (3–2)Hoffman (9)43,38222–14
37May 17@ Cardinals8–2Parra (3–4)Wellemeyer (3–4)43,04223–14
38May 18@ Cardinals8–4Looper (4–2)Lohse (3–3)39,13624–14
39May 19@ Astros4–2Bush (3–0)Ortiz (2–2)Hoffman (10)29,34325–14
40May 20@ Astros6–4Rodríguez (5–2)Gallardo (4–2)Sampson (2)27,16025–15
41May 21@ Astros4–3McClung (1–1)Fulchino (0–1)Hoffman (11)25,03726–15
42May 22@ Twins11–3Slowey (6–1)Parra (3–5)30,29726–16
43May 23@ Twins6–2Swarzak (1–0)Looper (4–3)40,54726–17
44May 24@ Twins6–3Baker (2–5)Bush (3–1)38,95926–18
45May 25Cardinals1–0 (10)Villanueva (2–3)McClellan (2–2)43,03227–18
46May 26Cardinals8–1Wainwright (5–2)Suppan (3–4)37,40427–19
47May 27Cardinals3–2Wellemeyer (5–4)Parra (3–6)Franklin (12)40,22627–20
48May 29Reds3–2Looper (5–3)Cueto (4–3)Hoffman (12)42,18628–20
49May 30Reds9–5McClung (2–1)Harang (5–5)44,17229–20
50May 31Reds5–2Gallardo (5–2)Owings (3–6)Hoffman (13)44,59430–20
June (12–15)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
51June 1@ Marlins7–4Martínez (1–0)Julio (1–1)Lindstrom (10)10,50930–21
52June 2@ Marlins10–3Badenhop (4–2)Parra (3–7)10,83130–22
53June 3@ Marlins9–6McClung (3–1)West (0–1)Hoffman (14)13,01231–22
54June 4@ Marlins4–3Johnson (5–1)Bush (3–2)Lindstrom (11)11,62331–23
55June 5@ Braves4–0Gallardo (6–2)Jurrjens (5–3)23,32732–23
56June 6@ Braves3–0Suppan (4–4)Vázquez (4–5)Hoffman (15)32,72133–23
57June 7@ Braves8–7O'Flaherty (1–0)Villanueva (2–4)González (8)33,42833–24
58June 9Rockies3–2Hammel (3–3)Coffey (1–1)Street (10)32,46433–25
59June 10Rockies4–2de la Rosa (2–6)Bush (3–3)Street (11)34,82333–26
60June 11Rockies5–4Cook (5–3)Gallardo (6–3)Street (12)35,46733–27
61June 12White Sox7–2Suppan (5–4)Dotel (1–2)41,81134–27
62June 13White Sox7–1Contreras (2–5)Parra (3–8)44,10034–28
63June 14White Sox5–4Thornton (4–1)Hoffman (0–1)Jenks (14)41,58634–29
64June 15@ Indians14–12Coffey (2–1)Pérez (1–2)Hoffman (16)25,41535–29
65June 16@ Indians7–5Gallardo (7–3)Sowers (1–4)22,98636–29
66June 17@ Indians9–8 (11)DiFelice (4–0)Aquino (1–2)Stetter (1)15,26937–29
67June 19@ Tigers4–10 (7)Miner (4–1)Looper (5–4)34,11237–30
68June 20@ Tigers5–9Figaro (1–0)Bush (3–4)39,15637–31
69June 21@ Tigers2–3Verlander (8–3)Gallardo (7–4)Rodney (14)41,16337–32
70June 23Twins7–3Liriano (3–8)Suppan (5–5)42,00837–33
71June 24Twins4–3Coffey (3–1)Blackburn (6–3)Hoffman (17)34,48038–33
72June 25Twins6–4Baker (5–6)Burns (0–1)Nathan (17)40,52438–34
73June 26Giants5–1Gallardo (8–4)Cain (9–2)37,34539–34
74June 27Giants7–6Hoffman (1–1)Wilson (2–4)42,06540–34
75June 28Giants7–0Sadowski (1–0)Suppan (5–6)43,39140–35
76June 29Mets10–6Looper (6–4)Nieve (3–1)Hoffman (18)39,87241–35
77June 30Mets6–3Burns (1–1)Santana (9–6)39,87242–35
July (9–16)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
78July 1Mets1–0Pelfrey (6–3)Gallardo (8–5)Rodríguez (21)35,40942–36
79July 2@ Cubs9–5Dempster (5–5)McClung (3–2)40,54542–37
