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The Brewers' Thursday woes continued yesterday as they lost 5-1, missing an opportunity for their first-ever four-game sweep of the Cubs. morineko has the recap, if you missed it.
Kyle Lohse had a rough day yesterday, allowing three runs on seven hits and lasting just five innings. It was only the third time in his last 15 starts he's failed to record an out in the sixth inning. He also had some issues with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild, who reportedly told Martin Maldonado that Lohse's "grumpy face" was costing him some strike calls. Logan Schafer also had an argument with Fairchild at the end of the game. Keith Law called the dispute a "grumpshow."
The Brewers played yesterday's game without Jean Segura, who left Wednesday's game early with a hamstring strain and is day-to-day. The Brewers have said they're not going to rush their young shortstop back into action, so it seems likely he's played his final home game at Miller Park for 2013.
Other notes from the field:
Let's wrap up the Cubs series with a look at this week's home runs, with help from Hit Tracker:
|Monday||Caleb Gindl||414 feet|
|Tuesday||Carlos Gomez||368 feet|
|Wednesday||Sean Halton||356 feet|
|Wednesday||Khris Davis||386 feet|
|Thursday||Carlos Gomez||411 feet|
Gomez's pair of homers this week may have strengthened his case for team MVP. Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar considered the argument.
The Brewers' final homestand continues tonight when they host the Cardinals. Johnny Hellweg will take on Shelby Miller at 7:10, and Chad Thornburg has the MLB.com preview. If you're so inclined, Jeremy Blachman of FanGraphs recommends a Leinenkugels Oktoberfest or a White Russian to accompany this game.
The Brewers made a roster move yesterday, claiming pitcher Josh Ravin off waivers from the Reds. The 25-year-old righty has a career 5.30 ERA over eight seasons in the minors, but @AdamMcCalvy compared his stuff to Rangers closer Joe Nathan. Ravin, by the way, is on Twitter as @FreshSqueezed22. The Brewers designated Blake Lalli for assignment to clear a space for him on the 40-man roster.
So Ravin is likely to have a locker in Maryvale next spring, but will Corey Hart be there too? Hart made an appearance in Milwaukee yesterday and told reporters he'd be willing to accept a discount to re-sign with the Brewers as a free agent this winter. Hart has missed the entire season with knee issues but says his doctors have told him he'll be fine to play 5-6 more years. (h/t @AdamMcCalvy)
Howie Magner is on board the Hart bandwagon, as shown in our Tweet of the Day:
Have thought all along Hart would be back with #Brewers on incentive-laden short-term deal. Just seems to make sense for both sides.— Howie Magner (@howiemag) September 19, 2013
Hart wasn't the only absent Brewer to make an appearance at Miller Park this week: Ryan Braun was also in town delivering lunch to employees at the AIDS Resource Center of Milwaukee and stopped by to visit his teammates. Old Time Family Baseball noted that Ron Roenicke said all the right things about Braun's visit.
Yesterday's game was played without Yuniesky Betancourt, which hopefully does not mean he's going to start at first base again tonight. Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball has a collection of reactions to Roenicke's quote on playing Yuni at first for his defense.
Looking ahead a couple of days, Wily Peralta is expected to take the mound for the Brewers' final home game on Sunday. Grading on the Curve ranked Peralta as the #101 prospect in all of baseball before the season, and has a look back at his 2013 campaign.
Jimmy Nelson will probably crack some prospect lists next year. He was Wednesday's Prospect of the Day at Minor League Ball.
Nelson and Peralta didn't make this list, but perhaps they should have: Brandon Berg of Chippewa.com has a discussion of young players who have made the Brewers worth watching down the stretch.
In the minors:
- Brewers Farm Report has an interview with 2013 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitcher Tyler Wagner.
- The Brewer Nation has an interview with 2013 Brevard County Manatee Mitch Haniger.
Back in Milwaukee, Big League Stew noticed that the annual Racing Sausages motorcycle race was held on the warning track before Tuesday's game. Jess Lemont of The Brewers Bar responded by breaking out the xylophone.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Rockies needed 15 innings and 21 hits to do it, but they slowed down the Cardinals with a 7-6 win at Coors Field. Colorado outfielder Corey Dickerson hit a rare walkoff triple for the victory, and it was his second triple of the game. The Rockies also pulled off the hidden ball trick in the game.
- The Pirates closed the gap on first place with a 10-1 win over the Padres. Neil Walker had four hits for Pittsburgh, including a home run.
- The Cubs, as you likely know, beat the Brewers.
- The Reds were off Thursday.
You can read more about those games and all of last night's action in today's edition of Around the Bases on SBNation.com.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
|Cardinals||89||64||--||@ MIL||7:10p||Shelby Miller v Johnny Hellweg|
|Pirates||88||65||1||v CIN||6:05p||Francisco Liriano v Mat Latos|
|Cubs||64||89||25||v ATL||1:20p||Scott Baker v Paul Maholm|
My breakfast is still sitting half uneaten on my desk this morning, and the next link is the reason why: Months after the initial report, the Athletics are continuing to deal with sewage issues at the Coliseum in Oakland.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to mark my calendar.