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What we learned: May 7, 2014

Today's lessons include an evaluation of first base, notes on the Brewers offense, and a Tom Gorzelanny injury update.

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Yesterday's Results

Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 5

The Brewers offense got the team off to a great start with a five-run first inning, building an early 5-2 lead.  However, the Diamondbacks chipped away at the lead, adding on runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  They would take the lead in the eighth with three runs off of Brandon Kintzler, and the Brewers offense couldn't mount a comeback.

The first base situation has been good so far this season.

At the start of the 2014 season, the Brewers decided to rely on a platoon of two players who had come in on minor league deals with spring training invites.  Now, over a month into the season, we have seen that platoon pay off as the two have helped the Brewers put together their hot start.  Yesterday, Derek evaluated the platoon of Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay and reported on how they have done in the first month.  The numbers have been good so far, but there is room for improvement.  The Brewers could look at a few changes to potentially improve the situation, but at least for now, it is a good situation for the team.

Cram Session

Brewers Offense

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 18-14 Colorado Springs 4, Nashville 1 Nashville @ Colorado Springs
Huntsville Stars AA 21-11 Huntsville 5, Jackson 0 Jackson @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 16-15 Clearwater 4, Brevard County 2 Brevard County @ Daytona
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 13-18 Kane County 8, Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin @ Kane County

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 22 12 -
Cardinals 17 17 5
Reds 15 17 6
Pirates 13 20 8.5
Cubs 11 20 9.5

Today's Games

  • Giants (Tim Lincecum) @ Pirates (Gerrit Cole) - 11:35 am
  • Reds (Mike Leake) @ Red Sox (Jake Peavy) - 6:10 pm
  • Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Braves (Mike Minor) - 6:10 pm
  • Cubs (Travis Wood) @ White Sox (John Danks) - 7:10 pm

Today's Games

The Brewers go for the series win in the rubber match of the series this afternoon.  They will have to go through a familiar nemesis to do it as Bronson Arroyo starts for the Diamondbacks.  The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta as they attempt to get the series win.  First pitch is at 12:10 pm, and Adam McCalvy has the preview.  The game will not be televised on FS Wisconsin, but will be on MLB Network.