Comeback falls short, Brewers lose to Angels 11-8

The Milwaukee Brewers won’t go the season without losing a series. They slugged it out with the Angels Tuesday night but fell short, losing 11-8.

Starter Freddy Peralta struggled early on in his first start since an eight-inning, 11 strikeout gem against the Reds on April 3. He gave up six of his seven earned runs in the first inning putting the Brewers in a difficult spot from the beginning of the game.

Milwaukee battled back thanks in large part to catcher Yasmani Grandal. He blasted two home runs that accounted for three RBIs. The Brewers actually took the lead in the fifth, 8-7 but the bullpen couldn’t get the job done.

Matt Albers, Alex Claudio and Jake Petricka each allowed at least one earned run in relief.

It was the third time in five games that the Brewers pitching staff surrendered at least 10 runs.

Next up, the Brewers (8-4) will look to avoid the series sweep against the Angels (6-6) on Wednesday night. Brandon Woodruff (1|06.00 ERA13 SO) will take the bump for the Crew opposite of Felix Pena (0|15.40 ERA, 10 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 9:07pm.

Trout robs Yelich of HR, Angels hit three to beat Brewers 5-2

The Milwaukee Brewers’ pitchers struggled keeping the ball inside the park Monday night. The Los Angeles Angels hit three home-runs. None of them came from Mike Trout.

Tommy La Stella and Andrelton Simmons each went yard off starter Jhoulys Chacin. He only allowed one more hit in 6 1/3 innings of work but took the loss. Justin Bour hit the team’s third dinger in the eighth off reliever Chase Anderson on a two-run drive to right field.

Offensively, the Brewers had a chance to score a few more runs. In the third inning, Christian Yelich sent a deep drive to center field but Trout jumped at the wall and made the catch, robbing the home run. Yelich smiled and tipped his hat to Trout.

Next up, the Brewers (8-3) will play the second of the three-game series with the Angels (5-6) Tuesday night. Freddy Peralta (1-0, 3.27 ERA, 14 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Los Angeles will send Matt Harvey (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6 SO) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 9:07pm.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took the series against the Cubs with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Yelich shows no signs of slowing down

Christian Yelich got the offense going early blasting his fifth dinger of the season on a two-run home run in the first inning off a first-pitch fastball from Kyle Hendricks. It was his 100th career home run and first homer against the Cubs as a member of the Brewers.

Yelich also drove in Milwaukee’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He finished the day with three RBIs. He talked about going yard for the 100th time in his career.

I remember my first one, so 99 later it’s pretty cool. It’s something that’s cool that you really just try and appreciate afterwards. I didn’t really know a whole lot in the moment until they were telling me it was 100.

Davies deals

Zach Davies was terrific in his second start of the young season. He cruised through Chicago’s lineup allowing no runs on three hits through the first five innings. He almost got through the sixth but allowed a two-run homer with two outs to Wilson Contreras before being pulled. Davies said after the game that him going into the sixth inning was the plan.

That was the plan for me. Coming up with short starts the last couple of games it was my job to at least get into the sixth inning and I felt like I could’ve gone another hitter to finish that inning off but better match-up, better decision in that situation to do something else. So that was my mindset going in is try and get weak contact, try and get early contact and be in the game as long as I could.

Hader shuts the door

Is there a better hitter/pitcher duo in MLB than Yelich and Josh Hader? There might not be.

The Brewers found themselves in a jam in the seventh inning. Then, Hader would trout out to the mound. He would get Kris Bryant to pop-out and followed it by striking-out Anthony Rizzo in an eight-pitch at-bat to keep the Brewers ahead 4-2.

Manager Craig Counsell would keep Hader in for the remainder of the game as he recorded his fifth save of the season on his 25th birthday. Counsell shared his thoughts on the decision to send Hader back out for the ninth inning.

To get to that spot was the big spot. After Rizzo gave him the tough at-bat, I wasn’t sure we were going to get him through the ninth. But he had an efficient eighth, so he went back out there.

Hader has already had some incredible moments through the first 10 games of the season. This is just another one he can add to the list.

8-2 to start the season

Counsell shared his thoughts on the great start to the year.

