Some things to read while supporting the wookie revolution.
The Brewers got the Pirates series off to a powerful start, launching five home runs in a 10-4 rout. The result isn't much different from what we have seen in Brewers-Pirates series of the past. Milwaukee is now 70-24 against Pittsburgh since the 2007 season and 49-7 in Miller Park. I think the first line from Raise the Jolly Roger's recap says it best for both sides:
I could probably go find any number of old recaps from games at Miller Park, copy and paste one here and change a few names, and be done with this post.
To go along with their five homeruns, the Brewers also hit three triples during the game. JP noted on twitter that this is just the seventh time in MLB history a team has five homers and three triples in the same game.
One of those triples came off the bat of Martin Maldonado. That is the first three-bagger of his major league career, and only the second of his professional career. He hit one triple in the minor leagues, all the way back in 2006.
One player who did not have a good game was Rickie Weeks, who struck out in all three of his at-bats. He did walk in a fourth plate appearance. Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit a home run yesterday, though, and Kevin Kimmes of Cream City Cables notes that he was hitting .119 better than Weeks on the season at the time. Gallardo is also second amongst pitchers in home runs since his debut in 2007. He has jacked 12 long balls. Only Carlos Zambrano has hit more, with 14.
Kyle Ashauer points out that the Brewers now have a positive run differential on the season for the first time since Opening Day. Another fun stat: Brewers Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vasallo notes that with the victory, the Brewers will become just the fifth team of the divisional era to start the season 2-8 or worse and finish April with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Brewers could be getting better very soon. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez could potentially rejoin the team this week, in fact. He has been running in the outfield and plans on running the bases today to test out his knee.
Corey Hart, on the other hand, still has a little while. There is some good news, though. After offseason surgery on his knee, the first baseman has been doing muscle strengthening work and is hopeful he will be able to return when first eligible on May 30.
Perhaps the biggest news in the sports world today came from the NBA, where Boston Celtics center Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay player to still be active in one of the four major sports. Ryan Braun threw his support Collins' way and said that he would be welcoming of a gay player in the Brewers clubhouse, and believes his teammates would as well.
On the rumor mill, Jon Morosi tweeted that the Brewers are looking to add a player who can play an infield corner position along with the outfield, like Mark Kotsay did in 2011. The Brewers are also discussing what roster moves when Aramis Ramirez rejoins the team and what to do with Khris Davis, who is not receiving much playing time in the majors.
Around the MLB:
Athletics: Recalled P Dan Straily
Blue Jays: Optioned P Jesse Chavez to Triple-A and outrighted Aaron Laffey to Triple-A
Cardinals: Optioned P Marc Rzepsckisznszzskciskski to Triple-A and called up P Seth Maness
Giants: Placed P Jose Mijares on the bereavement list and recalled P Sandy Rosario
Indians: Optioned P Scott Barnes to Triple-A
Nationals: Activated C Wilson Ramos from the DL and optioned C Jhonatan Solano to Triple-A
Mariners: Activated OF Michael Saunders from the DL and optioned OF Carlos Peguero to Triple-A
Reds: Placed OF Chris Heisey on the DL and recalled OF Donald Lutz
Red Sox: Optioned P Josh Bard to Double-A
Royals: Optioned P Will Smith to Triple-A
White Sox: Optioned Blake Tekotte to Triple-A
In former Brewers, I purposely try to avoid watching the Tigers. Otherwise it hurts too much to see things like this.
MLB Trade Rumors has a poll asking their readers who they thought was the best GM in baseball. A's GM Billy Beane is winning with nearly 14% percent of the vote followed by Rays GM Andrew Friedman with 8.8%. Brewers GM Doug Melvin has acquired 1.84% of the vote.
Tony Bosch, head of the now famous Biogenesis lab, says that he has nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs and that he is just a nutritionist. Bosch refused to talk about any specific players, except for Ryan Braun. Bosch corroborated Braun's story and said: ""I just answered a few questions from his legal team, not from Braun or any other ballplayer."
That's all I've got, unless you call time too late.