Mark Rogers succeeds, gets shut down
Mark Rogers pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball last night in a 9-3 Brewers win, and during the telecast team owner Mark Attanasio strongly hinted it would be Rogers' last start of the season. Rogers has struggled with injuries in a big way during his career and has pitched a career-high 134 1/3 innings between AAA and the majors this season, so the move to rest him for the remainder of the year was expected and makes sense. No word yet on who will take his rotation spot, but with September's roster expansion all up ons, there are plenty of young options to choose from.
Rogers has pitched well during his seven-start stint and has made a compelling case to be a part of the 2013 starting rotation. He wasn't very efficient last night (something of a theme for him), but his modest five strikeouts are deceiving as he induced a lot of swinging strikes from the Pirates hitters. A Mark Rogers shirsey may find it's way onto my back before the start of next season.
Brewers hold Cody ransom from the D-Backs
Utility infielder/strikeout whisperer Cody Ransom was hilariously claimed on waivers by the Diamondbacks, the team the Brewers claimed him from in May. Ransom annoyed Brewers fans by striking out at a truly epic clip, but contributed good defense, power, and could take a walk. If nothing else, he provided this awesome moment as well as the pun in the above headline. 2B/SS Eric Farris was called up to replace him.
Bob Uecker the best
Regardless of what you may think of Governor Scott Walker, it was pretty badass of him to declare yesterday Bob Uecker Day in Wisconsin. Uecker had his statue unveiled outside of Miller Park on Friday, and a cast a characters including Bob Costas, Bud Selig, and Dick Ebersol were at the game to celebrate Uecker's glorious awesomeness and fellow baseball voices Vin Scully and Marty Brennaman wished him well through video feeds.
I encourage anyone who has not watched Friday's game to do so, as it was filled with many heartwarming moments as well as plenty of humorous ones. Also, the Brewers wore their retro jerseys and won, so that's a bonus. And of course, everyone should go see the statue when they have a chance.