Some things to read while missing the connection.
I'm running out of things to say about this Brewer winning streak. They scored five runs in the second and held on to beat the Padres 6-3 for their ninth consecutive victory, their longest streak since 2003. We've got the recap, if you went to bed at a reasonable hour.
Jean Segura had three of the Brewers' eleven hits last night, including a triple, stole a base and made a great leaping grab that led to an unassisted double play. He's currently tied for third in the NL with a .377 batting average, tied for second with 26 hits and Baseball Reference has him second among all NL position players at 1.4 wins above replacement. Can I remind you he's also only 23 and in his first full MLB season?
Elsewhere in Tuesday night storylines, Ron Roenicke was ejected for the first time in 2013 last night after a blown check swing call in the fifth inning. Jaymes Langrehr noted that Petco Park's quiet atmosphere gave TV viewers a unique level of insight into the incident.
Other notes from the field:
- Carlos Quentin went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game back with the Padres following his eight game suspension.
- When the Padres took a 2-1 lead in the first inning last night, it was the first time the Brewers have trailed in the opening frame all season.
- The Brewers batted around in the second inning for the third time this season.
- Joe Block notes that the Brewers didn't reach three games above .500 until the 49th game in 2011 and the 147th game last year.
A win tonight would give the Brewers their seventh ten game winning streak in franchise history, and their first since 2003. Marco Estrada will face Edinson Volquez at 9:10, and Cash Kruth has the MLB.com preview. If you're looking for other potential storylines for tonight's game, TWreck has a FanPost looking at current and longtime Padres with ties to the Brewers.
Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 last night, snapping a five game hitting streak. J.P. Breen of Disciples of Uecker takes on the notion that Braun hasn't been seeing as many pitches to hit in 2013.
The other hitless Brewer last night was Rickie Weeks, who's starting to dig himself into a similar hole to the one he spent all season trying to crawl out of last year. Dave Radcliffe of Yahoo is urging the Brewers to consider giving Scooter Gennett a shot.
Norichika Aoki and Jonathan Lucroy each had a hit last night, with Aoki scoring a run and Lucroy driving in two. Earlier in the day, they were both also named to David Schoenfield of ESPN's All-Underrated team.
If the Cardinals had lost last night the Brewers would have opened play today in first place, and I've used "remarkable" so often to describe that fact that I worry the word is starting to lose meaning. Richard Justice of MLB.com credits Ron Roenicke and the Brewers for "staying the course" and turning their season around.
In the minors:
- The affiliates went 1-3 last night but it wasn't Jason Rogers' fault: He went 3-for-3 and finished a single shy of the cycle in Huntsville's 5-1 loss to Birmingham. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Mark Rogers also pitched a single inning in his first rehab appearance for AA Huntsville last night, throwing 17 pitches in a scoreless outing. His velocity, however, still topped out at 92.
- Rattler Radio has video highlights from Wisconsin's 9-1 win over Quad Cities.
- Nick Cole of The Tennessean has a story on Hunter Morris and Scooter Gennett, two 2013 Nashville Sounds who have climbed the ladder together in the Brewer organization. (h/t @Mass_Haas)
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Brewers roving instructor Don Money.
Astros: Placed outfielder Justin Maxwell on the DL with a fractured left hand.
Blue Jays: Designated pitcher Ramon Ortiz for assignment and claimed pitcher Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Mets.
Dodgers: Pitcher Chad Billingsley will require Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.
Mariners: Placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the DL with a hamstring injury.
Nationals: Claimed pitcher Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Astros.
Rangers: Pitcher Charlie Leesman has rejected the team's waiver claim and is now a free agent.
Tigers: Placed reliever Octavio Dotel on the DL with elbow inflammation.
Yesterday around the Central:
- The Cardinals moved into sole possession of first place with a 2-0 win over the Nationals, led by Adam Wainwright's 8.1 shutout innings.
- The Reds went to extra innings again in a 4-2 loss to the Cubs, with Manny Parra allowing four straight batters to reach in the tenth as the winning runs scored.
- Jason Grilli picked up his MLB-leading eighth save as the Pirates beat the Phillies 2-0. The Pirates are two games above .500 despite a .231 team batting average.
- And, of course, the Brewers beat the Padres 6-3.
Here are today's standings and probables:
|Cardinals||12||8||--||@ WAS||12:05 pm||Jaime Garcia v. Stephen Strasburg|
|Reds||12||9||.5||v CHC||11:35 am||Mat Latos v. Jeff Samardzija|
|Brewers||11||8||.5||@ SDP||9:10 pm||Marco Estrada v. Edinson Volquez|
|Pirates||11||9||1||@ PHI||6:05 pm||Wandy Rodriguez v. Roy Halladay|
|Cubs||6||13||5.5||@ CIN||11:35 am|
Today in former Brewers:
- Josh Stinson is going to start for the Orioles today.
- Shaun Marcum will make his Mets debut on Saturday.
I don't have any history notes today, but I do have this and I think it's pretty cool: Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus remembers the time Brewer fans picketed outside County Stadium because the team added Hamm's to its beer selection.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to fix something.