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Last night's game ended with one of the greatest game-saving catches you'll ever see as Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a home run to seal a 4-3 victory. Eric has the recap, if you missed it.
If you missed Gomez's play, go back and check out the highlight. After the game Gomez reported that it was the second time he'd stolen a home run to end a game, remembering a 2008 win over the Rockies as a member of the Twins. The Brew Crew Project listed Gomez's play as one of the rare joys in watching this disappointing Brewer team.
After the game Gomez appeared on MLB Network to talk about the play and his season. Come for Gomez's thoughts on the great catch, but stay to see him watch it again.
Votto only came to the plate as the potential game-winning run last night because Francisco Rodriguez walked pinch hitter Derrick Robinson with two outs in the ninth inning. Nathan Petrashek put a positive spin on that event in our Tweet of the Day:
Thanks for walking the third out and giving us the opportunity to see an amazing play, K-Rod.— Nate Petrashek (@NPetrashek) July 9, 2013
If the Brewers had lost last night's game, odds are we would've led today's Mug with this awful play. The eighth inning ended in bizarre fashion last night when Logan Schafer attempted to score on a sac fly, only to have third base coach Ed Sedar throw up the stop sign when Schafer was more than two thirds of the way home. Schafer stopped in his tracks and ended up in a rundown for the third out. You can see video of the play here, including the Reds announcers proclaiming the play a TOOTBLAN.
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning last night on Jonathan Lucroy's home run, his third in as many days. He's only the eighth catcher in franchise history to homer in three consecutive games, and the first since Raul Casanova in 2001. He's hitting .317/.344/.592 in his last 33 games.
Other notes from the field:
- Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who did not allow a hit in his previous outing, gave up ten to go with three walks last night. Joe Block notes that he has a 7.23 career ERA against the Brewers and a 3.40 mark against everyone else.
- Francisco Rodriguez's save was the 303rd of his career, tying him with Doug Jones for 22nd on the all-time list.
- Last night was the Brewers' third consecutive game decided by one run.
- The Polish may have won the sausage race, but from my angle (on TV) it looked like the Brat edged him out.
The series continues tonight when Wily Peralta takes on Tony Cingrani at 7:10. Jeremy Warnemuende has the MLB.com preview.
Ryan Braun did not appear in last night's game, but was available for the first time in a month. He was activated off the DL shortly before last night's contest, with Aramis Ramirez going on the shelf to rest his sore knee. Braun told reporters he's still not 100% and probably won't be anytime soon, but he's excited to get back in the game.
In the minors:
- The affiliates went 5-1 yesterday and David Goforth pitched a seven inning complete game shutout as Huntsville swept a doubleheader against Tennessee. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
- Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has details from Wisconsin's 8-6 win over Burlington.
- Congratulations are due out to Huntsville pitcher Andy Moye, who was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week following his near no-hitter.
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds manager Mike Guerrero.
- Wisconsin is all over Benjamin Hill of MiLB.com's latest edition of "Crooked Nuggets."
If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I'll be spending an hour on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton at 2 today. I'll be in studio taking your calls, tweets and emails, so listen in and have your questions ready.
Athletics: Designated infielder Adam Rosales for assignment.
Dodgers: Placed outfielder Matt Kemp (shoulder inflammation) and pitcher Stephen Fife (shoulder bursitis) on the DL.
Giants: Are expected to sign outfielder Jeff Francoeur.
Mariners: Designated pitcher Jeremy Bonderman for assignment.
Rockies: Placed pitcher Roy Oswalt on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Let's go around the NL Central:
- The Pirates have fallen back to second place in the division following a 2-1 loss to the A's. Jeff Locke was a tough luck loser, allowing two runs on just three hits over seven innings.
- The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth inning to cruise to an 8-2 win over the White Sox. Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two stolen bases and four runs scored.
- The Brewers, of course, held on for a 4-3 win over the Reds.
- The Cardinals were off Monday.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
|Cardinals||53||34||--||v HOU||7:15p||Adam Wainwright v Bud Norris|
|Pirates||53||35||.5||v OAK||6:05p||Gerrit Cole v Dan Straily|
|Reds||50||39||4||@ MIL||7:10p||Tony Cingrani v Wily Peralta|
|Cubs||39||48||14||v LAA||7:05p||Travis Wood v Joe Blanton|
Today in former Brewers:
- 1977-79 Brewer Lenn Sakata has been fired as manager of the Modesto Nuts, the Rockies' affiliate in the high-A California League.
- Curt Hogg of Reviewing the Brew has a poem about Brooks Conrad.
And in baseball economics: After trading Ricky Nolasco over the weekend, the Marlins' new highest-paid player is infielder Placido Polanco. He's on a one-year, $2.75 million deal. He'd be tied for the ninth highest salary on the Brewers.
Today In Brewer History is off today, but Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's the tenth anniversary of Randall Simon's famous Racing Sausages incident and he 44th anniversary of Seattle Pilots pitcher Fred Talbot hitting a grand slam.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to shave. (h/t PocketDoppler.com)