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We're looking back at last night's loss and ahead to a series finale tonight in today's daily roundup of all things Brewers.

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The Brewers are back to .500 on the season after a tough night for the pitching staff led to an 8-4 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. JP has the recap, if you missed it.

If you're just looking at the box score last night probably looked like a bad appearance for new Brewer Mike Gonzalez, who faced three batters and was charged with three runs. JP noted that he's only the sixth pitcher in franchise history to allow a run without recording an out in his first outing of the season. With that said, the first six batters in the seventh inning (against Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop) went walk, bunt single, infield single, sac fly, infield single, bloop single. There's just not much you can do about that.

Gonzalez was one of several Brewers to make their 2013 debuts last night, including Tom Gorzelanny, Brandon Kintzler and Yuniesky Betancourt. Dave Radcliffe of Yahoo has an introduction to 2013's new Brewers.

Last night was also a challenging night for Marco Estrada, who allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings despite striking out eight without allowing a walk. Tom Haudricourt has a look at Estrada and Yovani Gallardo's similar first outings.

Speaking of Gallardo, he's not worried about the fact that his velocity was down a bit on Opening Day, chalking it up to an odd spring.

Other notes from the field:

The series wraps up tonight at Miller Park, where Wily Peralta makes his 2013 debut against Juan Nicasio at 7:10. Paul Casella has the preview. In a related note, Matthew Pouliot of Hardball Talk gave Peralta a 25:1 shot at winning the NL Rookie of the Year.

Ryan Braun joined him at the top last night, but entering the game Norichika Aoki was the Brewers' 2013 home run leader following his solo shot on Monday. Adam McCalvy talked to Aoki about his brief reign at the top of the mountain. He circled the bases in 19.43 seconds following that hit, by the way.

Jonathan Lucroy will likely sit out tonight after catching the Brewers' first 19 innings of baseball on Monday and Tuesday, but it's possible the Brewer pitchers will miss him. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs has several gifs of Lucroy catching low pitches as part of a conversation on the value of pitch framing.

Looking further ahead, Kyle Lohse is still scheduled to make his Brewer debut against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, and it appears tickets are still readily available. Tom Haudricourt suggests fan reaction to Lohse hasn't been quite what the team expected in our Tweet of the Day:

In the minors:

Back in Milwaukee, it appears the Brewers' porta-potty ban for Monday's Opening Day tailgating came and went without major concern. At least, that's what Jim Stingl of the JS is saying.

The Milwaukee Business Journal didn't take any photos of restrooms, but they do have a slideshow of Miller Park from Monday's opener.

In power rankings:

Around baseball:

Cubs: Signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a minor league deal.
Giants: Claimed pitcher Hunter Strickland off waivers from the Pirates.
Mets: Placed Shaun Marcum on the DL with biceps tendonitis.
Phillies: Claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Indians and designated outfielder Ender Inciarte for assignment.
Red Sox: Signed outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league deal.
Reds: Outfielder Ryan Ludwick has been placed on the DL and will have surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Today in former Brewers:

  • Big League Stew has a photo of Prince Fielder dressed like he's headed out on an Arctic expedition before a game in Minnesota.
  • When Cesar Izturis debuted for the Reds this week he completed the NL Central circuit, already having been a member of the Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates.

Last night's big news around baseball came from Houston, where Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was one out away from pitching a perfect game when Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez hit a single through his legs and into center for the game's first hit. NotGraphs has a gif of the event, while The Crawfish Boxes documented an eventful night on Gonzalez's Wikipedia page.

Today in baseball economics: At least once expert thinks baseball's current TV money bubble will burst at some point as increasing numbers of TV viewers refuse to pay excessive cable bills.

This is relevant to nothing but it made me laugh harder than anything else I've seen today: Baseball Think Factory has video of Bob Costas performing Ludacris lyrics.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm afraid.

Drink up.