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The Brewers dug a big hole early and never came back yesterday, as Alfredo Figaro allowed a grand slam in the first inning of a 7-4 loss to the Braves. Noah has the recap, if you missed it. Figaro allowed six runs yesterday and 12 of the 21 batters he faced reached base.
The Brewers may have dodged a serious bullet when Carlos Gomez banged against the wall after making a leaping catch and came out of the game holding his shoulder. The injury looked serious at the time but was later diagnosed as a shoulder sprain and Gomez is day-to-day. He told Tom Haudricourt he thinks he'll be ok "in a couple of days" and is reportedly not going to undergo an MRI.
By winning on Friday and Saturday the Brewers avoided a dubious distinction: The Braves entered and left the weekend series as less-than-proud owners of Big League Stew's "Glass Joe Title."
Other notes from the field:
- Rickie Weeks went 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday and now has a hit in eight straight games. Joe Block notes that he's also hit in 16 consecutive starts.
- Rubie_Q notes that Weeks' Wins Above Replacement (fWAR) are back to even for the season.
- The hit by pitch was the 111th of Weeks career, and Tim Hudson's 110th thrown. Plunk Everyone has more on those accomplishments.
- Caleb Gindl got his first major league hit on Saturday.
- The Chorizo, Hot Dog and Brat won Friday-Sunday's sausage races, respectively.
Let's put a bow on the Braves series with this look at the weekend's home runs, with help from Hit Tracker and Wezen-ball:
|Friday||Jean Segura||366 feet||16.83 seconds*|
|Saturday||No home runs|
|Sunday||Jonathan Lucroy||436 feet**||20.91 seconds|
* - Segura's trot time was the fastest in all of baseball on Friday.
** - Lucroy's home run Sunday was the longest hit by a Brewer in 2013.
The Brewers are off today before resuming play at home against the Cubs tomorrow. Kyle Lohse will take on Edwin Jackson in the opener, and Joey Nowak has the MLB.com preview. Fourth place in the NL Central will be on the line this week, and Kristin Zenz of PocketDoppler.com says the race to avoid finishing last is one the Brewers will win.
Make sure you're taking advantage of today's off day, because it's the last one for a while: The Brewers start a stretch of 20 games in 20 days starting tomorrow. They're off for four days for the All Star break in July, but aside from that their next scheduled break comes on August 1.
Scooter Gennett had a relatively quiet weekend, going 1-for-4 with a single. David G. Temple of NotGraphs had some fun with his out on the bases from last week.
At this point I almost feel like we're piling on Alfredo Figaro, but I couldn't not mention that Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs also tagged him as responsible for the worst pitch in all of baseball last week.
Looking ahead, nothing that happened this weekend made the Brewers any less likely to be sellers at the trade deadline. Ryan Topp of Disciples of Uecker has a look at some AL teams that could be candidates for a July deal.
Yovani Gallardo's name will likely continue to come up in rumors, and it's possible his value has gone up a bit while he's been pitching better lately. He's our reigning Brewer of the Week and the first pitcher to earn that honor in 12 weeks this season.
Of course, if you're not interested in watching the Brewers build for the future, there is another option: Dave Radcliffe of Yahoo has a list of ten reasons to give up on this team.
In the minors:
- The affiliates went 1-5 yesterday but the lone win came from Brevard County, where Ben McMahan, Nick Ramirez and Yadiel Rivera all homered in the Manatees' 12-1 win over Dunedin. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Meanwhile, a pair of Brewer pitchers made relief appearances, but both got some bad news: Marco Estrada allowed six runs in just 2.2 innings of work for Wisconsin, while Hiram Burgos was only able to pitch an inning before a long rain delay ended his day with Nashville.
- Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has video highlights from Wisconsin's 13-9 loss to Cedar Rapids, which included the end of outfielder Michael Reed's 39 game on-base streak.
- Tim Froberg of the Appleton Post Crescent has a profile of Wisconsin outfielder Tyrone Taylor. (h/t @Mass_Haas)
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds first baseman Sean Halton.
Angels: Placed pitcher Jason Vargas on the DL with a blood clot.
Astros: Designated pitcher Ross Seaton for assignment.
Diamondbacks: Designated infielder Josh Wilson for assignment.
Dodgers: Released catcher Ramon Hernandez.
Mariners: Placed first baseman Michael Morse on the DL with a quad strain and designated outfielder Eric Thames for assignment.
Mets: Placed first baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda on the DL with an intercostal strain.
Nationals: Are expected to place pitcher Dan Haren on the DL with shoulder weakness.
Padres: Placed pitcher Clayton Richard on the DL with a shoulder strain.
Phillies: Placed pitchers Mike Adams and Mike Stutes on the DL, both with biceps tendonitis.
Rangers: Placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the DL with a fractured hand.
Rockies: Acquired pitcher Hisanori Takahashi from the Cubs for a PTBNL and designated pitcher Logan Kensing for assignment.
Royals: Claimed pitcher Makiel Cleto off waivers from the Cardinals and designated outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment.
Tigers: Designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment.
Twins: Placed pitcher Mike Pelfrey on the DL with a back strain.
Yankees: Designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment and acquired infielder Brent Lillibridge from the Cubs for a PTBNL or cash.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Cardinals have only had two three-game losing streaks all season, but they're on one of them right now after getting swept by the Rangers over the weekend. Adam Wainwright was last night's tough luck loser, allowing two runs over 6.2 innings in a 2-1 loss.
- Meanwhile, the Pirates swept the Angels to close the gap to a single game at the top of the division. They scored three in the ninth to tie, four in the tenth to take the lead and held on for a 10-9 win over Anaheim Sunday.
- The Reds lost two of three to Arizona this weekend but the lone win came yesterday when they scored three in the first inning en route to a 4-2 victory. Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips homered in the game.
- The Cubs took two of three from the Astros this weekend, including a 14-6 decision on Sunday. The two teams combined for 29 hits in the game, and Ryan Sweeney went 3-for-5 with 6 RBI.
- The Brewers, of course, took two of three from the Braves but lost 7-4 yesterday.
Here are today's standings:
All five Central division teams are off today.
Today in former Brewers: Carlos Lee used his 37th birthday to announce his retirement over the weekend. He finished his career with 358 home runs, including 60 as a Brewer. Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball has a tribute to his career.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 36th anniversary of the first-ever meeting between the Brewers and Mariners. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also been 8000 days since Paul Molitor's 2000th hit and 30 years since Don Sutton's 3000th strikeout. Via Plunk Everyone, we also know the following birthday milestones:
- Today is 1982 and 1996-98 Brewer Doug Jones' 56th birthday, and his 39 career plunkings are the most ever for a pitcher born on June 24.
- Today would have been Seattle Pilot Don Mincher's 75th birthday, and his 27 HBP are the fifth most ever for a position player born on June 24.
- Finally, today is also Juan Francisco's 26th birthday, and his four career HBP lead all active players born on June 24.
Elsewhere in Brewer history, Kevin Kimmes of Cream City Cables has launched a new series looking at baseball cards commemorating the pre-Braves era of Milwaukee baseball. It's a worthy goal, to be sure.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I think we're even.