80July 3@ Cubs2–1Gregg (3–2)DiFelice (4–1)41,20442–38
81July 4@ Cubs11–2Looper (7–4)Harden (5–5)40,08843–38
82July 5@ Cubs8–2Lilly (8–6)Burns (1–2)40,36943–39
83July 7Cardinals5–0Wainwright (9–5)Gallardo (8–6)36,55743–40
84July 8Cardinals5–4Coffey (4–1)Motte (3–3)Hoffman (19)33,65544–40
85July 9Cardinals5–1Piñeiro (7–9)Villanueva (2–5)40,35744–41
86July 10Dodgers12–8Troncoso (3–0)Villanueva (2–6)41,81144–42
87July 11Dodgers6–3Burns (2–2)Weaver (5–3)Hoffman (20)43,46645–42
88July 12Dodgers7–4Kershaw (7–5)Gallardo (8–7)Troncoso (5)42,24145–43
89July 16@ Reds9–6Looper (8–4)Bailey (1–1)Hoffman (21)23,57946–43
90July 17@ Reds4–0Arroyo (10–8)Suppan (5–7)25,68746–44
91July 18@ Reds5–1Parra (4–8)Harang (5–10)40,52447–44
92July 19@ Reds5–3Weathers (2–2)McClung (3–3)Cordero (22)25,92447–45
93July 20@ Pirates8–5Ohlendorf (8–7)Burns (2–3)11,47147–46
94July 21@ Pirates2–0Looper (9–4)Vasquez (1–4)Hoffman (22)16,18448–46
95July 22@ Pirates8–7Capps (2–5)Stetter (2–1)21,18648–47
96July 24Braves9–4Vázquez (8–7)Villanueva (2–7)41,49148–48
97July 25Braves4–0Gallardo (9–7)Hanson (5–1)43,56549–48
98July 26Braves10–2Lowe (10–7)Looper (9–5)43,47149–49
99July 27Nationals14–6Bergmann (1–1)Suppan (5–8)37,31149–50
100July 28Nationals8–3Balester (1–1)Villanueva (2–8)36,50249–51
101July 29Nationals7–5Parra (5–8)Clippard (1–1)Hoffman (23)32,99250–51
102July 30Nationals7–3Gallardo (10–7)Martin (0–2)39,89051–51
103July 31@ Padres11–7Mujica (3–4)Dillard (0–1)32,58851–52
August (13–14)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
104August 1@ Padres4–2Burke (3–3)Burns (2–4)Bell (26)26,42451–53
105August 2@ Padres6–1Stetter (3–3)Correia (7–9)23,69652–53
106August 3@ Dodgers6–5Parra (6–8)Kershaw (8–6)Hoffman (24)46,54453–53
107August 4@ Dodgers17–4Kuroda (4–5)Gallardo (10–8)45,53553–54
108August 5@ Dodgers4–1Looper (10–5)Schmidt (2–2)Hoffman (25)50,27654–54
109August 7@ Astros6–3Norris (2–0)Villanueva (2–9)Valverde (14)34,69154–55
110August 8@ Astros12–5Parra (7–8)Hampton (7–9)35,21655–55
111August 9@ Astros2–0Rodríguez (11–6)Gallardo (10–9)Valverde (15)32,26255–56
112August 11Padres13–6Richard (6–3)Looper (10–6)37,04055–57
113August 12Padres6–5Correia (8–9)Coffey (4–2)Bell (29)38,75355–58
114August 13Padres12–9Parra (8–8)Carrillo (0–1)Hoffman (26)39,68356–58
115August 14Astros11–2Gallardo (11–9)Rodríguez (11–7)37,71557–58
116August 15Astros6–2Burns (3–4)Moehler (7–9)42,95258–58
117August 16Astros8–5Fulchino (5–4)Weathers (3–4)Valverde (16)41,86358–59
118August 17@ Pirates9–5Hart (4–2)Villanueva (2–10)12,47858–60
119August 18@ Pirates5–2Ohlendorf (11–8)Parra (8–9)12,18858–61
120August 19@ Pirates3–1Maholm (7–7)Gallardo (11–10)Capps (22)12,63058–62
121August 21@ Nationals7–3Looper (11–6)Martin (2–3)26,30759–62
122August 22@ Nationals11–9Narveson (1–0)Bergmann (2–2)Hoffman (27)19,37460–62
123August 23@ Nationals8–3Stammen (4–6)Parra (8–10)21,48460–63
