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Wednesday's Frosty Mug: Brewer News, Links And Notes


Some things to read while submitting your application. (h/t @ByChrisJenkins)

The "playoff contention" portion of the Brewers' 2012 season may be over, but it's still fun when they win. They beat the Cubs 4-1 last night behind a strong outing from Yovani Gallardo and Jeff Bianchi's first home run, and we've got the recap if you missed it.

Bianchi was still looking for his first career hit entering play on Saturday, but his homer last night was his fifth hit in five at bats. He's raised his career OPS from .000 to .636 in the last four days. And, of course, a Cub fan threw the ball from his first homer back onto the field.

Yovani Gallardo pitched seven innings last night and struck out nine Cubs while allowing a single run on just three hits, and was named one of Head & Shoulders' "Mane Men" of the night. The Brewers struck out eleven batters last night and have now retired ten or more that way in eight straight games. They've got a chance to break baseball's single season strikeout record, but Rick Kranitz doesn't want them thinking about it.

Last night's win improved the Brewers to 14-11 in August with three games to play. If they can manage to win one of the next two against the Cubs or beat the Pirates on Friday they'll have their first winning month of the season.

Other notes from the field:

The four game set continues tonight when Mike Fiers takes on Jeff Samardzija at 7:05. Mark Clements has the preview.

For as long as Fiers continues to pitch this season, we're going to be wondering if shutting him down would be the better move. Jim Owczarski of asked several shutdown candidates for their thoughts on the possibility of ending their season early.

Shaun Marcum is scheduled to start tomorrow, but could it be his last appearance as a Brewer? A report surfaced yesterday that Marcum has been placed on trade waivers. If a team claims him within the next 36 hours the Brewers will have a chance to work out a deal with them. If no team claims him, then the Brewers would be free to trade him anywhere.

Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-4 last night after hitting a pair of home runs Monday night. Miller Park Drunk is ready to anoint Ramirez as "True Blue Brew Crew" and Jack Moore of Disciples of Uecker has a look at what might be his career year.

Speaking of Ramirez, here are his home run trot times along with the others from Monday:

Player Trot Time
Ryan Braun 25.39 seconds
Aramis Ramirez #2 24.67 seconds
Aramis Ramirez #1 23.39 seconds
Corey Hart 22.62 seconds
Carlos Gomez 17.52 seconds

Ramirez is a big part of a Brewer offense that's been quietly good this season. Joe Block notes that they entered play last night averaging 4.65 runs per game this season, up from 4.45 in 2011.

Last night's win was Ron Roenicke's 157th as manager of the Brewers, tying him with Ken Macha for the seventh most in franchise history. He needs 394 more wins to tie Phil Garner for the most as a Brewer manager, but our poll from yesterday showed that over 50% of voters don't expect him to be with the Brewers that long.

In the minors:

When the Brewers return home on Friday they'll honor Bob Uecker, as his statue outside Miller Park will be unveiled in an afternoon ceremony. Adam DeCock of has video of players discussing some of Uecker's most memorable recent calls.

If you'd like more Brewer coverage this morning but you're sick of reading, you can look both forward and back in today's audio options:

Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to gobrew23, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:

Rank Player Points
1 gobrew23 55.0
2 airfigaro 46.3
3 coolig 45.1
4 arails4 39.8
5 brewman70 26.1
6 mls4 25.4
7 weisomatic. 24.6
8 Jahiegel 23.4
9 jimf 22.8
10 icecreamman 22.4

Today's action starts at 12:05, so you're running out of time to get your picks in.

Around baseball:

Cubs: Designated pitcher Alex Hinshaw for assignment.
Orioles: Are expected to sign Randy Wolf.
White Sox: Placed pitcher Gavin Floyd on the DL with an elbow strain.

Britt Ghiroli of says the Orioles expect to use Wolf as a reliever, but haven't ruled out letting him start. He's never pitched in the American League.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find my dictionary.

Drink up.