Some things to read while setting them straight.
The calendar may have flipped to June, but the results have not changed for the 2013 Brewers. They lost 6-1 to Oakland yesterday, dropping another series. We've got the recap, if you missed it.
On paper yesterday looks like a tough day for Yovani Gallardo, who allowed five runs on six hits over 6+ innings. A deeper look tells a different story, though: Gallardo had allowed a single run and thrown just 79 pitches through six innings before allowing all four batters he faced in the seventh inning to reach on a walk, two ground ball singles and a bloop to score two runs. He was charged with two more when Michael Gonzalez allowed both of his inherited runners to score. Adam McCalvy called it "buzzard's luck."
The Brewers only got one run out of their "B" lineup yesterday, with Aramis Ramirez resting his sore knee and Ryan Braun getting the day off to tend to his sore thumb. Ron Roenicke also told reporters he thinks Rickie Weeks is about to get hot, but sat him anyway in favor of Scooter Gennett.
Other notes from the field:
- Scooter Gennett singled in the ninth for his first MLB hit.
- Norichika Aoki's fifth inning single off Bartolo Colon was his 1500th career hit if you combine his Japanese and MLB careers.
- Yovani Gallardo was charged with a TOOTBLAN for getting thrown out at home in the fifth inning on the contact play.
- We've got video from Ron Roenicke's postgame comments.
The Brewers continue their homestand tonight when they open a four game set against the Phillies. Wily Peralta will take on Tyler Cloyd at 7:10, and Adam Berry has the MLB.com preview. Meanwhile, noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave tonight's matchup a four out of ten on his NERD scale.
With that said, many of us will be watching tonight's game with an eye turned toward the first two rounds of the MLB Draft, scheduled to begin at 6 on MLB Network. If you need a primer on how the draft works, Baseball Nation has you covered. Our own Alec Dopp has his final look at potential second round prospects scheduled for later today.
The Brewers forfeited their first round pick in this year's draft when they signed Kyle Lohse, but that doesn't mean there won't be any talent available for them. The Book of Gorman has a look at the best second round picks in franchise history.
Finally, I wasn't going to mention this at all today, but instead I'll limit myself to two links on Ryan Braun and Biogenesis: Tim Marchman of Deadspin has the best takedown of the latest news that you'll probably see today. Meanwhile, Nathan Petrashek has a reminder that any action taken against Braun will likely take a fair amount of time to work through the system.
In the minors:
- Congratulations are due out this morning to Wisconsin pitchers Ryan Gibbard and Damien Magnifico, who will join manager Matt Erickson at the 2013 Midwest League All Star Game.
- Unfortunately, not all the news was good for Wisconsin on Wednesday. Rattler Radio has video highlights from their 5-3 loss to Beloit.
- When recently promoted top prospect Jimmy Nelson finally makes it to Milwaukee, he may need to introduce himself to someone in the Brewer PR department. The current issue of Gameday Magazine features a story about him with a picture of former Brewer Brad Nelson.
If you'd like more Brewer coverage but you're sick of reading, I'll be making my weekly appearance on The Sports Den with Downtown Ollie Burrows on SportsFan 100.5 in Wausau at 5:30 today.
Nationals: Placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the DL with a lat strain.
Reds: Placed pitcher Johnny Cueto on the DL with a shoulder strain.
White Sox: Placed pitcher Jake Peavy on the DL with a broken rib.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Diamondbacks beat the Cardinals 10-3 last night behind a Paul Goldschmidt grand slam. The Cardinals have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since April.
- The Reds didn't make up any ground, though, losing 12-4 to the Rockies. Colorado had 20 hits against Pedro Villareal (starting in place of Johnny Cueto) and four relievers.
- The Pirates managed just one hit (a Brandon Inge pinch single in the eighth) in their 5-0 loss to the Braves. Wandy Rodriguez retired just one batter in this game before leaving due to injury.
- The Cubs scored three in the top of the tenth to beat the Angels 8-6 for the division's only victory Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo's three-run double was the difference.
- The Brewers, of course, lost 6-1 to Bartolo Colon and the A's.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
|Cardinals||38||21||--||v ARI||7:15p||Shelby Miller v Ian Kennedy|
|Brewers||22||36||15.5||v PHI||7:10p||Wily Peralta v Tyler Cloyd|
Today in Brewer History is off this morning, but friend of the site Chris Jensen of Baseball: State by State has his post up looking at Wisconsin's best June-born player. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the 30th anniversary of the Brewers trading Gorman Thomas to the Indians in 1983. Finally, today is 2006-07 Brewer Tony Graffanino's 41st birthday and Plunk Everyone notes that his 28 career HBP are the fourth most ever for a player born on June 6.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to name this smell.