What we learned: June 23, 2014

Doug Pensinger

The Brewers swept the Rockies over the weekend. Here's the news over that series.

This Weekend's Results

Brewers 13, Rockies 10

Lots and lots and lots of offense. Marco Estrada only gave up one home run. Normally, that would mean he had a pretty good night. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case as he allowed seven earned runs. But the Brewers' offense was there to pick him up, led by Jean Segura's two home runs.

Brewers 9, Rockies 4

The Brewers basically beat a little league team in this one. Or at least, that's what the Rockies' defense and baserunning looked like. Milwaukee scored four runs apiece in the second and third innings thanks to a number of Colorado gaffs.

Brewers 6, Rockies 5

The Brewers kicked off scoring early, with three runs in the second inning. The Rockies came back to tie the game up, however, as catcher Wilin Rosario scored a run in the bottom of the second, then drove in two more in the third. The Brewers retook the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs, then added on a sixth on a Lyle Overbay home run. The Rockies scored a pair of runs over the late innings, but it wasn't enough as Milwaukee escaped with a sweep.

Cram Session

  • On Friday, Jordan took a look at how many batters have been hit by pitches with certain catchers behind the plate and found that Jonathan Lucroy is among those least likely to see a batter hit while catching.
  • Over in the fanposts, Mr. Leam has his own take on Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's lack of humor.
  • Aramis Ramirez has been dealing with back tightness recently, but was back in the lineup for Sunday's game.
  • Cody Ulm of MLB.com takes a look at Scooter Gennett's year and how he is solidifying himself atop the Brewers' order. He also notes that "Gennett's .317 batting average is the highest among players with a minimum of 80 percent of their first 137 games played at second base in the last 100 years."
  • The Brewers scored three runs on a wild pitch Saturday. MLB.com has video.
  • Jonathan Lucroy says the team knew they could compete after making a surprise signing of Matt Garza in the offseason. He says the move showed the players that management thought they had a winning team, bolstering confidence.
  • Ryan Braun played his 1000th game as a Brewer over the weekend. Reviewing the Brew has a look at him and other Brewers' 1000-gamers.
  • Reviewing the Brew looks at three players the Brewer should target as the trade deadline approaches, with Ben Zobrist coming in as the top choice. They say a package of Rickie Weeks, Mitch Haniger and Ariel Pena should be enough to acquire the Rays' utility man. Don't worry though, that isn't even close to what it would take to land Zobrist.

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 39-39 Nashville 1, Salt Lake City 4 @ Salt Lake City
Huntsville Stars AA 48-26 Huntsville 3, Pensacola 4 @ Pensacola
Brevard County Manatees A+ 38-32 Brevard County 6, Dunedin 5 @ Dunedin
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 40-33 Wisconsin 5, Burlington 2 -
Helena Brewers R 3-3 Helena 6, Missoula 2 @ Missoula
AZL Brewers R 2-1 Indians 4, Brewers 3 @ Indians

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 47 30 -
Cardinals 41 35 5.5
Reds 37 37 8.5
Pirates 37 38 9.0
Cubs 31 42 14.0

Today's Action

The Brewers return home to start a series with the Nationals. First pitch is at 7:10 CT tonight.

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