Minor League Boxscores: Friday

11 07 2008

Nashville Sounds (38-57), 19.5 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Nashville 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 7 0
Omaha 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 6 14 0

RHP Richie Gardner – ND, 5.0 IP, 9 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – 4.20 ERA
RHP Ben Howard – (L, 2-5) 1.1 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 4.75 ERA
RF Brendan Katin – 1-3, HR (14), 3 RBI, BB – .267 BA
C Vinny Rottino – 2-5, 2 2B, 2 runs – .263 BA

Huntsville Stars (13-10), 3.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Huntsville 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 1 1 9 14 1
Chattanooga 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 8 13 1

RHP Mike Jones – ND, 3.1 IP, 6 hits, 6 ER, 5 BB, 2 K – 7.09 ERA
RHP Patrick Ryan – (W, 3-4) 1.2 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – 2.93 ERA
RHP Juan Sandoval – (S, 11) 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 3.73 ERA
C Angel Salome – 3-5, 2B, HR (8), 3 RBI – .347 BA
SS Alcides Escobar – 2-5, 2 1B, RBI, SB (24), run – .333 BA

Brevard County Manatees (7-13), 6.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lakeland 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 13 2
Brevard County 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5 12 1

RHP Josh Butler – ND, 2.1 IP, 5hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K – 6.11 ERA
LHP Bobby Bramhall – 4.2 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 2.52 ERA
RHP Joshua Wahpepah – (L, 1-1) 1.1 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – 2.79 ERA
SS Brent Brewer – 3-4, 2B, BB, SB (7) – .227 BA
3B Taylor Green – 2-5, 2 1B, RBI – .288 BA

West Virginia Power (16-5), — GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
West Virginia 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 0
Savannah 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 8 2

RHP Evan Anundsen – (W, 8-4) 6.1 IP, 7 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 3.52 ERA
RHP Corey Frerichs – (S, 7) 2.2 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 2.54 ERA
3B Steffan Wilson – 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, run – .272 BA
LF Eric Fryer – 2-4, 2B, run – .359 BA

Helena Brewers (11-12), 3.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Idaho Falls 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
Helena 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

RHP Nick Tyson – (L, 0-1) 3.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 3.86 BA
RHP Robert Wooten – 1.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 0.00 ERA
3B John Delaney – 1-4, 1B – .212 BA

AZL Brewers (3-12), 8.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
AZL Padres 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 6 12 0
AZL Brewers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 2

RHP Damon Krestalude – ND, 4.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – 2.53 ERA
RHP Adrian Rosario – (L, 1-1) 3.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 4.67 ERA
CF Jose Rangel – 2-4, 2 1B, 2 RBI, SB (8) – .196 BA

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Bush fantasti-K against the Rox

10 07 2008

Obviously, the game was not on TV today, so I was not able to watch it.  I did listen to it and see the highlights, however.  Here is the extended boxscore, if you are curious.

With all the attention on CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets (and rightly so), Dave Bush went out and gave a performance to remember.  It’s too bad that the game was not televised for anyone to see it.  The right-hander went 8 innings strong and struck out 13 batters.  And you thought Big Ben was impressive yesterday.

I was surprised Yost let Bush go 120+ pitches, but with the All-Star Break coming up, it should not be a problem.  Bushie had fantastic control this afternoon.  For the second start in a row, he did not walk a batter.  That is absolutely key for someone like Bush.  The strikeouts are just an added plus.  He has made an extremely strong push for the final spot in the rotation once Jeff Suppan comes back from the DL.  In his last two outings combined, Bush has gone 16 innings and only given up one earned run.

Dave Bush is notoriously a slow starter.  In his career, he has had an ERA above 5.00 in April and May.  When the weather heats up, however, so does Bush.  That is what we have seen this season as well.  He had a 3.65 ERA last month, and those numbers have only improved in July.  It looks as if the best option for Milwaukee is to move Seth McClung to the bullpen and give the ball to Bush every fifth day.  The ‘pen sure could use some help, considering how well Guillermo Mota has been pitching.

