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.
: Released outfielder Raul Ibanez.
: Placed pitcher Gavin Floyd on the DL with a broken elbow.
: Placed pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the DL with shoulder injuries.
: Designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment.
: Designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment.
: Placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the DL with a hamstring injury.
: Signed pitcher Randy Wolf to a minor league deal.
: Fired general manager Josh Byrnes.
: Placed infielder Reid Brignac on the DL with an ankle sprain.
: Claimed pitcher Justin Marks off waivers from the Athletics.
: 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:
||vs Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
||Matt Garza vs Gio Gonzalez
||@ Rockies, 7:40 p.m.
||Lance Lynn vs Jhoulys Chacin
||@ Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
||Alfredo Simon vs Jeff Samardzija
||@ Rays, 6:10 p.m.
||Edinson Volquez vs Alex Cobb
||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.
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