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What we learned: July 22, 2014

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Today's lessons include the return of Jeremy Jeffress, a trade rumor, and info on the competitive balance lottery.

Mike McGinnis

Yesterday's Results

Brewers 5, Reds 2

It was the Reds who were able to do nothing right last night. Several misplays by the Reds in the third and fourth innings got the Brewers five runs, and it was more than enough to back up Wily Peralta's seven innings where he gave up only one run. Will Smith gave up the other on a solo home run, and Francisco Rodriguez shut the game down.

Jeremy Jeffress is a Brewer again.

Earlier this year, the Brewers signed Jeremy Jeffress to a minor-league deal to see what he still had. After spending a few months with Nashville dominating the competition, the Brewers called him up, sending Rob Wooten down to Nashville to clear a space. Jeffress had been a top prospect in his original time with the Brewers, but repeated violations of the minor league drug program had put his career in jeopardy. He was traded to Kansas City, and ended up in Toronto for a while before being waived. He's back in Milwaukee now, and has a chance to get his career back on track here.

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Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 53-50 Colorado Springs 5, Nashville 2 Colorado Springs @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 62-39 Huntsville 5, Jackson 2 Huntsville @ Jackson
Brevard County Manatees A+ 51-41 Fort Myers 4, Brevard County 2 Brevard County @ Fort Myers
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 52-47 Wisconsin 5, Dayton 4 OFF
DSL Brewers R 19-24 DSL Rangers2 8, DSL Brewers 1 DSL Brewers @ DSL Rangers2
Helena Brewers R 13-21 Grand Junction 11, Helena 7 Grand Junction @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 13-12 AZL Padres 10, AZL Brewers 3 AZL Padres @ AZL Brewers

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 55 45 -
Cardinals 54 45 0.5
Pirates 52 47 2.5
Reds 51 48 3.5
Cubs 40 57 13,5

Today's Division Games

  • Rays (Jake Odorizzi) @ Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) - 7:15 pm
  • Dodgers (Josh Beckett) @ Pirates (Vance Worley) - 6:05 pm
  • Padres (Eric Stults) @ Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) - 7:05 pm

Today's Action

Yesterday's win put the Brewers back in sole possession of first place, but they'll have to keep winning to guarantee they will stay there. Tonight is game 2 of the series against the Reds, and it will feature Jimmy Nelson pitching against Homer Bailey. First pitch is at 7:10 pm, and Alec Shirkey of MLB.com has the preview.