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Brewers First “Half” Ends With Win, Sunday’s News and Notes

Brewers Defeat Astros, Final: 5-3 (10 innings)

The first “half” of the regular season came to an end for the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon with a 5-3 Win in Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.

Zack Greinke started the game, his second in two days (more on that later), but a rough first inning saw the former Cy Young Award winner throw 39 pitches and allow three runs to score. Greinke settled down after the first but with a reduced pitch count was only able to get through three full innings (on 66 pitches) before being lifted for the day’s scheduled starter Marco Estrada.

Why did Greinke start consecutive days? That would be the direct result of being ejected from Saturday’s game after facing two hitters, and only throwing four pitches. Greinke was tossed after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Joe West. Something that will get you tossed every time.

Wait…what? That’s not what happened?

Then it must have been because he spat in an umpire’s face.

No?

Kicked dirt on an umpire’s shoes.

Really?

Of course I’m being facetious. Greinke was tossed because he spiked the baseball into the dirt after failing to cover first base quickly enough on a ground ball. Greinke was late getting over and the quick Jose Altuve tied him to the bag. First base umpire Sam Holbrook called Altuve safe (the right call) and Greinke, mad at himself for getting over late, threw the ball down in disgust. Holbrook, who isn’t exactly known for his patient temperament, sent Greinke to the showers.

Anyway…after such a short outing (and no scheduled plans for Tuesday), Greinke offered to come back and start Sunday’s game. He did just that, struggled through the first inning, but left on a positive note when he struck out the side in a perfect third inning.

Estrada entered and allowed only one baserunner on a walk, but who was retired on a double-play. Therefore, Estrada faced the minimum through three innings of work. He was lifted for Jose Veras who was then followed by Francisco Rodriguez, each of who worked perfect innings in the 7th and 8th respectively.

The Brewers had tied it up by the 9th inning when Manny Parra entered and worked a clean frame to send the game into extra innings.

That ended up being just “extra inning” however as the Brewers plated a pair despite leaving the bases loaded.

John Axford entered the game and, though allowing a couple of baserunners, closed the door for his 15th Save of the 2012 season.

The victory gave the Brewers a series victory and saw them end the first “half” of the year with a record of 40 Wins against 45 Losses.

Gennett Participates in Futures Game

Gennett entered the game in the 5th inning but still managed to amass four plate appearances, which is reflected in the fact that Team USA scored 17 runs in a rout of Team World.Brewers prospect Scooter Gennett didn’t start, but did finish the 2012 All-Star Futures Game which was played on Sunday night in Kaufmann Stadium which will host the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

The final box score for “Scooter”:

AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG
3 2 1 0 1 0 0 .333

The hit was a double, and Gennett scored both times he reached based for Team USA.

Gennett was the only Brewers representative in the Futures Game this year.

Taylor Green Optioned to Nashville

After the big league game ended, utility man Taylor Green was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville in a move designed to give the former organizational Minor League Player of the Year some playing time.

While up with the parent club, Green got chances but they came spottily at best and barely at all once Corey Hart was basically permanently moved to first base defensively.

Green needs the chance to play every day and to get some swings. He’s only had four plate appearances all month and hasn’t logged a hit since June 26th, not coincidentally his last start.

The team stated that they would call up a bat in time for Friday to replace Green on the roster, but they did not name the player who would be coming. Chances are it will be a middle infielder as they are covered quite well in the outfield and at the infield corners.

Based on 40-man roster implications, my money would be on second baseman Eric Farris who is the only infielder at Nashville currently on that roster. Farris also would offer a right-handed hitting option off the bench in games where manager Ron Roenicke starts nearly all right-handed hitters. Previously, the bench options would have been lefties Nyjer Morgan, George Kottaras, Green, and switch-hitting Cesar Izturis who is cover-your-eyes awful from the right side.

Greinke Slated to Start Friday

Zack Greinke will be making Brewers history this coming Friday, assuming he makes his scheduled start at Miller Park.

