The eight-game losing streak finally came to an end yesterday. Kyle Lohse finally broke out of his funk by pitching seven innings yesterday, allowing only two runs, both on a Brandon Phillips home run. Meanwhile, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez both hit solo home runs, and Jean Segura drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. The Brewers would tack on an insurance run in the eighth when Ryan Braun stole third, Kristopher Negron missed the throw, and Braun was able to head home.
Brewers News & Notes
- The possibility of a rebuild is being discussed by the Brewers front office. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com notes that Doug Melvin has begun talking openly about the possibility of rebuilding the roster.
- Is it too early in the season to give up and start rebuilding? That's what Mike Bates of MLB Daily Dish asks as the Brewers are hit by injuries and poor performances to start the season.
- Tyler Thornburg is entering the rotation in Colorado Springs following his demotion. This brings up the question of if Thornburg is hurt by being moved between the bullpen and starting rotation. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com spoke to Ron Roenicke about it, and he does not believe it is affecting Thornburg's performance.
- Meanwhile, on Reviewing the Brew, Kyle Lesniewski says that it's time to end the continuous moving of Thornburg between reliever and starter, and commit to him as a full-time starter.
- Adam McCalvy notes that in yesterday's game, the Brewers became the first team this season to throw out Billy Hamilton on a steal attempt. He had been successful on his nine steal attempts prior to that.
- The terrible start to the season has brought Ron Roenicke under fire. Over on Brewers Mix, Tim Muma makes the case for Ron Roenicke to be fired based on two decisions he made on Wednesday night.
- On Disciples of Uecker, Nicholas Zettel has a preview of the upcoming Brewers-Cardinals series.
- Yesterday at Miller Park, the Brewers hosted their seventh annual Weather Day, and Cait Covers the Bases has some pictures and a video from the event. Also at yesterday's game, Carlos Gomez and the League of United Latin American Citizens provided a $4,000 check for scholarship funds for Hispanic students who are attending Milwaukee Area Technical College in the fall.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||4-10||Round Rock 5, Colorado Springs 3||
Friday: Colorado Springs @ Round Rock
Saturday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs
Sunday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs
|Biloxi Shuckers||AA||8-5||Biloxi 5, Jacksonville 1||
Friday: Jacksonville vs. Biloxi
Saturday: Biloxi @ Pensacola
Sunday: Biloxi @ Pensacola (DH)
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||7-7||Brevard County 10, Dunedin 6||
Friday: Brevard County @ Dunedin
Saturday: Brevard County @ Dunedin
Sunday: Brevard County @ Lakeland
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||3-12||Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 0||
Friday: Peoria @ Wisconsin
Saturday: Peoria @ Wisconsin
Sunday: Peoria @ Wisconsin
News & Notes
- Chris Mehring of TimberRattlers.com notes that the Timber Rattlers will host a brunch at the ballpark for Mother's Day.
- The Brevard County Manatees are partnering with the Kennedy Space Center for a special weekend from May 7-9. As part of the weekend, the Manatees will change their name to the Brevard County Space Explorers for those three games.
- Tim Dillard has two new videos on his YouTube channel. In the first, he has another game of word association, this time with Shane Petersen and Pete Orr. In the second, he asks Pete Orr if he can say the worst thing he's ever said to an umpire.
NL Central Update
Today's Division Games
- Cubs @ Reds
Friday: Jon Lester vs. Mike Leake - 6:10 pm
Saturday: Jake Arrieta vs. Anthony DeSclafani - 12:10 pm
Sunday: Travis Wood vs. Jason Marquis - 12:10 pm
- Pirates @ Diamondbacks
Friday: Gerrit Cole vs. Josh Collmenter - 8:40 pm
Saturday: AJ Burnett vs. Rubby De La Rosa - 7:10 pm
Sunday: Francisco Liriano vs. Jeremy Hellickson - 3:10 pm
- The Rays will activate pitcher Drew Smyly and first baseman James Loney from the 15-day DL today. In corresponding moves, outfielder Mikie Mahtook and first baseman Allan Dykstra were optioned to Triple-A.
- MLB wants to improve the game of baseball so more people will watch, but it's not going to do any good if people can't actually watch the games. Ian Denomme of Big League Stew notes that many Dodgers fans will remain unable to watch their team play as a TV deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is collapsing.
- Have the Royals gone too far with some of their on-field antics? After they were involved in another on-field brawl yesterday, David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot makes the case that the Royals are MLB's most despised team.
- Pete Rose is working his way back into some role in baseball, and he took another step towards that yesterday. Commissioner Rob Manfred has agreed to allow Rose to participate in All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati this year.
This Weekend's Action
The Cardinals come into town for a three-game series this weekend. Here are the starting pitcher matchups:
Friday: Carlos Martinez vs. Matt Garza
Saturday: Adam Wainwright vs. Wily Peralta
Sunday: Lance Lynn vs. Mike Fiers