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.
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.
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.
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.
The Milwaukee Brewers have a considerable number of pieces that are currently on the disabled list. Starting pitcher Junior Guerra will be activated from the DL and will start tonight for the Brewers against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. CST. Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list after his last start prior to the All-Star break on July 10th. Guerra is 1-3 on the season with an ERA of 4.78. He isn’t the only player the Brewers expect to get back in the near future.
Anderson went on the DL after exiting a game in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 28th with an oblique strain. The original diagnoses was that he would be out 4-6 weeks with the strain. As of yesterday, it was announced that at the earliest the Brewers would expect to get Anderson back by the next home stand. The Brewers next home stand is against the Chicago Cubs from July 28th through July 30th. The organization didn’t rule out Anderson returning in early August depending on how he feels once he returns to the mound.
Sogard was officially placed on the disabled list on July 4th after dealing with a sore ankle, which had him in and out of the lineup for a week. Sogard has had injury issues in the past and the Brewers didn’t want to take any chances after how well he was swinging the bat this season. He will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Brewers are hoping everything will go well and have him start one or two games for Low-A Wisconsin. If everything goes as expected, the Brewers expect to get Sogard back for their weekend series starting with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
Woodruff was scheduled to make his major league debut for the Brewers on July 13th doubleheader in St. Louis. 25 minutes before his first career start, Woodruff was scratched with right hamstring tightness. He is the Brewers eighth ranked prospect, who has excelled in the Brewers farm system the past couple years. Woodruff began a rehab assignment with the Arizona Rookie League on Saturday, and will likely need a few outings to be game-ready. The Brewers don’t expect to get him back until late July. Woodruff could potentially play a role in the starting rotation or bullpen based on other pitcher injury or trade statuses.
Vogt left last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a collision at the plate with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl. Vogt was hit in the head and bent his knee awkwardly in the collision. Both team trainers ran out to look at Vogt, who was put through multiple tests before slowly walking off the field. During the game, reports came in that Vogt was being looked at for a strained neck and knee. Vogt could be looking at a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. The Brewers will likely recall catcher Jett Bandy.
The Brewers have continued to dip into their Minor League system this week. This morning the Brewers recalled pitchers Brandon Woodruff and Brent Suter from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The organization continues to take a stance saying they’re going to take their time in this rebuild. They insist they aren’t going to rush prospects to the big leagues to help the team win now. Well as this current Brewers team continues to win, more and more prospects have been called-up this past week.
Woodruff is 24 year old right handed hurler, who stand 6’4″ and weighs 215 pounds. He played his college ball at Mississippi State, but his career was anything but outstanding. His career was full of inconsistencies and injuries. The Brewers believed that there was more ability in his game and took a chance on Woodruff with their 11th round pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. Woodruff struggled in his first couple seasons of Minor League baseball, but then broke out in 2016 with the Biloxi Shuckers. The breakout occurred after the tragic loss of his older brother to an ATV accident. Since that tragic day, Woodruff has become a different pitcher, and has climbed the Brewers Minor League system. He is currently listed as the Brewers eighth ranked prospect.
Woodruff’s fastball is consistently clocked in the mid-90’s with good natural sink. Along with his above-average slider, it allows him to consistently miss barrels and induce ground-balls. Many scouts believe that his changeup can become at least a Major League average pitch. In college, he struggled with his control and command, but since turning pro, that part of his game has become much more consistent. Woodruff is projected to develop into a number three starter at the Major League level.
Through 12 games started at Colorado Springs, he posted a 6-4 record with a 4.12 ERA over 63 1/3 innings of work. He also managed to strike out 60, and only walk 19 batters. His numbers have been trending up the past two seasons even with him pitching in the altitude in Colorado.
Suter isn’t like most of the prospects that have been called up recently by the Brewers. He technically isn’t on the Brewers top 30 prospect list and Brewer fans have seen him before. Suter is a 27 year old lefty, who has been up and down between Triple-A and the Major Leagues the last couple of seasons. He appeared in 14 games last season and already five games earlier this season for the Crew.
In 2016, Suter primarily came out of the bullpen making 12 appearances, while only starting two games. He posted a 2-2 record over 21 2/3 innings with a 3.32 ERA and allowed eight runs on 25 hits and five walks. Suter also appeared in five games this season during the first three weeks of April. He logged a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks. It will be interesting to see who stays at the Major League level for the Brewers after Rob Scahill was designated for assignment and Garza is able to return from injury .
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