Brewers beat Pittsburgh, gain ground in playoff chase

The Milwaukee Brewers are within two games of the Colorado Rockies and the final wild-card spot in the National League. That’s after manager Craig Counsell’s crew went on the road Monday night and got a 3-0 shutout win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Counsell said of his team’s push for the postseason. “Another win adds a little more pressure to the teams were are chasing and it puts us in a good spot.”

Milwaukee’s pitching staff was the story on Monday, as Brent Suter threw five scoreless innings to get the win. The bullpen took care of things from there, including Corey Knebel coming on to close out the ninth inning for his 36th save on the year.

The Brewers took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a Ryan Braun solo homer, his 17th on the year. Second baseman Neil Walker drove in a run against his old team in the sixth inning, before a Travis Shaw RBI single in the eighth capped the scoring.

With the win, Milwaukee is now 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 16, and it allowed for the Brewers to gain a 1/2 game on the idle Rockies, leaving them just two games back in the wild card race with 12 to go. They are also 3 1/2 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

It’ll be the Brewers and Pirates again on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Thames, Santana help the Brewers to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh

Milwaukee took care of Pittsburgh 7-2 on Tuesday night, but the Brewers failed to gain any ground in their push for a playoff spot.

Brent Suter gave up two runs in three innings of work before turning things over to six relievers to go the rest of the way. Jeremy Jeffress got the win thanks to 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, while Corey Knebel picked up his 35th save of the season.

The Brewers were paced offensively by first baseman Eric Thames and right fielder Domingo Santana, as the duo combined for four of the team’s five RBIs, including the 29th homer of the season for Thames.

Unfortunately for the Brewers, all the teams they are chasing in the National League also won, meaning they are a ½ game back of St. Louis and 2 ½ games back of Chicago in the NL Central, and four games off Colorado’s pace for the second wild-card spot.

Milwaukee will close out its series with the Pirates on Wednesday night at Miller Park.

Brewers continue their playoff push, beat Washington 7-2

In a rare occurrence in the second half of the season, the Milwaukee offense and its pitching showed up in the same game, helping the Brewers to a 7-2 win over Washington on Sunday at Miller Park.

The offense was powered by Domingo Santana, who had a solo home run in the first inning and followed that with a two-run blast in the fourth. The right fielder drew a pair of walks in his other at-bats and finished the day with three runs scored. Left fielder Ryan Braun and first baseman Neil Walker each had a pair of hits.

As for the pitching, it was a group effort. Brent Suter got the start, going three innings and giving up two hits. Three relievers — Jeremy Jeffress, Jacob Barnes and Andrew Zwarzak – kept the shutout going, not allowing a hit in a combined five innings of work. Former starter Junior Guerra, who spent time in Triple-A the last month, allowed a two-run homer in the 9th, the only runs Washington managed for the afternoon.

Milwaukee ended up taking three of four from the NL East-leading Nationals and completed its six-game home stand 4-2.

With the win, the Brewers moved to within one game of Colorado in the push for the second wild card spot in the National League, and could be within a ½ game depending on the outcome of the Rockies contest with Arizona that was ongoing.

Now, the Brewers hit the road for six important games, first with a stop in Cincinnati and then in Chicago against the NL Central-leading Cubs.

Report: Anderson to start Sunday

The Milwaukee Brewers announced their starting pitchers for this weekend’s series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors field. According to a report from Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy, Chase Anderson is feeling good and will pitch Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies

The plan was for Anderson to make three rehab starts before rejoining the team sometime next week. His third rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs was scheduled for Friday, but was cancelled altogether.

The Brewers are currently using a 4-man pitching rotation since they put starting pitcher Brent Suter on the disabled list with a left rotator cuff strain. Brandon Woodruff will start the first game of the series on Friday, and Matt Garza will start the Saturday game.

Brewers fall 5-4 to St. Louis

Brent Suter couldn’t keep his success from July going in August, as Milwaukee (56-53) fell 5-4 to St. Louis (53-54) on Wednesday night.

An injury replacement for Chase Anderson, Suter gave up six runs all of last month, but the Cardinals tagged him for five in his first start this month. Suter made it 5 1/3 innings, giving up the five runs, including a pair of home runs, on eight hits and striking out seven. He took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year.

On the other side, Milwaukee once again jumped on the board early with a home run from Eric Thames in the first inning. But after that, Luke Weaver largely shut them down, holding the Brewers scoreless until a seventh-inning single from Hernan Perez. Weaver’s final line showed him giving up just the two runs on five hits and striking out eight. He improved to 1-1 for the season.

A two-run homer from Jesus Aguilar in the eighth inning got Milwaukee within one, but that’s as close as the Crew would get.

The loss proved to be a wasted opportunity for Milwaukee, as Chicago lost 3-0 to Arizona. It leaves the Cubs lead in the NL Central at 2 1/2 games on the Brewers with 53 games to play.

Milwaukee and St. Louis will close out the three game series on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

Pitching staff leads Crew over Cubs 2-1

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers survived a pitching duel with the Chicago Cubs Friday night thanks to seven scoreless innings from starter Brent Suter, along with backup from the bullpen.

