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What We Learned: Brewers swept by Cardinals, Jimmy Nelson escapes major injury

The Brewers took their sixth loss in a row last night, and almost more as Jimmy Nelson left the game after he was hit in the head by a batted ball. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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Yesterday's Results

Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

Last night's game was the definition of a horrible game for the Brewers. Let's start with the obvious: the Cardinals just destroyed them. Jimmy Nelson allowed four runs in two innings, and David Goforth allowed another two runs in four innings. The Brewers managed no runs and five hits through 8 2/3 innings of the game. They made the score look respectable with three straight hits in the ninth, the last a three-run home run from Jean Segura. However, this game was never close at all.

The bigger news of the game was what happened to Jimmy Nelson. In the third inning, Tommy Pham hit a ball straight at Jimmy Nelson, and it struck him on the right side of his head. The training staff ran out as Nelson was on the ground for a few minutes. He eventually was helped up and was alert as he walked off the field under his own power before being taken to the hospital for tests. Luckily, he escaped a major injury, as he only sustained a bruise on his head. He was kept at the hospital overnight for observation, and the team has not announced anything in regards to his next start yet.

Brewers News & Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday This Weekend
Biloxi Shuckers AA 1-1 Southern League Championship Series
Chattanooga 6, Biloxi 1
Southern League Championship Series
Saturday: Biloxi @ Chattanooga
Sunday: Biloxi @ Chattanooga

News & Notes

  • For the first time in the postseason, the Shuckers just had a bad day. Adrian Houser got hit for five runs in 4 2/3 innings, most of those coming on a grand slam by Max Kepler in the fifth inning. Kepler accounted for all five runs that Houser allowed, hitting two home runs off of the Shuckers starter. Meanwhile, the Shuckers were held to four hits and one run.
  • The Timber Rattlers organization was nominated by the Midwest League for the 2015 Larry McPhail Award. The award is given to the minor-league organization with the best marketing at the ballpark and in the community. The Timber Rattlers won the award in 2012.
NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 92 54
Pirates 87 59
Cubs 85 61
Brewers 62 84
Reds 61 84
  • Cubs 9, Pirates 6
  • Reds had the day off.

This Weekend's Division Games

  • Cardinals @ Cubs
    Friday: Lance Lynn vs. Dan Haren - 1:20 pm
    Saturday: Michael Wacha vs. TBA - 12:05 pm
    Sunday: Carlos Martinez vs. Jon Lester - 1:20 pm
  • Pirates @ Dodgers
    Friday: Jeff Locke vs. Zack Greinke - 9:10 pm
    Saturday: Francisco Liriano vs. Clayton Kershaw - 8:10 pm
    Sunday: Gerrit Cole vs. Brett Anderson - 3:10 pm
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Roster News

This Weekend's Action

With the losing streak now at six games, an easier opponent comes into town with the hope that the losing streak can come to an end. The Reds come to Miller Park tonight to start a three-game series over the weekend. Here are the starting matchups:

Friday: Brandon Finnegan vs. Zach Davies - 7:10 pm
Saturday: Josh Smith vs. Taylor Jungmann - 6:10 pm
Sunday: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Ariel Pena - 1:10 pm