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What we learned: April 30, 2014

Today's lessons include superheroes, TV rankings, and more.

Dilip Vishwanat

Yesterday's Results

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4

With Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Jean Segura all recovering from injuries, and Jonathan Lucroy needing a day off, it was the B-lineup in for the Brewers yesterday. Not many expected the Brewers to win, yet they somehow pulled it off.  Kyle Lohse gave up a three-run home run in the first inning, then settled down and kept the Cardinals off the board for the rest of his start.  He also chipped in with a two-run single in the three-run fourth inning.  The game went to extra innings for the second straight night, and Lyle Overbay put the Brewers ahead with an RBI single..  Francisco Rodrgiuez closed the game for his 13th save and the Brewers 20th win.

We found out who the Brewers superhero equivalents would be.

Monday was National Superhero Day.  It's probably one of those holidays made up to sell greeting cards (though I don't know of any greeting cards for this holiday), but it did get Noah thinking about something.  What superheroes would the members of the Brewers relate to?  Yesterday he dug into this idea and came up with comparisons for some of the players.  There's not much to think about here, but it's one of those things that can be fun to wonder about.

The community may feel differently about the state of the Brewers broadcasters.

On Monday rankings came out from Awful Announcing that rated the different TV broadcasts for the different teams, and the Brewers team came in at eighth.  It's a nice ranking, but despite that, there are some problems that many people see.  How would the Brewers fans rate the broadcast?  That's the question that Nicole asked yesterday, looking for ratings on each individual broadcaster.  It's true that some are better than others, so what will the people say in this poll?

Cram Session

Injury Updates

Success of the Brewers

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 12-12 New Orleans 9, Nashville 4 New Orleans @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 15-10 Huntsville @ Montgomery
Huntsville @ Montgomery
Brevard County Manatees A+ 13-13 Brevard County 20, Clearwater 0 Brevard County @ Clearwater
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 10-12 Burlington @ Wisconsin
(Doubleheader / Postponed)
Burlington @ Wisconsin

News & Notes

Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 20 7 -
Cardinals 14 14 6.5
Reds 12 14 7.5
Pirates 10 16 9.5
Cubs 8 17 11
  • Reds 3, Cubs 2: Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI on a home run. Meanwhile, Alfredo Simon held the Cubs to two runs in six innings, and the bullpen chipped in three scoreless innings.
  • Pirates @ Orioles was postponed due to rain.

Today's Games

  • Pirates (Charlie Morton) @ Orioles (Chris Tillman) - 6:05 pm
  • Cubs (Edwin Jackson) @ Reds (Tony Cingrani) - 6:10 pm

Today's Action

The Brewers conclude their three-game series against the Cardinals with a Wednesday matinee.  Matt Garza looks to complete the sweep, and Shelby Miller hopes to salvage one game in the series.  First pitch is at 12:45 pm, and has the preview.  Today's game will be on MLB Network for those of you outside of the Brewers & Cardinals blackout zones.

(Don't forget to make your predictions.)