Milwaukee Brewers: In the News (May 19)

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  A fan waves a broom signifying the series sweep as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 at Coors Field on September 20, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers in all four games of the series.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Monday’s Game: Brewers 8, Cardinals 4
Record: 24-14, First Place

Monday’s Game

- The Brewers were cruising Monday through six innings and led the game 7-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. Then things got interesting. The Cardinals were able to bat around in the seventh, scoring four times on two two-run homers. The Brewers defense kind of broke down. Prince Fielder committed his first error of the year. Mat Gamel, who earlier made a highlight-reel play at third, had an error on a relatively routine play. Mark DeFelice gave up two runs, one earned. Luckily they were able to limit the damage in big part thanks to Mitch Stetter’s strikeout of Chris Duncan to end that inning.

- The big news of the game was Gamel. He did have an error, but also made a fantastic play on defense. Oh, and he went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a three-run homer—his first big league home run.

- In equally big news, Jason Kendall recorded his 2,000th hit in his first at-bat Monday. He later hit No. 2,001. Impressive offensive numbers, especially for a catcher.

- Ryan Braun made two great plays on defense.

- Braden Looper gave up only one earned run in six innings. He likely should/could have stayed in the game, but the errors hurt him.

- Carlos Villanueva pitched two scoreless innings, including four strikeouts, to finish off the game.

- The Brewers have now won six games in a row.

Brewers News

- The big, bad news of Monday was the announcement that Rickie Weeks is out for the remainder of the season. Needless to say, this is a big blow to the Brewers. Not only did it look like Weeks was finally going to have his breakout season offensively, his defense had become that of a top second baseman. It would have been really fun as a Brewers fan to see what kind of numbers he could have put up this season, but even more so, I feel terrible for Rickie. More here

Rickie’s final line for the season: 37 games, 147 at-bats, 28 runs, nine home runs, and 24 RBI while hitting .272  with an OBP of .340.

- The entire team is feeling the effects of the loss of Rickie.

- With the loss of Weeks, it will be interesting to see the move(s) that Doug Melvin will make. It looks as though little guy Craig Counsell will see the majority of time at second base. At least to begin with. Triple-A Nashville second baseman Hernan Iribarren will likely be called up Tuesday. Iribarren has had a good start this year. Nashville shortstop Alcides Escobar will reportedly see time at second base in Nashville. Don’t be surprised if he gets called up sometime around mid-year, depending on how things play out.

Also, don’t forget that Ray Durham and Mark Grudzielanek are currently still unsigned. They both had good years off the bench last season.

- The Brewers are at the top of Accuscore’s list in the NL after last week.

- Yahoo! had a story on Mark DeFelice on Monday. Nice to see DeFelice get some national attention.

- Boris at Bleacher Report asks: Are the Milwaukee Brewers for Real?

- RFB’s Tyler was quoted in this Deadspin article about how much the Happy Youngster sucks at life and Brewers fans generally hate him. The original quote is on May 15 In the News post.

- RFB’s Jared talks fantasy baseball at Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove. I would talk about how Jared’s team sucks right now, but it looks like my team could be starting to take an epic crapper, so I’ll shut up about it.

- Check out this slideshow of the oddest names in Brewers history. Most aren’t that odd.

- Brewers top pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress has been terrible so far this year at Double-A Huntsville. Damn, I can’t believe I just linked Tom Haudricourt’s frickin’ Twitter. What is this world coming to?

- Something is not right here.

- Brewers great Jim Gantner was on hand Sunday for the Timber Rattlers game.

- Another idiot Chicago writer. Who’d imagine that? Chuckie Hacks takes it to him. What Chuckie didn’t address was the author's comments regarding the Cubs: “If Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez ere healthy, Cubs would be ahead of Brewers.”  The Brewers are two games up on the Cubs. First, it's absurd to assume two guys would make a two-game difference in the short time that they’ve missed. Second, Zambrano hasn’t even been very good this year. Who’s to say he wouldn’t have cost the Cubs games? Chicago “journalists” never cease to amaze me.

Minor Leagues

- Tony Gwynn Jr. is Between the Green Pillars’ prospect of the week for last week.

- The Timber Rattlers pounded the Clinton LumberKings on Monday 14-7.

NL Central

- The Pirates were the only other team in the division to play Monday. They beat the Nationals 12-7.

- The Cardinals are currently missing several players due to injury; however, they may get both Chris Carpenter and Rick Ankiel back this week.

- A classy response by Cubs fans.

- A WWE / reality TV star makes fun of the Cubs. I don’t even know what to say about this. It’s sorta funny though.

- The Daily Drunk gives us a solid list of reasons to hate Missouri, highlighted by rice beer of course.

- This Astros blog asks if the Astros are better than their record. I’ll answer: no.

- Cincinnati’s Joey Votto is suffering dizzy spells.

- Astros reliever MLB&id=2024">LaTroy Hawkins will be sidelined for a couple of days with a sore right hip.

- The Pirates claimed pitcher Steven Jackson off waivers from the Yankees.

Other News

- The real Ryan Franklin posted on Miller Park Drunk. “does taxidermy” Classic.

- MLB managers and executives voted Jayson Werth and Adrian Gonzalez as the most underrated players in the NL. I definitely agree on Gonzalez. Dude rakes and so many people still have no idea who he is. Corey Hart received multiple votes.

- The Phillies signed Paul Bako. Personally, I couldn’t care less, but maybe you’re interested.


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