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01-28

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Night at Miller Park - May 9, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

06-04

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The Call-Up: Scooter Gennett
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
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Larry Granillo

04-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt
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Ben Lindbergh

04-19

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The Call-Up: Hiram Burgos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Eight-Man Bullpen Comes Back to Bite the Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

03-15

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Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top
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Doug Thorburn

03-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 159: The Carlos Gomez Extension and the 2013-14 Free Agent Class
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 149: 2013 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-18

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Painting the Black: Martin Maldonado and Learning to Love Defense-First Catchers
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R.J. Anderson

02-15

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Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew
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Harry Pavlidis

02-08

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22

Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball
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Sam Miller

01-23

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Wezen-Ball: The Milwaukee Walk of Shame?
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Larry Granillo

12-22

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Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders
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Ben Lindbergh

09-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-10

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Wezen-Ball: Milwaukee's Impossible Road to the Wild Card
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Larry Granillo

07-13

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Pebble Hunting: Making the Most of Mike Fiers
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Sam Miller

10-19

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-22

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Overthinking It: Life Without Fielder
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Ben Lindbergh

08-30

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: A Hot Cup of Brew (Crew)
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Larry Granillo

08-23

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On the Beat: Boom Times Back for the Brewers
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John Perrotto

08-16

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee
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Larry Granillo

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

06-29

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Clubhouse Confidential: Melvin Making Moves
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Marc Carig

06-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Big Gamble
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Jay Jaffe

06-14

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Painting the Black: Something Brewing
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service
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Larry Granillo

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade
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Christina Kahrl

09-27

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers
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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-08

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Ahead in the Count: Trading The Prince
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-19

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-01

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On the Beat: Let the Games Begin
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John Perrotto

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Brewers
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Jay Jaffe

09-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable Brew
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Jay Jaffe

09-15

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Prospectus Today: Justice in Milwaukee
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Joe Sheehan

09-03

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On the Beat: Contenders and Pretenders
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John Perrotto

07-08

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Prospectus Today: Sabathia for LaPorta
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Joe Sheehan

07-08

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You Could Look It Up: The New Brew
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Steven Goldman

07-07

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Transaction of the Day: Beating the Deadline by Weeks
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Christina Kahrl

06-04

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-18

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Beertown Build-Up
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John Perrotto

07-11

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Player Profile: J.J. Hardy
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Marc Normandin

04-02

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-03

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers, July 30, 2006
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Derek Jacques

07-28

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Prospectus Today: Decision Time in Beer Town
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Joe Sheehan

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In a few weeks, we'll deem one organization's minor-league talent the best in baseball. What will that portend for the team?

In three weeks or so, Jason Parks is going to publish his organizational rankings. Rankings like these, prospect writers will remind you, are a snapshot. They capture reality at a particular moment, the publication upon which that reality immediately shifts into something slightly different or significantly different. There’s no permanent truth for prospects.

But there is the snapshot, and snapshots can be powerful. We weren't ranking organizations yet in 2004, but just before that season Baseball America ranked the Brewers the best farm system in baseball. The Brewers were otherwise in a lousy place: They hadn’t had a winning record in 11 seasons, tied for the longest streak in baseball at the time. The team president predicted Milwaukee would snap that streak in 2004, but when ownership instead chose to cut payroll to $28 million—lowest in baseball, and $35 million below the league median—the Brewers fired the team president (and traded Richie Sexson). But at least the Brewers had the snapshot of that farm system. When GM Doug Melvin wrote a letter to Brewers fans that offseason and had it published in Milwaukee newspapers, the farm system was something to feel good about:

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December 22, 2012 10:03 am

Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders

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Ben Lindbergh

Which of last season's contending teams have been least active this offseason, and why?

