Some things to read while getting a call from school.
My car broke down in the Miller Park parking lot and it wasn't even the worst thing that happened yesterday. The Cardinals beat the Brewers 10-1 to complete a four game sweep, and Noah has some things you should consider doing instead of reading a recap.
Yesterday's game MVP might have been this guy:
And now we have a fan being chased down by the grounds crew after somehow getting onto the field well after the game and running the bases.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) May 5, 2013
A fan just tried to run around the bases at Miller Park. A member of the groundscrew sprayed him with the hose and chased him down.— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) May 5, 2013
On the bright side, Carlos Gomez went 1-for-4 with a double yesterday to tie his career-best with a 12-game hitting streak. It's the longest streak by a Brewer in 2013, tied for the sixth longest streak in all of baseball this season and it's baseball's second-longest active streak, behind David Ortiz's 25-gamer. Gomez, by the way, was the runaway winner in our Brewer of the Week voting and Todd Rosiak says he could be getting ready to move up in the Brewer lineup.
Gomez also scored the Brewers' only run yesterday on Alfredo Figaro's RBI single in the 5th inning. It was both Figaro's first career hit and RBI. Yesterday was also the second time in the Cardinals series that Figaro recorded more than six outs in an outing. Joe Block notes that he hit 98 on the radar gun.
On the other end of the spectrum, John Axford struggled mightily again yesterday and allowed four of the five batters he faced to reach before being lifted in the eighth inning to a pretty loud chorus of boos. Adam McCalvy says Axford understands the fans' frustration, but also notes that Ron Roenicke says no change is forthcoming. Rubie Q notes that we've heard that before.
Yesterday's loss dropped the Brewers to 1-6 against the Cardinals (and 13-10 against everyone else) in 2013. Mike Bauman of MLB.com has the most obvious response: He says the Brewers are going to have to beat the Cardinals if they're going to win the NL Central.
Other notes from the field:
- Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-3 before leaving yesterday's game early, snapping his ten game hitting streak.
- Yuniesky Betancourt finished the game in left field yesterday in his first MLB outfield appearance.
- We've got Ron Roenicke's postgame comments.
- Three different Brewer pitchers hit Cardinal batters yesterday, and Plunk Everyone has more on that accomplishment.
- Todd Rosiak documented the dent in the wall from a Carlos Gomez foul ball into the press box on Friday.
- The Italian won Friday's sausage race, with the Polish getting wins on Saturday and Sunday.
- Adam McCalvy noted that Chorizo didn't even get a win on Cinco de Mayo.
The Brewers have another weird two-off day week this week, taking a break today before opening a quick two-game set against the Rangers on Tuesday. Jason Mastrodonato has the MLB.com preview.
The pair of off days this week gave the Brewers a chance to shuffle their rotation a bit, and they're doing so by having Hiram Burgos skip a turn. Wily Peralta and Kyle Lohse will pitch in the Rangers series, and Yovani Gallardo will open the set against the Reds on Friday.
Aramis Ramirez appeared in two of three games this weekend in his first appearances since going on the DL in early April. Over at Cream City Cables Nathan Petrashek has a look at the various Brewers that remain on the shelf and their respective timetables for return.
Jean Segura went 1-for-4 yesterday but is still hitting .333/.380/.523 this season with ten extra base hits, including four home runs. Adam McCalvy has a story on Segura's sudden power burst.
Marco Estrada celebrated Cinco de Mayo by sinking the Brewers' chances of winning in the second inning yesterday. I celebrated it by making a list of the nine current and former Brewers who were born in Mexico.
Some may call this "common sense," but I'm calling it "progress:" Paul Swydan of FanGraphs has a look at the five times teams have sacrifice bunted in the first inning in 2013, and you won't find a single Brewer moment on the list.
In the minors:
- The affiliates went 3-2 yesterday, and Jed Bradley threw six scoreless innings in Brevard County's 10-2 win over Charlotte. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Wisconsin is riding a four-game win streak following their victory over Great Lakes yesterday. Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has more on the win and a long home run for Victor Roache.
- A scout documented Johnny Hellweg hitting 100 mph on the radar gun for Nashville yesterday.
- Hellweg wasn't enough to help Nashville avoid their ninth consecutive loss, though. @Mass_Haas notes that they're now 7-21 and 0-8 in day games.
- Maybe a familiar face will help: Former Brewer Tim Dillard has re-signed with the organization on a minor league deal and is back in Nashville.
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds infielder/outfielder Josh Prince.
- Adam McCalvy has a story on longtime Brewer minor league pitcher Dan Meadows, who is attempting to reinvent himself as a sidearmer.
Back in Milwaukee, John Steinmiller and Caitlin Moyer have a look at Miller Park's new smoothie stand, one of the ballpark's latest food additions.
Athletics: Placed outfielder Chris Young on the DL with a quad strain.
Dodgers: Placed pitcher Ted Lilly (rib cage strain) and infielder Hanley Ramirez (hamstring strain) on the DL.
Indians: Designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.
Marlins: Placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the bereavement list.
Orioles: Designated pitcher Zach Clark for assignment.
Padres: Placed pitcher Clayton Richard on the DL with an intestinal virus.
Phillies: Are expected to place pitcher Roy Halladay on the DL with shoulder soreness.
Pirates: Placed second baseman Neil Walker on the DL with a hand laceration.
Reds: Signed outfielder Joe Mather to a minor league deal and voided the trade that brought IF/OF Mark Teahen over from the Diamondbacks.
This weekend was so depressing that I don't really want to talk about it, but I guess we should still take a look around the NL Central:
- Edwin Jackson dropped to 0-5 on the season following a 7-4 Cubs loss to the Reds. Joey Votto had three hits in the game, including a pair of doubles.
- The Pirates led off the game with a Starling Marte homer yesterday but didn't get much else, losing 6-2 to the Nationals.
- The Cardinals expanded upon their lead on the field by taking their fourth straight game against the Brewers, 10-1.
|Reds||18||14||2.5||v ATL||6:10p||Bronson Arroyo v Paul Maholm|
|Cubs||11||20||9||v TEX||7:10p||Scott Feldman v Nick Tepesch|
Today in former Brewers: Jake Odorizzi pitched seven innings in AAA Durham's combined no-hitter over the weekend. It's Odorizzi's second combined no-no.
"Untucking" after wins was a highly controversial practice when the Brewers did it a few years ago, but perhaps the idea was just ahead of its time? Apparently it's a growing trend among members of the Nationals.
I cannot imagine what would happen if a rule like this were enforced in Milwaukee: Mets fans have been getting $25 citations for public drinking because tailgating with alcohol outside Citi Field violates New York's laws about drinking outside. (h/t MetsBlog)
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm still looking for the veterans.
EDIT: Nicole here - I'm going to argue that the best part of yesterday that didn't involve tequila or sangria was the uniforms the Brewers wore. Not only were they pretty gorgeous, but they've got a pretty spectacular story behind them.
Turns out a fan/blogger is the one who pitched the idea of the uniforms to the Brewers and it's pretty amazing that his dropping a bug in their ear about the 100 year anniversary of the American Association Brewers' pennant led to the unis on the field yesterday, as well as the Corey Hart bobblehead. You can read the whole story over at Uni Watch
Chance Michaels writes the Borchert Field blog which is an amazing compendium of AA Brewers info, should you be so inclined to fall down that rabbit hole.
Additionally, uniform discussion site Chris Creamer's Sports Logos.net has a nice set of photos from yesterday and a few oldies to compare them to.