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Updated: 2017-06-25T16:43:09-05:00


Milwaukee Brewers option Lewis Brinson, Jett Bandy to AAA



Milwaukee makes room for Ryan Braun and Stephen Vogt

Earlier today the Milwaukee Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt from the Oakland A’s, and after today’s win over the Braves they moved Jett Bandy to AAA Colorado Springs to make room on the major league roster for Vogt.

The move probably means that Manny Pina has solidified his hold on the starting job, and Vogt will back him up. Vogt boasts a left handed bat, and is a former All Star.

Brinson moves to the Sky Sox after a not-so-successful stint with the Brewers while Ryan Braun recovered on the DL with his strained calf. Braun just finished a rehab stint at low A Appleton, and will join the Brewers in Cincinnati. Brinson appeared in 13 games for the Brewers and had just 3 hits in 30 at bats. He had a triple, didn’t score or drive in a run, walked 3 times, and struck out 13 times. He had one stolen base. Brinson will get regular playing time at the Springs, and will most likely be back up in September. Of course, if he performs well in AAA and the Brewers end up with a need for an outfielder due to injury, he could be back sooner.

Another move will still need to be made to return Jonathan Villar to the major league roster. A DFA of Nick Franklin is the most likely solution.

The move for Vogt might be an indication that the Brewers and David Stearns are taking the run in first place somewhat seriously. Bandy had been in the throes of a slump, and Pina has established himself as the player that deserves the most time. Manny had another pick-off of a runner at second today, gunning down Matt Adams in the second inning when there were two on and one out with the Brewers only up 3-0. A single followed, but Zach Davies got out of the inning with no runs allowed by retiring pitcher Julio Teheran.

Early runs, Davies’ strong start propel Milwaukee Brewers to 7-0 win over Braves


Homers from Shaw, Broxton as Brewers tee off on Julio Teheran WP: Zach Davies (8-4); LP: Julio Teheran (6-6); Save: none; Homeruns: Mil - Travis Shaw (15), Keon Broxton (13); Atl - none Box Score Julio Teheran proved that his inability to pitch at the Atlanta Braves’ new Sun Trust Park was no myth today, giving up seven runs in three plus innings on eight hits, two walks, and two homers allowed. After he gave up a lead-off double to Brewers’ starting pitcher Zach Davies to lead off the third, he was pulled in favor of Luke Jackson. Jackson allowed an RBI single from Eric Sogard to allow in his inherited runner, but then Luke shut the Brewers’ offense down for four innings after that, but the damage was done. Teheran has now lost six games, and all of them have come at home. Zach Davies day at the plate also included a nice sacrifice bunt, but more importantly he shut out the Braves for seven innings. Looking like the Davies of last year, he allowed just four hits, a walk, and didn’t strike out anybody. The Brewers scored twice in the top of the first. With two down and nobody on, Domingo Santana singled sharply up the middle and Travis Shaw followed with a tape-measure homer to right, over the second deck. They added their third run in the top of the second on an opposite field towering shot from Keon Broxton that landed in the nice garden fringe just over the wall. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Milwaukee moved the lead to six with a nice two out rally in the top of the third. A second single for Santana, a walk to Shaw, an RBI single from Hernan Perez, a walk from Manny Pina (coming back from an 0-2 count), and a two-run single from Broxton took the lead to 6 zip into the bottom of the third. Broxton doubled with one down in the top of the eighth for his third hit of the game, giving Nick Franklin an opportunity to bat for Davies in perhaps his last appearance as a Brewer, with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar returning from their rehab in Appleton. Nick flew out to left to end the frame. Domingo Santana joined Broxton in the Three Hit Club with a two out double in the top of the ninth, and Lewis Brinson also got a (presumed) swan song for this stint in the majors, pinch hitting for Shaw. Brinson grounded to short to end the inning, and unlike Franklin he is sure to be back, probably in September barring injury to a starter that would require his presence back with the big club. Paolo Espino came in for Milwaukee in the bottom of the eighth with the goal of finishing the contest with a two inning effort. Espino didn’t have a clean outing, giving up a hit and two walks, but mission accomplished - that’s 4.2 consecutive scoreless innings out of the pen for Paolo. The Brewers moved to 41-37 and pushed their lead to 1½ games over the Cubs, a 4-2 loser to the Marlins. After a day off Monday Milwaukee will be in Cincinnati for a three game set with the Reds. Cincy is bringing up the rear of the NL Central. Projected starters are Junior Guerra (1-1, 3.11) for Milwaukee and Tim Adelman (4-4, 4.30 ERA) for the Reds. [...]

Milwaukee Brewers claim Stephen Vogt off waivers


The former All-Star catcher was recently DFA’d by Oakland. After years of strong production from Jonathan Lucroy, the Milwaukee Brewers began this season with a relatively unknown combination of backstops. Preseason breakout candidate Manny Pina has held his own during his first full big league season, batting .286/.327/.448 (99 wRC+) through 166 PA with 4 home runs while providing roughly league-average defense behind the dish. The other half of the tandem, Jett Bandy, got off to a strong start but his production has tailed off quite a bit lately. A severe cold streak at the plate has brought his season-long slash down to .211/.287/.380 (72 wRC+) with 6 home runs, and on defense he’s thrown out only 16% of attempted base thieves and has graded out as one of the worst pitch-framers in the league. In light of Bandy’s recent struggles, it appears that Slingin’ David Stearns has made a move to shore up his depth behind the plate: The #Brewers have claimed Stephen Vogt on waivers, source says.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) June 25, 2017 Biloxi Shuckers record: 38-33Next Game: today vs. Mississippi Braves, 6:35 p.m.Probable: Aaron Wilkerson, Bil (5-3, 3.36 ERA) Carolina Mudcats 11 at Potomac Nationals 6 Corey Ray (#2): 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB, SB, CDIsan Diaz (#5): 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, RTrent Clark (#6): 3-5, HR (6), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 RLucas Erceg (#7): 2-4, RBI, R, BBMonte Harrison (#22): 1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB, HBPJake Gatewood (#25): 2-4, R, BB Trey Supak (#29): 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 KQuintin Torres-Costa: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K Carolina Mudcats record: 37-33Next Game: today at Potomac Nationals, 5:35 p.m.Probables: Cody Ponce, Car (#15) (5-5, 3.67 ERA) Game One: Kane County Cougars 4 at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3 Gilbert Lara (#17): 0-3Mario Feliciano (#23): 0-3, BBDemi Orimoloye (#24): 0-2, BBRyan Braun: 1-3, RJonathan Villar: 2-2, 2B, R, BB, CS Zack Brown: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 K Game Two: Kane County Cougars 3 at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2 Jonathan Villar: 2-4, 2 RBI Thomas Jankins: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K Timber Rattlers record: 26-44Next Game: today vs. Kane County Cougars, 6:35 p.m.Probable: Nattino Diplan, Wis (2-5, 6.26 ERA) Billings Mustangs 8 at Helena Brewers 5 Payton Henry: 3-5, 2B, RBI, RDallas Carroll: 3-5, RBI, 3 RChad McClanahan (#30): 0-1 (Pinch hit) Karsen Lindell: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K Brewers record: 0-5Next Game: vs. Great Falls Voyagers, 8:05 p.m.Probable: Carlos Herrera, Hel (0-0, 1.50 ERA) Prospect rankings courtesy of MLB Pipeline [...]