We’ve started the season in a consistent way. You win three series, it’s a good start to consistent baseball. I think we’re very capable of that. I think at times that we’ve shown – and what I like – is that we can win games in different ways. That’s the way a deep team should be able to do it. You don’t have to count on one part of the team to get victories. We can get victories from different guys on the roster and areas of the roster. That’s what we’ve done.

Brewers hammered by Cubs 14-8

The Milwaukee Brewers had a rough night on Saturday falling to the division rival Chicago Cubs 14-8.

Jason Heyward played a big part in the victory for the Cubs going yard twice. It was his first multi-homer game since signing in Chicago. Victor Caratini and Javier Baez also went deep as the Cubs stopped a six-game losing streak.

The Brewers were looking for their seventh straight win behind the arm of Corbin Burnes. He went gave up seven earned runs on six hits and three walks, striking out six. Burnes also allowed three home runs becoming the first Brewers pitcher to allow at least three home runs in consecutive starts since Jason Bere in 2000.

Milwaukee’s offense came to play as Ryan Braun, Eric Thames and Lorenzo Cain all hit home runs.

Next up for the Brewers (7-2), the rubber game against the Cubs (2-6) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers add to ‘Wall of Honor’

The Milwaukee Brewers are inducting Trevor Hoffman, Rickie Weeks and JJ Hardy into their Wall of Honor. The Brewers plan to recognize them at Miller Park on August 9.

In addition, the Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct former infielder Frank Bolling into the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor. Bolling will go in on Friday, May 24.

Hoffman spent 16 seasons of his Hall of Fame career in San Diego where he became the all-time saves leader. He had an all-star season at age 41 in Milwaukee during the 2009 season. Hoffman posted a 3-2 record and 1.83 ERA with 37 saves for the Brewers.

Weeks was the 2nd overall pick by the Brewers in 2003. He spent 10 years in Milwaukee which included an all-star campaign in 2011. He hit 148 career home runs, stole 126 bases and notched a .771 OPS during his Brewers’ career. Weeks played a key role in the team’s 2008 playoff run, and then again, the National League Central Champion Brewers of 2011.

A second-round choice by Milwaukee in 2001, Hardy was also part of the resurgence of the Brewers. He spent five seasons as the Brewers’ shortstop and was an all-star in 2007. During his five seasons in Milwaukee, he hit .262 with a .751 OPS and 75 home runs.

Bolling will become the 18th member of the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor. He made two National League all-star teams and batted .250 with 226 RBIs in 680 games during his time with the Braves (1961-65).

Counsell has named Brewers’ starting rotation

The time has come for the young arms of the Milwaukee Brewers to showcase their talents. It was already known that Jhoulys Chacin would get the start on opening day. But, the other four spots were a mystery.

On Thursday, manager Craig Counsell told reporters what the rotation would look like.

Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes will all make the rotation. Zach Davies will serve as the team’s fifth starter.

“It’s time for those young guys to start,” Counsell said. I think most people would agree with Counsell. I don’t believe the Brewers could start the season off with a better starting five at this point.

All three of the young pitchers have a high ceiling and could reach their potential as early as 2019.

Counsell said Chase Anderson will get starts during the season.

If last season taught us anything, we will see a plethora of different starters for Milwaukee this year. Jimmy Nelsons should be expected to return to the rotation when healed. However, it is encouraging to see Counsell have the confidence in his young guns.

Warhawks look to recapture glory of 2014 season

WHITEWATER, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin | Whitewater baseball team sat atop the mountain of one of the greatest seasons in Warhawk athletics history. It was the 2014 season and they had defeated Emory University to win the title of division III National Champions.

Fast forward three seasons and the Warhawks are once again poised to make another deep playoff run. No, the football team didn’t win the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (Mary Hardin-Baylor over UW | Oshkosh). No, the basketball team wasn’t crowned champions (Babson over Augustana). But Warhawk baseball coach John Vodenlich and his staff are keeping their crew hungry as they get ready to take on UW | Oshkosh for the beginning of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. — a team they’ve beaten four times already this season.

“One of my mentors used to say ‘I may be old school; some call me new school; but I definitely have to stay in school,'” Vodenlich said Monday afternoon. “If you’re not trying to get better, if you’re not trying to grow…then things are stagnant.”

