#451122690 / gettyimages.com Some things to read while getting slapped. The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals played for three hours and 11 minutes at Miller Park Monday night, but all of the offense came in one fleeting moment: Adam LaRoche’s third-inning three-run homer provided the only scoring in Washington’s 3-0 win. Jordan Mader of Brew […]

Some things to read while getting slapped.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals played for three hours and 11 minutes at Miller Park Monday night, but all of the offense came in one fleeting moment: Adam LaRoche’s third-inning three-run homer provided the only scoring in Washington’s 3-0 win. Jordan Mader of Brew Crew Ball has the recap, if you missed it.

Matt Garza allowed that home run but little else, giving up five hits and two walks over seven innings. @AndrewGruman notes that he’s tied a career best by throwing six consecutive quality starts.

The Brewers only had three hits in the game and none of them belonged to Carlos Gomez, who lost his 18-game hitting streak and 35-game on-base streak. Gomez had one final opportunity in a 12-pitch at-bat against closer Tyler Clippard in the ninth, but opted not to try to bunt for a hit and struck out.

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Other notes from the field:

  • This was the sixth time the Brewers have been shut out this season (h/t @AndrewGruman).
  • Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez threw six scoreless innings, and @AdamMcCalvy reports he did it by throwing his changeup nearly 25 percent of the time.
  • Gomez’s streak got more attention, but Jonathan Lucroy did have a hit and has now reached base safely in each of his last 40 starts.
  • Nationals manager Matt Williams was ejected in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. It was his first ejection with the Nationals.
  • ESPN broadcasted last night’s game to a national audience, did a feature story on the Sausage Race and had sideline reporter Tim Kurkijian run in the race. Kurkijian finished last as the Hot Dog.
  • The Bratwurst, by the way, won the race.
  • The Brewers have played 4,376 games since throwing a no-hitter.

The series continues tonight but doesn’t get any easier as Yovani Gallardo takes on Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann at 7:10 p.m. Joe Morgan has the MLB.com recap.

The Brewers didn’t get much from their outfielders Monday night, as Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Khris Davis combined to go 1-for-12 with four strikeouts and a GIDP. Nonetheless, Scott Lindholm of Beyond the Box Score has a statistical system showing that the Brewers have baseball’s third-best outfield. Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball expanded on the concept.

Aramis Ramirez did not have a hit in the Nationals series opener, but is still batting .426/.460/.809 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging) in his last 12 games. The home run he hit on Sunday was also his 360th as a third baseman, moving him past Nationals manager Williams and into sixth place on the all-time list.

And for what it’s worth, Ramirez’s efforts are not going unrecognized. Major League Baseball released updated All-Star ballot voting results on Monday, and Carlos Gomez has moved back into the third spot among NL outfielders, but the real surprise was Ramirez passing David Wright of the Mets for first place among third basemen. He leads by just 19,000 votes, though, so the race is far from over. Jonathan Lucroy still trails Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina by around 700,000 votes.

Vince Morales of Miller Park Drunk, though, isn’t willing to settle for two or three Brewers All-Stars. He has a pair of posts looking at why nearly every Brewers position player and/or pitcher should make the roster.

Carlos Gomez is a legitimate All-Star contender, and if he gets an at-bat in the game, don’t be surprised if he swings at the first pitch. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs has a great look at how Gomez’s tendency to swing at the first pitch has actually increased while he’s been credited with improving his plate discipline in recent years.

Mike Fiers pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday on seven days of rest, and Tom Gorzelanny worked the ninth in just his second appearance in eight days. The Brewers have a glut of pitchers at the moment with eight members in the bullpen, and Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Ron Roenicke is considering going back to a normal bench and bullpen alignment soon.

Scooter Gennett has also been largely unused lately, as Rickie Weeks started at second base Monday night for the third time in four games. Adam Wieser of Disciples of Uecker has a look at Gennett’s last 30 days, when he’s been one of baseball’s hottest hitters.

Looking back another day, ESPN has video of Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson’s stumble between third base and home in the ninth inning on Friday. They’re asking if it’s the “baserunning fail of the year.” With that said, it might not even have been the most bizarre play of the weekend: David Schoenfield of ESPN is asking fans to decide if Saturday’s three-run wild pitch was the worst play ever.