With only 50 days remaining until the first February report dates—and 100 until Opening Day—most teams have already crossed off the majority of the items on their winter to-do lists, and only a handful of the top 20 free agents are still looking for work. But while many of baseball’s best clubs have stayed busy bringing in new players or bringing back old ones, a few of the teams that made (or came close to making) the playoffs last season have been quiet. Here’s a look at four teams with more tumbleweeds than transactions this winter:

Baltimore Orioles
Biggest move they’ve made:
Re-signing Nate McLouth to a one-year contract
Why they haven’t been busier: The Orioles went from last place to the playoffs without making many major moves last winter, and they didn’t stop tinkering after Opening Day. Unlike the Yankees, who’ve spent much of the winter trying to keep or replace free agents, the O’s entered the offseason with most of their important players under team control for 2013. However, they will have to pony up for arbitration raises, which restricts their financial flexibility.
Will they wish they’d done more? The Orioles’ run differential didn’t prevent them from making the playoffs last season, but the odds aren’t good that they’ll be able to replicate their 29-9 regular-season record in one-run games. Balitmore can hope for better health and better production from their young players, but with their division rivals all active since October, the O’s run a real risk of falling prey to the Plexiglas Principle and losing ground to the teams they leapfrogged last season.
What might they still do? Last winter, Dan Duquette waited until January to sign Wei-Yin Chen and February to trade for Jason Hammel, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he took the patient approach again. This year, Joe Saunders is the most likely late entry to the rotation. It’s a long shot, but the O’s have also been linked to Adam LaRoche, who’d fit in nicely at first with Mark Reynolds off the roster.





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Ben and Sam discuss the state of the Brewers, which is a lot like the state of the Phillies, then talk about Max Scherzer's long-awaited improvement and which team won the 2009 trade that brought him to Detroit.

Ben and Sam discuss the state of the Brewers, which is a lot like the state of the Phillies, then talk about Max Scherzer's long-awaited improvement and which team won the 2009 trade that brought him to Detroit.

Episode 41: "The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited"

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The Brewers are riding a hot streak right now, but will it be anywhere near enough for them to sneak into the playoffs?

The Brewers have won 15 of 20 and, after a two-out, two-run home run from Norichika Aoki to tie the game up in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday, the club was ever-so-close to sweeping the Cardinals and moving to within four games of the Wild Card spot. As it happened, however, St. Louis came through in the bottom of the tenth inning to win the game and keep the Crew six games back and tied with the Phillies for the final spot. In short, Milwaukee has a very long, if not impossible, road to the playoffs. That isn't going to keep Brewers fans from believing, however, especially after the 2011 Cardinals (and 2007 Rockies before them) showed them that a big September might be all it takes. Are they right to believe?

As of Monday morning, Milwaukee was six games out of the final Wild Card spot with two teams—the Dodgers and Pirates—between them and the holder of that spot, the Cards. That's three teams that must somehow flounder in these last three weeks while the Brewers surge. Considering that some of those teams ahead of the Brewers also play each other, the situation is pretty bleak.

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July 13, 2012 10:25 am

Pebble Hunting: Making the Most of Mike Fiers

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Sam Miller

Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers doesn't throw any harder than we thought he did, but he's succeeding despite his limitations.

You know what to expect when Mike Fiers is pitching. You expect a lot of puns about his name, which is pronounced “Fires.” First inning: “Mike Fiers on the mound and he is setting the mound on Fire recently.” Second inning: “He is heating up.” Third inning: “A perfect name for a day like this. Mike Fiers.” Actual puns from his actual last start. It was 101 degrees in Milwaukee.

You don’t really know what else to expect, because wait who? Mike Fiers, a guy taken in the 22nd round during his age-24 season. The day he made his pro debut, in short-season ball, he was the same age Clayton Kershaw is now. Three years later, Mike Fiers is in the majors, and in seven starts he has struck out 48 batters and walked nine, in 46 innings. He has a 2.31 ERA and some guy in your fantasy league keeps offering him to you for Adrian Gonzalez. And he is the latest fun story of a guy who did more than he was supposed to do.

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October 19, 2011 9:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers

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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

The return of Prince Fielder is crucial, since the Brewers don't have a rich farm system

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in October (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm-system overview.

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September 22, 2011 12:35 pm

Overthinking It: Life Without Fielder

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Ben Lindbergh

If Prince Fielder departs this offseason, what should the Brewers do with the savings?

