MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 20: Mark Rogers #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the game at Miller Park on August 20, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Some things to read while trying out new hairstyles.
It took the Brewer bullpen four tries but they were finally able to hold a lead for Mark Rogers, who picked up career win #1 in last night's 9-5 victory over the Cubs. Nicole has the recap, if you missed it.
Rogers might have been getting his last chance to pick up a win this season. He's nearing his innings limit for 2012 and the Brewers are likely to shut him down for the season after one or at most two more starts.
Rogers got a lot of offensive help last night from Jonathan Lucroy, who homered twice in a game for the second time in his career. The Common Man of The Platoon Advantage notes that these were only Lucroy's second and third homers since coming off the DL, while @BrewersFanCamp notes that Lucroy is only the third Brewer catcher ever to have multiple multi-HR games in a career.
Rogers also got some help from Aramis Ramirez, who doubled and scored a run last night. Ramirez now has 40 doubles this season. He's only the tenth Brewer ever to reach that mark, and this is the 15th time it's been done overall. J.P. Breen of Disciples of Uecker has a look at Ramirez's pursuit of history.
Other notes from the field:
- Despite clear conditions outside last night's game was played with the roof and panels closed.
- Nicole has a look at last night's turning points and a transcript of Ron Roenicke's postgame comments.
- 28,776 fans paid to see last night's game, a small crowd for a Brewers-Cubs game but still more than the White Sox and Yankees drew in Chicago.
The Hot Dog won the sausage race.
The series continues tonight at Miller Park with a major league debut, as Cubs starter Chris Rusin will be pitching in the big leagues for the first time. John Sickels of Minor League Ball has a scouting report on him. Clark Coble has the MLB.com preview and noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave tonight's Rusin/Marco Estrada pitching matchup a four out of ten on his NERD scale.
The Brewers are going to have to make an interesting decision soon as Shaun Marcum will likely rejoin the team this weekend, leaving them with six starters. Marcum allowed a run on four hits over six innings in a rehab appearance for Wisconsin last night and threw 71 pitches. Adam McCalvy has a look at some of the options the Brewers may consider, while Nick Prill of The Brewers Bar says a six man rotation could work.
I have a fortune cookie fortune magneted to my fridge right now that says "Give a hug to someone who needs one more than you." Apparently either Nyjer Morgan or Kyle Kendrick has the same one, because Robert J. Baumann of NotGraphs has a photo of the two of them embracing following a rundown over the weekend.
In the minors:
- The affiliates went 2-1 last night and Ben McMahan went 3-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored in Wisconsin's 8-1 win over Peoria. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- I was also in attendance for Wisconsin's win and Marcum's rehab start and have a full recap in the Timber Rattlers Notebook.
- Nicole will also be in attendance at today's game, taking pictures and posting game updates on Twitter.
- John Sickels of Minor League Ball took a look back at the second round of the 2012 draft and said this about Brewer pick Tyrone Taylor: "He hasn't gotten a lot of attention yet but he's hitting the snot out of the ball so far. Now you know."
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds manager Mike Guerrero.
If you're heading out to Miller Park for one of the remaining games in the Cubs series (not something I'd necessarily recommend), at least the food should be interesting. The Chef's Table concession stand on the loge level is serving a "Chicago's Maxwell St. Meatball Sub" this week.
If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I'll be making my usual Tuesday rounds:
- I'll be appearing on The Watercooler with Jimmie Kaska on Sports Radio 1400 in Eau Claire at 5:10 or 5:15.
- From there, I'll jump directly over to The Sports Den with Downtown Ollie Burrows on SportsFan 100.5 in Wausau at 5:30.
If you haven't yet, please take a moment today to vote in this week's BCB Tracking Poll. It will remain open through the day today and results will likely be posted on Thursday.
Finally, congratulations are due out to weisomatic., yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:
|3||Badger Boy in Vail||72.7|
Weisomatic. receives another entry into the Brew Crew Ball sweepstakes, which started drawing winners yesterday. Congratulations to jarlbartar (a CC Sabathia bobblehead), Mike2k33 (four tickets to the October 2 game) and dikapalooza (a copy of "The Mind of Bill James"), our first three prize winners. Tonight's action starts at 6:05, so there's plenty of time to get your picks in for today and perhaps win an entry of your own.
Athletics: Acquired shortstop Stephen Drew from the Diamondbacks for a minor leaguer and designated catcher Anthony Recker for assignment.
Braves: Signed first baseman Lyle Overbay.
Nationals: Infielder Cesar Izturis has rejected an outright assignment to the minors and is now a free agent.
Padres: Are expected to release shortstop Jason Bartlett.
Pirates: Designated pitcher Juan Cruz for assignment.
Red Sox: Fired pitching coach Bob McClure and placed outfielder Carl Crawford on the DL with an elbow injury.
Rockies: Are expected to place outfielder Eric Young Jr. on the DL with a rib cage injury.
White Sox: Are expected to place outfielder Alejandro de Aza on the DL with back stiffness.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 30th anniversary of Rollie Fingers becoming the first major leaguer ever to record 300 career saves. Today is also Craig Counsell's 42nd birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 54 career HBP are the second most ever for a player born on August 21.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need more hats.