What we learned: April 21, 2014

Joe Sargent

Today's lessons include a fight in Sunday's game, a DL trip, and the return of a former prospect.

This Weekend's Results

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

In one of the most bizarre games that you will ever see, the Brewers pulled out a 5-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.  The game featured four errors, a couple of TOOTBLANs, and a ball that the cover came off of.  However, Kyle Lohse and the bullpen kept the team in the game, and the Brewers scored three in the fourth to take the lead that they would not relinquish.

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

The Brewers got a quick 4-1 lead, but the Pirates took the lead with a five-run fourth inning.  After expanding the lead to 7-5, the Brewers closed the lead to 7-6 on a Ryan Braun home run.  That was the score entering the ninth inning, when Ryan Braun hit his second home run of the day off of Pirates closer Jason Grilli to get the lead and hold on for the win.

Brewers 3, Pirates 2

After an early fight resulted in a few ejections, it was back and forth between the offenses for the game.  The Pirates scored first in the fourth inning, then the Brewers tied it with a Mark Reynolds home run.  The Pirates retook the lead in the eighth inning, but Ryan Braun repeated his previous night with a solo home run off of closer Jason Grilli.  The game went to extras and it was scoreless until the fourteenth inning, when Khris Davis hit a solo home run to give the Brewers the win.

A fight on the field overshadowed the Brewers series win.

The big news from the weekend may have come on Sunday afternoon.  In the third inning, Carlos Gomez hit a ball that he thought was a pop-up, so he ran slowly but started running faster when it became apparent that it was going to drop.  He made it to third, but a confrontation between Gerrit Cole and Carlos Gomez started in the aftermath of it.  In the end, Carlos Gomez, Travis Snider, and Jerry Narron were all ejected, and suspensions are expected to be issued as soon as today.  Carlos Gomez plans to appeal any suspension he is given, so he should be in the lineup today.  Gomez is definitely wrong here, the question is how others will be suspended.  Martin Maldonado should also receive a suspension, and ideally Gerrit Cole and Travis Snider will also get suspensions.  WE should find out sometime today.

Logan Schafer ended up on the disabled list.

The Brewers had their second in-season DL stint come up over the weekend, as Logan Schafer was placed on the disabled list.  He pulled his hamstring while warming up on Thursday, and with a roster move needed Sunday to reinstate Lyle Overbay from the paternity list, he was placed on the DL.  It's expected to be a minimum stint, as he shouldn't need the full 15 days to recover.  This will also give Elian Herrera a chance to prove himself over those weeks.

Jeremy Jeffress is back in the Brewers system.

After being outrighted by the Blue Jays and choosing free agency, Jeremy Jeffress ended up back in the Brewers minor league system.  The Brewers signed him into a minor league deal on Friday and sent him to Nashville for now.  He was traded away in the Zack Greinke deal, then went from the Royals to the Blue Jays.  Jeffress has a lot of talent but hasn't put it all together yet.  Plus, he has had troubles with marijuana before, and if he tests positive for it again the minors, will be banned for life.

Cram Session

The Pitching

First Base

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 8-9 Fri: Nashville 5, Memphis 1
Sat: Nashville 5, Omaha 1
Sun: Omaha 7, Nashville 6
Nashville @ Omaha
Huntsville Stars AA 11-6 Fri: Huntsville 13, Mississippi 0
Sat: Mobile 10, Huntsville 7
Sun: Huntsville 3, Mobile 1
Mobile @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 10-6 Fri: Dunedin 4, Brevard County 0
Fri: Dunedin 1, Brevard County 0
Sat: Brevard County 3, Dunedin 1
Sun: OFF
Brevard County @ Tampa
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 9-6 Fri: Great Lakes 7, Wisconsin 6
Sat: Wisconsin 5, Great Lakes 2
Sun: OFF
Wisconsin @ Burlington

News & Notes

Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 14 5 -
Cardinals 11 8 3
Reds 8 10 5.5
Pirates 8 11 6
Cubs 5 12 8

Today's Games

  • Reds (Mike Leake) @ Pirates (Francisco Liriano) - 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals (Tyler Lyons) @ Mets (Jenrry Mejia) - 6:10 pm
  • Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo) @ Cubs (Travis Wood) - 7:05 pm

Today's Action

The Brewers return home to start a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.  It's a matchup of fastball pitchers as Wily Peralta (2-0, 1.96 ERA, 4.61 FIP) makes his fourth start of the season, and opposing is Andrew Cashner (2-1, 1.27 ERA, 2.48 FIP) for the Padres.  Adam McCalvy has the preview on MLB.com.  First pitch is at 7:10 pm.

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