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What We Learned: Raising hopes and crushing them

A comeback by the Brewers was erased by the Pirates who took a walk-off victory yesterday. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday's Results

Pirates 3, Brewers 2

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Brewers Trade Rumors: the Yan Gomes Situation | eddiemathews, BCB

The injury to Yan Gomes in Cleveland may create a need for the Indians to acquire a catcher.

Off-days are a luxury for the rest of the season | -JP-, BCB

Following Monday’s off-day, the Brewers only have five remaining this season, setting up a bit of a brutal schedule over the final months.

What Happens When A Trade Is Made | eddiemathews, BCB

There’s multiple sides to a trade whenever one is made, and the effects can be felt for several years after.

Milwaukee Brewers Down On The Farm Report: Week 15 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Looking back at week 15 in the Brewers minor league system.

Getting Realistic about Position Player Prospects | Baseball Punditz, BCB FanPosts

While the Brewers have been acquiring a lot of talent, is there anything in there that could have the impact of Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder?

Links from Other Sites

Brewers to see heavy dose of Pirates, Cubs | Adam McCalvy,

A schedule quirk will match the Brewers up against the Pirates and Cubs for a total of 30 games in the second half of the season.

Jeffress, Smith not concerned by trade talk | Adam McCalvy,

After Jonathan Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith have been getting the most discussion on the trade market.

My Favorite Under-the-Radar Trade Deadline Target | Dave Cameron, FanGraphs

While Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress are the two names mentioned most often in trade talks from the Brewers bullpen, Tyler Thornburg may have value that most teams don’t recognize.

Scooter Gennett: Starting 2B | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

While Scooter Gennett hasn’t shown much in terms of star power, he has improved enough to man the second base position for now.

Jonathan Lucroy wins Milwuakee Brewers Heart and Hustle Award | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Lucroy was the Brewers winner for this award, given to the player on each team who best embodies the passion and spirit of the game of baseball.

Minor League Update

Affiliate Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 44-49

  • Monday: Colorado Springs 1, Reno 10
  • Tuesday: Colorado Springs 6, Reno 9
  • Wednesday: Colorado Springs @ Reno | 9:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 48-46

  • Monday: Birmingham 2, Biloxi 0
  • Tuesday: No Game
  • Wednesday: Biloxi @ Pensacola | 6:30 pm

Brevard County Manatees (A+) | 31-62

  • Monday: Brevard County 5, Palm Beach 4
  • Tuesday: Brevard County 6, Palm Beach 5
  • Wednesday: Brevard County @ Palm Beach | 5:30 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 46-49

  • Monday: Wisconsin 3, Dayton 8
  • Tuesday: No Game
  • Wednesday: Fort Wayne @ Wisconsin | 7:05 pm

DSL Brewers (R) | 16-21

  • Monday: DSL Brewers 3, DSL Braves 4
  • Tuesday: DSL Braves 4, DSL Brewers 2
  • Wednesday: DSL Rockies @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am (DH)

Helena Brewers (R) | 11-20

  • Monday: Helena 3, Ogden 4
  • Tuesday: Helena 1, Ogden 7
  • Wednesday: No Game

AZL Brewers (R) | 11-12

  • Monday: AZL Brewers 5, AZL Mariners 3
  • Tuesday: No Game
  • Wednesday: AZL Royals @ AZL Brewers

News and Notes

Brandon Woodruff named Southern League Pitcher of the Week |
Brother of Shuckers pitcher dies after ATV accident | Patrick Magee, Sun Herald

Brandon Woodruff saw both the best and worst of things last week. He was named Southern League pitcher of the week for his seven shutout innings with ten strikeouts in a start last week, but also lost his brother in an ATV accident on Friday.

Second rounder Erceg promoted to Class A | Adam McCalvy,

After just a month in the minors, Lucas Erceg is getting a promotion, going from rookie ball to Class A Wisconsin.

June Manatees of the Month |

Going back to June, Jon Perrin and Elvis Rubio earned the June awards for pitcher and player of the month in Brevard County.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Affiliate Report AND Southern League Roundup: 15th Editions | Thaddeus Krzus, The Shuck Dynasty

Weekly podcast looking back at the previous week in the Brewers system.

Catch 'Em All With The Sky Sox On Friday |
Pokemon Go and Star Wars Night |

The Sky Sox and Manatees are already taking advantage of the Pokemon GO craze, setting up events to lure people into their stadiums.

NL Central Updates

Monday’s Games

  • Mets 1, Cubs 5
  • Braves 2, Reds 8
  • Padres 2, Cardinals 10

Tuesday’s Games

  • Mets 2, Cubs 1
  • Braves 5, Reds 4
  • Padres @ Cardinals (PPD Rain)

Today's Games

  • Braves (Lucas Harrell) @ Reds (Anthony DeSclafani) | 6:10 pm
  • Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) | 6:05 pm
  • Padres (Colin Rea) @ Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) | 1:15 pm
  • Padres (Paul Clemens) @ Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) | 7:15 pm

Around Baseball

Twins fire general manager Terry Ryan | Mike Bates, MLB Daily Dish

With just two weeks to go until the trade deadline, the Twins have made the decision to fire GM Terry Ryan.

Ex-Cards scouting director Chris Correa sentenced to prison for hacking Astros | Associated Press

Former Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay over $279,000 in restitution for his role in hacking the Astros player personnel database.

Roger Clemens to headline superteam of former MLB players |

Clemens will pitch on a team mostly made of former MLB players in the National Baseball Congress World Series this summer.

Today's Action

Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ Pirates (Jeff Locke) | 6:05 pm