124August 24@ Nationals7–1Gallardo (12–10)Balester (1–4)17,80561–63
125August 25Reds8–6Herrera (2–4)Coffey (4–3)29,48161–64
126August 26Reds4–3Herrera (3–4)Burns (3–5)Cordero (27)35,08461–65
127August 27Reds8–5Lehr (3–1)Bush (3–5)Cordero (28)31,09161–66
128August 28Pirates8–6Parra (9–10)Duke (10–12)Hoffman (28)34,43862–66
129August 29Pirates7–3Vargas (1–0)Hart (4–4)41,77363–66
130August 30Pirates4–1Suppan (6–8)Ohlendorf (11–9)Hoffman (29)41,15764–66
September (13–15)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
131September 1@ Cardinals7–6Piñeiro (14–9)Weathers (3–5)Franklin (36)40,11964–67
132September 2@ Cardinals10–3Carpenter (15–3)Bush (3–6)40,21464–68
133September 3@ Cardinals4–3Parra (10–10)Smoltz (1–1)Hoffman (30)37,79165–68
134September 4Giants3–2Medders (4–1)Coffey (4–4)Wilson (33)37,51165–69
135September 5Giants3–2Cain (13–4)Gallardo (12–11)Wilson (34)30,25465–70
136September 6Giants2–1 (12)Stetter (4–1)Valdez (2–1)36,59066–70
137September 7Cardinals3–0Carpenter (16–3)Bush (3–7)35,36066–71
138September 8Cardinals3–4Hawksworth (3–0)Hoffman (1–2)McClellan (3)36,17266–72
139September 9Cardinals5–1Wainwright (18–7)Suppan (6–9)26,55966–73
140September 11@ Diamondbacks6–3Looper (12–6)Davis (7–13)Hoffman (31)19,94567–73
141September 12@ Diamondbacks9–2Bush (4–7)Mulvey (0–1)31,36968–73
142September 13@ Diamondbacks5–3Villanueva (3–10)Schlereth (0–4)Hoffman (32)21,45369–73
143September 14@ Cubs2–0Dempster (10–8)Suppan (6–10)Mármol (13)38,72569–74
144September 15@ Cubs13–7Heilman (3–3)Gallardo (12–12)38,98669–75
145September 16@ Cubs9–5Looper (13–6)Harden (9–9)38,08470–75
146September 17@ Cubs7–4Bush (5–7)Wells (10–9)Hoffman (33)39,15871–75
147September 18Astros3–2Weathers (4–5)Wright (3–4)Hoffman (34)39,05772–75
148September 19Astros7–2Suppan (7–10)Byrdak (1–2)36,39973–75
149September 20Astros6–0Gallardo (13–12)Paulino (2–10)30,02474–75
150September 21Cubs10–2Gorzelanny (6–2)Looper (13–7)34,19274–76
151September 22Cubs7–2Wells (11–9)Bush (5–8)34,31674–77
152September 23Cubs3–2Narveson (2–0)Samardzija (1–3)Hoffman (35)32,34075–77
153September 24Phillies9–4Happ (11–4)Suppan (7–11)37,67875–78
154September 25Phillies8–4Parra (11–10)Lee (14–12)Hoffman (36)33,42876–78
155September 26Phillies7–5Hoffman (2–2)Walker (2–1)40,14177–78
156September 27Phillies6–5Blanton (12–7)Bush (5–9)Madson (9)37,19777–79
157September 29@ Rockies7–5 (11)Belisle (3–1)Weathers (4–6)39,08777–80
158September 30@ Rockies10–6Hammel (10–8)Suppan (7–12)41,46577–81
October (3–1)
#DateOpponentScoreWinLossSaveAttendanceRecord
159October 1@ Rockies9–2Cook (11–6)Parra (11–11)38,09877–82
160October 2@ Cardinals12–6Looper (14–7)McClellan (4–4)44,33178–82
161October 3@ Cardinals5–4Villanueva (4–10)Lohse (6–10)Hoffman (37)43,97779–82
162October 4@ Cardinals9–7 (10)Hoffman (3–2)Wellemeyer (7–10)Axford (1)43,46480–82

