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Monday: A remarkable road trip
We're talking about six wins in seven days and more in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

Some things to read while waiting for pizza.

If you missed this weekend's baseball, you missed a lot: The Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 6-5 win on Sunday, and Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball has the recap. The Brewers are now 17 games over .500 for the first time and hold the National League's best record at 47-30.

The win wrapped up a 6-1 road trip for the Brewers, and their bandwagon picked up a few new fans while they were out west. Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com says it's time to believe in this team, and notes that this weekend was only Milwaukee's fourth series win in 20 opportunities at Coors Field. The Brewers are now 27-15 on the road, and picked up road win No. 27 nearly two months earlier than the 96-win 2011 Brewers did (h/t @joe_block).

Carlos Gomez had six hits over the weekend, including at least one in all three games. His hitting streak is now up to 18 games, the longest by a Brewer since Ryan Braun also had an 18-gamer in 2012. He's also reached base safely in 35 consecutive games, which is the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. He has the longest active streak in all of baseball in both categories.

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Other notes from the field:
  • Ryan Braun left Sunday's game in the ninth inning with a sore ankle, but the injury is not believed to be serious (h/t @Todd_Rosiak).
  • Sunday's win was Ron Roenicke's 300th as manager of the Brewers. He's the fifth manager in franchise history to reach that mark (h/t @MikeVassallo13).
  • Francisco Rodriguez recorded career save No. 329 on Sunday and is now tied with Francisco Cordero for 13th on the all-time list (h/t @AndrewGruman).
  • One of Aramis Ramirez's two hits on Sunday was a double, and he's now one of just 95 players in MLB history with 450 in his career (h/t @AndrewGruman).
  • Lyle Overbay's home run on Sunday was the 150th of his career (h/t @Todd_Rosiak).
  • Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk has video of Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson falling down while attempting to score on an error during his triple in the ninth inning.
  • John Autin of High Heat Stats notes that Sunday was the first time an opposing team has scored against both Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez this season.
  • The Brewers tumblr feed has a gif of Brandon Kintzler coming off the mound to make a great play on a weak ground ball in the sixth inning Sunday.
  • Friday's game took a turn for the weird when three runs scored on a single wild pitch with Wily Peralta at the plate.
  • That game also featured five players with at least three hits for the seventh time in franchise history and the first since 2007.
After Sunday's game the Brewers flew home to Milwaukee, where they'll open a three-game series with the NL East's first-place Washington Nationals tonight. Matt Garza will take on Gio Gonzalez in the opener at 7:10 p.m., and Caitlin Sweica has the MLB.com preview.

Zach Duke worked around a hit and recorded two outs Sunday in his first outing since allowing a home run to the only batter he faced Friday night. That home run was the only run Duke has allowed in 10 appearances in June, and Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a look at how a relatively unheralded minor league signing has turned into a key part of the Brewers bullpen.

Scooter Gennett had three hits in Friday's game, but he didn't start again in the series, as Ron Roenicke opted to use Rickie Weeks against lefty starters on Saturday and Sunday. Cody Ulm of MLB.com has a look at how Gennett has entrenched himself in the leadoff spot... when he's in the lineup. Gennett has multiple hits in seven of his last eight starts.

Aramis Ramirez's home run on Sunday gave the Brewers five players with at least 10 on the season, but it appears none have demonstrated enough power to earn an invitation to the 2014 Home Run Derby. Grant Brisbee of SB Nation has a proposed derby lineup that includes Hunter Pence and Paul Goldschmidt but leaves out Gomez, Mark Reynolds and Khris Davis.

The Brewers may not be represented in the Home Run Derby, but they should have multiple players appear in the All-Star game. A panel of ESPN contributors listed Jonathan Lucroy as the player who should start for the NL at catcher, and chose Carlos Gomez to start the game as the National League's designated hitter. Jeff Passan of Yahoo has Lucroy, Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez as reserves on his projected roster.

Even if Lucroy doesn't get to start the All Star Game, he's a proud member of this squad: Baseball Historian has the Brewers' catcher as the starting backstop on his All-Underrated Team. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs also says Lucroy has been baseball's most valuable catcher this season.

Meanwhile, Ryan Braun continues to have a rough month. He walked and scored a run on Sunday but is still hitting just .207/.271/.345 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging) in 20 games in June. Nonetheless, Lee Sinins of Gammons Daily profiled Braun in a recent edition of "Legends of the Game."

The Brewers used five relievers on Sunday and six at one point or another during the Rockies series, but Tyler Thornburg wasn't one of them. He's been on the disabled list with elbow flexor irritation for 15 days now but still isn't able to throw a baseball, and talked to Todd Rosiak about his rehab.

If Thornburg can't pitch again soon, it may raise the possibility that the Brewers will trade for a reliever. Andrew Vrchota of Reviewing the Brew has a bullpen arm, an outfielder and a utility player on his list of three players the Brewers should target before the July 31 trade deadline.

Jimmy Nelson also likely won't be pitching for the Brewers anytime in the short-term future, as he started Saturday's game for Nashville and wouldn't be ready to go on normal rest when Marco Estrada's spot in the rotation comes up on Tuesday. Bill Berg and the staff at Reviewing the Brew looked at reasons why Nelson may still be in Nashville despite a 1.79 ERA in the Pacific Coast League.

