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The Brewers are back home this morning after narrowly missing an opportunity to sweep the Twins and eke out a .500 road trip. They lost 5-4 in 15 innings yesterday and Noah has the recap, if you missed it.
Yesterday's game ended on a curious decision from Ron Roenicke: The Twins had two out and two on in the 15th when he decided to lift Tim Dillard and insert Juan Perez, who hadn't pitched in over ten days, despite the fact that both Manny Parra and John Axford were still available. Perez allowed a single to the first batter he faced and the rest is history.
With that said, the game probably should have been over before it reached the 15th. The Brewers left 17 men on base yesterday.
Don't be surprised if Jose Veras is one of multiple Brewer relievers to be unavailable tonight. He fell to the ground following the final pitch of the 12th inning last night and walked off holding his left groin. Ron Roenicke said Veras suffered an "upper leg cramp" and should be ok. This injury is doubly relevant if you've been playing Brewer Injury Clue with Howie Magner.
Martin Maldonado only had three hits this weekend, but one of them was the game-winning homer on Friday (trot time: 18.73 seconds). Maldonado is our reigning Brewer of the Week, and Jordan Garretson of MLB.com says he's been coming up big for the Crew.
Other notes from the field:
- Yesterday's game was the longest in Target Field's three year history and the Brewers' longest since a June 2004 game against the Angels. Ron Roenicke was also involved in that game as the Angels' bench coach.
- The game took four hours and 50 minutes to play, plus a 42 minute rain delay.
- Ryan Braun had three hits yesterday and now has a hit in 22 consecutive interleague games and 12 straight games overall. The latter streak is tied for the longest by a Brewer this season.
- Joe Mauer left yesterday's game a few innings after suffering a bruised quad in a home plate collision with Rickie Weeks.
- Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth yesterday and Howie Magner wrote a haiku about it.
- Corey Hart rounded the bases in 20.62 seconds following his three run home run yesterday.
- Ryan Braun's pair of home runs Saturday put him on pace for a career-high 45 this season.
- Braun also had the Brewers' two fastest home run trots of the day Saturday, coming home in 22 and 22.2 seconds. Cody Ransom circled the bases in 22.91 seconds while Aramis Ramirez trotted in 24.75.
- Ransom's home run made him the 18th Brewer to homer this season. Only 19 players hit one in all of last year.
Following yesterday's marathon the Brewers headed home and will open a series at Miller Park against the Blue Jays tonight, meaning "Oh Canada" will be played before a game in Milwaukee for the first time since 2008. Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com have a preview, and Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave tonight's Randy Wolf/Henderson Alvarez matchup a 4 out of 10 on his NERD scale.
We'll have our series preview later today but I answered some questions for Bluebird Banter as part of theirs, and you can see them here.
This week's big story will be former Brewer #1 prospect Brett Lawrie's Miller Park debut, but Adam McCalvy says he's treating it as just another game.
Yesterday's game was Norichika Aoki's fifth straight start in the leadoff spot, and he's been on base eight times over those games. Jordan Garretson of MLB.com says Aoki's consistency has impressed Ron Roenicke.
Aramis Ramirez went 1-for-7 as the DH yesterday to close out a 3-for-16 series in Minnesota. Ramirez has been hitting better lately, but Nathan Petrashek of Cream City Cables has an indictment of his lack of hustle following another would-be double where he stopped at first base.
We've got a big collection of post-draft notes today:
- The Brewers announced 21 signings on Friday including their supplemental, second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh round picks.
- It appears supplemental round pick Mitch Haniger is going to make his pro debut with Wisconsin when they resume play on Friday. Brewer Nation has an interview with him.
- Jim Callis of Baseball America is reporting that third round pick Zach Quintana received a $325,000 signing bonus ($65,400 below slot) and fourth rounder Tyler Wagner received $250,000 ($30,300 below slot).
- Fifth round pick Damien Magnifico is now the team's top unsigned pick.
- Seventh round pick David Otterman has signed and is with Helena, but it sounds like the Canadian pitcher won't be able to play until he's resolved a work visa issue.
