What we learned: May 19, 2014

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Today's lessons include injury updates, the 2002 Brewers team, and rich-people conversations.

This Weekend's Results

Brewers 4, Cubs 3

The Brewers struck fast on Friday with four runs in the first two innings to build an early 4-0 lead. The Cubs rallied in the next two innings to get the score to 4-3, but both pitching staffs locked down the offenses after that.  Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings allowing the three runs but keeping the Cubs from making the comeback, and Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez closed out the game with scoreless innings.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0

The Cubs struck in the first inning for three runs off of Matt Garza.  After that, it was all about the pitching.  Edwin Jackson struck out eleven Brewers in seven scoreless innings, and Matt Garza settled down after the first inning to pitch seven solid innings of baseball.  Unfortunately, the Brewers offense couldn't mount a comeback as they lost to the Cubs.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Home runs were the story of the game.  Marco Estrada allowed two in his five innings of work, and Travis Wood allowed one massive shot from Rickie Weeks.  For the Brewers, their offense continued to struggle, managing a total of six baserunners in the game.

Injury updates are the big news from the weekend.

Not much came out for news over the weekend, and the little bit we did get came in the form of injury updates.  Let's run through the list of players and how they are progressing (h/t on all links to Joe Popely of Brewers.com):

Ryan Braun: Ron Roenicke was committed to easing Ryan Braun back into the lineup after his oblique injury, and continued that with a day off on Friday. However, so far there have been no setbacks with the injury and should be playing every day now.

Carlos Gomez: His three game suspension lasted through Friday's game, but was eligible to play again starting Saturday. He was in the starting lineup, but ended up getting scratched prior to Saturday's game when the back injury still lingered. He also missed yesterday's game, but not due to the back injury: He was out due to a stomach virus. The good news is that his back is good enough for him to play, it's just a matter of getting over the stomach virus for now.

Aramis Ramirez: He has taken a week off from baseball activities to let his hamstring recover. With this injury, the Brewers are not rushing Ramirez back, though he plans to resume baseball activities in the next day or two. It sounds like it won't be a minimum DL stint, but also may not be much worse than that either.

Jim Henderson: He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session over the weekend, and all signs were good after that. The plan is for him to throw another bullpen session tomorrow or Wednesday, then go on a rehab assignment before returning to the team. Depending on how that goes, he's probably still a week or two away from returning.

Tom Gorzelanny: He continued his rehab assignment with High-A Brevard County over the weekend. In a game on Sunday against the Jupiter Hammerheads (the Miami Marlins affiliate), he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. He did not have a strikeout or allow a walk in the appearance.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 23-20 Friday: Oklahoma City 6, Nashville 5
Saturday: Nashville 10, Oklahoma City 4
Sunday: Nashville 2, Oklahoma City 1
Omaha @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 30-14 Friday: Huntsville 4, Birmingham 2
Saturday: Huntsville 4, Birmingham 0
Sunday: Huntsville 5, Birmingham 1
Birmingham @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 22-19 Friday: Brevard County 4, Jupiter 1
Saturday: Brevard County 2, Jupiter 0
Sunday: Jupiter 3, Brevard County 1
Brevard County @ Jupiter
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 20-22 Friday: Peoria 4, Wisconsin 3
Saturday: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
Sunday: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 1
Kane County @ Wisconsin

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 27 17 -
Cardinals 23 21 4
Reds 19 23 7
Pirates 18 25 8.5
Cubs 15 27 11

Today's Division Games

  • Reds (Mike Leake) @ Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) - 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers begin a series against the Atlanta Braves tonight.  Wily Peralta makes the start for the Brewers, and Mike Minor starts for the Braves.  First pitch is at 6:10 pm.

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