Source:[75]

Roster

2009 Milwaukee Brewers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

  • 43 Chris Bosio (pitching)
  • 35 Bill Castro (pitching)
  • 36 Brad Fischer (third base)
  • 53 Stan Kyles (Bullpen)
  • 33 Willie Randolph (Bench)
  •  6 Ed Sedar (first base)
  • 29 Dale Sveum (hitting)

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CJason Kendall134452109.241243
1BPrince Fielder162591177.29946141
2BFelipe López6625983.320332
SSJ.J. Hardy11541495.2291147
3BCasey McGehee116355107.3011666
LFRyan Braun158635203.32032114
CFMike Cameron149544136.2502470
RFCorey Hart115419109.2601248

Through October 4, 2009

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Craig Counsell130404115.285439
Bill Hall7621443.201624
Jody Gerut8516138.236521
Rickie Weeks3714740.272924
Frank Catalanotto7714440.27819
Mat Gamel6112831.242520
Alcides Escobar3812538.304111
Mike Rivera4111426.228214
Jason Bourgeois24377.18913
Chris Duffy19324.12503
Brad Nelson19210.00000
Corey Patterson11141.07100
Hernan Iribarren12133.23101
Carlos Corporan1111.00000

Through October 4, 2009

Starting and other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts; WHIP = Walks + hits per inning pitched

Player G IP W L ERA SO WHIP
Braden Looper34194.21475.221001.49
Yovani Gallardo26185.213123.732041.31
Jeff Suppan30161.27125.29801.70
Manny Parra27140.011116.361161.83
Dave Bush22114.1596.38891.47
Mike Burns1551.2355.75391.49
Chris Narveson2147.0203.83461.30

Through October 4, 2009

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts; WHIP = Walks + hits per inning pitched

Player G W L SV IP ERA SO WHIP
Trevor Hoffman55323754.01.83480.91
Todd Coffey7844283.22.90651.16
Mitch Stetter7141145.03.60441.42
Carlos Villanueva64410396.05.34831.43
Mark DiFelice5941051.23.66481.24
Seth McClung4133062.04.94401.63
Chris Smith3500046.04.11351.30
Claudio Vargas2810030.11.78200.96
David Weathers2513024.04.88101.54
Jorge Julio1511017.17.79131.73
John Axford70017.23.5291.44
R.J. Swindle60006.216.2082.40
Jesús Colomé50006.15.6831.74
Josh Butler30004.09.0033.25
Tim Dillard20104.112.4612.77
David Riske10001.018.0004.00

Through October 4, 2009

Farm system

The Brewers' farm system consisted of seven minor league affiliates in 2009.[76] The Brewers operated a Dominican Summer League team as a co-op with the Baltimore Orioles.[76]

Level Team League Manager
Triple-A Nashville Sounds Pacific Coast League Don Money
Double-A Huntsville Stars Southern League Bobby Miscik
Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees Florida State League Mike Guerrero
Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Midwest League Jeff Isom
Rookie Helena Brewers Pioneer League Rene Gonzales
Rookie AZL Brewers Arizona League Tony Diggs
Rookie DSL Orioles/Brewers Dominican Summer League

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