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July 23, 2014

What You Need to Know

July 23, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
On Tuesday afternoon, one National League MVP candidate, Troy Tulowitzki, was placed on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. Hours later, one of his rivals in the running made his loudest case to date.

The Brewers led the National League Central by 6 1/2 games when the calendar flipped to July. A dozen days into the month, they shared first place with the Cardinals. And not once since the 12th had Milwaukee been able to rebuild its lead to more than a game.

Armed with a half-game edge entering play on Tuesday, Ron Roenicke’s club went to work early. Ryan Braun’s first-inning solo shot got them on the board. Aramis Ramirez, who followed that long ball up with one of his own, gave rookie starter Jimmy Nelson a little breathing room in his fourth major league start.

But those homers were only worth two runs, and Nelson—who logged six solid innings, then faced four batters in the seventh without retiring any of them—would cede three. The Brewers would need two more to down the Reds and have a chance to move 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals, who later fell 7–2 to the Rays.

Nelson’s battery-mate, Jonathan Lucroy, who woke up yesterday with nine home runs and 3.9 WARP to his name, supplied both.

With nobody on and two away in the last of the sixth, he worked a full count against Homer Bailey, then took him deep for an insurance run that would prevent the Reds from taking the lead with their two-spot in the next half-inning.

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