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Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continued their dominance against the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-4 victory Tuesday night securing the series win.

Pitchers who rake, and pitch

Brandon Woodruff had his best start of the season, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs off seven hits while striking out six. He didn’t find trouble until the sixth inning, not allowing a run through the first five. He got a nice ovation from the fans at Miller Park as he exited in the sixth after his 94-pitch outing.

“I thought his stuff was really good tonight. Slider was good to righties, his change was good to lefties. His fastball was obviously located very well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Woodruff also helped his own cause, smacking a two-run double down the right-field line giving the Brewers a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The 26-year old has been unconscious at the plate for a pitcher with an OPS of 1.750. To put this into context, Christian Yelich has an OPS of 1.246.

The Brewers’ pitching staff leads MLB in average. Freddy Peralta mentioned Monday night that they have a competition when it comes to getting hits.

“It’s fun. We take it in the cage when [we’re] hitting stuff, we take it pretty serious,” Woodruff said, “A good competition. We usually play games with each-other and stuff and try to see who can beat each other and I hate to say it but Freddy hasn’t won yet, so we got to get him some more wins.”

The competition between teammates seems to be working as Milwaukee continues to get production from the ninth spot in the order.

An offensive third inning

Milwaukee scored five of their eight runs in the third inning as they batted around the order. Cain got it going blasting a leadoff homer to left.

Braun hit a double down the left-field line. Then, Yasmani Grandal stayed hot launching a two-run dinger to right.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar hit back-to-back singles. Orlando Arcia followed with a walk which brought Woodruff to the plate with the bases loaded and you know what happened next.

Why do they keep pitching to him?

I’m shocked that the Cardinals keep pitching to Yelich. The Brewers for sure aren’t complaining and neither am I. But, am I surprised? Absolutely.

Yelich was asked if he is surprised the Red Birds keep pitching to him.

No. I mean, it’s baseball. I got out three times today, too. Struck out twice. That’s the game of baseball. You have to be ready to go and see how the game plays out.

He is posting ridiculous numbers against the Cardinals this season. It’s hard to expect him to keep up this pace but somehow, he does. With two outs, and two on, in the fifth inning, Yelich homered to right-center giving the Brewers an 8-0 lead.

It was his eighth home run in six games against St. Louis this season, which is the most ever by a Brewer in a single season against the Cardinals.

Next up, the Brewers (12-6) will look for the series sweep of the Cardinals (9-8) on Wednesday afternoon. Corbin Burnes (0|110.05 ERA21 SO) will get the nod for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Michael Wacha (0|05.28 ERA17 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm.

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Brewers announce rotation order, Peralta gets game two

Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell already announced the starting rotation on Thursday. We knew they were giving the young arms a chance early on, but we didn’t know the order they would pitch. We do now.

The 22-year-old Peralta will get the ball in game two against St. Louis. He showed a lot of promise last season posting a 4.25 ERA and averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings in 16 appearances (14 starts).

Game three will go to Woodruff, who may be the most consistent of the young arms. The 26-year old right-hander has posted a 4.22 ERA in 85.1 innings over 27 appearances (12 starts) since debuting in 2017.

Burnes has the highest ceiling of them all and will make his first career start in game four. He looked like a right-handed version of Josh Hader last season. Burnes tallied a 2.61 ERA across 30 appearances and 38.0 innings after getting called up for the first time in July.

It’s an exciting time to be a Brewers fan and the starting rotation has the potential to be really good in 2019. There are a few unknowns with the inexperience of the unit, but there is plenty of potential.

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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.

Brewers playoff hopes take a hit in 6-0 loss to Cincinnati

The Milwaukee Brewers playoff chances are on life support. That’s after veteran Homer Bailey pitched seven scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in a 6-0 win at Miller Park on Wednesday night.

“You got to earn these wins,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Tonight we didn’t do much on both sides — starting pitching (wise) and offensively we didn’t do well enough to give ourselves a chance.”