In the minors:

  • The U.S.-based affiliates went 4-1 on Monday, and one of the wins came from Brevard County, where the Manatees used a six-run second inning to coast to a 7-4 win over Dunedin. Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects has short recaps of all of the day’s action.
  • Second-round draft pick and outfielder Monte Harrison is getting his career started in a big way with the AZL Brewers, as he homered Monday night in their 9-1 win over the Indians. Teddy Cahill of MLB.com notes that Harrison is 4-for-10 in his first three games.
Back in Milwaukee, if you’re heading out to Miller Park this week and you’re looking for something to eat, Caitlin Moyer recently reviewed “Will Smith’s Slider of Death” from the AJ Bombers stand on the Field Level, and the Double Clutch stand on the Loge Level is also serving “Washington Burger Sliders” for the Nationals series.

Elsewhere around Miller Park, Caitlin Moyer has updated the list of Brewers’ walkup and entrance songs. Ramirez’s request to have no walkup music really stands out in this group.

If you stand near the top of Miller Park and look out a window, you still likely cannot see all the way to Racine County. It’s one of the five counties being taxed for the stadium’s construction, though, and Mark Schaaf of the Racine Journal Times reports that the ballpark’s economic benefit to the county is small at best.

Today in power rankings: Jonah Keri of Grantland, ESPN and Call to the Pen all agree that the Brewers are baseball’s second-best team. Keri and ESPN had them third last week, while CttP had them fourth.

Around baseball:

Athletics: Placed first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks on the DL with a calf strain.
Blue Jays: Placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the DL with a fractured finger.
Orioles: Reliever Edgmer Escalona has refused an outright assignment to the minors and is now a free agent.
Padres: Placed pitcher Andrew Cashner on the DL with a sore shoulder.

Let’s go around the NL Central:

  • The Cardinals closed the gap a bit with an 8-0 win over the Rockies at Coors Field. Lance Lynn pitched eight shutout innings and allowed just three hits, while Matt Adams hit a pair of home runs.
  • The Reds and Cubs went to the ninth tied 1-1, but Cincinnati picked up five runs in its final at bat for a 6-1 victory. Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam to drive home four of those runs.
  • The Pirates ran out to an early lead and coasted to an 8-1 win over the Rays for their third consecutive victory. Edinson Volquez worked eight innings and allowed a run on five hits.

Here are today’s updated standings and probables:

Team  GB  Today  Matchup 
Brewers  47  31  —  vs Nationals, 7:10 p.m.  Yovani Gallardo vs Jordan Zimmermann 
Cardinals  42  35  4.5  @ Rockies, 7:40 p.m.  Shelby Miller vs Jorge De La Rosa 
Reds  38  37  7.5  @ Cubs, 7:05 p.m.  Homer Bailey vs Jake Arrieta 
Pirates  38  38  @ Rays, 6:10 p.m.  Jeff Locke vs Chris Archer 
Cubs  31  43  14  vs Reds, 7:05 p.m.  Jake Arrieta vs Homer Bailey 

The injury bug has bitten the Cardinals’ starting pitchers in the last week, with both Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha hitting the disabled list with shoulder ailments. St. Louis is responding by calling up 2013 first-round pick Marco Gonzalez to pitch against the Rockies on Wednesday. Gonzalez has made just 21 professional appearances and only seven above High-A.
 
Meanwhile, the least-anticipated sporting event of the year lurks on the horizon. Yesterday, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the “Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game,” otherwise known as “that thing that comes on if you forget to change the channel after the Home Run Derby.” Take a look at that list and see if you can honestly tell me you wouldn’t be happier watching mascot kickball.

Speaking of the Derby, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies have been selected as the captains for the AL and NL teams. This year’s event will be bracketed, with five hitters from each league participating and captains getting a first-round bye.

Today in former Brewers:

  • 39-year-old Jamey Wright pitched in relief for the Dodgers last night, completing the 2,000th inning of his 19-year MLB career (h/t @trueblueLA). Wright is one of 17 active pitchers with at least 2,000 innings, and 473 2/3 of them came as a member of the Brewers from 2000-02.
  • Nick Michalski of The Brewers Bar has a look back at the decision to trade Norichika Aoki to the Royals.
  • Andrew Snyder of Fish Stripes has a look at Casey McGehee’s contributions to the Marlins.
Finally, with help from the Baseball Reference Play Index, we’d like to wish a happy birthday today to:

Plunk Everyone notes that Jones’ 39 career hit batsmen are the most ever for a pitcher born on June 24. Mincher’s 27 HBP are also the fifth-most ever for a position player born on this day, and Francisco leads all active players with seven.

Today is also the 37th anniversary of the first-ever meeting between the Brewers and Mariners in 1977 and the 26th anniversary of three different Brewers stealing two bases each in a 5-4 win over the Angels in 1988. Follow the links for those events’ respective entries in Today In Brewer History at Brew Crew Ball. 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get some stamps.

Drink up.

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