Brewers’ bullpen crumbles as they lose to Rockies 11-7

A win on Friday night would’ve put the Milwaukee Brewers in a tie for first with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. However, a bullpen meltdown cost the Brewers as they fell to the Rockies 11-7.

Manager Craig Counsell has consistently pulled his starters early during their September surge but it didn’t work out in their favor against the Rockies. Starter Zach Davies turned in a solid outing going five innings of one-run ball.

A 2-1 lead turned into a large deficit quickly in the bottom of the sixth when Counsell called upon his bullpen. Relievers Ray Black, Alex Claudio and Jay Jackson combined to give up seven runs in the frame as Colorado jumped in front 8-2 leading to the victory.

The loss also dropped the Brewers two games back of the Washington Nationals for the top wild card spot. With only two games remaining the Brewers need to win out and get some help from the Chicago Cubs (vs Cardinals) and/or Cleveland Indians (vs Nationals).

Next up, the Brewers (89-71) will look to get one back against the Rockies (69-91) on Saturday night. Gio Gonzalez (3|23.70 ERA73 SO) will get the start opposite of Chi Chi Gonzalez (2|65.68 ERA, 40 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Brewers finish off sweep of Pirates with 4-3 win

The Milwaukee Brewers took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The win tied them with the Washington Nationals for the top wild card spot. With six games to go, their magic number to clinch a postseason berth is four.

The Chicago Cubs couldn’t help out the Brewers as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals leaving Milwaukee three games back of a division lead.

Milwaukee got a lot offensive help from Eric Thames hit not one, but two home runs. Orlando Arcia also showed off his power with a homer of his own.

Brandon Woodruff, Gio Gonzalez and Jay Jackson took a combined perfect game into the seventh inning.

Pittsburgh made Miller Park sweat a little in the eighth inning scoring three runs to pull within one. Josh Hader came out in the ninth inning and struck out the side to pick up his 35th save of the season.

Next up, the Brewers will begin a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Brewers 10, Pirates 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | No, this isn’t the same story from Friday night. The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates again 10-1 on Saturday.

Closing in on a playoff berth

It has been an incredible September for the Brewers. They are an MLB-best 16-4 in the month and now hold a three game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is five.

Saturday’s win marked their 14th victory over their last 16 contests. They are still three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the division, but a one-game wild card is more and more likely.

Offense looked strong again

After making an error in the first inning, Keston Hiura followed by putting the Brewers in front. With two outs and one on, Hiura blasted his 18th home run of the season to left-center field putting the Brewers up 2-1.

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Milwaukee found more runs in the fourth inning. Ryan Braun led off the frame with a walk before Eric Thames was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Then Lorenzo Cain hit a single back up the middle to score Braun making it 3-1.

Pirates’ pitcher James Marvel then had a hard time locating the strike zone. He walked Travis Shaw and Trent Grisham forcing in another run for Milwaukee. Parker Markel took over on the mound and struck out Yasmani Grandal before walking Mike Moustakas making it 5-1.

The Brewers went on to score five more runs over the next three innings including a two-run homer from Grisham in the seventh.

What’s next?

The Brewers (85-70) will look for the series sweep over the Pirates (65-90) on Sunday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (11|33.69 ERA140 SO) will get the start before Gio Gonzalez comes in. Trevor Williams (7|75.59 ERA, 102 SO) will take the bump for Pittsburgh. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers 10, Pirates 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continue to roll as they picked up another win on Friday night defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1. The Brewers have won 13 of their last 15 games and are two games up on the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot.

Chase leads the way

Chase Anderson was terrific in his outing. He went six innings allowing no runs on just three hits. His six-inning start tied a season high and it was the first time he went that deep since Aug. 1 at Oakland.

Anderson threw 85 pitches and struck out four batters. He allowed a baserunner in each of his first five innings and had a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. Anderson was ready to come out for the seventh but understood the need for more offense.