Speaking of Mota, Ned Yost says his mechanics are off.  He is “collapsing his back side,” which is causing his pitches to have little or no movement.  Mota and Mike Maddux are working extremely hard on correcting this fault.  Apparently, they corrected this before the season started, and Mota simply reverted back to his old ways.  I may simply be hard-headed, but I believe a part of it has to do with his reluctance to throw his change-up.  I will not beat that comment to death again though.  Hopefully, Maddux and Yost can get that situation worked out quickly because Mota has been absolutely brutal in the past two months.  The only question I have is: Why did it take 2 months for Maddux and Yost to notice this if they corrected it before?

Back to the game.  The offense came out to play today after getting embarrassed last night by Glendon Rusch.  Perhaps they all read everything being said about them last night, as the Crew walked four times today.  Not great, but certainly not bad.  J.J. Hardy and Corey Hart both hit home runs this afternoon.  Hart made the All-Star Game, by the way.  If you all have not seen the team mob him during the press conference, you should check it out.  Hart’s daughter got a good part of it too.  Congratulations, Corey.  You definitely deserve it!

Someone that deserves some ink is Gabe Kapler.  He produced again this afternoon, going 3-4 with three doubles and two RBI.  The comeback story is never-ending it seems.  I would love for Ned Yost to give Kapler more at-bats, but those at-bats are difficult to find.  Mike Cameron has been swinging the bat better as of late, and his defense is top-notch.  Did you see a couple of the plays he made last night?  He rarely makes a false step in center field and almost always takes a direct path to the ball.  It is an joy to watch him in the field.  Gabe provides the team with a more than capable fourth outfielder though, and that is extremely valuable.

Records: Brewers (51-41); Rockies (39-54)

Hero of the Game: Dave Bush

How can you go eight innings, give up only three hits, surrender zero earned runs, strike out 13, not walk a batter, and not get the Hero of the Game?  The only thing I would like to see is Dave have one of these performances on the road.  He always has been lights out at home, but has consistently struggled on the road.  He will need to deliver in his first road start after the All-Star Break to cement his status as Milwaukee’s #5 starter.

Goat of the Game: FSN North

Why was this game not on TV?  I understand the team does not have a contract to televise every game, but a game like this should never be only shown on tape delay.  Mark Attanasio should get a deal to televise all 162 games in the works.

On Tap

LHP Manny Parra will look to get the Brewers on a winning streak before the All-Star Break.  The Brewers will go up against RHP Josh Fogg, which is slightly concerning.  Yes, Josh Fogg is terrible, but he also went five innings and only gave up one earned run earlier in 2008 against the Brewers.  As Aaron said, the Crew has a way of making soft-tossing control pitchers look like aces.  Let’s hope the Brewers are patient at the plate and take their walks.  The game will start at 7:05pm CT.





Round ’em Up: Thursday

10 07 2008

UPDATE 07-10-08 1:55pm – Ned Yost says Milwaukee has no interest in releasing Guillermo Mota.  Oh good.

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Well, ladies and gentlemen. The Milwaukee Brewers pretended Glendon Rusch was the second coming of CC Sabathia last night. All the Brewers hitters (perhaps with the exception of Bill Hall) looked utterly lost against the left-hander. It’s not like he had an ERA of over 6 and a half coming into the game…

  • Last night, Pete from Brewers Fanatics ran the first installment of The Brewers Blog Roundtable. Jared from Right Field Bleachers and myself took most of the questions, and we have a podcast for you all to listen to. As of right now, the Roundtable is going to be a sort of question-and-answer format. We are very open to making it a live call-in show if the audience is big enough. Until then, I will simply post the podcasts here for you to listen to.

    The first installment is a little rough, as Pete is getting used to the software. It was also our first run at the program, so it will get smoother down the line. It’s a pretty good product for the first try though. Enjoy.

