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What we learned: August 25, 2014

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Today's lessons include the games over the weekend, easing blackout restrictions, and September callup possibilities.

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This Weekend's Results

Pirates 8, Brewers 3

The Brewers struck fast with two runs in the first, but the Pirates followed that up with three runs in the second inning and single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. The Brewers defense didn't help, allowing three errors leading to five unearned runs.

Pirates 10, Brewers 2

It was a game of missed opportunities for the Brewers. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Brewers couldn't tack on any runs despite 12 hits. The Pirates also had 12 hits, but turned that into 10 runs. Wily Peralta started well but just collapsed starting in the fourth inning, and the Brewers couldn't make a comeback.

Brewers 4, Pirates 3

It was another familiar start to this game. The Brewers took a 2-0 lead, then gave it up as the Pirates scored two in the top of the second. However, this time, the Brewers got the lead right back in the bottom of the second, and held on to it. Mike Fiers allowed a two-run home run, but was solid beyond that as he pitched seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a solo home run and a walk to make it tense late, but finished the game for the win.

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Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 74-61 Fri: Fresno 3, Nashville 0
Sat: Nashville 6, Fresno 2
Sun: Nashville 14, Sacramento 2
Sacramento @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 75-58 Fri: Huntsville 7, Mobile 6
Sat: Mobile 5, Huntsville 1
Sun: Mobile 5, Huntsville 4
Huntsville @ Mobile
Brevard County Manatees A+ 68-60 Fri: Brevard County 7, Clearwater 6
Fri: Brevard County 7, Clearwater 2
Sat: Clearwater 6, Brevard County 2
Sun: Brevard County 5, Clearwater 4
OFF
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 68-63 Fri: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2
Sat: Wisconsin 11, Peoria 7
Sun: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 2
Beloit @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 27-43 Fri: DSL Braves @ DSL Brewers (Can.)
Sat: DSL Brewers @ DSL Braves (Can.)
END OF SEASON
Helena Brewers R 22-41 Fri: Great Falls 12, Helena 11
Sun: Billings 6, Helena 2
Billings @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 22-28 Fri: AZL Brewers 6, AZL Cubs 5
Sat: AZL Brewers 14, AZL Cubs 3
AZL D-Backs @ AZL Brewers

Playoff Update

  • Nashville Sounds - Currently tied with Memphis Redbirds for playoff spots. Eight games remaining, last day of regular season September 1.
  • Huntsville Stars - Clinched first-half playoff spot. Seven games remaining, last day of regular season September 1.
  • Brevard County Manatees - Five games out of playoff spot, elimination number is three. Seven games remaining, last day of regular season August 31.
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers - Two games ahead of Peoria Chiefs for a playoff spot. Eight games remaining, last day of regular season September 1.
  • DSL Brewers - Eliminated from playoff contention. Season has ended.
  • Helena Brewers - Six and a half games out of a playoff spot, elimination number is seven. Thirteen games remaining, last day of regular season September 4.
  • AZL Brewers - Can make playoffs if they finish second in division standings, currently one and a half games ahead. Five games remaining, last day of regular season August 28.

News & Notes

Division Update

Team W L GB E#
Brewers 72 58 - -
Cardinals 70 59 1.5 32
Pirates 67 63 5 28
Reds 63 68 9.5 23
Cubs 58 72 14 19

Today's Division Games

  • Cardinals (John Lackey) @ Pirates (Francisco Liriano) - 6:05 pm
  • Reds and Cubs have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers make their last road trip outside of the Midwest this week. They start with a three-game series in San Diego. Kyle Lohse faces off against Eric Stults in the first game of the series. First pitch is at 9:10 pm, and Matthew DeFranks of MLB.com has the preview.