This Weekend's Results
While it was a step forward for Zach Davies, it wasn't a win for the Brewers. Zach Davies allowed three runs in six innings, allowing five runs and four walks with four strikeouts. Tyler Thornburg followed up Davies with two more runs allowed to account for the Reds scoring. On the other side, Brandon Finnegan pitched five innings and allowed only one run in his first start for the Reds. The Brewers scored two runs on home runs from Khris Davis and Jason Rogers.
A back and forth game led to a series of new injuries for the Brewers. Khris Davis twisted his ankle running the bases, and a collision in left field led to Elian Herrera leaving the field on a stretcher and Shane Peterson coming out of the game. Herrera only sustained a right leg contusion, and Shane Pererson had a right knee bruise and a cut on his right forearm. It was a rough day overall for the pitching for both teams. Taylor Jungmann allowed six runs in five innings, and Josh Smith allowed four runs in four innings. Tyler Cravy allowed three more runs in the eighth inning. On offense, Domingo Santana did most of the damage with a 3-for-4 day with 5 RBI and a home run. Logan Schafer also hit a home run in the loss.
A five-run fifth inning helped the Brewers break their losing streak. Ariel Pena allowed just two runs in five innings, and Adam Lind went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Logan Schafer also went 2-for-3 with two walks in the game. They got to Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, who allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Brewers News & Notes
- After over a month of searching, the Brewers have decided on their new general manager. Former Astros assistant GM David Stearns has taken the role as the new GM for the Brewers.
- What will David Stearns bring to the GM role in Milwaukee? Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker looks at Stearns' credentials and what analytics he could bring in as the new GM.
- The hiring of David Stearns has continued a recent trend of hiring Ivy League graduates to high positions within front offices. Jack Moore of BP Milwaukee discusses why these graduated are getting more and more front office jobs in baseball.
- The Brewers have been hit by the injury bug lately, with a bunch of smaller injuries starting to pile up. Here is the current list of injuries for the Brewers:
- Ryan Braun: Back soreness
- Khris Davis: Twisted ankle
- Elian Herrera: Right leg contusion
- Jonathan Lucroy: Concussion
- Jimmy Nelson: Head contusion
- Shane Peterson: Right knee bruise / Right arm cut
- Jimmy Nelson is still recovering from being hit in the head with a batted ball on Thursday, but all signs look good for him. He spent a second night in the hospital on Friday, but was back with the team over the weekend. While he will not make his start tomorrow, it is still possible that he will make a start later this week.
- Ryan Braun missed two games this weekend due to his sore back, and is probably heading for surgery this offseason. Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers are managing his back as well as they can before looking at a surgical repair in the offseason.
- The failed Carlos Gomez trade with the Mets ended up getting the Brewers a much better deal with the Astros. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel looks back at the failed trade and how everything played out to get a trade done with the Astros.
- Can Jimmy Nelson's release point explain his struggles? Xavier Salatoorre things so, looking at the difference of Nelson's pitches in his losses.
- Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams was at the Brewers game on Thursday night to throw the ceremonial first pitch. His pitch missed by quite a bit: He ended up hitting the cameraman standing behind home plate. At least it was a strong throw.
Minor League Update
Southern League Championship Series
Saturday: Biloxi 2, Chattanooga 0
Sunday: Chattanooga 4, Biloxi 2
Southern League Championship Series
Biloxi @ Chattanooga
NL Central Update
- Cardinals @ Cubs
Friday: Cubs 8, Cardinals 3
Saturday: Cubs 5, Cardinals 4
Sunday: Cardinals 4, Cubs 3
- Pirates @ Dodgers
Friday: Dodgers 6, Pirates 2
Saturday: Pirates 3, Dodgers 2
Sunday: Pirates 4, Dodgers 3
Today's Division Games
- Reds (John Lamb) @ Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) - 7:15 pm
- Pirates (AJ Burnett) @ Rockies (Jon Gray) - 7:40 pm
The Brewers head out on their last road trip of the season, a 10-game trip through three cities. It starts in Chicago tonight with a game against the Cubs. Wily Peralta faces Jason Hammel to open the series. First pitch is at 7:05 pm.