It was 78 degrees at the start of Saturday’s matinee between the Marlins and Brewers, and by the top of the fourth inning, Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia was feeling the heat. When J.T. Riddle vaulted a pop fly into foul territory, Arcia took advantage of the moment by sneaking a bite of a fan’s ice cream:
Arcia didn’t crack a smile after scooping the ice cream straight out of the bowl, and returned to the field to finish out Zach Davies‘ 1-2-3 inning. Giancarlo Stanton popped another foul ball to the same spot at the top of the fifth inning, prompting Arcia to take a second to smooth things over with the ice cream helmet eater and his friends and leaving them all smiles the second time around.
When he wasn’t taking a well-deserved snack break, Arcia went 3-for-4 at the plate with two base hits and his seventh home run of the season. The Brewers took the game 8-4, improving to three games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.