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Monday's Frosty Mug: Winning on the west coast

We're talking about a successful weekend in Seattle and more in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

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Some things to read during naptime.

The Brewers are 4-3 on their west coast road trip after taking two of three in Seattle, but suffered their first-ever loss at Safeco Field in a 2-0 game yesterday. Noah has the recap, if you missed it.

The Brewers missed a chance for a sweep yesterday despite a solid outing from Wily Peralta, who allowed two runs on four hits while pitching all eight innings. He's the first Brewer to record a complete game in a loss since Chris Capuano in 2006 (h/t @joe_block), and one of just eight pitchers to do it since the Brewers moved to the National League in the 90's.

There's no dishonor, though, in having been outdueled by Felix Hernandez. King Felix struck out nine over eight shutout innings, and Martin Maldonado said he's the best right-hander he's ever faced (h/t @AdamMcCalvy).

Other notes from the field:

Let's wrap up the Mariners series with a look at this weekend's home runs, with help from Hit Tracker and Larry Granillo of Wezen-ball (Friday and Saturday):

Day Player Distance Trot Time
Friday Yuniesky Betancourt 365 feet 23.37 seconds
Saturday Scooter Gennett 353 feet 23.35 seconds
Sunday No home runs

Scooter Gennett started all three games at second base this weekend in place of Rickie Weeks, who is out for the remainder of the season with a torn tendon in his hamstring. The injury wraps up a season to forget for Weeks, who hit just .209/.306/.357 in 104 games. Adam McCalvy talked to Gennett about his newfound opportunity.

The Brewers are off today before heading to Texas to open a brief two-game interleague set tomorrow. Marco Estrada will face Alexi Ogando at 7:05, and Andrew Simon has the preview.

Tomorrow night's game should feature the return of Aramis Ramirez, who hasn't appeared in a game since July 6. He'll DH and bat cleanup in the AL ballpark.

Looking further ahead, Tyler Thornburg will make the start in the other game in Texas this week, with Kyle Lohse leading off the Reds series at home on Thursday (h/t @AdamMcCalvy). Yovani Gallardo is expected to rejoin the rotation sometime during the next homestand, and Donovan Hand is heading back to the bullpen.

The Brewers will face right handers in both games against Texas this week, and that may be a good thing. On Friday Adam Wieser of Disciples of Uecker noted that the Brewers were 10-24 this season in games where an opposing lefty received the decision. That record improved to 11-24 when the Crew beat Joe Saunders Friday night.

Tom Gorzelanny bounced back from injury with his best start on Saturday, throwing seven scoreless innings while outdueling Hisashi Iwakuma (h/t @Todd_Rosiak). He's pretty quickly changed his destiny from "bullpen-only" to "potential 2014 rotation option."

Carlos Gomez went 0-for-4 yesterday to drop his batting line to .119/.269/.214 in his last 13 games. High Heat Stats notes, though, that his 6.4 wins above repacement (rWAR) are still the best mark in the NL Central.

Juan Francisco had the Brewers' lone extra base hit yesterday, a double off Felix Hernandez. He's our reigning Brewer of the Week, and the eleventh different player to win the vote at least once this season.

Meanwhile, it's been a while since we've seen or heard from Ryan Braun. Deadspin caught a picture of him hanging out with friends in Venice Beach.

Wily Peralta had a great outing yesterday, but not all the news is good for him today: He also made Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs' list of last week's wildest pitches.

Maybe someday Peralta can make this list, but for now the Brewers are completely unrepresented on Andrew Ball of Beyond the Box Score's list of baseball's best tools.

In the minors:

  • The affiliates went 3-3 yesterday with Ariel Pena pitching five scoreless innings in Huntsville's 4-0 win over Chattanooga. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
  • Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has a recap from Wisconsin's 5-0 loss to Quad Cities.
  • Victor Roache hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season on Saturday for Wisconsin, when Jason Rogers also hit his 20th for Huntsville. @JeffHemPBP notes that the Brewers are one of just six organizations with three 20-homer hitters in the minors.
  • Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball lists Mitch Haniger, Michael Reed, Tyrone Taylor, Orlando Arcia and Jimmy Nelson among the leaders in his GAPPER statistic.
  • Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has an interview with Sounds pitcher Zack Kroenke.