More than that, he’ll be doing something that hasn’t been done since 1917!!

If Greinke makes the start as planned, he’ll be starting three consecutive games for a team in the same season. This feat was last performed 95 years ago by Hall of Fame pitcher Red Faber who did it for the White Sox. Faber’s three games were a bit different than what Greinke’s All-Star-break-aided trio will be though.

Faber started both games of a double-header (he got shelled in both leading to short outings) and then threw a complete game, 16-hitter (only 3 runs!) the next day.

Still, starting three consecutive games in the same season is a feat unmatched since.

Leave it to Zack Greinke (credit Holbrook with the assist?) to challenge history.

Part of Official MLB Press Release From Earlier Today

I’ve already tweeted about the following information, but here is a portion of the press release from MLB discussing where Braun vs Cabrera stood entering today.

“With less than 12 hours remaining for fans to cast online votes through the All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot, campaigning for their favorite players continues to trend at all-time highs – highlighted by yesterday’s record-breaking 3.8 million online ballots cast. Over the past two days alone, 6.7 million ballots have been cast online at MLB.com and the 30 Club websites in an unprecedented close to the races for the 17 starting positions in the 83rd All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Yesterday’s online total surpassed the previous one-day record of 3.4 million set on July 2, 2008 – the final day of balloting. Voting continues until tonight’s deadline at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). As of the last official updates, the closest races included the National League outfield and third base where San Francisco Giants teammates Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval again made pushes for starting spots yesterday with 125% and 138% more online votes, respectively, than leaders Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and David Wright of the New York Mets.”

There it is. Braun led entering the day but Cabrera is gaining ground.

Get out there on the website by clicking the link below and Vote Braun!

VOTE BRAUN HERE!

Cabrera Receives Twice as Many Votes as Braun in Last 24 Hours…VOTE BRAUN!

Baseball fans continued to vote in record fashion on MLB.com and tightened the closest races for the 17 starting positions in the 83rd All-Star Game by casting more than 2.9 million ballots yesterday, the second-highest one-day total in All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot history.

The fan turnout – which was the highest single-day total since the final day of balloting in 2008 – has left many races up for grabs as online voting at MLB.com and the 30 Club websites entered its final 36 hours.

The 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot closes on Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

A pair of San Francisco Giants teammates was among the beneficiaries from yesterday’s voting. Melky Cabrera trailed Ryan Braun for the third spot in the National League outfield by slightly more than 100,000 votes at the last official update, but received more than twice as many online votes as Braun during the past 24 hours. Cabrera’s teammate, Pablo Sandoval, is vying to catch David Wright to start at third base for the National League, but after falling behind by 400,000 votes as of the last update, he garnered nearly 300% more online votes than Wright yesterday.

The American League features its own tight races as Robinson Cano and Ian Kinsler find themselves deadlocked in the campaign to start at second base. As of the last update, Cano passed Kinsler for the lead, but led by fewer than 100,000 votes. Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera vie for the nod at third base, while Michael Young looks to catch David Ortiz at designated hitter. The third spot in the American League starting outfield also is still up for grabs, as just over 100,000 votes separated Jose Bautista, Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones.

Final results of all 17 races will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, when the American League and National League All-Star teams will be announced live on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on TBS. MLB.com will feature complete All-Star team coverage with high-quality video and analysis of both rosters. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT).

Resurgent Braun Retakes Third Place

Three Days Until Voting Ends (Thursday @ 10:59PM CT)…Three Reasons Below to Vote for Braun!

Ryan Braun has regained his third place standing in the fourth round of National League All-Star voting results, which were announced by Major League Baseball today. Braun, who trailed San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera by just over 25,000 votes a week ago, now leads Cabrera by a slim 3,168,617 to 3,045,884 advantage. Matt Kemp (4,118,524) and Carlos Beltran (3,717,483) continue to rank first and second, respectively, among NL outfielders.

