This Weekend's Results
Kyle Lohse walked a tightrope in his start on Friday, allowing ten hits in seven innings. However, he only allowed one run to keep the Brewers in the game. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis launched solo home runs to give the Brewers the lead, and Aramis Ramirez brought home two runs with an RBI double.
Matt Garza only recorded one out on Saturday, putting the Brewers in an early 5-0 hole that they could not get out of. Marco Estrada saved the bullpen with 5 2/3 innings of relief, though allowed three more runs in the process. The only Brewers offense came from a run that Jonathan Lucroy "manufactured", and from a two-run home run by Ryan Braun.
The Brewers built a 3-1 lead early, but the Nationals rallied to take a 4-3 lead that they would hold for most of the game. In the ninth, Rickie Weeks hit an RBI single to tie the game at 4, but the Nationals rallied again for a walk-off double from Jayson Werth.
The price of a reliever is higher than you think.
On Saturday, the Angels made a trade to acquire reliever Huston Street from the Padres. The move didn't involve any major prospects, but still involved four smaller prospects from the organization. While quantity prevailed in this trade, a trade like this would be more harmful to the Brewers system. In the wake of the trade on Saturday, Jordan had a reminder about the true cost of obtaining a reliever. While it may be something the Brewers can pull off, the cost to the system would be high. Holding with what the Brewers have may be the best option for now.
Health has been important to the Brewers successful season.
As usual, the Brewers have had their share of injuries over the course of the season. However, the season has been relatively healthy overall. On Friday, Noah looked at the health the Brewers have had this season. He notes that the Brewers have had the second fewest number of days lost to players on the DL in the division. They have also not lost many days to the DL from key players, even though Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez both had DL stints. It's been one of the key components to the Brewers run this year.
- Following Matt Garza's short start on Saturday, Noah compiled a list of some of the other shortest starts in Brewers history.
- Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinet reports that Will Smith was unavailable on Friday and Saturday after hurting his back during the All-Star break.
- Carlos Gomez is not a typical leadoff hitter. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports looked at the unique approach Gomez brings to the leadoff spot.
- Adam McCalvy notes that Saturday's game was delayed slightly when Rickie Weeks was called to pinch-hit and could not find his batting helmet.
- Tim Dillard has an inside look at what actually goes on in a bullpen.
- The Brewer Nation has details on the Negro League Tribute that will take place this Saturday at Miller Park.
Minor League Update
Fri: Nashville 7, Oklahoma City 6
Fri: Oklahoma City 9, Nashville 7
Sat: Nashville 7, Oklahoma City 3
Sun: Oklahoma City 7, Nashville 5
|Colorado Springs @ Nashville|
Sat: Huntsville 1, Tennessee 0
Sat: Huntsville 5, Tennessee 0
Sun: Tennessee 10, Huntsville 3
|Huntsville @ Jackson|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||51-40||
Fri: Brevard County 4, St. Lucie 3
Sat: St. Lucie 8, Brevard County 6
Sun: Fort Myers 7, Brevard County 4
|Brevard County @ Fort Myers|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||51-47||
Fri: Bowling Green 6, Wisconsin 2
Sat: Dayton 9, Wisconsin 3
Sun: Wisconsin 3, Dayton 0
|Dayton @ Wisconsin|
Fri: DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Brewers 4
||DSL Rangers2 @ DSL Brewers|
Fri: Orem 5, Helena 0
Sat: Grand Junction 6, Helena 5
Sun: Helena 4, Grand Junction 2
|Grand Junction @ Helena|
Fri: AZL Brewers 7, AZL Cubs 3
Sat: AZL Cubs 5, AZL Brewers 4
|AZL Brewers @ AZL Padres|
News & Notes
- Jim Henderson's rehab was advanced to Nashville over the weekend. So far, in seven rehab appearances between Arizona, Huntsville, and Nashville, he has pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, one run (unearned), and two walks with nine strikeouts. He has just under 2 weeks remaining in his minor league rehab assignment.
- The deadline for signing draft picks came and went over the weekend. Adam McCalvy notes that the Brewers signed 26 of their picks, including their first 16 picks.
- The competitive balance lottery will be held on Wednesday, and the Brewers have a chance to receive a supplemental first or second round pick.
- Reviewing the Brew continued their series of the top farm teams in Brewers history with the 1982 El Paso Diablos.
Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.
- Dodgers @ Cardinals
Friday: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2
Saturday: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2
Sunday: Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3
- Reds @ Yankees
Friday: Yankees 4, Reds 3
Saturday: Yankees 7, Reds 1
Sunday: Yankees 3, Reds 2
- Rockies @ Pirates
Friday: Pirates 4, Rockies 2
Saturday: Pirates 3, Rockies 2
Sunday: Pirates 5, Rockies 3
- Cubs @ Diamondbacks
Friday: Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4
Saturday: Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 3
Sunday: Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2
Today's Division Games
- Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu) @ Pirates (Edinson Volquez) - 6:05 pm
- Cardinals & Cubs have the day off.
If the Brewers want to keep their streak of days in first place going, they will have to get a win today. They return home to Miller Park tonight to open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. It will be up to Wily Peralta to make a good start for the Brewers, as he faces off against Mat Latos. First pitch is at 7:10 pm, and Caitlin Swieca of MLB.com has the preview.
Don't forget about Prognostikeggers, which added a new prediction to the game on Friday.