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What we learned: August 29, 2014

Today's lessons include a waiver claim, umpire complaints, and plenty of player analysis.

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday's Results

The Brewers had the day off.

Cram Session

Minor League Update

Team Level Record Yesterday This Weekend
Nashville Sounds AAA 74-65 Round Rock 10, Nashville 7 Fri: Nashville @ Round Rock
Sat: Nashville @ Round Rock (DH)
Sun: Nashville @ Round Rock
Huntsville Stars AA 76-60 Huntsville 7, Mississippi 5 Fri: Mississippi @ Huntsville
Sat: Mississippi @ Huntsville
Sun: Mississippi @ Huntsville
Brevard County Manatees A+ 71-61 Lakeland 4, Brevard County 1 Fri: Dunedin @ Brevard County
Sat: Dunedin @ Brevard County
Sun: Dunedin @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 71-64 Wisconsin 9, Burlington 5 Fri: Burlington @ Wisconsin
Sat: Wisconsin @ Beloit
Sun: Wisconsin @ Beloit
Helena Brewers R 22-39 Great Falls 11, Helena 4
Helena 2, Great Falls 0
Fri: Helena @ Great Falls
Sat: Great Falls @ Helena (DH)
Sun: Great Falls @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 24-31 AZL Dodgers 10, AZL Brewers 0 END OF SEASON

Playoff Notes

It's the last weekend of play in the minor leagues. Nashville, Huntsville, and Wisconsin all end their regular seasons on Monday, Brevard County ends on Sunday, and Helena goes a little longer, until Friday of next week. Here are the playoff scenarios entering the weekend:

  • Nashville Sounds - Down three games with five to play. Any combination of three losses/Memphis wins will eliminate them from contention.
  • Hunstville Stars - Have clinched playoff spot.
  • Brevard County Manatees - Eliminated from contention.
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers - Ahead by two and a half games for a playoff spot, with four to play. Two wins this weekend should put them in the playoffs.
  • Helena Brewers - Eliminated from contention.
  • AZL Brewers - Eliminated from contention.

News & Notes

Division Update

Team W L GB E#
Brewers 73 60 - -
Cardinals 71 61 1.5 29
Pirates 69 64 4 26
Reds 65 69 8.5 21
Cubs 59 74 14 16

This Weekend's Division Games

  • Cubs @ Cardinals
    Friday: Kyle Hendricks vs. Shelby Miller - 7:15 pm
    Saturday: Felix Doubront vs. TBD - 1:15 pm
    Saturday: Tsuyoshi Wada vs. TBD - 7:15 pm
    Sunday: Travis Wood vs. John Lackey - 1:15 pm
  • Reds @ Pirates
    Friday: Mike Leake vs. Edinson Volquez - 6:05 pm
    Saturday: Alfredo Simon vs. Vance Worley - 3:05 pm
    Sunday: Johnny Cueto vs. Francisco Liriano - 12:35 pm

This Weekend's Action

The Brewers are in San Francisco for a three-game series against the Giants this weekend. Here are the starting pitcher matchups:

Friday: Wily Peralta vs. Ryan Vogelsong - 9:15 pm
Saturday: Mike Fiers vs. Jake Peavy - 8:05 pm
Sunday: Kyle Lohse vs. Madison Bumgarner - 3:05 pm