The Brewers couldn't find enough offense yesterday as they fell to the Rockies. The game was tied at 1-1 entering the seventh, but the Rockies scored two off of reliever Neal Cotts, and added two more in the eighth off of Brandon Kintzler. Tyler Thornburg had a good start, pitching four innings and allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts. Ryan Braun extended his hitting streak to four games with a hit, and Scooter Gennett drove in the only Brewers run in the sixth inning.
Brewers News and Analysis
- Brew Crew Ball had its tenth anniversary on Sunday. Noah took the opportunity yesterday to look back at the history of BCB and how it has changed over the last ten years.
- The final member of the BCB Community Prospect Rankings was chosen yesterday, with Jason Rogers rounding out the top 20. Derek looked back at the top 20 yesterday in a final post finishing up the series.
- As spring continues, the Brewers are continuing to look at their options for improving the bench, both inside and outside the organzation. Noah notes that the team has been linked to Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero as a possible trade candidate.
- Yesterday's game featured Gerardo Parra playing first base, as the Brewers continued to examine their options for first base depth during the regular season.
- The Brewers continued their roster trimming process yesterday, optioning David Goforth to Triple-A Colorado Springs. This is his first option year, he will have two left.
- Ryan Braun is feeling healthy, and the results are starting to show. William Boor of MLB.com notes that Braun's two spring home runs were both hit to left field, a good sign that his thumb is healthy.
- After a scare with some shoulder weakness, Mike Fiers pitched on Sunday in a minor-league game and seemed to be back on track. He may appear in another minor-league game before returning to a major-league game.
- After another good start for Thornburg, his role for 2015 is still unclear. William Boor spoke with Thornburg about what his role for 2015 will be, either as a one-inning reliever or a long reliever.
- Neal Cotts had another rough outing in his appearance yesterday. Over on Reviewing the Brew, Pete Schwichtenberg predicts that Cotts will not be on the Brewers roster at the end of the season.
- Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker previews the outfield situation for the NL Central.
- In their preseason positional power rankings, Eno Sarris of FanGraphs rated the Brewers first base position right in the middle of the pack at #16.
- Brad Krause of Miller Park Prospects was on hand to check out some of the minor-league spring training games yesterday, and posted a photo gallery of some of the action.
- Hank the Ballpark Pup is returning to Arizona for the weekend. He will be making an appearance at Saturday's game, and Cait Covers the Bases has the details.
NL Central Update
- Pirates 7, Rays 6
- Reds 6, Rangers 6
- Cardinals @ Red Sox - Postponed
- Cubs had the day off.
- Orioles @ Pirates - 12:05 pm
- Cubs @ Athletics - 3:05 pm
- Cardinals and Reds have the day off.
- The Nationals released reliever Heath Bell.
- The Rangers released left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel.
- The Twins extended second baseman Brian Dozier with a four-year, $20 million contract.
- Monday's game between the Phillies and Twins had some historical significance. It was the first time in MLB History where elected Hall of Fame players managed against each other in a game.
- Two Diamondbacks players, the manager, and the bench coach were all ejected from yesterday's Diamondbacks-Dodgers game after four Dodgers were hit by pitches.
- Today in minor-league theme night jerseys, we have a theme jersey that actually looks good. Mike Oz of Big League Stew notes that the Durham Bulls will wear special jerseys as part of "Game of Thrones" night.
The Brewers will play in a rare spring night game tonight against the Diamondbacks. First pitch is at 8:40 pm, with Michael Blazek making the start for the Brewers. Only an audio stream from MLB.com will be available.