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Thursday's Frosty Mug: Stumbling back home.

The Brewers wrapped up the road trip with an ugly loss, and we'll talk about that and more in today's daily news roundup.

Rick Yeatts

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The Brewers took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning last night but couldn't hold it, as back-to-back-to-back walks to lead off the seventh inning led to three Rangers runs and a 5-4 loss. We've got the recap, if you missed it.

Last night's bullpen meltdown wasted a solid start from Tyler Thornburg, who allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings. Mike Vassallo noted on Twitter that Brewer starting pitchers recorded seven quality starts on the nine game trip, but the team only won five of those games.

The Brewers also wasted a big night from Juan Francisco, who became the second Brewer in as many nights to have a multi-homer game. @MikeVassallo13 notes that Francisco has eleven home runs since June 25 to lead all NL players.

Other notes from the field:

  • Aramis Ramirez was hit by a pitch last night for the 105th time in his career, but it was the first time he's ever been hit by a Ranger. Plunk Everyone has more on the accomplishment.
  • Last night's save was Joe Nathan's 334th. He's now seven back of Rollie Fingers for tenth on baseball's all-time list.
  • The finale in Texas started 37 minutes late due to rain.

The Rangers series was short on games, but it was long on home runs. Here's a recap, via Hit Tracker and these three tweets from @TaterTrotTrkr:

Day Player Distance Trot Time
Tuesday Scooter Gennett #1 409 feet 22.08 seconds
Tuesday Khris Davis 365 feet 22.75 seconds
Tuesday Scooter Gennett #2 363 feet 21.61 seconds
Wednesday Juan Francisco #1 422 feet 22.1 seconds
Wednesday Juan Francisco #2 393 feet 23.03 seconds

The Brewers return home tonight, where Kyle Lohse will open a four-game set against Tony Cingrani and the Reds at 7:10. Spencer Fordin has the preview.

If you watch Kyle Lohse throw ten pitches tonight, odds are you'll see at least one curveball and changeup. Eno Sarris of FanGraphs talked to Lohse about the grips he uses for his off-speed pitches, and I found it pretty fascinating.

Scooter Gennett continues to make the most of his newfound opportunity to play every day, as he picked up two more hits last night. His defense is also drawing some notice, as demonstrated in our Tweet of the Day:

Even before his impressive work in the last couple of games, a clear majority of voters in this week's BCB Tracking Poll felt Gennett should be the Brewers' primary second baseman in Rickie Weeks' absence.

Carlos Gomez had a couple of hits last night, including a double, and now has six hits in his last five appearances. His MVP hopes may have faded a bit, but we still took a look at the competition in yesterday's edition of the Gomez MVP Watch.

The Brewers' late inning meltdown meant they didn't need Jim Henderson last night, so we didn't find out if he was available a day after recording a four-out save. Dave Sessions of talked to Henderson about his sudden increase in longer outings.

In the minors:

Around baseball:

Blue Jays: Placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the DL with an oblique strain.
Mets: Placed pitcher Jeremy Hefner on the DL with an elbow injury.
Phillies: Released outfielder Delmon Young.
Rangers: Acquired pitcher Travis Blackley from the Astros for cash.
Royals: Acquired infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Blue Jays for a PTBNL or cash.

Let's go around the NL Central:

  • The Pirates had been stuck on 70 wins for most of a week before beating the Cardinals 5-1 last night. Francisco Liriano pitched a complete game for the win and Pedro Alvarez hit his 29th home run.
  • The Reds kept pace with a 5-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bronson Arroyo and two relievers combined to hold Chicago to just two hits.
  • The Brewers, of course, lost to the Rangers.

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

Here are today's standings and probables:

Team W L GB Today Time Matchup
Pirates 71 48 -- @ STL 12:45p A.J. Burnett v Lance Lynn
Cardinals 68 51 3 v PIT 12:45p
Reds 68 52 3.5 @ MIL 7:10p Tony Cingrani v Kyle Lohse
Cubs 52 68 19.5 OFF
Brewers 52 68 19.5 v CIN 7:10p

Our best wishes go out today to former Brewer LaTroy Hawkins, who took what he called a "direct hit" on a ground ball to the groin last night. He stayed in the game but eventually blew the save in the Mets' loss to the Dodgers.

The Brewers defense has been bad at times this season, but at least they have yet to do this: has video of Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis hitting a ground ball to the pitcher and coming all the way around to score on a pair of errors. (h/t You Can't Predict Baseball)

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 31st anniversary of Cecil Cooper's 1000th hit as a Brewer. Today is also longtime Milwaukee Braves pitcher Joey Jay's 78th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 36 career plunkings are the fourth most ever for a pitcher born on August 14.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find a bigger drum set.

Drink up.