- 15th round pick Buck Farmer has not yet signed and his college coach is making it sound like he could return to Georgia Tech if he doesn't get the money he's looking for. (h/t @Mass_Haas)
In the minors, Nashville was able to work around some rain and get rehab outings for three Brewers on the DL over the weekend. Marco Estrada pitched three scoreless innings, Travis Ishikawa went 2-for-4 and Cesar Izturis went 0-for-3 in a doubleheader Saturday. Jaymes Langrehr, Nicole and I are all concerned that Izturis and Ishikawa are going to be shoved right back into the starting lineup once they're back on the roster.
Elsewhere in the minors:
- Brew Crew Ball Community #17 prospect D'Vontrey Richardson has apparently decided to retire and return to college. Richardson never reported to camp this spring.
- We've also got bad news involving #11 prospect Cody Scarpetta: He needs Tommy John surgery and is done for the year. He'll be out of options in 2013 but also probably won't be far enough along in his rehab to open the season on an active roster.
- The Helena Brewers open their season tonight with a roster featuring ten 2012 draft picks, 2011 drafted shortstop Chris McFarland and Dominican outfielders Ruben Ozuna and Raul Mondesi Jr. Brewerfan.net has a compilation of their season previews. Will West will start their opener.
- The affiliates went 2-1 yesterday and Logan Schafer had three hits in Nashville's 4-1 win over Omaha. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Huntsville pitcher Tyler Thornburg says he'll be promoted to Nashville following the Southern League's all star game tomorrow.
- Pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who was recently promoted to Huntsville, made Seedlings to Stars' Florida State League All Stars.
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Travis Ishikawa.
- The Appleton Post Crescent has a profile of Wisconsin shortstop Yadiel Rivera.
- Mitch Stetter has a picture of Hunter Morris' bobblehead in Huntsville.
Congratulations are due out this morning to Lewthelegend, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:
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Lewthelegend and all of this weekend's winners earned entries into the Brew Crew Ball Prize Pool. Tonight's action doesn't start until 6:05, so there's still plenty of time to make your picks for today. And with a new series opening today, there's also a fresh set of Prognostikeggers predictions to make.
Finally, here's a quick reminder that it's less than one month until the Miller Park Drunk Pants Party, and tickets are still available. I'll be there, but don't let that stop you from having a good time.
Astros: Placed pitchers Bud Norris (sprained knee) and Wilton Lopez (sprained elbow) on the DL.
Athletics: Released DH/outfielder Manny Ramirez.
Blue Jays: Placed pitchers Drew Hutchison (UCL sprain) and Kyle Drabek (elbow) on the DL.
Braves: Placed pitcher Brandon Beachy on the DL with an elbow injury and designated pitcher Livan Hernandez for assignment.
Cubs: Catcher Koyie Hill is a free agent after rejecting an outright assignment to the minors.
Mariners: Designated outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang for assignment.
Mets: Placed outfielder Jason Bay on the seven-day DL with a concussion.
Nationals: Designated reliever Brad Lidge for assignment.
Orioles: Placed outfielder Endy Chavez on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Phillies: Signed outfielder Jason Pridie to a minor league deal.
Red Sox: Placed pitcher Josh Beckett (shoulder inflammation) and outfielder Ryan Sweeney (toe injury) on the DL.
Reds: Placed outfielder Drew Stubbs on the DL with an oblique strain.
The Brewers weren't the only NL Central team to lose a long game yesterday: The Cardinals also lost 5-3 to the Royals in 15 innings on a Yuniesky Betancourt home run. You know that and more if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central.
There's still some interleague play left but Dave Cameron of FanGraphs notes that the American League is currently 96-72 against the NL this season, and has outscored the senior circuit 776-659 in those games.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History remembers a game in 2003 where Glendon Rusch needed 62 pitches to record three outs. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the anniversary of Hank Aaron's 750th home runs. Today also would have been Waterford, Wisconsin native Charlie Ganzel's 150th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 18 career HBP are the fourth most ever for a player born on June 18.
Looking back a couple of days, on Saturday Jaffe also marked the 30th anniversary of a Ted Simmons gaffe in 1982 that nearly cost the Brewers their only World Series season.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to hide this paper.