Six of this year’s seniors were freshman the last time the Warhawks hoisted the DIII championship trophy, hoping to depart the same way they arrived — as champions. Infielder Steve Chamberlain leads that senior group in batting average (.361), home runs (7), RBI (35), and fielding percentage (.972).

Vodenlich described this year’s Warhawks as the best pitching crew he’s had since “probably the 2004 season,” but he’s also not putting championship expectations on them, despite heading into the WIAC Tournament as conference champions of the regular season.

“National championships are tough to get,” Vodenlich said. “There [are] years where we’ve had great teams and a play or two, or a game or two go the wrong way and it just doesn’t happen for you. I’m proud to say I’ve been to the College World Series seven times…most of those guys are back. For them, getting back there and performing better has been the goal since we ended the [2016] season.”

Vodenlich added that the key for his team entering the WIAC Tournament is for them to get past any mistakes they make and focus on improving in the coming moments of the game.

Whitewater will host Oshkosh in the first round Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Jim Miller Stadium, followed by their second round game that afternoon or evening.

Baseball at Wisconsin: Progress Report

MADISON, Wis. — I’ve started research for my next in-depth report and I wanted to take this opportunity to let our listeners/readers know where I’m at in the process. I’ll try to do these somewhat regularly as a way to inform the public, but also allow feedback on parts I may be getting wrong or new directions to consider.

Topic: Baseball at the University of Wisconsin and if it’s possible to revive the program

Interviews completed:
Terry Gawlik | Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration, University of Wisconsin

Interviews Requested:
Jeff Block | head coach of club baseball, University of Wisconsin
Pat Richter | former Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin
John Vodenlich | head baseball coach, University of Wisconsin | Whitewater
Bud Selig | former MLB commissioner and Milwaukee Brewers owner, University of Wisconsin alum
Herb Kohl | former Milwaukee Bucks owner, U.S. Senator, University of Wisconsin alum
Steve Schmitt | Owner of Big Top Baseball and Madison Mallards

Interviews declined:
Barry Alvarez | Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin

Summary of information gathered so far: In speaking with Terry Gawlik, it appears very unlikely Wisconsin will ever revive its baseball program unless there is a substantial surplus of revenue. Operating costs have run at or very near revenue generated in each fiscal budget report for at least the last 10 years. Barry Alvarez also appears to have no willingness to bring baseball back to Wisconsin at this time.

Suggestions? Eric.rogers@madcitysportszone.com

Two Mallards named to All Star Game roster

MADISON, Wis. — The Northwoods League announced its All-Star Game rosters on Sunday, including Troy Bacon and Zach Jarrett from the Madison Mallards.

Bacon (Santa Fe College) has pitched to a 2.14 ERA so far this season with a 5-2 record, while Jarrett (UNC | Charlotte) is batting .276 with six home runs and 32 RBI.

The Mallards are currently second in the Southern Division in the second half of the season (3-2, 26-15 overall) after a 6-0 win over the Kalamazoo Growlers on Sunday. Bacon pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one of the batters he faced. Jarrett was 1-4 with one RBI.

The Mallards’ representatives will head to Kenosha for the July 19th All-Star Game with a 7:00 p.m. start time.

The entire Northwoods League All-Star Game roster can be found below:

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Mallards win, fall short of playoff berth

WAUSAU, Wis. —  The Madison Mallards defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-2 Tuesday night, but they finished the first half of the season in second place in the Southern Division.

Madison needed a win, plus losses by Wisconsin Rapids and Kalamazoo in order to finish the first half of the season in first place to clinch an automatic home playoff berth this August. The Rafters and Growlers spoiled the Mallards playoff bid by securing wins, but there’s plenty of baseball left for the Mallards.

Madison struck early in Tuesday night’s win, with Nico Hoerner and Matt McCann contributing RBIs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead over Wisconsin. Pitcher Heath Renz held the opposition to one earned run over five innings of work, adding three strikeouts to the mix.

Zach Jarrett’s seventh inning two-run blast pushed the Madison lead to 4-1 to secure the Mallards’ third straight win.