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What we learned: August 11, 2014

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Today's lessons include Mark Attanasio as Brewers owner, a roster move, and more.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday's Results

Brewers 9, Dodgers 3

The Brewers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead to support Kyle Lohse, but it wouldn't last. The Dodgers got a single run in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. That would be the only lead the Dodgers had, though. The Brewers would score four runs in the bottom of the seventh with two singles, a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and two errors. They would get three more in the eighth for the final margin.

Brewers 4, Dodgers 1

Making his first MLB start in over a year, Mike Fiers did not disappoint for the Brewers. He pitched eight innings and only allowed one run, three hits, and a walk, with five strikeouts. Meanwhile, the offense came to support him, thanks to home runs from Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez, as well as an RBI single from Aramis Ramirez.

Dodgers 5, Brewers 1

Despite getting a first-inning run against Clayton Kershaw, the Brewers just couldn't get past him. He locked the Brewers down after that, and the Brewers were their own worst enemy, screwing up the few chances they got. Jimmy Nelson made another solid start for the Brewers, pitching six innings and allowing two runs, but the Brewers couldn't back him up with offense.

Mark Attanasio has transformed this franchise as team owner.

As talk about the upcoming choice for MLB commissioner continued, a slight fear remained that Mark Attanasio could be the choice for the position. No one wants to lose Mark Attanasio as owner, especially considering how things had gone before he arrived. On Friday, Noah took a minute to appreciate what Mark Attanasio has done as owner. He has increased payroll, put winning first in the franchise, and revived a fanbase that had wanted to see a winner for a long time. He's probably not going anywhere anytime soon, but it's a scary thought that he might leave someday.

Cram Session

Team News

Pitching Notes

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 66-56 Fri: Nashville 4, Round Rock 2
Fri: Nashville 2, Round Rock 1
Sun: Nashville 13, Round Rock 4
Sun: Nashville 4, Round Rock 2
Round Rock @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 70-50 Fri: Huntsville 5, Birmingham 2
Sat: Birmingham 5, Huntsville 0
Sun: Huntsville 13, Birmingham 0
OFF
Brevard County Manatees A+ 59-53 Sat: Brevard County 1, Clearwater 0
Sat: Brevard County 7, Clearwater 0
Clearwater @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 64-54 Fri: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 2
Sat: Wisconsin 11, Peoria 3
Sun: Peoria 6, Wisconsin 4
OFF
DSL Brewers R 25-35 Fri: DSL Tigers 13, DSL Brewers 4
Sat: DSL Tigers 11, DSL Brewers 8
DSL BLue Jays @ DSL Brewers
Helena Brewers R 19-34 Fri: Ogden 8, Helena 0
Sat: Ogden 7, Helena 1
Sun: Helena 6, Ogden 3
OFF
AZL Brewers R 18-22 Fri: AZL Athletics 6, AZL Brewers 3
Sun: AZL Reds 4, AZL Brewers 3
AZL Brewers @ AZL Reds

Playoff Picture Update

  • Nashville Sounds
    Currently leads Memphis by 2 games for the division playoff spot.
    Magic number is 21.
  • Huntsville Stars
    Guaranteed a playoff spot through first half division winner.
    1 game behind Tennessee for second half division lead.
  • Brevard County Manatees
    Trailing Daytona by 4.5 games for second half playoff spot.
    Elimination number is 19.
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
    Tied with Cedar Rapids for second place in second half, one game behind Kane County.
    Currently would win tiebreaker vs. Cedar Rapids and make playoffs.
  • DSL Brewers
    Eliminated from playoff contention.
  • Helena Brewers
    Trailing Billings by 3 games for second half playoff spot.
    Elimination number is 21.
  • AZL Brewers:
    Trailing AZL Indians by 5.5 games for second half playoff spot. Second half elimination number is 12.
    Second place in overall standings for division, would make playoffs if AZL Indians win second half and AZL Brewers are second overall.

News & Notes

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 65 53 -
Cardinals 62 54 2
Pirates 62 55 2.5
Reds 60 58 5
Cubs 50 66 14

Today's Division Games

  • Cardinals (Shelby Miller) @ Marlins (Tom Koehler) - 6:10 pm
  • Tigers (Justin Verlander) @ Pirates (Jeff Locke) - 6:05 pm
  • Reds have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers start a four-game series against the Cubs today. Yovani Gallardo will face Jake Arrieta in the first game of the series. First pitch is at 7:05 pm, and Daniel Kramer of MLB.com has the preview.