If you weren't around over the weekend, you might have missed JP's weekly look at what we learned last week. It's a great opportunity to catch up on what you missed while watching preseason football or something.

Around baseball:

Athletics: Designated infielder Adam Rosales for assignment.
Blue Jays: Placed reliever Juan Perez on the DL with a torn ligament in his elbow.
Diamondbacks: Placed 1B/3B Eric Chavez on the DL with a left knee strain.
Padres: Placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the DL with a knee strain.
Phillies: Designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment.
Rangers: Acquired outfielder Alex Rios and cash from the White Sox for a PTBNL.
Rays: Designated reliever Kyle Farnsworth for assignment.
Royals: Placed infielder Miguel Tejada on the DL with a calf strain, acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Twins for a PTBNL or cash and designated pitcher Francisely Bueno and catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.
Tigers: Placed catcher Alex Avila on the 7-day DL with a concussion.

This weekend's transaction was the latest development in an interesting week for Rosales, who has been an A, Ranger and A again in the last few days. Big League Stew talked to Rosales about trying to keep his life in order while his workplace is in a consistent state of flux.

Let's go around the NL Central:

  • The Rockies beat the Pirates 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep at Coors Field. Pedro Alvarez's 28th home run was not enough to secure a win for Pittsburgh.
  • The Cardinals narrowly avoided a sweep of their own this weekend, beating the Cubs 8-4 yesterday. Allen Craig was on base five times with three hits and two walks, and scored two runs.
  • The Reds gained some ground this weekend by taking two of three from the Padres, including a 3-2, 13 inning win yesterday. Joey Votto's walkoff sac fly was the difference in this one.
  • The Brewers, of course, took two of three from the Mariners but lost 2-0 yesterday.

You can read more about those games and all of yesterday's action in Beyond the Box Score's Smallest Sample Size.

Here are today's updated standings and probables:

Team W L GB Today Time Matchup
Pirates 70 47 -- OFF
Cardinals 67 50 3 OFF
Reds 65 52 5 @ CHC 7:05p Mat Latos v Travis Wood
Cubs 52 65 18 v CIN 6:05p
Brewers 51 67 19.5 OFF

The Reds aren't drawing nearly as much attention as the Pirates or Cardinals lately, but they're hanging in the race and are getting healthy: Catcher Ryan Hanigan and reliever Jonathan Broxton were activated off the DL over the weekend and outfielder Ryan Ludwick is scheduled to join them today.

The Cubs missed Adam Wainwright in their series with the Cardinals this weekend, and before that they missed Zack Greinke in their matchup with the Dodgers. You'd think most teams would be happy about the increased chance of winning, but apparently Dale Sveum is taking it as an insult.

Meanwhile, yesterday's weirdest statistical quirk came in Toronto, where You Can't Predict Baseball notes that Oakland walked eleven Blue Jays batters and picked up a 6-4 win anyway. The A's are the first team to walk eleven or more batters in a win since 2009. The Orioles did it to the Brewers in 2008.

Elsewhere in the unusual: If you haven't seen it yet, take a moment this morning to watch Rays infielders fool Dodger third baseman Juan Uribe with the hidden ball trick.

Today in former Brewers:

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks what would have been longtime Milwaukee Braves pitcher Bob Buhl's 85th birthday. Plunk Everyone notes that his 37 career HBP are the fourth most ever for a pitcher born on August 12. Here are today's other bits of history:

Finally, our condolences go out this morning to the family of longtime Milwaukee Brave Johnny Logan, who passed away over the weekend. Logan, a four-time All Star at shortstop, was 86 years old.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm still trapped.

Drink up.