MILWAUKEE -- A large part of the Brewers early-season success can be attributed to a bullpen that has responded to protecting late-inning leads associated with a winning record.
Although it's a nice problem to have, the workload could catch up with the Brewers, who have just three days off between now and the All-Star break. The Brewers currently are in the midst of a stretch of 16 consecutive games and have a 20-game stretch in June.
"If you want to win games, you want your guys that are pitching the best in there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Thursday's game against the Pirates. "And, that's what we've got. I hope we continue to pitch a lot. But, we'll have to change it up sometimes."
The Brewers bullpen ranks sixth in the National League with a 3.20 ERA and a league-high 17 saves, including 16 by closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who took the loss in Wednesday's 4-1 defeat by allowing three runs in the top of the ninth, and left-hander Will Smith, who has allowed just one earned run in 19 1-3 innings for a 0.47 ERA, have pitched in four of the last five games.
Miller Park to host first pro soccer game
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and Miller Park will host Chivas and Swansea City during the All-Star break in the first professional soccer match at the stadium.
The match scheduled for July 16 is part of the annual U.S. tour by the Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara, better known as Chivas, and the English Premier League club.
"We've very excited to be bringing yet another major attraction to Miller Park this summer as we host this match between Chivas and Swansea City," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said in a release. "We are fortunate to have a facility that is adaptable for much more than baseball, and with the World Cup being staged this summer, interest in soccer is peaking worldwide."
Tickets go on sale May 22 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range from $25 to $70.
Gorzelanny makes first rehab appearance
MILWAUKEE -- Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, began a rehab assignment Wednesday night with Class-A Brevard County, pitching two scoreless innings.
Gorzelanny, who has been on the 15-day disabled list all season, allowed one hit, striking out one and walking one in the Manatees 4-3 loss to Fort Myers.
Gorzelanny was 3-6 with a 3.90 ERA last season in 43 games, including 10 starts.
Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.