Offense blows up

It was the first time the Brewers got to double digits since beating the Washington Nationals 15-14 on Aug. 18. Milwaukee got off to a quick start jumping on Steven Brault in the first inning.

Lorenzo Cain led things off with a walk and then stole second. Mike Moustakas singled to get Cain home for an early 1-0 lead.

Ryan Braun followed Moustakas with a double to put runners on second and third.

Milwaukee had some luck when Kevin Newman made a horrible throw to first on what should’ve been a routine ground ball to get Hernan Perez out. The error allowed Moustakas and Braun to score giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Pirates’ starter Brault settled in and pitched four straight scoreless innings before the Brewers put together a four-run sixth. Yasmani Grandal led off the frame with a walk before Moustakas singled.

Hiura singled to center field to score Grandal and give Milwaukee a 4-0 lead ending Brault’s night.

Trent Grisham was walked to load the bases and Manny Pina was hit by pitch to bring in another run. Then, Ben Gamel drew a walk extending the lead to 6-0.

Milwaukee tacked on four more runs in the seventh inning to really open the game up.

Win #400 for Counsell

In his fifth overall season (fourth full season) as the manager for the Brewers, Craig Counsell is 400-378.

What’s next?

The Brewers (84-70) will look to keep things rolling into game two against the Pirates (65-89) on Saturday night. Zach Davies (10|73.70 ERA98 SO) will get the start opposite of James Marvel (0|29.00 ERA, 4 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

Woodruff set to return from IL, will “open” Tuesday against Padres

The Milwaukee Brewers have battled through several injuries this season. They haven’t had much luck with health. Even the reigning NL MVP, Christian Yelich got bit by the injury bug and will miss the rest of the regular season.

There was some good news though on Monday. Right-handed starter Brandon Woodruff is expected to return to the roster and “open” against the San Diego Padres for Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday. Woodruff has been out since July 21 with a strained oblique.

Before going on the injured list, Woodruff was the Brewers best option in the starting rotation. In 20 appearances this year his 3.75 ERA and 4.69 strikeouts per walk earned him a spot on the NL All-Star Team.

The plan for Woodruff is to have him make three starts the rest of the way. Milwaukee entered Monday just one game back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot and three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the division.

The Brewers could for sure use the help and if Woodruff is anything close to what he was before hitting the IL it will be a huge boost for Milwaukee.

Brewers streak ends, shutout by Cardinals 10-0

The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t extend their winning streak to eight games Friday night in St. Louis. They fell to the Cardinals 10-0.

Paul Goldschmidt had himself a night for the Red Birds. He blasted a grand slam and three-run homer. The Brewers dropped back to one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot and five games behind the Cardinals in the division.

Adam Wainwright was dominant from start to finish. In his six innings of work, the Brewers managed to produce only two meaningless singles off him while striking out seven times.

Adrian Houser didn’t have the same success. His night ended after just three innings of work after allowing all four of his runs in the third frame. Wainwright got things started with a one-out double. Then, Dexter Fowler drew a walk before Kolton Wong loaded the bases with a bunt base-hit. This brought up Goldschmidt to make it 4-0 with one swing of the bat.

The Cardinals exploded for six more runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Next up, the Brewers (78-69) will look to bounce back against the Cardinals (83-64) on Saturday night. Jordan Lyles (10|84.38 ERA127 SO) gets the start for Milwaukee opposite of Jack Flaherty (10|72.99 ERA, 196 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:15pm.

Brewers pick up fourth straight victory with 8-3 win over Marlins

The Milwaukee Brewers are heating up in September. They picked up their fourth straight win Monday night beating the Miami Marlins 8-3.

Rookie outfielder Trent Grisham sparked the offense. He fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle while tying a franchise rookie record with five hits.

The seventh inning was huge for Milwaukee. They entered the frame leading 4-3 and were looking for some cushion. The Brewers plated four runs in the seventh and it started with a two-out double from Hernan Perez.