All is well in Milwaukee, where the Brewers are on the verge of clinching both a 95-win season and a division title in the NL Central, but the team’s run to October has assumed an air of added urgency in light of Prince Fielder’s impending free agency. Fielder—who leads the NL with 155 games played and has produced rate stats (including a sterling .294/.409/.547 triple-slash line) and counting stats (34 homers, 112 RBI) capable of making adherents of both advanced and traditional statistics swoon—is both the second-longest-tenured and the highest-profile player on the roster, which has led many observers to conclude that the big first baseman’s uniform would be difficult to fill (in more ways than one) if he were to depart this winter.

Although some Brewers fans might have managed to delude themselves into believing that Fielder’s services could be retained even after he reportedly declined a five-year, $100 million offer last season, his acknowledgement last week that “being real about it, [2011] is probably the last year” in which he’ll call Miller Park home forces us to consider whether the Brew Crew would be best-served by digging deep and overspending in an all-out effort to re-sign him or letting him leave and investing the savings elsewhere.

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August 30, 2011 12:05 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: A Hot Cup of Brew (Crew)

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Larry Granillo

The Milwaukee Brewers' hot streak can be attributed to multiple factors.

On the morning of July 26, the Milwaukee Brewers awoke after a day off to find they had slipped out of first place. The Pirates and Cardinals, with whom they had been tied with the night before, had each won their games while the Brewers sat idle, slipping Milwaukee a half-game behind.

One month later, the Brewers awoke on the morning of August 26, again after a night off, alone in first place. The second-place Cardinals had taken advantage of the Brew Crew’s idleness, beating the Pirates. This moved St. Louis to 9.5 games back of Milwaukee. The Pirates had fallen even further, sitting in fourth place and 16 games back. This drastic change in the structure of the National League Central was due almost entirely to the Brewers' stellar month-long run, in which they went 24-5 in 29 games. That .828 winning percentage was just too much for any team to compete with.

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August 23, 2011 5:00 am

On the Beat: Boom Times Back for the Brewers

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John Perrotto

The Brewers' recent hot streak owes a lot to great pitching, but they've also benefited from good clubhouse chemistry.

The merits of team chemistry might be debated from this moment until the end of time without anyone coming up with a real answer.

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August 16, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee

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Larry Granillo

The Pirates' continuing struggles at Miller Park might help make the Brewers' season.

On Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for their 70th win of the season. The game dropped the formerly feisty Pirates to 56-63, thirteen games behind the division-leading Brewers. Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh's biggest success story of the season, started the game on Sunday and seemed to have the win in the bank. After extending his scoreless inning streak to 24 with 7.1 innings of four-hit, no-run ball, Morton left the game with a runner on second, one out, and a one-run lead. After Jose Veras got the second out in the inning, closer Joel Hanrahan came in for the four-out save. Hanrahan struck out Nyjer Morgan to end the eighth, but the ball got away from catcher Michael McKenry, and Morgan streaked to first. Ryan Braun made good on the free opportunity two pitches later, and the game was tied. Milwaukee would go on to win it in the tenth inning on a sacrifice fly from Morgan, wasting the great start from Morton and securing the sweep.

The game also marked Pittsburgh's 34th loss in 36 games at Miller Park, a streak dating back to May 2007. At that time, Jason Bay was hitting cleanup in a lineup that featured Jose Bautista as the starting third baseman and a right-field platoon of Xavier Nady and Ryan Doumit. The Pirates had come into Milwaukee for a four-game series sitting on a 12-14 record. Tom Gorzelanny earned the win in the first game, when Bay, Bautista, and others combined for a four-run seventh-inning en route to a 4-2 victory. The next night, the Brewers pounded Pittsburgh's pitching by scoring one run in four of the first five innings before erupting for six more in the sixth and seventh innings. The 10-0 loss was harsh, but no one knew it meant anything more than that. Milwaukee finished out that early-May series with a convincing 6-3 victory on Saturday and a tight 6-4 victory on Sunday, when Pittsburgh tied it up at four in the seventh before giving it up again in the eighth.

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August 4, 2011 9:00 am

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense

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Mike Fast

Dissecting Craig Counsell's 45-at-bat hitless streak

Craig Counsell has been in a bit of a slump lately. Okay, maybe that undersells it a little. Counsell is 0 for his last 45 at-bats. His last hit came a couple months back, on June 10. Another hitless at-bat will tie him with Bill Bergen of the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas for the longest known streak of hitless at-bats by a position player.

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