The game got away from Milwaukee in the third inning, as the Reds roughed up Brandon Woodruff by posting five runs, including a solo homer from catcher Tucker Barhart. Woodruff lasted just 2 1/3 innings and dropped to 2-3 on the year.

Bailey, meanwhile, scattered four hits over his outing and Milwaukee never managed an extra base hit in the game as the Brewers lost to the Reds for a fourth time in five games.

For Milwaukee, the loss dropped the Crew 2 ½ games back of Colorado for the final wild card spot in the National League with just four games to play.

The Brewers and Reds will close out their series Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

Brewers make Sept. 1 call-ups

It’s September, which means baseball rosters can expand, and the Milwaukee Brewers wasted no time in doing so.

The team announced it had recalled outfielder Brett Phillips, along with pitchers Junior Guerra, Wei-Chung Wang and Brandon Woodruff. Those four had been with Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Woodruff, who pitched very well in three games last month, will get the start on Saturday against the Washington Nationals.

Also coming to the big leagues is pitcher Taylor Williams, who was in Double-A with the Biloxi Shuckers. It will be Williams’ MLB debut.

Earlier on Friday, Milwaukee announced it had reinstated pitcher Brent Suter and catcher Andrew Susac from the 10-day disabled list.

All the players involved were already on the team’s 40-man roster, meaning they didn’t have to make any further moves to accommodate the new additions.

The Crew is in a tight playoff race as the regular season enters its final full month. As of Friday afternoon, the Brewers were 2 1/2 games back of Colorado for the second wild card spot and 3 1/2 games back of Chicago in the NL Central.

Milwaukee will continue its series with the Nationals Friday at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Brewers losing streak now at four games after 4-0 loss to Minnesota

Milwaukee fell for a fourth-straight time on Wednesday night, this one a 4-0 setback to Minnesota at Miller Park.

The Brewers couldn’t get anything going against 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, who scattered five hits over seven innings of work to get the win and improve to 4-9 on the year and 2-1 since signing with the Twins in early July. Milwaukee had just six base runners all night, and went 0-4 with runners in scoring position. It was the 13th straight game where the Crew failed to score more than four runs.

“There’s frustration, of course. I think when you do struggle to score runs there is frustration,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s OK and that’s natural. But you’ve got to come back tomorrow and understand that there is a lot of opportunity in front of us. When you wake up tomorrow, that’s how you see it.”

Like much of the second half of the season, Milwaukee got good enough pitching to win. Making his second career start, Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs over 5 2/3rds innings of work but ended up taking the loss. Reliever Jacob Barnes gave up the other two runs on the night.

While the loss didn’t drop them further back of the Cubs in the NL Central – Chicago’s lead is still at 1.5 games – the Brewers do have some company in second place, as St. Louis beat Kansas City 8-5 to pull into a tie with Milwaukee.

The Brewers will try to salvage one game of their four-game interleague series with the Twins tonight at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Guerra headed to Triple-A

Brewers opening day starter, Junior Guerra, has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Guerra came into the season with high expectations after posting a 9-3 record and a 2.81 ERA for Milwaukee last season. He was expected to be the Brewers “ace” this season, but has fell well short of that.

Guerra is 1-4 this season with Milwaukee and has a 4.96 ERA. In 61 2/3 innings this season, Guerra has already given up more home runs than he did last season, where he logged over 121 innings.  He’s also been walking batters at a higher rate than last season.

The Brewers recalled Wei-Chung Wang from Triple-A to complete the move. Fans may remember Wang from the 2014 season, as the Brewers claimed him in the rule-5 draft. He appeared in 14 games for Milwaukee that season. Wang pitched 17 1/3 innings and had an ERA of 10.90 and a WHIP of 2.25 in 2014.

With Chase Anderson and Matt Garza both on the disabled list, the Brewers may look to call-up a starter in the near future. Brandon Woodruff and Taylor Jungmann have been two names who have been rumored to be recalled.