Tyler Austin was walked before Grisham hit a triple to right-center giving Milwaukee a 6-3 lead. Then, Yasmani Grandal hammered a 430-foot home run.

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It was his fourth dinger in his last five games.

At the completion of the game, Milwaukee sat just 1.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Next up, the Brewers (75-68) will take on the Marlins (51-92) in game two of the four-game set on Tuesday. Chase Anderson (6|44.58 ERA110 SO) will get the start opposite of Elieser Hernandez (3|55.23 ERA, 71 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 0: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers picked up their fifth shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night.

Chase bounces back

Chase Anderson was coming off a horrendous outing in D.C. His last start came against the Washington Nationals where he gave up 10 runs. He bounced back Saturday night.

Anderson went five innings allowing zero runs on just three hits and striking out five. He threw 87 pitches, 60 of them were for strikes. It was his sixth win of the season (6-3).

B2B Homers in the fourth

For the fifth time this season, the Brewers have hit back-to-back home runs. Eric Thames led off the fourth inning with a moon shot to right field for his 19th dinger of the season.

Then, rookie Trent Grisham followed with his fourth tater of the year to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

Insurance in the seventh

Keston Hiura added two more runs to the Brewers total in the eighth inning. After striking out in his previous three plate appearances, Hiura singled to center field scoring Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas to make it 4-0.

What’s next?

The Brewers (67-62) will go for the series sweep of the Diamondbacks (64-66) on Sunday afternoon. Zach Davies (8|63.74 ERA82 SO) will get the start opposite of Robbie Ray (10|73.99 ERA, 187 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers 6, Twins 5: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers avoided the two game sweep beating the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon.

Trent Grisham

Rookie Trent Grisham had his best moment of his young career so far. He hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to put the Brewers ahead 6-5. Milwaukee trailed 5-3 when Grisham came to the plate.

Ryan Braun reached first on an error and Hernan Perez singled to give Grisham a few ducks on the pond. Grisham smacked a 2-2 fastball into right-field.

“We were always within a swing,” Grisham said. “Just heady baseball playing, taking dirtball reads, going long at-bats, grinding [Twins pitchers] down. You just felt like something good had to happen.”

The Brewers were 3-14 with runners in scoring position before Grisham’s tater. It was his second home run of the season and first at Miller Park.

No Hader

Manager Craig Counsell said he wasn’t going to Josh Hader Wednesday afternoon.

“I didn’t want to use him today,” Counsell said. “He’ll be ready to go on Friday.”

Clinging to a one-run lead in the ninth, Alex Claudio got the call from the bullpen. After recording the first out of the inning, Matt Albers came in to try and seal the victory.

Albers recorded the second out before walking three straight batters. The, with the bases loaded and two outs, Albers got C.J. Cron to fly out recording his fourth save of the year.

What’s next?

The Brewers (63-58) are off Thursday before beginning a three-game set on the road against the Washington Nationals.

Brewers to open 2020 season against Cubs

On Monday, Major League Baseball released its schedule for the 2020 season. The Milwaukee Brewers will meet a familiar foe in their first series. On Thursday March 26th, the Chicago Cubs will come to Miller Park.

It will be a three game series with both teams taking Friday off and resuming play on the weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals will come to town for three games completing the Brewers’ six-game home stand to open the year.

One thing that is interesting however is the lack of NL Central matchups late in the year. The Brewers will play their last game against the Cubs on Aug. 9. Also, they’ll only play the Cardinals six times over the last two months of the season.

Milwaukee will see plenty of the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets in the opening month. They’ll finish the season series with both clubs in just over a few weeks.

The interleague schedule will put the Brewers up against the AL East. The New York Yankees will come to town from May 19-21, the Toronto Blue Jays form June 22-24 and the Tampa Bay Rays from July 7-8. Milwaukee will travel to Tampa Bay from May 30-31, to Boston from June 5-7, and to Baltimore from Sept. 11-13.

You can check out the full schedule on the Brewers website here.