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What We Learned: Jimmy Nelson is emerging as a top starter for the Brewers

Jimmy Nelson came out and dominated the opposition in another strong start for the Brewers. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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Yesterday's Results

Brewers 4, Padres 1

We may be seeing the beginning of Jimmy Nelson's emergence as a strong starter for the Brewers now. In last night's game, he pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. Nelson has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings and has lowered his ERA to 3.57. In the last 30 days, he has a 0.79 ERA, 2.50 FIP, 8.21 K/9, has not allowed a home run, and leads the pitching staff with a 1.1 fWAR.

The Brewers also backed Nelson up with some offense in the game. Khris Davis drove in two runs, and Ryan Braun reached base four times (two hits, two walks), scoring on two of those.  Meanwhile, the bullpen ran into a bit of trouble with Jeffress allowing three hits, but did not allow a run to end the Brewers six-game losing streak.

Brewers News & Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 43-65 Iowa 6, Colorado Springs 5 Colorado Springs @ Oklahoma City
Biloxi Shuckers AA 61-44 Biloxi 3, Mobile 0 Biloxi @ Mobile
Brevard County Manatees A+ 45-60 Tampa 4, Brevard County 3 Tampa @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 36-71 Lansing 5, Wisconsin 0 Wisconsin @ Lansing
DSL Brewers R 23-33 DSL Red Sox2 9, DSL Brewers 0 DSL Brewers @ DSL Rangers2
Helena Brewers R 18-24 OFF OFF
AZL Brewers R 17-19 AZL Reds 3, AZL Brewers 2 AZL Brewers @ AZL Reds

News & Notes

NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 67 39
Pirates 61 44
Cubs 58 47
Reds 48 56
Brewers 45 63
  • Reds 3, Cardinals 2
  • Cubs 5, Pirates 0

Today's Division Games

  • Cubs (Dan Haren) @ Pirates (Jeff Locke) - 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Reds (David Holmberg) - 6:10 pm
Around Baseball

Roster News

Other Notes

Today's Action

With the series split at 1-1 so far, the Brewers and Padres play game three tonight at Miller Park. Ian Kennedy returns from the paternity list to face Taylor Jungmann, who has posted the highest bWAR on the Brewers this season. First pitch is at 7:10 pm (the latest game in MLB today).