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Milwaukee Brewers Uniform Number History: #16

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#16

Gus Gil (’70-’71)
Ron Theobald (’71-’72)
Ken Berry (’74)
Sixto Lezcano (’75-’80)
Marshall Edwards (’81-’83)
Juan Castillo (’85)
Mike Felder (’85-’90)
Kevin D. Brown (’90)
Pat Listach (’92-’95)
Jesse Levis (’96-’98)
Lou Collier (’99-’01)
Lenny Harris (’02)
Salomon Torres (’08)
Chris Duffy (’09)
Jason Bourgeois (’09)
George Kottaras (’10-’11)
Aramis Ramirez (’12-’15)
Domingo Santana (’15-Current)

A Change Has Been Made

By: Big Rygg

Mat Gamel is on his way to Milwaukee to join the 25-man roster. Brad Nelson, who has struggled mightily this season as a pinch-hitter and spot starter, was outrighted to AAA Nashville. In order to get to Nashville, Nelson will have to clear waivers and also accept the assignment. I’m sure he would like to stay with this team if he’s given the option, so really the clearing of waivers is really the sticky part of this.

Gamel, as Cary and I pointed out a couple of days ago on the Brewer Nation podcast, has been absolutely tearing the cover off of the ball for the majority of the season at Nashville. We also pointed out that his last 10 games through Monday hadn’t been overly impressive (he was hitting .250 with only one HR in that span), but his defense was much improved over the last 17 games in which he only had one error.

This move was made for a couple of reasons, in my opinion. First, Nelson has been so bad off the bench and we need a better left-handed hitter to use late in games. Second, there is an interleague series in Minnesota coming up on this next road trip, and we’ll need a DH for it. This was also pointed out on the podcast two full days ago.

More specifically as to why Nelson was picked as opposed to Chris Duffy is that Duffy can play all three OF spots defensively. Nelson cannot play CF effectively. Casey McGehee was safe because he’s our only right-handed option on the bench that isn’t labeled “C” for Catcher. Craig Counsell isn’t going anywhere, don’t kind yourself.

So, Mat Gamel will be given an opportunity to shine. Let’s see how well he handles it. Bill Hall seems to be getting a few extra days off against RHPs, but part of that could simply be that Counsell was forcing his way into the lineup with his great play. We’ll have to wait and see if Gamel gets a start or two in the field during this time up with the team.

Then again? There’s speculation that when J.J. Hardy was pulled from the game for what the team called a “headache” and then labeled “dizziness”, that perhaps Hardy was traded as well. I don’t buy that because bringing up Gamel as a roster replacement if you trade Hardy doesn’t make as much sense as calling up a new starting SS whom would best be named Alcides Escobar.

Then again…Bill Hall can play short, can’t he?

I’m not sayin’…I’m just sayin’.

Gut Check Victory

By South Side Rob

Just a Monday night contest in Pittsburgh. I worked and watched the game at the same time. The game went pretty fast for the first 7 innings. Gallardo pitched ok but the Brewers were playing short-handed without Braun and Bill Hall had went down with an injury to his hamstring in the 1st inning. The score was 3-1 Pittsburgh and I was ready to concede that the winning streak over the Pirates was going to end.

But then came the 8th inning.

Ryan Braun was in the dugout with a helmet on and a bat in his hand and I don’t think Pittsburgh even knew about it. We finally got Paul Maholm out of the game who effectively got ahead of hitters with a nice change of pace pitches. In comes a righty-specialist, then, a lefty-specialist to face Fielder which didn’t work when he lined a single to center. Their lefty John Grabow stays in to face Cameron who works a walk. With left-hander Chris Duffy on deck, the Pirates had nobody up in the bullpen. Grabow may have even worked around Cameron to get to Duffy.

Duffy is called back for Ryan Braun. The camera panned into the Pirate dugout and they looked stunned. Braun looked at the first two pitches for strikes, then, barely fouled off the next pitch before depositing a texas-league double down the right-field line to tie the game at 3. Then, Casey McGehee struck out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Pirates battled back to take the lead at 4-3 off Mark DiFelice who pitched well but the Pirate hitters just hit some good pitches.

9th inning and close Matt Capps comes in. He gets ahead of Jason Kendall 0-2 before Kendall smokes a single up the middle. Then, hitting for the pitcher, Craig Counsell hits the first pitch to right field for a single. Corey Hart tries to get a bunt down but Capps started to get wild and eventually walk Hart to load the bases with nobody out. J.J. Hardy picks out a Capps fastball and flies out to fairly deep center to tie the game and to have Counsell tag up and get to third.

Up comes Rickie Weeks. He battles Capps to a full count and with Hart attempting to steal 2nd, Rickie crushes a full-count sinker into the left-field seats for a 3-run blast to put the Brewers ahead for good at 7-4.

Hoffman comes in the 9th and closes the door. Brewers win. The streak over the Pirates is now at 16.

Fun game. I wish the Brewers could put up crooked numbers earlier than the 7th but lately, they have had a flair for the dramatic. Braun’s back must not be as bad as some thought. We still don’t know how serious Hall is injured. Chris Duffy and Mike Cameron both slammed hard into walls. It was wet and cold in Pittsburgh and early on, it looked like Cameron was going to come out of the game after slamming into the center field wall.

Now, on the post-game show, people are calling the show saying that Rickie Weeks should be our every-day 3rd hitter. Let the debate begin. I disagree with that thought but I do think that Ken Macha may try to keep Weeks in a run-producing part of the order instead of the leadoff hitter.

Any thoughts out there?