Milwaukee would get the 2-1 victory and pull within a half game of the division-leading Cubs because of the career-high performance from Suter.

“I have to be honest, it feels good,” Suter said. “It was probably one of the biggest starts of my life, and to come through for the team and get the team a win, it feels good.”

The only scoring Chicago could muster came against the Brewers’ newest reliever, Anthony Swarzak, who allowed one run in the eighth inning. He was credited with the hold, while Corey Knebel came in to record his 18th save and preserve the win.

After acquiring him in free agency over pursuing teams like the Brewers, Cubs starter Jose Quintana took his sixth loss of the season after allowing two runs on four hits in six innings of work. He struck out six, but walked three in the effort.

“They work good at-bats,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Milwaukee’s bats. “They don’t expand their strike zone — maybe one or two guys might. They’re not expanders. You’ve got to throw a strike. It’s almost like an [American League] East batting lineup. You have to get them out within the strike zone, and that’s what’s so interesting about their group.”

But it wasn’t all about the pitchers. Milwaukee’s offense was able to come through when it mattered, as Orlando Arcia and Manny Piña each delivered an RBI groundout to aid in the win. Ryan Braun nearly added a home run, had it not been for Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward robbing him of his 13th blast of the year.

Brewers can’t turn opportunities into runs in 4-2 loss to Pirates

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers stranded 11 runners on base, while Gregory Polanco drove in two runs to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-2 win Monday night at Miller Park.

Polanco went 4-for-4 at the plate, including RBI doubles off Brent Suter and Josh Hader. He also sparked the Pittsburgh offense with his base-running, scoring the tying run in the fifth inning.

The fifth inning was a concerning one for Milwaukee, with catcher Stephen Vogt leaving with neck and knee injuries following a home-plate collision with Pirates starter Chad Kuhl. But the Brewers were also concerned with the plays that got away from them.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a good ball game. We had some rallies going, the bases loaded a couple times.”

The sixth inning might have been Milwaukee’s best chance to regain the lead, with two runners on base, two outs in the inning, and Jesus Aguilar prepared to deliver the pinch-hit, go-ahead run. Aguilar made good on the situational hit, but with Manny Piña rounding third base, Polanco launched a run-stopping ball from the outfield to keep the game tied and end the inning.

Milwaukee’s Suter lasted into the fifth inning, allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Even he couldn’t deny Polanco the recognition he deserved for his role in Pittsburgh’s win.

“They did a good job of hitting some pitches that were not necessarily bad pitches. You got to tip your hat to them, and Polanco had a heck of a night, so you got to tip your hat to him, as well.”

Yankees beat the Brewers with a 3-run, walk-off homer

Milwaukee could not make it six straight wins, as the Brewers got walked-off by the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, 5-3.

Closer Corey Knebel had a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth inning, but couldn’t convert the save opportunity. He gave up a pair of walks sandwiched between a strikeout, and then Clint Frazier drilled a three-run homer for the win. It was the fourth blown save this year for Knebel, the lone Brewers all-star.

The loss ruined what was another very good start out of Brent Suter in place of the injured Chase Anderson. He didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and New York didn’t get anything on the board until the seventh. Suter’s final line saw him go 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five.

Milwaukee’s offense certainly didn’t help matters. A three-run homer from Domingo Santana in the first inning was all they had to show for the day, while also losing outfielder Ryan Braun to calf tightness.

The loss dropped the Crew to 49-41 on the year, and saw their lead in the NL Central drop to four games.

The rubber match of the three-game series gets underway at 12:05 on Sunday.

Brewers:Wave of Prospects Continues

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.

Brandon Woodruff

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.

Brent Suter

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.

 (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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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The Milwaukee Brewers continued their push towards the postseason Tuesday night with a 1-0 shutout victory over Pittsburgh. Chase Anderson threw six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to pick up his 11th win of the year, though it didn’t come easy. In the sixth inning, Pittsburgh managed to get a runner to third with no […]

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Brewers beat Pittsburgh, gain ground in playoff chase

The Milwaukee Brewers are within two games of the Colorado Rockies and the final wild-card spot in the National League. That’s after manager Craig Counsell’s crew went on the road Monday night and got a 3-0 shutout win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Counsell said of his […]

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Homers doom Suter in Brewers debut

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners logged home runs from Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, and Adam Lind, spoiling the debut of Milwaukee Brewers southpaw Brent Suter.

It could have been a historic night for Suter and the Brewers, ending a drought of 474 straight games without a left-handed pitcher starting for Milwaukee. Suter was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs as a product out of Harvard (Brewers general manager David Stearns is also an alumni).

The Brewers fell 7-6 Friday night, dropping them to 19-40 in games away from home  this season and 0-5 on the current road trip. Suter lasted just 4 and 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Twice the opposition went yard against the youngster.

“It was kind of as advertised,” manager Craig Counsell said after the loss. “There’s some late movement going on that’s really confusing the hitters. I thought he did a good job. He kept us in the game. You see why he’s having success in Triple-A.”

Seattle has been known to hit the long ball, though, coming into Friday’s game with 167 on the season, third most in the league.

Wily Peralta gets the start on Saturday at 8:10 p.m. opposite Felix Hernandez.