Brewers place Hiura on IL, recall Shaw and Gamel

On Saturday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers placed their rookie sensation Keston Hiura on the 10-day injured list. They have also recalled infielder Travis Shaw and outfielder Ben Gamel from Triple-A San Antonio. In addition to, right-hander Devin Williams was optioned to San Antonio.

Hiura strained his left-hamstring during the fifth inning in their game against the Cubs on Friday. Milwaukee has dealt with several injuries throughout the season. Mike Moustakas has been out of action due to bruised left hand and wrist leaving the Brewers with no other choice but to make these moves.

Losing Hiura will be a big blow to the offense. In 70 games this season, Hiura is batting .301 with 20 doubles, 16 home runs, 43 RBI and .571 slugging percentage.

Gamel has contributed well when called upon but was sent down to the Missions because of the rise of rookie Trent Grisham. As for Shaw, he’s been unable to find sustained success in the majors this year. In 65 games with the Brewers, Shaw has hit just 162 with six home runs and 13 RBI, with a .276 OBP and .279 slugging percentage.

Brewers make roster moves, Chacin designated for assignment

The Milwaukee Brewers shook up their roster on Saturday afternoon. One move was pretty shocking.

Opening day starter and the ace of the Brewers’ 2018 run to the NLCS, Jhoulys Chacin has been designated for assignment.

Cory Spangenberg has been selected from Triple-A San Antonio. Milwaukee has sent down Ben Gamel to make room for Spangenberg.

There is no doubt Chacin has had a down year. He’s struggled all season long. However, this move still comes as a surprise considering the lack of depth in the starting rotation.

In 19 starts this year, Chacin posted an ERA of 5.79. Maybe there really is an “opening day curse” in Milwaukee. The last five opening day starters for the Crew all had poor seasons or injuries. Kyle Lohse in 2015, Willy Peralta in 2016, Junior Guerra in 2017, Chase Anderson in 2018, and now Chacin this season. Guerra and Anderson have turned it around and been contributors this year.

Spangenberg has been terrific in Triple-A this season. His batting average is sitting at .309 and he’s hit 14 home runs. He also has plenty of versatility and can play the infield or the outfield.

Gamel has had some big moments for the Brewers this season and is a fan favorite. But with the emergence of rookie Trent Grisham, Gamel’s playing time has decreased.

Mariners 4, Brewers 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Wednesday night. They have now lost 9 of 12 and 10 of 14 and are 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.

Houser day going?

Hopefully your day was better than Adrian Houser’s day. He struggled filling in for what was supposed to be Jimmy Nelson’s start. Houser began the night giving up a triple to Mallex Smith. Then, J.P. Crawford followed with an RBI double giving the Mariners an early 1-0 lead.

Crawford later came around to score thanks to an RBI single from Omar Navarez. Houser did strike out the side but not before giving up two runs. He fell into more trouble in the second walking the leadoff batter Dee Gordon. Gordon scored on a Crawford triple giving Seattle a 3-0 lead through the first two innings.

Houser threw 64 pitches in his two innings of work giving up three earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four.

“They wanted me to start tonight and I just didn’t get the job done,” Houser said. “I wasn’t able to attack how I wanted to attack and was struggling with some pitches and didn’t execute some stuff and they took advantage of it.”

Peralta deals

Freddy Peralta took over for the struggling Houser in the third inning. He went on to pitch four scoreless frames. Peralta gave up just two hits while striking out five. He has been very good at times but also has the tendency to be very bad. There hasn’t been any consistency from the young hurler making him difficult to trust. However, when he’s good, he’s really good.

“He kept us in the game, he gave us a chance obviously, he threw four good innings,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was good stuff. He let a couple hitters back in 0-2 counts but other than that it was a really good performance. I’m happy with how he threw it.”

Home runs are cooler when they’re inside the park

Mike Moustakas got the Brewers on the board in the sixth inning with a leadoff home run.

Then, two batters later, Ben Gamel did something you don’t see too often. He blasted a shot to left field that got past the glove of Mac Williamson on a dive attempt. Gamel turned on the jets and scored on an inside the park home run.

It was the 29th inside the park homer in Brewers franchise history and the first since Tyler Saladino last May at Arizona and first at home since Orlando Arcia on June 17, 2017.

After the game though, Gamel was more worried about the team’s performance.

“I think we all have high expectations and great aspirations and when things aren’t going our way, we gotta fix this s***,” Gamel said. “So, we gotta figure it out.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (42-38) will look to avoid the sweep against the Mariners (37-47) on Thursday. Chase Anderson (3|24.70 ERA55 SO) will take the bump for the Crew opposite of Mike Leake (7|64.54 ERA, 71 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.