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The Brewers took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning last night but couldn't hold it, as back-to-back-to-back walks to lead off the seventh inning led to three Rangers runs and a 5-4 loss. We've got the recap, if you missed it.
Last night's bullpen meltdown wasted a solid start from Tyler Thornburg, who allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings. Mike Vassallo noted on Twitter that Brewer starting pitchers recorded seven quality starts on the nine game trip, but the team only won five of those games.
The Brewers also wasted a big night from Juan Francisco, who became the second Brewer in as many nights to have a multi-homer game. @MikeVassallo13 notes that Francisco has eleven home runs since June 25 to lead all NL players.
Other notes from the field:
- Aramis Ramirez was hit by a pitch last night for the 105th time in his career, but it was the first time he's ever been hit by a Ranger. Plunk Everyone has more on the accomplishment.
- Last night's save was Joe Nathan's 334th. He's now seven back of Rollie Fingers for tenth on baseball's all-time list.
- The finale in Texas started 37 minutes late due to rain.
|Tuesday||Scooter Gennett #1||409 feet||22.08 seconds|
|Tuesday||Khris Davis||365 feet||22.75 seconds|
|Tuesday||Scooter Gennett #2||363 feet||21.61 seconds|
|Wednesday||Juan Francisco #1||422 feet||22.1 seconds|
|Wednesday||Juan Francisco #2||393 feet||23.03 seconds|
The Brewers return home tonight, where Kyle Lohse will open a four-game set against Tony Cingrani and the Reds at 7:10. Spencer Fordin has the MLB.com preview.
If you watch Kyle Lohse throw ten pitches tonight, odds are you'll see at least one curveball and changeup. Eno Sarris of FanGraphs talked to Lohse about the grips he uses for his off-speed pitches, and I found it pretty fascinating.
Scooter Gennett continues to make the most of his newfound opportunity to play every day, as he picked up two more hits last night. His defense is also drawing some notice, as demonstrated in our Tweet of the Day:
We're up to about half a dozen plays since his re-arrival that Scooter Gennett has made that Rickie Weeks wouldn't have even attempted.— Jim Goulart (@Mass_Haas) August 15, 2013
Even before his impressive work in the last couple of games, a clear majority of voters in this week's BCB Tracking Poll felt Gennett should be the Brewers' primary second baseman in Rickie Weeks' absence.
Carlos Gomez had a couple of hits last night, including a double, and now has six hits in his last five appearances. His MVP hopes may have faded a bit, but we still took a look at the competition in yesterday's edition of the Gomez MVP Watch.
The Brewers' late inning meltdown meant they didn't need Jim Henderson last night, so we didn't find out if he was available a day after recording a four-out save. Dave Sessions of MLB.com talked to Henderson about his sudden increase in longer outings.
In the minors:
- Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has details and highlights from Wisconsin's 3-1, eleven inning loss to Peoria last night.
- Mark Rogers pitched 2.2 innings in a rehab appearance for Brevard County last night, and @Mass_Haas notes that he hit 95 on the gun.
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Bob Skube.
Blue Jays: Placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the DL with an oblique strain.
Mets: Placed pitcher Jeremy Hefner on the DL with an elbow injury.
Phillies: Released outfielder Delmon Young.
Rangers: Acquired pitcher Travis Blackley from the Astros for cash.
Royals: Acquired infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Blue Jays for a PTBNL or cash.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Pirates had been stuck on 70 wins for most of a week before beating the Cardinals 5-1 last night. Francisco Liriano pitched a complete game for the win and Pedro Alvarez hit his 29th home run.
- The Reds kept pace with a 5-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bronson Arroyo and two relievers combined to hold Chicago to just two hits.
- The Brewers, of course, lost to the Rangers.
You can read more about those games and all of last night's action in Beyond the Box Score's Smallest Sample Size.
Here are today's standings and probables:
|Pirates||71||48||--||@ STL||12:45p||A.J. Burnett v Lance Lynn|
|Reds||68||52||3.5||@ MIL||7:10p||Tony Cingrani v Kyle Lohse|
Our best wishes go out today to former Brewer LaTroy Hawkins, who took what he called a "direct hit" on a ground ball to the groin last night. He stayed in the game but eventually blew the save in the Mets' loss to the Dodgers.
The Brewers defense has been bad at times this season, but at least they have yet to do this: MLB.com has video of Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis hitting a ground ball to the pitcher and coming all the way around to score on a pair of errors. (h/t You Can't Predict Baseball)
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 31st anniversary of Cecil Cooper's 1000th hit as a Brewer. Today is also longtime Milwaukee Braves pitcher Joey Jay's 78th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 36 career plunkings are the fourth most ever for a pitcher born on August 14.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find a bigger drum set.