What we learned: July 3, 2014

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Today's lessons include an international signing, more midseason reviews, and ballparks that haven't been seen in a while.

Yesterday's Results

Blue Jays 7, Brewers 4

The Brewers built up an early 4-1 lead, but couldn't tack on any more runs beyond that in support of starter Wily Peralta. The Blue Jays would end up rallying to tie the game at 4, and then hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth off Brandon Kintzler to win the game.

The Brewers made the Gilbert Lara signing official.

After months of speculation and waiting, the international free agency period opened yesterday. The Brewers made the move that had been reported for a while, signing Gilbert Lara to a deal with a $3.2 million signing bonus. This easily shatters their previous high of a $800,000 signing bonus for a player, and also puts them way over their soft cap limit for international free agents. It's a much different approach to the international market than we have seen in the past for the Brewers. It's definitely a big move, but it's also one that will prevent them from making other moves in the market in future seasons. We will have to see how this plays out.

Cram Session

Yesterday's Stories from BCB

Kyle Lohse

All-Star Game

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 46-41 Nashville 5, Memphis 0 Memphis @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 53-31 Mississippi 5, Huntsville 1 Huntsville @ Mississippi
Brevard County Manatees A+ 46-33 Brevard County 4, Daytona 3 Brevard County @ Daytona
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 43-39 Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 1 Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 15-13 DSL Brewers 18, DSL Yankees2 5 DSL Tigers @ DSL Brewers
Helena Brewers R 7-9 Great Falls 3, Helena 1 Helena @ Great Falls
AZL Brewers R 7-4 AZL Brewers 4, AZL Athletics 2 AZL Angels @ AZL Brewers

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 51 35 -
Cardinals 45 40 5.5
Pirates 44 40 6
Reds 43 41 7
Cubs 37 46 12.5

Today's Division Games

  • Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Giants (Madison Bumgarner) - 2:45 pm
    (Free Game of the Day on MLB TV)
  • Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy) @ Pirates (Vance Worley) - 6:05 pm
  • Reds and Cubs have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers have the day off today. They return to action tomorrow and start a three-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds.

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