    Brewers Blog Roundtable

  • Tom Haudricourt says enough is enough with Guillermo Mota. He fully expects Mota to be designated for assignment today. I completely agree that he will be DFA’d, but it will probably not come until after today’s game. What if the Crew needs someone to handle mop-up time? Might as well get a few more innings out of Mota before cutting him loose.

    TH thinks Luis Pena will get the call to the big leagues. He struggled with his stuff to start the season, but has really turned it on as of late. Nashville’s closer has a 1.78 ERA in his last 30 1/3 innings. Not bad at all.

    I think that Doug Melvin and Ned Yost will go with big league experience at this point in the season, however. He may not have much, but Tim Dillard showed that he’s capable of handling himself on a big stage. It’s true that he lost his command a bit, but has been throwing the ball much better with the Sounds lately.

  • In-Between Hops believes it may only take a trip to the DL to get Mota back on track. If only things were just that simple…
  • The Brew Town Beat is absolutely ecstatic that Haudricourt is calling for Guillermo Mota’s head. Mota has been exceptionally awful over the past month and a half, and it is about time for Milwaukee to cut their losses and DFA the big guy.

    I also notice that Brew Town mentions me in their post when they criticize people for saying Mota has thrown good pitches like the pitch against Joe Mauer. I don’t shy away from criticism. That was a good pitch, and Mauer simply beat him. The problem is that Mota has not thrown many good pitches since that point. I did not defend him in the least bit against Arizona or last night. It was one game, and I stick by it. With that said, Mota’s time in Milwaukee has drawn to a close.

  • Brew Crew Pub says something is missing from the 2008 Milwaukee Brewers. It is patience and a high on-base percentage. Agreed. I’m not sure Kenny Lofton is the best choice here. I would much rather send Rickie Weeks away from a high OBP second baseman like you’re suggesting. To my knowledge, Huntsville has not tried Alcides Escobar at second base.

    What would I suggest? This is clearly me in a dreamworld, but how about a package that sends Rickie Weeks, Brad Nelson, and Zach Braddock for Brian Roberts and George Sherrill? Both Roberts and Sherrill will be under Milwaukee’s control past the 2008 season, and it would provide the Brewers with a very solid arm in the bullpen and a bona fide lead-off hitter. The package would probably need another prospect though. Perhaps someone like a Alexandre Periard.

  • Ned Yost does not want Ryan Braun to participate in the Home Run Derby. Milwaukee’s manager does not want Braun messing up his swing for the second half. I’m more worried about his sore hand at this point…
  • Between the Green Pillars takes an excellent look at the Manny Parra situation. He is on pace to throw more innings than the Brewers organization originally wanted him to. History has shown that pitchers are at a higher risk for injury if they make a big jump in innings pitched like Parra is on pace to do. The author believes Milwaukee will not hold him back, as the CC Sabathia trade signifies that the team is all in for this season.

    I would agree with that, but I also do not fall in the camp that believes Parra’s innings should be limited this season. Younger pitchers coming out of high school do need to watch their innings, but Parra does not have a young arm. He has been slowed by injuries, yes, but he is not new to throwing on the mound. Older relievers that have never thrown many innings do just fine when stretching out their arms. In my opinion, Parra is certainly capable of going more than 163 innings. If he starts to experience a bit of “dead arm,” then Ned Yost should worry about it.

  • Something tells me that Jason Kendall was a good pick-up this off-season.
  • The Junkball Blues takes a look at what Chicago gave up to get Rich Harden compared to what Milwaukee gave up to get CC Sabathia. He concludes that Harden did cost a bit more than Sabathia, as he should.

