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Monday- A meeting-worthy performance

Some things to read while wearing your new hat. Today’s good news is this: The Milwaukee Brewers won on Friday to snap a nine-game losing streak. The bad news, on the other hand, is that they haven’t won since and showed very little life in Sunday’s 9-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball has a recap and an accompanying rant on effort, if you missed it. Noah wasn’t the only person upset by the Brewers’ apparent lack of effort on Sunday, as the team held a rare players-only meeting after the game. Ryan Braun,…

Friday- Signs of life but not enough

  Some things to read while picking your head back up. While most of Wisconsin watched the Green Bay Packers lose their season-opener Thursday night, the Milwaukee Brewers were also in action, and also losing. Their 3-2 defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals was their ninth consecutive loss, and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com has a recap, if you missed it. The Brewers had their opportunities against Michael Wacha and six Cardinals relievers, but left 11 men on base over nine innings. Wacha pitched just three innings in the game in his first start after nearly three months…

Thursday- On freefall and hope

  Some things to read while looking for your wheels. The Milwaukee Brewers’ longest losing streak of the season was extended to eight games on Wednesday night as they lost 6-2 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Derek Harvey of Brew Crew Ball has a recap, if you missed it. After more than a month on the shelf, Matt Garza’s return to active duty didn’t go as planned. He allowed six runs on eight hits and lasted just three innings Wednesday before giving way to Marco Estrada. Estrada and three other relievers combined to pitch five scoreless innings, but the…

Wednesday- Still sliding

  We have lots of Brewer news to discuss, but all of it pales in comparison to this morning’s breaking news: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid has passed away. He was just 53 years old.  Seid had been the Brewers’ director of amateur scouting since 2008, and before, that he spent 11 years in the organization as a scout and crosschecker. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and the team during this difficult time. Obviously, we’ll hear much more about Seid in the coming days, but Haudricourt had…

Tuesday- Six down

Some things to read while waiting for the right moment.   The Milwaukee Brewers have spent 150 days in first place this season, a franchise record set during a season in which very few of us expected it. That didn’t make it any easier to stomach, however, when they lost 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs and fell out of the National League Central lead for the first time since April. Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball has a recap, if you missed it. The Brewers have now lost six consecutive games. After Monday’s loss, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…

Monday- Laboring down the stretch

Some things to read while covering the hard-hitting stories. The Milwaukee Brewers’ 1-0 start to their West Coast road trip is nothing but a distant memory now after the Crew lost their fifth consecutive game on Sunday, a 15-5 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball has a recap, if you missed it. The Brewers held a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning on Sunday, but things unraveled quickly, as the Giants tied the game in the second, scored three runs in the third, and scored in the fifth and sixth…

Friday- Heading north

  Some things to read while culling the herd. The Milwaukee Brewers were off on Thursday but will continue their West Coast swing tonight at 9:15 p.m. when they open a series at AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants. Wily Peralta will take on Ryan Vogelsong in the first of three games, and Michael Lananna has the MLB.com preview. If you stay up to watch tonight’s game, keep an eye on Peralta’s velocity numbers. @Alecdopp notes that Peralta’s fastball has been averaging almost 96 miles per hour in August, the second-fastest mark in all of baseball among starting pitchers.…

Thursday- Missed opportunities

  Some things to read while learning the signs. The Milwaukee Brewers had a series victory slip through their fingers Wednesday night, blowing a 2-0 lead and losing 3-2 to the San Diego Padres in 10 innings. Derek Harvey of Brew Crew Ball has a recap, if you missed it. The game turned in the ninth inning when Francisco Rodriguez fell behind in the count to Padres catcher Rene Rivera and allowed a solo home run that tied the game at 2-all. Ron Roenicke, unhappy with the strike zone during that at bat, was ejected for the fourth time this…

Wednesday- Jimmy Nelson and the easier decision

Some things to read while leaving the door open. If you went to bed early Tuesday night, you didn’t miss much, as the Milwaukee Brewers fell behind early and never came back in a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Derek Harvey of Brew Crew Ball has a recap, if you missed it. Jimmy Nelson’s tenuous grip on the final spot in the Brewers’ starting rotation got a little weaker on Tuesday as he lasted just five innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. Nelson appears increasingly likely to be the odd man…

Tuesday- A rare road rout

Some things to read while getting what you paid for. The Milwaukee Brewers got their West Coast road trip off to a nice start on Monday, scoring 10 runs for the first time in more than a month and beating the San Diego Padres 10-1 at Petco Park. Jordan Mader of Brew Crew Ball has a recap, if you missed it. Ryan Braun was one of the Brewers’ top performers on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. He also left the game early, however, with a left quad contusion suffered during a play at first…