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What we learned: May 2, 2014

Today's lessons include a roster move, minor league updates after the first month of the season, and more.

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Yesterday's Results

Reds 8, Brewers 3

Home runs doomed the Brewers as the Reds scored five runs off of three home runs.  The bullpen fell apart in the eighth inning as well, with Jim Henderson and Rob Wooten combining to allow five runs.  Marco Estrada put together another quality start with six innings of three-run baseball.  However, it was a rough start beyond that with six hits, four walks, and two home runs allowed.  Carlos Gomez collected two RBI in the loss, and also robbed a home run from Joey Votto in the first inning.

The Brewers made a roster move, recalling Rob Wooten and optioning Elian Herrera.

Following the Cardinals series, the Brewers made a roster move to fortify their bullpen.  They recalled Rob Wooten from Triple-A Nashville and optioned Elian Herrera there.  With several extra-inning games coming up recently, the Brewers needed to make a move to prevent the bullpen from getting overworked.  This is Wooten's second stint on the roster, and he is just here to provide another option for the team.  It could be a quick trip if the Brewers need the roster spot on Saturday when Logan Schafer returns.  We will see what happens on Saturday.

There are several updates from the end of the first month of the minor league system.

As the month of May begins, we are also through the first month of the minor league season.  There were plenty of updates from both BCB and other sites, so let's take a minute and go through some of those:

Cram Session

Minor League Standings

Team Level Record Yesterday This Weekend
Nashville Sounds AAA 15-12 Nashville 6, New Orleans 5 Friday: Iowa @ Nashville
Saturday: Iowa @ Nashville
Sunday: Iowa @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 17-11 Huntsville 5, Montgomery 2
Montgomery 7, Huntsville 3
Friday: Huntsville @ Montgomery
Saturday: Huntsville @ Montgomery
Sunday: OFF
Brevard County Manatees A+ 14-12 Brevard County 4, Tampa 0
(Suspended in 4th Inning,
Resumes on Friday)
Friday: Tampa @ Brevard County
Saturday: Tampa @ Brevard County
Sunday: Clearwater @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 12-14 Burlington 6, Wisconsin 4
Wisconsin 3, Burlington 2
Friday: Clinton @ Wisconsin
Saturday: Clinton @ Wisconsin
Sunday: Clinton @ Wisconsin

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 9 -
Cardinals 15 14 5
Reds 13 15 6.5
Pirates 10 18 9.5
Cubs 9 17 9.5
  • Baltimore 5, Pittsburgh 1: Steve Pearce went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Orioles in the first game of their doubleheader. Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-5 for the Pirates and drove in their only run.
  • Baltimore 6, Pittsburgh 5: Baltimore rallied from a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning, rallied again with another run in the seventh inning, and then walked off on Matt Wieters' tenth inning leadoff home run.
  • Cardinals and Cubs had the day off.

This Weekend's Games

  • Cardinals @ Cubs
    Friday: Adam Waingwright vs. Travis Wood - 1:20 pm
    Saturday: Michael Wacha vs. Jake Arrieta - 12:05 pm
    Sunday: Lance Lynn vs. Jason Hammel - 7:05 pm
  • Blue Jays @ Pirates
    Friday: Brandon Morrow vs. Gerrit Cole - 6:05 pm
    Saturday: R.A. Dickey vs. Francisco Liriano - 6:05 pm
    Sunday: Dustin McGowan vs. Edinson Volquez - 12:35 pm

This Weekend's Action

The Brewers continue their four-game series in Cincinnati over the weekend.  Yesterday, Derek posted a preview of the current series.  Here are the weekend's matchups:

Friday: Wily Peralta vs. Mike Leake
Saturday: Yovani Gallardo vs. Johnny Cueto
Sunday: Kyle Lohse vs. Alfredo Simon