Friday's Frosty Mug

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 05: Norichika Aoki #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after getting a single in the bottom of the 1st inning against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park on July 05, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Some things to read while searching for water.

Despite having won the first two games and carrying a lead into the seventh inning of game three the Brewers were forced to settle for a series split with the Marlins after losing 4-0 yesterday. Morineko has the recap, if you missed it.

Mike Fiers left yesterday's game having allowed one run over 7.1 innings, but the bullpen allowed three more runs (one inherited runner plus two of their own) to score while recording the game's final five outs. Nick Michalski of The Brewers Bar asks if this bullpen can be salvaged.

Speaking of Fiers, Ryan Kartje of FS Wisconsin has a great story on the unique path he took to the majors. If you only click on one link in today's Mug, make it that one.

Norichika Aoki had hits in each of his first two at bats yesterday to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Jeremy Warnemuende reports that Aoki has heated up since toning down some of his workouts.

Other notes from the field:

The Brewers wrap up the first half with a three game set in Houston this weekend. Trey Scott has the MLB.com preview for tonight's Yovani Gallardo/J.A. Happ matchup.

Rickie Weeks went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts yesterday, snapping a five game hitting streak. He's also the second baseman on Scott Miller of CBS Sports' anti-All Stars.

It looks like the Brewers are going to spend a few more weeks in limbo: Doug Melvin told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN that the team opens the second half with nine games against the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds and will likely wait until after those games to decide on possible moves.

Elsewhere in limbo, Shaun Marcum was supposed to play catch yesterday but still isn't sure when he'll be ready to pitch again.

Here's today's Zack Greinke notes:

In the minors:

Ever wondered if it's worth it to spend $100 for the opportunity to slide down Bernie Brewer's slide? Amanda Rykoff of espnW.com did it on Monday and documented the experience, along with her bumps and bruises from it.

If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I've got a couple of options for you:

Finally, congratulations are due out to drugstorecowboy6, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:

Rank Player Points
1 drugstorecowboy6 85.9
2 Samuel1 59.0
3 morineko 55.8
4 coachseibel 53.9
5 sauveb 48.1
6 brewman70 45.5
7 Jahiegel 44.6
8 Cecil Cooper's Love Child 42.4
9 tcyoung 41.6
10 BrewCrewBrian 40.8

Tonight's action starts at 6:05, so there's still plenty of time to make your picks for today.

Around baseball:

Angels: Placed pitcher Dan Haren on the DL with lower back stiffness.
Blue Jays: Released pitcher Jamie Moyer.
Braves: Placed reliever Jonny Venters on the DL with an elbow injury.
Dodgers: Are expected to place shortstop Dee Gordon on the DL with a dislocated thumb.
Mets: Claimed pitcher Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Yankees.
Pirates: Placed outfielder Alex Presley on the 7-day DL with a concussion.
Red Sox: Are expected to place second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the DL with a thumb injury.
Royals: Are expected to release catcher Humberto Quintero.

Since Opening Day Schwinden has been in the Mets, Blue Jays, Indians and Yankees organizations and is now back where he started with the Mets. Carson Cistulli of NotGraphs says his season is probably a metaphor for something.

I mention it a fair amount but it's worth noting again that I probably use the B-Ref Play Index ten or more times daily during the season to research many of the stats you see here and on Twitter. If you've never subscribed to the Play Index and you'd like to know what you're missing, it's free to try through the 12th.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History notes the anniversary of the end of Corey Hart's 20-game hitting streak in 2010, the sixth longest in franchise history. Today is also 1991 Brewer Willie Randolph's 58th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 38 career HBP are the third most ever for a player born on July 6.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find the hubcap stand.

Drink up.

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