    People keep overlooking the fact that Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, and Eric Patterson have all spent time in the big leagues. The Cleveland Indians did not get that from a single player from Milwaukee. Matt LaPorta may fizzle out before getting to the big leagues. After all, Nelson Cruz is still raking in Triple-A…

  • The Cub Reporter says that Rich Harden may not be under Chicago’s control through the 2009 season like everyone believes. That would certainly change the dynamics of the trade completely. (Tip of the cap to Right Field Bleachers for this one.)
  • Dugout Central says that Billy Beane is a dangerous GM to be making a deal with. He never loses a big trade. Most of the pitchers he loses end up fizzling out due to some sort of injury (Mark Mulder) or ineffectiveness (Barry Zito). I don’t know if I agree with the article when it says Tim Hudson has been mostly ineffective for two seasons. I definitely wouldn’t want that 3.16 ERA from this season or that 3.33 ERA from 2007. What a poor performance…




Minor League Boxscores: Thursday

10 07 2008

Nashville Sounds (38-56), 18.5 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 9 0
Omaha 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 9 1

LHP Chris Narveson – (W, 3-11) 5.0 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K – 5.63 ERA
RHP Derrick Turnbow – (H, 5) 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 8.15 ERA
LHP Randy Choate – (H, 2) 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – 5.54 ERA
RHP Luis Pena – (S, 13) 1.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 3.53 ERA
3B Adam Heether – 2-4, HR (7), RBI – .251 BA
LF Brendan Katin – 1-4, HR (13), 2 RBI – .267 BA

Huntsville Stars (12-10), 3.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Huntsville 0 2 4 4 2 0 3 0 0 15 20 1
Chattanooga 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 4 9 1

LHP Troy Cate – (W, 2-0) 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K – 2.29 ERA
RHP Omar Aguilar – 1.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 5.94 ERA
RF Freddy Parejo – 3-6, 2B, HR (2), RBI, 3 runs – .302 BA
SS Alcides Escobar – 4-6, 4 1B, SB (23), 4 runs – .332 BA
3B Mat Gamel – 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 runs – .375 BA
C Angel Salome – 3-6, 3 1B, 3 RBI, 2 runs – .343 BA
LF Cole Gillespie – 2-5, 2B, RBI, run – .277 BA
1B Michael Garciaparra – 3-5, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 runs – .237 BA

Brevard County Manatees (7-12), 4.5 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lakeland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 9 1
Brevard County 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0

LHP Chris Cody – ND, 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K – 3.42 ERA
RHP John Axford – (BS, 1)(L, 3-6) 0.2 IP, 4 hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K – 5.03 ERA
SS Brent Brewer – 2-4, 2B, SB (6) – .204 BA

West Virginia Power (15-5), — GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
West Virginia 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 5 6 1
Savannah 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 6 0

LHP Evan Frederickson – ND, 4.2 IP, 3 hits, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K – 6.23 ERA
LHP Mike Ramlow – (W, 4-3) 4.1 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 2.96 ERA
2B Eric Farris – 2-5, 2 1B, 2 RBI, 2 SB (13), run – .258 BA
LF Eric Fryer – 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, SB (10) – .356 BA
1B Steffan Wilson – 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB – .269 BA

Helena Brewers (11-11), 3.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Idaho Falls 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 1
Helena 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 4 10 1

RHP Santo Manzanillo – ND, 4.2 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K – 5.89 ERA
LHP Lucas Luetge – (W, 2-0) 2.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 run (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K – 0.00 ERA
RHP Wily Peralta – (S, 1) 1.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 4.35 ERA
DH Corey Kemp – 2-3, RBI, BB, run – .295 BA
SS Mikey Marseco – 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, run – .235 BA

AZL Brewers (3-11), 7.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
AZL Giants 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 2
AZL Brewers 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 2

RHP Jake Odorizzi – ND, 2.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 0.00 ERA
RHP Joel Morales – (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 4.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 run (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K – 1.93 ERA
RF Jose Rangel – 1-4, RBI, BB, SB (7) – .167 BA
DH Pedro Ramos – 1-3, 3B, BB, run – .209 BA





Glendon Rusch? Really?

10 07 2008

The Rockies have heard all about the Milwaukee Brewers the past three days, and they must be sick of it.  They decided to put together a little fireworks show of their own tonight.  8-3 Rockies.

