Some things to read with the natural flavor of lemonade.
The Brewers are now a season-worst nine games under .500 after getting handled easily by Clayton Kershaw in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers last night. We've got the recap, if you missed it.
In a related note, yesterday was the Brewers' 362nd consecutive regular season game without a complete game pitched, setting a new MLB record. Adam McCalvy notes that last night's loss was the eleventh complete game an opposing pitcher has thrown against them over that time.
Rickie Weeks went 0-for-2 last night but did draw the Brewers' only walk and score the team's only run. Before the game Ron Roenicke defended putting Weeks back in the lineup by noting he was a career 4-for-9 against Clayton Kershaw. NotBrewers.com chronicled Weeks' recent quest for enlightenment.
Other notes from the field:
- Before last night's game Dave Radcliffe of Yahoo noted that the Brewers were 0-17 this season when scoring three runs or fewer. They're 0-18 now.
- Three Brewer relievers combined to pitch three perfect innings last night, extending the bullpen scoreless streak to 14.1 innings.
- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was ejected from the game in the eighth inning following a strikeout swinging. Before being ejected he had a triple and a home run in the game.
- Matt Kemp, who also homered last night, is donating $1000 for each of his home runs before the All Star break to tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma.
- We've got video from Ron Roenicke's postgame comments.
- MLB.com has the story on groundskeeper Justin Scott and his crew's effort to get Miller Park ready for baseball again after Saturday's concert, which included replacing about 3000 square feet of sod in the outfield in 48 hours.
- The Brat won the sausage race.
The series continues tonight with Zack Greinke's first game in Milwaukee as he takes on Hiram Burgos at 7:10. Adam McCalvy and Doug Miller have the MLB.com preview. Dodger Sims gives the Brewers a roughly 45% chance of winning tonight.
Corey Hart took a couple of key steps forward in his rehab yesterday, taking BP and running on the field for the first time since his knee surgery. He's still not ready to go on a rehab assignment, though, and isn't expected to be until June.
In the minors:
- The affiliates went 2-1 last night and Andy Moye pitched eight shutout innings in Huntsville's 3-0 win over Montgomery. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Yesterday Alec Dopp took a look at some players that might be available when the Brewers come up for the first time in the second round of the June draft.
If you're visiting Miller Park this week and you're looking for new food to try while you're there, the Double Clutch stand on the loge level is serving "Shrimp Baja Burritos" for the Dodgers series. If you try one, let me know what you think.
Also, if you hear a song at Miller Park this week and don't recognize it, Caitlin Moyer has an updated listing of Brewer walkup songs.
If you'd like more Brewer coverage this morning but you're sick of reading, we've got a couple of options for you:
- Nicole's Monday appearance on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton has been archived. The primary topic of conversation was her recent post on the Brewers' "Brewed for Her" event.
- Nathan will be making his weekly appearance on 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 Brew Crew Ball Tracking Poll. It will remain open through the day and results will be posted either tomorrow or Thursday.
Giants: Are expected to place pitcher Ryan Vogelsong on the DL with a broken hand.
Marlins: Placed outfielder Matt Diaz on the DL with a bruised left knee.
Mets: Signed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league deal.
Nationals: Are expected to place reliever Ryan Mattheus on the DL with a broken hand.
Phillies: Placed catcher Carlos Ruiz (hamstring strain) and reliever Mike Adams (back strain) on the DL.
Rangers: Designated pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Cardinals started their west coast road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Padres. Jason Marquis and four relievers combined to hold them to just four hits.
- Jay Bruce's solo home run was the difference as the Reds beat the Mets 4-3 to gain a game in the standings.
- The Brewers, of course, lost 3-1 to the Dodgers.
- The Pirates and Cubs were off Monday.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
|Cardinals||28||16||--||@ SDP||9:10p||Adam Wainwright v Edinson Volquez|
|Reds||27||18||1.5||@ NYM||6:10p||Mike Leake v Jonathan Niese|
|Pirates||26||18||2||v CHC||6:05p||Wandy Rodriguez v Matt Garza|
|Brewers||17||26||10.5||v LAD||7:10p||Hiram Burgos v Zack Greinke|
Aroldis Chapman recorded the save for the Reds last night, so maybe everyone can leave this bizarre story behind them: Supposedly Chapman ate around 18 Cuban pastries before blowing the save in Sunday's game, although a team source claims that story was exaggerated.
Today in former Brewers: Brewer relievers have had a hard time retiring lefties this season, which makes this all the more difficult to bear: Lefty reliever Caleb Thielbar, a 2009 draft pick the Brewers gave up on and released early, has worked his way up to the majors with the Twins.
As bad as things have been, they could always be worse: Bleed Cubbie Blue looks at the possibility that the Astros and Marlins could give baseball a pair of sub-50 win teams for the first time since 1909.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks 1996-97 Brewer pitcher Bryce Florie's 43rd birthday. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the 14th anniversary of the Cubs trading Kyle Lohse to the Twins in 1999.
Now, if you'll excuse me, it's almost my anniversary.