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What we learned: June 2, 2014

Today's lessons include the MLB Draft, what to do with a Rule 5 pick, and more.

Mike McGinnis

This Weekend's Results

Brewers 11, Cubs 5

The Brewers wasted no time taking control of this game. They scored five runs in the first inning, and ended up with eleven runs in the game. Marco Estrada didn't have a good game, but recorded a quality start to keep the Brewers in good shape.

Cubs 8, Brewers 0

After a good offensive output on Friday, the offense went completely cold. They only managed four hits against Jason Hammel, who pitched a great game. Wily Peralta did well for three innings, but he injured his back in the second inning and started to unravel in the fourth. He ended up giving up six runs in the loss.

Brewers 9, Cubs 0

Once again, fortunes reversed in this game. The Brewers hit Jeff Samardzija for eight runs in three innings. Meanwhile, Kyle Lohse didn't need any help, pitching a complete game and driving in two runs in the process while holding the Cubs to three hits.

It's draft week.

The MLB First-Year Player Draft will take place this week, and we have plenty of coverage planned for you this week on Brew Crew Ball. Yesterday, Derek gave a quick intro to the week and some of what to expect. We will have plenty of coverage this week, and will even have draft threads up during the draft to discuss the Brewers picks. Make sure to check back in often this week and see what is going on.

There are different ways to handle Rule 5 players.

Wei-Chung Wang got in back-to-back games this weekend as two good opportunities came up for appearances. The Brewers still appear committed to holding on to him for the season, but what are their options? On Friday, Fred ran through the options that the Brewers have and the way they will likely play out. With the Brewers remaining in contention and leading a division right now, it's getting harder to use that spot on Wang. The Brewers could make a move, but they could risk losing him if they do.

Cram Session

The Offense

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 31-27 Friday: Nashville 11, Colorado Springs 2
Saturday: Nashville 2, Iowa 1
Sunday: Iowa 5, Nashville 2
Iowa @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 39-18 Friday: Huntsville 5, Tennessee 1
Saturday: Huntsville 7, Jackson 3
Sunday: Jackson 7, Huntsville 0
Huntsville @ Jackson
Brevard County Manatees A+ 28-26 Friday: Brevard County 3, St. Lucie 1
Saturday: Charlotte 3, Brevard County 2
Sunday: Brevard County @ Charlotte (PPD)
Brevard County @ Chalotte
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 25-30 Friday: Cedar Rapids 10, Wisconsin 5
Saturday: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
Sunday: Quad Cities @ Wisconsin (SSPD)
Quad Cities @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers A 1-0 Saturday: DSL Brewers 5, DSL Tigers 4 DSL Brewers @ DSL Tigers

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 34 23 -
Cardinals 30 27 4
Reds 26 29 7
Pirates 26 30 7.5
Cubs 20 34 12.5

Today's Division Games

  • Royals (Danny Duffy) vs. Cardinals (Shelby Miller) - 7:10 pm
  • Pirates (Charlie Morton) vs. Padres (Tim Stauffer) - 9:10 pm
  • Reds and Cubs have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers open a four-game home & away series against the Twins tonight. The first two games are at Miller Park, and Matt Garza makes the first start for the Brewers. On the other side, Kyle Gibson starts for the Twins. First pitch is at 6:20 pm tonight, and Caitlin Swieca of has the preview.