This wasn’t supposed to happen tonight.  Glendon Rusch took the mound for the Rox, a slow-throwing left-hander.  The Brewers trotted out ace #2 tonight, Ben Sheets.  On paper, the Brewers should have run away with this game.

Sheets did his part, fanning a season-high 11 Rockies.  He looked to have his ‘A’-stuff tonight.  The first seven outs of the game for Sheets were via the strike out.  From early on, fans thought they were going to see something special tonight from Big Ben.  Ben did pitch fantastically, but the Rockies took advantage of every mistake he made – even if they were few and far between.

In the sixth inning, Ben walked Matt Holiday after a long at-bat.  The right-hander was visibly upset with himself, talking and muttering intently on the mound.  At this point in the contest, it was 1-1.  Benny looked to get out of the inning with a ground ball, but served up a home run to Garrett Atkins.  The pitch count reached 110 pitches after the inning ended – fittingly on a strike out – and the bullpen took over.

The bullpen imploded and gave away any chance for the Crew to get back in the game.  Mitch Stetter, after my singing his praises this afternoon, struggled with his command and gave up an RBI bloop single to Scott Podsednik.  Colorado led 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Offensively, the Brewers came alive against Manuel Corpas.  The suddenly red-hot Bill Hall continued his fine swinging against a right-handed pitcher with a one-out double to jump start the Crew.  Mike Cameron followed with an RBI single, who later scored on an infield single by Russell Branyan.  Yes, Russell had a base hit that was not a home run.

In a 4-3 game, who is the last person Ned Yost should have called on at this point?  Guillermo Mota.  The veteran right-hander has struggled mightily over the past month and a half, and the Crew needed someone to come in and preserve the one-run deficit.  Instead, Guillermo gave up four runs on four hits, and the Brewers were suddenly down 8-3.  The Crew never got any closer.

Guillermo will not be seeing any meaningful playing time in the near future.  At least, he should not see any meaningful playing time.  Ned Yost is notorious for having too long of a leash, but the Brewers manager has been much better about that this season (see Derrick Turnbow and Julian Tavarez).  Do you want to know the most maddening part of his outing?  All four base hits came with two outs.  You have got to put a team away with two outs in an inning.  You simply cannot give up four straight hits, two of them being home runs, with two outs.  That will give you a lot of time on the bench to think about it.

I know I have harped on this for the past month now, but what is wrong with throwing a change-up?  Guillermo Mota threw it three times in the eighth inning.  He got Joe Koshansky – who later homered – to swing over the top of it, he got Matt Holiday to ground out weakly to the pitcher, and he got Omar Quintanilla to line out to Corey Hart.  That is three pitches and no hits.  Something tells me Mota should throw that a little more often.  What do I know though, right?

Overall, this is a devastating loss for the Brewers.  The Cardinals lost, but the Cubs won.  The Crew had a match-up that practically handed them a win.  Even after going six innings and giving up only one run, Rusch still has a 6.25 ERA.  He looked like an ace tonight.  Good grief.

Records: Brewers (50-41); Rockies (39-53)

Hero of the Game: Bill Hall

It’s nice to see Billy swinging a hot stick again.  It is even against righties and lefties this time around, which is huge for the Brewers third baseman.  In last night’s game, Billy hit a clutch two-run single against a right-hander, and he started off the mini-rally tonight in the seventh inning with a double off righty Manuel Corpas.  In the meantime, Hall is still raking against southpaws.  He provided the only offense against Glendon Rusch with his mammoth home run in the bottom of the second.

Goat of the Game: Guillermo Mota

Unfortunately, Mota’s $3.2M contract will be almost impossible to move before the trade deadline.  The big salary will almost certainly keep him on the roster.  Either Ned Yost will pitch Mota in some mop-up situations for right now and let him work out his issues, or Milwaukee will DFA the veteran right-hander and send him to the minors.  No one will pick-up Mota at this point, and he would likely accept a demotion to Nashville.  Even if he didn’t accept the move, he would forfeit his contract and become a free agent.  That sounds quite appealing, doesn’t it?

