In the News (5/28)

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

Wednesday’s Game: Cardinals 3, Brewers 2

Record: 27-20, Second Place

- Manny Parra pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs to earn a quality start, but he also took the loss.

- More video highlights HERE.

- Ryan Braun returned to the lineup after getting hit in the wrist on Tuesday, but he went 0-4.

- J.J. Hardy returned from his back spasm issues and went 3-5, but grounded out to end the game.

- Frank Catalanotto went 2-3 with both Brewer RBIs on a triple.

- Where has the Brewers offense gone? The team simply is not swinging their bats well right now. More HERE.

- Some post-game audio.

Brewers News

- Corey Hart knows he sucks right now. Hopefully getting a few off days will help him get his head straight.

- Todd Coffey’s sprinting entrance is bad ass. And he has apparently added the Ultimate Warrior’s theme song to his entrance, which only makes it more BA.

- The Cardinals/Brewers match-up is turning into a heated rivalry, according to Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.

- Padres assistant Paul DePodesta discusses the Tony Gwynn Jr./Jody Gerut trade from the Padres perspective. Basically, it was a way for the Padres to cut some payroll…

- The Brewers get mentioned as a possible destination for Mark DeRosa again. Freddy Sanchez is also mentioned as an option.

- The Brewers could be interested in Brad Penny, but I sure hope they’re not foolish enough to consider giving up Angel Salome for him… Penny is certainly not an ace-caliber pitcher anymore and the team could have signed him this offseason if they were interested. Melvin will not give up a highly regarded catching prospect who is nearly MLB ready for Penny.

- Several opposing teams have apparently been haunted at the Pfister Hotel. So, we can assume the ghosts there are Brewers fans?

More Hardball says Kendall is probably not a Hall of Famer, but is “a damn fine catcher nonetheless.”

- Braun’s throwing a party (h/t Brew Crew Ball):

Minor Leagues

- The Amateur Softball Association of America named Brett Lawrie’s sister, Danielle, the top collegiate softball player. She plays for Washington.

NL Central

- Zambrano being Zambrano:

Imagine how good this guy could be if he learned how to control his emotions… Thank God he can’t seem to do it. Carlos Zambrano absolutely lost it after a close play at the plate, bumped the umpire, was tossed, threw the umpire out of the game, screamed, threw a baseball into the outfield and smashed a Gatorade machine with a bat. You truly are an epic headcase, Carlos. And he should be seeing a fairly lengthy suspension for that tirade.

- The Cubs are a bunch of whiny, uncontrollable douchebags. This is not news. Everyone knew this.

- Cubs GM Jim Hendry defends the Mark DeRosa trade. I still say it was stupid…

- MLB wants the Cubs to hurry up and finish their sale.

- The Reds swept Houston and the Astros have lost seven in a row. I think this says more about how much Houston sucks than it does about how good the Reds are.

- Khalil Greene could be headed to the DL with anxiety related issues.

- Gerry Fraley on says the Cardinals are a “different team with healthy Carpenter.” Really? Do you think a guy that is Cy Young caliber when healthy helps the team when he’s healthy? That’s a pretty big leap… In other news, my car runs better when there is gas in it.

- Pirates pitcher Ian Snell says stupid things… (You can add his comments about Braun earlier this season to the list…)

- Pirates closer Matt Capps could be back from injury this weekend.

Other News

- Former Brewer Russell Branyan is a blossoming star at age 33… I love seeing The Muscle playing well. I hope he can keep it up.

- Former Brewer Keith Ginter is not only (surprisingly) still playing baseball, he’s raking. He is hitting .400/.451/.600 in 75 at-bats this month for the White Sox AAA team. He has not played in the majors since 2005.

- Former Brewer Eric Gagne says he’d welcome a return to the Dodgers.

- Former Brewer Scott Linebrink is serving as the White Sox closer while Bobby Jenks battles the flu.

Former West De Pere High School pitcher Jason Berken made his major-league debut on Tuesday night for the Orioles. He allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings to earn the victory.