May 7, 2010: Tonight's Rattlers starting pitcher

RHP DAMON KRESTALUDE: Selected by Milwaukee in the 17th round of the 2008 draft out of Port St. Lucie (FL) High School.

LAST SEASON: Krestalude made two appearances with the Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League) in early June. He was transferred to Helena once the Pioneer League started. Krestalude was 3-4 with a 5.35ERA in 15 games (nine starts) for the Helena Brewers.

LAST START: On May 2 at Beloit, Krestalude allowed two runs on two hits, walked four and struck out three over five innings. He left the game with the Rattlers trailing 2-0, but he was not involved in the decision. Wisconsin rallied for an 8-3 win over the Snappers at Pohlman Field.

A SEASON IN THE DESERT: In 2008 - his first season as a Brewers’ farmhand - Krestalude went 1-4 with a 3.15ERA for Milwaukee’s Arizona League affiliate.

DOWN IN FLORIDA: Krestalude worked two innings of relief against Sarasota on June 6, 2009 and allowed a run on a hit. On June 13, Krestalude got the start at Palm Beach. He pitched 4-2/3 scoreless innings and gave up three hits. Krestalude also hit a batter, walked four and struck out three in his start for the Manatees.

O, PIONEER LEAGUE: Krestalude was the first Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week in 2009. In his first appearance for the Helena Brewers, Krestalude pitched six shutout innings and gave up just one hit against Missoula on June 25. Krestalude picked up the win, walked one, and struck out three

BREWERS CAREER: Krestalude was 4-8 with a 4.42 ERA in his first two seasons as a pitcher in the Milwaukee minor league system. He has made 31 appearances (15 starts) since 2008.

VS. CEDAR RAPIDS: Krestalude made the start against the Kernels on April 20 at Time Warner Cable Field. He allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. Krestalude walked two and struck out four, but not involved in the decision. He left the game with the Rattlers leading 6-2, but Wisconsin lost 7-6 in 10 innings.

VS. ANGELS: Krestalude has faced one other Angels farm team in his career. On August 29, 2008, he worked two innings of relief against the Arizona League affiliate of the Angels. Krestalude allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over two innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

INNINGS PITCHED: 8.0 (8/2/09 v. Billings)
STRIKEOUTS: 7 (8/2/09 v. Billings)

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