With a tight race and just three days of online voting remaining at brewers.com (continues through Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT)below are three reasons that fans should vote Braun as a starter to this year’s All-Star Game in Kansas City:

1.) Braun has put up numbers surpassing his 2011 NL MVP season after the same amount of games

• Through 69 games this season, he is batting .314 with 20 HR and 52 RBI with a .602 slugging percentage compared to last season when he batted .311 with 14 HR and 49 RBI to go along with a .556 slugging percentage.

2.) Braun ranks among the National League leaders in numerous statistical categories

• He ranks among the National League leaders in HR (T1st, 20), slugging percentage (2nd, .602), total bases (3rd, 159), RBI (4th, 52), extra-base hits (T5th, 34), OBP (7th, .394), batting average (9th, .314) and runs (T9th, 47). Below is a statistical comparison among the NL’s top-voting outfielders:

Player G Avg. R H HR RBI BB SB OBP SLG OPS
Matt Kemp 36 .355 30 43 12 28 21 2 .444 .719 1.163
Carlos Beltran 71 .313 46 80 20 57 37 7 .402 .590 .992
Ryan Braun 69 .314 47 83 20 52 30 13 .394 .602 .996
Melky Cabrera 71 .351 51 104 6 36 19 10 .388 .510 .898

3.) Braun’s best numbers are against American League pitching

• Over the past two seasons, he has hit safely in all 28 games in Interleague play and has batted .391 with 7 HR and 30 RBI during this time. In fact, his current 28-game Interleague hitting streak ranks third on the all-time list since Interleague play began in 1997 (Matt Lawton, 37g, 6/5/99-7/12/01 and Ichiro Suzuki, 31g, 7/1/06-6/21/08). This season, he batted .406 with 6 HR and 19 RBI in 15 games against American League opponents.

Second baseman Rickie Weeks (4th, 1,202,051 votes) and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (5th, 1,216,744) also rank among the NL leaders in voting at their respective positions in the fourth round of voting results for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled this Sunday, July 1 on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS at noon CT.  Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – Tony La Russa and Ron Washington.

At brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Last season, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 283 of the 2012 Brewers media guide.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium on FOX, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.

At Least They Got It Right In The End

By: Big Rygg

Yeah, the Brewers lost today. It was an annoying game in which the Brewers got their first hit in the 1st inning, loading the bases in the first thanks to a couple of walks, but were unable to push a run across. Heck, they weren’t even able to register another hit for quite a while. It was a LONG day with lots of pitches, especially early.

But that’s not what this post is about.

What this post is about is a little ceremony that took place prior to the game. In a short bit, Manager Ken Macha was handing out offical All Star Game jerseys to the Milwaukee Brewers selected to the game.

But what’s this? There are three Brewers standing to Macha’s right for the ceremony. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are announced and handed jerseys with their names and numbers on the back of them. Then PA Announcer Rob Edwards says that earlier in the day it was announced that Dodger Closer Jonathan Broxton was pulling out of the game with an injury and that replacing him would be a man that deserved to go in the first place in Brewer Closer and all-time MLB saves leader Trevor Hoffman!

Apparently the word came down late enough that they couldn’t get a Hoffman ASG jersey whipped up in time so Macha ended up handed Hoffman a Braun jersey as well which led to a humorous moment when Hoffman turned the back of the jersey to the camera and fans.

But it was nice to see the Phillies and NL All Star team Manager Charlie Manuel finally realized when all of Milwaukee (and the rest of the NL) already knew. Trevor Hoffman is having an All-Star-worthy season.

An interesting thought in all of this? Jonathan Broxton pitched in Milwaukee on Friday night, throwing a VERY long 10th inning as Milwaukee did its best to rally from a 6-run deficit. How ironic would it be that Broxton gets hurt in Milwaukee which allows the Brewers’ closer to make it to the All Star Game?

But yes, the Home Run Derby is Monday evening, eminating from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Milwaukee’s own Happy Youngster (thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com) will be in attendance in the front row behind the Cardinal bullpen. Cheer him on, but more importantly cheer on Prince Fielder as he takes on several big bats in the Derby.