On Tap

RHP Dave Bush will look to help the Brewers split the series against LHP Jorge De la Rosa and the Colorado Rockies.  This is a huge game for the Crew, as they cannot afford to lose a 4-game series at home.  That would be devastating before the All-Star Break.  The game is not televised, but it will be on WTMJ at 1:05pm CT.





Round ’em Up: Wednesday

9 07 2008

Those are a couple of pictures I got of CC Sabathia during his pre-game warmup. They’re not very big on here, but program I’m using doesn’t let it get much bigger.

The atmosphere inside Miller Park was absolutely electric last night, and the Brewers did not disappoint. The Crew sent the fans home happy with a 7-3 victory over the suddenly hot Colorado Rockies.

In the first inning, Ryan Braun launched a 430′ home run into the left field bleachers. The guy behind me one row and two guys to the left caught the ball. I was about three feet away from getting my glove on it. How awesome would that have been? Oh well. Another day, another time, maybe.

Let’s get into the news.

  • Jim Powell says CC Sabathia delivered in a big way last night. The “Sabathia era” is now in motion, no matter how short of a time it would be. He has some audio from Sabathia himself, Doug Melvin, and the in-game audio from last night. In Sabathia’s post-game comments, he said he was overly excited and tried to overthrow a bunch of his pitches. I agree with that completely. It’s understandable that he was trying to impress the Miller Park crowd that gave him two or three standing ovations before even throwing a pitch.
  • In some other trade news, Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports is reporting that Milwaukee is showing interest in San Francisco’s second baseman Ray Durham and lefty reliever Jack Taschner. Durham makes a lot of sense for the Brewers, as Rickie Weeks is struggling again to find his swing. Taschner, on the other hand, is a little bit of a mystery to me. Mitch Stetter has better stuff than Jack, and Mitch is much younger. I would much rather Doug Melvin target someone like Jon Rauch from Washington. That would also deepen the bullpen past this season.
  • Milwaukee finally signs second-round draft pick RHP Seth Lintz. There was a bit of confusion last month, as a report had been leaked that Lintz had signed with the Crew when he hadn’t. That’s all inconsequential at this point. The young man went 9-0 with a 0.57 ERA in high school down in Tennessee last season. That’s not too bad. He will report to AZL Brewers very soon.
  • Driving home from the game last night, I turned on ESPN radio to see if the Cubs won or lost last night. After learning that they pulled out a win, I found out they traded for Rich Harden from the As. What?! That was quick! Chicago gave up Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and minor-league catcher Josh Donaldson. The Cubs also received reliever Chad Gaudin to ease the load on Carlos Marmol. Not many Brewers fans are going to admit this after the big Sabathia trade, but this move by the Cubs hurts. I really thought they were going to be stuck with A.J. Burnett. By giving up Gallagher, however, their starting pitching depth is extremely thin. They cannot afford for Harden to get injured, and that is obviously no guarantee.
  • I never thought I would write this in 2008, but FOX Sports’ Dayn Perry actually wrote something positive about the NL Central. In fact, he even says good things about the Brewers! I’ll give you a second to catch your breath. He still gives the edge to the Cubs down the stretch, and it is very hard not to. Perry is right about something else, too. This is going to be a fun ride to the end of the season.
  • How did the Brewers react to the Rich Harden acquisition? Exactly as they should. Ned Yost couldn’t care less, and Doug Melvin loves the competition. The article also quotes Mark Attanasio saying that Doug Melvin is going to be looking for another piece before the trade deadline. Don’t get too excited though. Milwaukee simply cannot afford another big-name player. Their payroll is extremely high right now, and their is no room on the roster to add someone.
  • The Brew Town Beat is reporting that MLB.com contributor for Milwaukee said on the radio this morning that the back-end of the rotation will be a platoon once Jeff Suppan returns from the DL. Seth McClung is going to pitch on the road, and Dave Bush will take the ball at home. The statistics would argue that is a perfect solution, but I think McClung should move to the bullpen. It is extremely unlikely they will both be able to stay fresh pitching every 10th day or so. Give the ball to Bush every fifth and move McClung to the ‘pen. His control has improved greatly and could thrive in a late-inning role.
  • In-Between Hops takes a look at the Home Run Derby swing curse. It has long been suspected that the Home Run Derby messes up a player’s swing for the second half. Case and point, Bobby Abreu. This post, however, says it is a myth and gives some convincing statistics to back it up. Let’s hope Ryan Braun doesn’t come back from the All-Star Break trying to hit a home run every at-bat. Prince Fielder already does that.
  • Chuckie Hacks has an update on Derrick Turnbow in case you forgot about him.
  • Dugout Central hands out the mid-season Cy Young awards for both the NL and the AL. The clear-cut favorites are Edinson Volquez for the National League and Cliff Lee for the American League. There are others in the discussion, however. I just don’t understand how the article cannot even mention Ben Sheets in the Cy Young mix. That 10-2 record with a 2.77 ERA not doing it for you? Yes, Volquez has been better, but give Sheets his due. Mention him in the discussion.




