The Brewers are riding a season-high two game winning streak after Yuniesky Betancourt's grand slam propelled them to a 10-8 win over the Giants last night. Eric has the recap, if you missed it.
Jean Segura had a pair of hits last night and enters play today tied for the NL lead with a .415 batting average. Joe Block notes that Segura has been swinging a hot bat more or less straight through since September. He's currently on a five-game hitting streak.
The only Brewer hitter who didn't have a good night last night was Ryan Braun, who went 0-for-5 with the first four strikeout game of his career. One has to wonder if we're still seeing aftermath of his recent neck spasms, or if (as Alec Dopp of Brewers Rumors suggests) he's not seeing as many pitches to hit because of Aramis Ramirez's absence behind him.
Other notes from the field:
- Eric Nehm has a recap of some of last night's statistical oddities.
- BrewGIFs has a gif of Yuniesky Betancourt's grand slam.
- The Brewers scored more runs in the third inning last night (eight) than they had in any other game (7) this season.
- Brewer pitchers issued five walks last night, but have still allowed an NL-low 30 free passes this season.
- Norichika Aoki was hit by a pitch last night for the first time in 2013, and Plunk Everyone has more about it.
- The Miller Park crowd sang along to the theme from the TV show "Cheers" following the third inning as a tribute to victims of the recent attack in Boston.
- The Chorizo won the Sausage Race.
The series continues in Milwaukee tonight, where Kyle Lohse is scheduled to face Ryan Vogelsong at 7:10. Tyler Emerick has the MLB.com preview.
Of course, yesterday's big story came off the field when news broke that Yovani Gallardo had been arrested for drunk driving early Tuesday morning. Gallardo's blood-alcohol level was .22 at the time of his arrest, nearly three times the legal limit.
As you might expect, both the Brewers and Gallardo issued statements saying expressing their disappointment/apologies over the incident. Since Gallardo does not have a previous criminal record he won't face any jail time, but will see over $700 in fines and a suspended license. Brewer assistant GM Gord Ash also raised the possibility that the team could discipline Gallardo, but won't do so publicly.
The most poignant response to Gallardo's incident may have come from Ron Roenicke, who was still with the Angels when young pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver almost exactly four years ago.
Gallardo is still expected to make Thursday's start for the Brewers, but Saturday's probable pitcher is still to be announced. Ron Roenicke mentioned Mike Fiers as an option, but also noted that the AAA schedule lines up such that Hiram Burgos and Tyler Thornburg could also both be available.
Winning back-to-back games for the first time in 2013 has probably boosted some fans' optimism, but here's a reminder of what a rough start did to it: This week's Brew Crew Ball Tracking Poll showed 59% of fans saying they've become less optimistic about this team following their 3-8 start.
In the minors: The affiliates went 1-4 last night with the lone win coming from Brevard County, where Cameron Garfield hit a pair of home runs in the Manatees' 6-5, 14 inning win over Lakeland. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
Today in power rankings: Bless You Boys has the Brewers ranked 27th.
Athletics: Placed outfielder Brandon Moss on paternity leave.
Cubs: Claimed infielder Cody Ransom off waivers from the Padres and designated infielder Brent Lillibridge and pitcher Hisanori Takahashi for assignment.
Diamondbacks: Placed second baseman Aaron Hill on the DL with a broken hand.
Indians: Placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the DL with a finger laceration.
Rays: Acquired pitcher Jeff Beliveau from the Rangers for cash.
Red Sox: placed pitcher Joel Hanrahan on the DL with a hamstring strain.
MLB Trade Rumors notes that Ransom, who was a Brewer briefly in 2012, has now been claimed off waivers three times in the last calendar year. They also show Doug Melvin, who has made four waiver claims in the last 12 months, as representing roughly the middle of the pack in waiver claims among GMs.
Today in former Brewers:
- Jeremy Jeffress, recently designated for assignment by the Blue Jays, cleared waivers and remains in the organization.
- Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs singled out Tim Dillard (and provided gifs) for throwing one of the worst intentional balls in recent memory.
And in baseball economics: The Mariners are reportedly part of a group working to purchase ROOT Sports, their local cable sports network.
Finally, here's today's coolest thing: Flip Flop Fly Ball has updated their pixelated graphics of all 30 MLB team uniforms to include, among others, the Brewers' new alternate gold uniforms.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 63rd birthday of 1970's Brewer infielder Pedro Garcia, the runner-up for the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1973. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that today is the 62nd anniversary of longtime Milwaukee Brave Johnny Logan's major league debut. Today is also Marquis Grissom's 46th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 31 career HBP are the third most ever for a player born on April 17.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have other obvious statements to make.