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Back in Milwaukee, Carlos Gomez may be suspended soon, but the Brewers aren't suspending their efforts to make him one of the faces of this team. The Brewers tumblr feed has a time-lapse image
of his new billboard being installed near Milwaukee's Zoo interchange.
Meanwhile inside Miller Park, the Double Clutch stand on the Loge Level is serving Pittsburgh Devonshire Turkey Sandwiches
during the Pirates series. I won't get a chance to try one, but if you do, let me know what you think.
If a turkey sandwich isn't your thing, maybe you'll be more interested in another Loge Level offering: The Beast. Rob Thomas of Madison.com has a review
of the footlong hot dog stuffed inside a giant brat, wrapped in bacon and served on a pretzel bun, although he leads off the story with an admission that he threw half of it in the garbage.
Today in power rankings: Jonah Keri of Grantland
has the Brewers third in all of baseball, up one spot.
If you'd like more Brewers coverage today but you're sick of reading, my weekly appearance on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton has been archived and can be heard here
. I was in-studio for the entirety of an abbreviated edition of the show on Tuesday to talk Rickie Weeks, the Pirates series and more.
: Placed pitcher Tyler Lyons on the DL with a shoulder strain.
: Infielder Jayson Nix rejected an outright assignment to the minors and is now a free agent.
: Placed infielder Omar Infante on the DL with a back injury.
: Placed pitcher Shawn Kelley on the DL with a back injury.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The game of the night around the division (and maybe around baseball) was played in St. Louis, where the Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth to send it to extra innings tied at 3-all, and the Cardinals won 4-3 in the bottom of the 12th on rookie Greg Garcia's walkoff, bases loaded HBP.
- The Reds held the Padres to just three hits, but one of them was a ninth-inning home run for Chase Headley, and San Diego eked out a 2-1 victory. Brandon Phillips had three hits and drove in Cincinnati's only run.
- The Brewers, as you've likely heard, beat the Pirates 5-2 at Miller Park.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
||vs Pirates, 7:10 pm
||Wily Peralta vs Francisco Liriano
||vs Cubs, 7:15 pm
||Michael Wacha vs Jason Hammel
||vs Padres, 6:10 pm
||Johnny Cueto vs Ian Kennedy
||@ Brewers, 7:10 pm
||Francisco Liriano vs Wily Peralta
||@ Cardinals, 7:15 pm
||Jason Hammel vs Michael Wacha
Today in former Brewers: George Kottaras, who homered twice in his only MLB game for the Indians this season before being designated for assignment, has accepted an outright assignment to the minors
and will remain in Cleveland's organization.
The most interesting statistical note from yesterday comes from Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus
, who has a look at how having a base -tealing threat on the bases impacts the hitter at the plate. There is some anecdotal and statistical evidence that hitters get more fastballs in those situations, but also reason to believe the distraction of having someone moving around on the basepaths hurts their ability to focus.
Today's most unusual story is coming from Philadelphia, where Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is claiming he got sick after eating at the Shake Shack
at Citi Field in New York. The story got a step stranger later in the day yesterday when Mets first baseman Lucas Duda said he also got sick
from an undercooked burger from the same stand.
Finally, with help from the Baseball Reference Play Index
, we'd like to wish a happy birthday to Cardinal Stritch alum Anthony Shumaker
. He played in the majors as a member of the 1999 Phillies and turns 44 today.
Today is also the 34th anniversary of Robin Yount scoring career run No. 403
to pass George Scott for second place on the Brewers' all time list in 1980, and the 31st anniversary of outfielder Ben Oglivie's third three-homer game as a Brewer
in 1983. Follow the links for those events' respective entries in Today In Brewer History.