Minor League Boxscores: Wednesday

9 07 2008

Nashville Sounds (37-56), 19.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 0
Omaha 3 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 8 0

LHP Steve Hammond – (L, 0-3) 3.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – 8.31 ERA
LF Hernan Iribarren – 2-3, 2 1B – .276 BA
RF Brendan Katin – 2-3, 2 1B, run – .265 BA

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
Omaha 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2

LHP Lindsay Gulin – (W, 5-4) 7.0 IP (CG), 1 hit, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – 2.89 ERA
3B Adam Heether – 2-3, 2 1B, 2 RBI – .247 BA
CF Tony Gwynn Jr. – 2-3, 2 1B, run – .328 BA

Huntsville Stars (11-10), 3.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Huntsville 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 5 14 0
Chattanooga 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 11 2

LHP David Welch – ND, 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 3.53 ERA
RHP Jason Shiell – (W, 3-1) 2.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 2.76 ERA
RHP Juan Sandoval – (S, 10) 1.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 3.56 ERA
2B Mike Bell – 2-4, HR (7), RBI – .262 BA
RF Freddy Parejo – 3-5, 2 2B, run – .291 BA
3B Mat Gamel – 2-5, 2 1B, RBI, run – .372 BA

Brevard County Manatees (7-11), 3.5 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lakeland 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 16 1
Brevard County 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

LHP Rafael Lluberes – (L, 1-3) 0.0 IP, 5 hits, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 6.86 ERA
RHP Alexandre Periard – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K – 3.83 ERA
2B Yohannis Perez – 1-3, 2B – .241 BA

West Virginia Power (14-5), — GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
West Virginia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 6 2
Savannah 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1

LHP Daniel Merklinger – ND, 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 run (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K – 5.94 ERA
RHP Corey Frerichs – (W, 4-6) 1.0 IP, 0 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K – 2.68 ERA
LHP Curtis Pasma – (S, 2) 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 3.67 ERA
C Eric Fryer – 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI – .356 BA
LF Steffan Wilson – 1-4, 2B, RBI – .269 BA

Helena Brewers (10-11), 4.0 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Idaho Falls 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 6 0
Helena 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 7 1

LHP Efrain Nieves – ND, 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K – 3.28 ERA
RHP Garrett Sherrill – (L, 0-4) 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 12.00 ERA
2B David Fonseca – 3-4, 2 HR (3), 2 RBI, 3 runs – .333 BA
CF Erik Komatsu – 2-4, 2 1B – .333 BA

AZL Brewers (2-11), 7.5 GB

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
AZL Brewers 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 2
AZL Angels 2 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 X 8 10 0

RHP Luis Guerrero – (L, 0-3) 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K – 9.00 ERA
RHP Liam Ohlmann – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 1.42 ERA
SS Carlos George – 1-4, 1B, RBI – .313 BA