Tuesday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read while starting with a big bang.

If you missed yesterday, you missed a lot. On the field, the Brewers had one of their best games of the season as Yovani Gallardo and the Brewer bats combined to dominate the Cubs, 18-1. Miller Park Drunk has the best of Cub fan reactions on Twitter.

It's probably safe to assume Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder will remain in the #3 and 4 spots for the foreseeable future. They switched back to that alignment last night and had five hits each, scoring five runs and driving in seven. Fielder's first RBI was the 500th of his career, making him the 12th Brewer ever to reach that mark.

Unfortunately, every silver lining seems to be attached to a massive cloud. Carlos Gomez left the game with dizziness and was taken to the hospital for a CT scan after being hit in the head by a pitch from Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter. Gomez was hit twice in the game.

With Jim Edmonds already out of the game, the Brewers were left without a center fielder and decided to give Alcides Escobar a shot out there. It only took Escobar two innings to turn in a sparkling defensive play. Escobar went 3-for-5 with a walk, scored twice and drove in two runs in what might have been one of his best games as a major leaguer.

Meanwhile, the Brewer offense overshadowed a dominant performance by Yovani Gallardo, who tied a career high with 12 strikeouts while holding the Cubs to a run on two hits in six innings and threw just 95 pitches.

Other notes from the field:

We now have contract details for Corey Hart's new deal: Hart received a $1 million signing bonus, and will earn $6.5m in 2011, $9m in 2012 and $10m in 2013 (FanShot). Adam McCalvy said the deal came together quickly. Meanwhile, reactions to the deal are also coming in pretty fast:

With Hart's deal done, is Rickie Weeks next? Doug Melvin told Adam McCalvy he's had conversation with Weeks about an extension, but talks are slowed by the fact that Weeks is in the middle of selecting a new agent. Weeks' previous agent, Lon Babby, is the new President of Basketball Operations for the Phoenix Suns.

While Weeks and the Brewers may be negotiating, it still sounds like there's nothing happening on the Prince Fielder front. Doug Melvin told Jerry Crasnick "it takes two sides to make a deal."

The non-waiver trade deadline may have passed, but teams still have until the end of August to work out waiver trades. MLB Trade Rumors expects Randy Wolf, Trevor Hoffman, David Riske, Doug Davis, LaTroy Hawkins and Jody Gerut to clear waivers, but expects Dave Bush and Jim Edmonds to get claimed. Jon Heyman says Wolf, Bush and Hoffman could possibly be moved.

Speaking of Wolf, an MRI confirmed that there are no fractures in his left wrist, and he might be able to make his next scheduled start on Saturday (FanShot). Ken Macha raised the possibility that the team could use the off day to shuffle the rotation a bit and push Wolf back to Tuesday.

Even though they didn't make any moves, Jeff Sullivan of SBNation.com gave the Brewers 3 out of 5 obscure Cyrillic letters in his trade deadline review.

In the minors:

On power rankings:

It was a pretty busy day around here yesterday, so you might have missed a couple of great posts that got buried in the shuffle. If you haven't read them yet, go back and take a look at TheJay's post on the Brewers' longest scoreless streaks, and Jordan's note on inactivity at the trade deadline.

Around baseball:

Braves: Placed infielder Martin Prado on the DL with a fractured pinky finger.
Cardinals: Signed pitcher Nate Robertson to a minor league deal.
Cubs: Placed pitcher Carlos Silva on the DL with an irregular heartbeat.
Rays: Placed pitcher Andy Sonnanstine on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Red Sox: Placed Mike Cameron on the DL with a torn abdominal muscle.
Tigers: Acquired outfielder Brandon Jones from the Pirates for a PTBNL.

When the Brewers unveiled their new organizational plan for pitching over the weekend, one of the factors they emphasized was height. It turns out that may not be a relevant factor: Jeremy Greenhouse of The Baseball Analysts wasn't able to prove any correlation between pitcher height and velocity.

On this day in 1997, Jeromy Burnitz tied an AL record by hitting a home run in his second consecutive pinch hit appearance. The Brewers lost to the Mariners anyway, 6-5.

On this day in 2001, the Brewers beat the Braves 3-2 on an 11th inning walkoff wild pitch by Jose Cabrera.

Happy birthday today to:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to solving mysteries.

Drink up.

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