The Brewers got through the weekend in Colorado without hitting a batter with a pitch, and have played five consecutive games without a plunking after Tuesday's incident in Arizona. The Baseball Codes has a look at Ron Roenicke's reluctance to hit a batter on purpose.

In the minors:
  • KHON in Honolulu has a story on 12th-round pick Jordan Yamamoto, who opted to sign with the Brewers out of high school instead of going to the University of Arizona. @Mass_Haas reports that his bonus was $330,000, well above slot value.
  • The Brewers (via @BrewersPD) are also reporting they've signed 14th-round pick Jonathan Oquendo.
  • Back on the field, the affiliates went 3-3 on Sunday, and outfielder Nathan Orf had three hits in Brevard County's 6-5 win over Dunedin. You can read about all of the day's action in the Brewerfan.net Link Report.
  • Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has more from Wisconsin's 5-2 win over Burlington, which completed their first four-game sweep in Burlington in their 20 seasons since becoming the Timber Rattlers.
  • Congratulations are due out to Mehring, by the way, whose Friday doubleheader broadcast was his 2,000th and 2,001st games since joining the Timber Rattlers.
  • The Nashville Sounds will be moving into a new facility next spring, but they'll be taking one of the coolest parts of their old ballpark with them. Mark Townsend of Big League Stew has a photo of the reimagined guitar-shaped scoreboard that will be installed at First Tennessee Park.
  • Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Doug Melvin.
  • The Arizona Summer League Brewers, the organization's lowest U.S.-based affiliated, opened their season on Friday night, and Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects has a preview.
Today in power rankings:
If you'd like more Brewers coverage today but you're sick of reading, I'll be making my weekly appearance on The Talking Cheeseheads with Ben Larson this afternoon. Listen in live on Sports Fan 100.5 in Wausau or Sports Talk AM 1090 WAQE in Rice Lake, or follow that link later to catch the archived audio.
 
Around baseball:

Angels: Released outfielder Raul Ibanez.
Braves: Placed pitcher Gavin Floyd on the DL with a broken elbow.
Cardinals: Placed pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the DL with shoulder injuries.
Cubs: Designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment.
Diamondbacks: Designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment.
Marlins: Placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the DL with a hamstring injury.
Orioles: Signed pitcher Randy Wolf to a minor league deal.
Padres: Fired general manager Josh Byrnes.
Phillies: Placed infielder Reid Brignac on the DL with an ankle sprain.
Rangers: Claimed pitcher Justin Marks off waivers from the Athletics.
Royals: Placed outfielder Norichika Aoki on the DL with a groin strain.

Let's go around the NL Central:
  • The Cardinals salvaged a four-game series split against the Phillies with a 5-3 win on Sunday. The Cardinals' 3-7 hitters all had multiple hits in the game.
  • The Reds are back at .500 after a series win over the Blue Jays, which they clinched with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. Todd Frazier hit his 17th home run in the game.
  • The Pirates took two of three from the Cubs over the weekend, including a 2-1 win on Sunday. Pittsburgh pitcher Brandon Cumpton held Chicago to just two hits over seven shutout innings.
  • The Brewers, as you probably know, completed a sweep of the Rockies with a 6-5 win on Sunday.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
Team  GB  Today  Matchup 
Brewers  47  30  --  vs Nationals, 7:10 p.m.  Matt Garza vs Gio Gonzalez 
Cardinals  41  35  5.5  @ Rockies, 7:40 p.m.  Lance Lynn vs Jhoulys Chacin 
Reds  37  37  8.5  @ Cubs, 7:05 p.m.  Alfredo Simon vs Jeff Samardzija 
Pirates  37  38  @ Rays, 6:10 p.m.  Edinson Volquez vs Alex Cobb 
Cubs  31  42  14  vs Reds, 7:05 p.m.  Jeff Samardzija vs Alfredo Simon 

The Brewers' 5.5 game divisional lead is the largest in all of baseball (h/t @joe_block).
 
The Cardinals open a 10-game, 11-day road trip today, and maybe they can find an exterminator to help them out during that time. The Good Phight has a note on an infestation of moths that appeared at Busch Stadium during Saturday's game.

Today in former Brewers: James Wagner of The Washington Post has a look at Livan Hernandez's new role as the Nationals' preferred batting practice pitcher.

He's not exactly a former Brewer, but Brad Mills, who was recently a farmhand in the Brewers organization before being traded for a dollar, made his debut for Oakland Friday night and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over just four innings.

Sunday's win featured Francisco Rodriguez's 25th save of the season, as the veteran closer continues to hold on to a role none of us knew he'd be filling until he came in to pitch the ninth on Opening Day. Not everyone across baseball has been so lucky: The Pirates bumped Jason Grilli, a 2013 All-Star, from their ninth-inning role over the weekend after he converted 11 of his first 15 save opportunities this season. 

With help from the Baseball Reference Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday to 1970-92 Brewers manager Dave Bristol. He turns 81 today (Today In Brewer History).

Today is also the 39th anniversary of Hank Aaron's final four-hit game in an 8-4 Brewers win over the Tigers in 1975. Follow the link for that event's entry in Today In Brewer History at Brew Crew Ball.
 
Finally, today we're saddened to report that longtime Brewers employee Terry Peterson recently passed away at age 60 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. Peterson was the head of stadium operations at County Stadium and is credited with having the original idea for a Milwaukee tradition, the Sausage Race. Our condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

Drink up.

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