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We're talking about three more new Brewers in today's daily news roundup.

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Some things to read while seeing how the other half lives.

The Brewers are now losers of four straight following a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Pirates yesterday, Eric has the recap, if you missed it.

The Crew wasted a quality start from Tyler Thornburg yesterday, as he allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. @MikeVassallo13 notes that all of Thornburg's four starts as a Brewer this season have been of the quality variety.

Thornburg was starting in place of Tom Gorzelanny, who made a brief appearance out of the bullpen in the seventh inning before being lifted with shoulder tightness. He's already been on the DL with shoulder tendonitis once this season, but it's not clear if this issue is related.

Logan Schafer started in center field yesterday and went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first start in almost two weeks. He played in place of Carlos Gomez, who asked for a day off to rest various bumps and bruises.

Other notes from the field:

  • Yesterday's loss dropped the Brewers to 14-31 in day games (h/t @Haudricourt). They're 45-47 at night.
  • Jean Segura stole his 39th base yesterday, and now has the tenth highest single-season total in franchise history (h/t @jstein1981).
  • The contact play backfired again as Norichika Aoki took off from third on a Jonathan Lucroy grounder that turned into a 5-2-5-4 double play. (h/t @AndrewGruman)
  • Yuniesky Betancourt appeared as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, saw one pitch and popped out (h/t @Haudricourt).
  • Yesterday's FS Wisconsin broadcast featured a hot dog eating contest between several TV personalities and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel. That's not something I'd normally go out of my way to congratulate but @AndrewGruman notes that Kyle Lohse, Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta and Jonathan Lucroy all chipped in for a donation to the Brewers Charity Foundation in response.
  • The Polish won the Sausage Race.
  • Former Brewer Don August threw out one of yesterday's first pitches. (h/t @joe_block)
  • 23,252 fans paid to see yesterday's Dollar Hot Dog day. We don't know how many hot dogs they ate.

The series continues tonight when Yovani Gallardo takes on Gerrit Cole at 7:10. Chad Thornburg has the preview.

For most affiliates the minor league season wrapped up yesterday, so the Brewers waited until after the game to add three September callups: Sean Halton and Johnny Hellweg will rejoin the team today, while Jimmy Nelson will get the call to the big leagues for the first time. We've got more on all three players at the previous link. Tom Haudricourt reports that Hellweg will slot into the rotation, Nelson will pitch in relief and Halton will platoon against lefties at first base.

Meanwhile, one notable September possibility did not get the call: Nashville first baseman Hunter Morris will not be joining the team despite hitting his organization-leading 24th home run yesterday (h/t @AndrewGruman) to finish off a season where he hit .247/.310/.457. Kristin Zenz reads between the lines in our Tweet of the Day:

Hart, by the way, made Jason Brannon of Baseball Nation's All-free agent team.

The Brewers continue to tread water in the standings down the stretch, and that's reflected here: They're 26th in Jonah Keri of Grantland's weekly power rankings, which is exactly where they were a week ago.

In the minors:

  • The full season affiliates wrapped up their seasons yesterday with a 2-2 day, and Brock Kjeldgaard homered in Huntsville's 4-3 win over Jackson. You can read about that and more in today's Minor League Notes.
  • Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has all the details from Wisconsin's 3-1 loss to Burlington.
  • Speaking of Wisconsin, Brewer minor league hitting coordinator Sandy Guerrero had some nice things to say about 2013 Timber Rattlers Tyrone Taylor, Victor Roache and Orlando Arcia.
  • Alec wrapped up the minor league season with a look at the organization's top and bottom performers from the month of August.
  • Nashville outfielder Eugenio Velez made the most of his brief run in the Brewer organization, finishing the season with a 22-game hitting streak and 36-game on base streak (h/t @Haudricourt). He's a career .241/.287/.367 hitter in the majors and will be a minor league free agent again this winter.
  • Despite Monday's win, Nashville finishes the season at 57-87, the worst mark in franchise history. (h/t Haudricourt)
  • The Sounds wrapped up their final game in 2:12, which was at least 12 minutes longer than last year's finale (h/t @AdamMcCalvy).
  • Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has the season's final interview with Sounds manager Mike Guerrero.

If you weren't around the site yesterday and you're feeling a little behind on Brewer news, go back and check out the Labor Day Frosty Mug. It has all the details on the John Axford trade and much more.

Around baseball:

Athletics: Reliever Mike Zagurski has opted out of his minor league deal and is now a free agent.
Nationals: Reliever Mark Lowe has opted out of his minor league deal and is now a free agent.

Let's go around the NL Central:

  • The Cardinals fell a game off the pace after a 7-2 loss to the Reds. Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati while Mat Latos pitched a complete game. Yadier Molina left the game early for St. Louis with a sore wrist.
  • The Cubs also dropped a game further back, losing 4-3 to the Marlins. All seven of this game's runs scored before the middle of the second inning.
  • The Pirates, of course, beat the Brewers at Miller Park.

You can read more about those games and all of last night's action in the Tuesday edition of Around the Bases on

Here are today's updated standings and probables:

Team W L GB Today Time Matchup
Pirates 80 57 -- @ MIL 7:10p Gerrit Cole v Yovani Gallardo
Cardinals 79 58 1 @ CIN 6:10p Michael Wacha v Homer Bailey
Reds 77 61 3.5 v STL 6:10p
Brewers 59 78 21 v PIT 7:10p
Cubs 58 79 22 v MIA 7:05p Edwin Jackson v Tom Koehler

Today in former Brewers:

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 14th anniversary of the only walkoff HBP win in Brewer franchise history, which came against the Cardinals in 1999. Here are today's other bits of history:

  • Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's the 53rd anniversary of Hank Aaron drawing five walks in a game, the 41st anniversary of Aaron passing Stan Musial for the career total bases record, the 22nd anniversary of Robin Yount's sixth and final career walkoff home run, and the anniversary of the MLB debuts of Jim Gantner (1976), Kevin Seitzer (1986) and Gary Sheffield (1988).
  • Today is 1998-99 Brewer Eric Plunk's 50th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 32 career hit batsmen are the fourth most ever for a player born on September 3.
  • Today also would have been La Crosse native Ed Kontechy's 128th birthday, and his 73 career HBP are the second most ever for a player born on this day.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to scour the archives.

Drink up.