Brewers news and notes after being swept by Cubs

It was a rough weekend in Chicago for the Milwaukee Brewers to say the least. After entering the Windy City on an eight game winning streak, the Crew left with a four game losing streak.

Offense was the issue for the Brewers as they scored only a total of two runs in the four game series. Milwaukee scored a pair of runs in a 3-2 loss on Friday night, but other than that they failed to score, being shutout in the other three games.

Pitching was hardly the issue for Milwaukee as the Brewers didn’t allow more than three runs in any of the four games against the Cubs. Chase Anderson had the best start in the series for Milwaukee, pitching seven innings of one-run ball on Thursday night in Milwaukee’s 1-0 loss.

None of Milwaukee’s starters allowed more than two earned runs in any of the four games but the offense just couldn’t get going.

The Brewers continue their nine game road trip on Monday in Cincinnati against the Reds with a three game set.

Pitching Probables

Game 1, Monday 6:10 p.m. CT: Jhoulys Chacin (2-1, 3.99 ERA) vs. Brandon Finnegan (0-2, 8.03 ERA)

Game 2, Tuesday 6:10 p.m. CT: Anderson (2-2, 2.86 ERA) vs Homer Bailey (0-3, 4.19 ERA)

Game 3, Wednesday 6:10 p.m. CT: Wade Miley (season debut) vs Luis Castillo (1-3, 7.85 ERA)

News and notes

After starting the season on the disabled list due to a groin injury, Miley is set to join the Brewers starting rotation in place of LHP Brent Suter. Suter is now being moved to the bullpen. Miley finished up his rehab stint at AA-Biloxi with a 1-1 record and a 3.09 ERA over three starts.

Milwaukee is required to make a move on both that 25-man and 40-man rosters for Miley to be available on Wednesday. There has been no word announced on what that will be.

Brewers beat Pittsburgh 1-0, move to within a game of Colorado in wild card race

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 outs. Anderson had an answer though, getting Andrew McCutchen to strike out and then a pair of fly balls to get out of the inning.

With Anderson’s night done, the duo of Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel came on to finish things off, with the latter picking up his 37th save. It was Milwaukee’s 12th shutout this year and the fourth in the month of September alone.

The only offense Milwaukee got – or needed – came courtesy of a solo home run in the fourth inning from Domingo Santana, his 26th long ball of the year.

Thanks to a walk-off win by San Francisco over Colorado, the Brewers moved to within one game of the Rockies in the race for the final wild card spot in the National League. The Crew remained 3 ½ games back of Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs won their seventh straight game.

Milwaukee will finish off its series with the Pirates tonight before coming home for four games against the Cubs at Miller Park.

(WATCH) Keon Broxton saves the day for Milwaukee in a 6-5 win over St. Louis

It appeared as if Milwaukee had just given up a two-run homer in the top of the ninth that would have given St. Louis the lead. But centerfielder Keon Broxton had different ideas, robbing Randal Grichuk at the wall with a leaping catch to give the Brewers a 6-5 win Wednesday afternoon.

“Sometimes it takes a great play to win a game,” manager Craig Counsell said afterwards. “We got a great play from Broxton.”

The play was made more remarkable by the fact Broxton had just come into the game, replacing Hernan Perez, who joked with Counsell that he would have made the play as well.

“He’s got a couple this year and none bigger than that one,” Counsell said of Broxton’s catch.

The play was a lifesaver for the Crew, seeing as without it they would have blown a three-run lead after the seventh inning. Instead, it gave starter Chase Anderson his eighth win of the year, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, all of which came via the long ball. Closer Corey Knebel picked up his 30th save of the season.

The Brewers offense did its job after coming up empty in a 10-2 loss on Tuesday. They scored three runs each in the second and sixth innings, including home runs by Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar. Shortstop Eric Sogard and Perez each had a pair of hits.

With the victory, Milwaukee moved within three games of the Chicago Cubs in the race for the NL Central.

The Brewers will open a series against the Washington Nationals Thursday night at Miller Park.

Milwaukee falls 3-1 to the Dodgers in LA

Milwaukee’s offense remained virtually non-existent Friday night as the Brewers fell for a third time in four games, this one a 3-1 setback to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Starter Kenta Maeda had a very good night for LA, going six innings and allowing just one hit – a solo homer from Domingo Santana – while striking out seven to move to 12-5 on the year. It marked the fourth straight game the Brewers had failed to score more than three runs.

“We’ve got to score more runs. It’s simple,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re facing good pitching and good teams, for sure, and that makes it really challenging.

“We’ve obviously got to create more opportunities.”

The struggles offensively overshadowed a strong start from Chase Anderson. He made it five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out six, but ended up taking the loss to fall to 7-3.

Despite losing, Milwaukee remained three games back of Chicago in the NL Central and 3 ½ games back of Colorado for the final wild-card spot in the National League.

The Brewers and Dodgers will play again Saturday night in LA. Zach Davies gets the ball for Milwaukee, while Los Angeles will send Ross Stripling to the mound. First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m.

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.

Chase Anderson made second rehab start Sunday

Chase Anderson made his second rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs. It wasn’t as good of a result as his first rehab start with Low-A Wisconsin. Anderson threw 67 pitches and only 39 for strikes. He went 4 1/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out two batters.

Anderson again threw all of the pitches in his arsenal, but struggled to consistently throw strikes. This is the first time Anderson hasn’t shown good command or control. During his bullpen sessions, simulated games, and first rehab start, he had the command that he showed prior to suffering his oblique injury in late June.

The plan is for Anderson to make one more start with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He should make his final rehab start on Friday, August 18th. That would allow him to join the Brewers roster sometime shortly after that. Anderson should be on schedule to make a start with the Brewers sometime during the middle of next week.

The Brewers will hope that Anderson can find his command once again in his last rehab start. Without any setbacks, Brewers fans can hope to see Anderson back on the Brewers roster sometime this weekend.

Anderson makes first rehab start for low-A Wisconsin

Chase Anderson made his first rehab start yesterday with low-A Wisconsin. Anderson went 3 1/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 47 pitches during the outing and 31 for strikes.

Overall, it appeared that Anderson’s first rehab start was a step in the right direction. Anderson seemed to display good command. It appeared to be the  same command he had prior to the injury.

Anderson said he felt good after the game, and was encouraged he got to incorporate all the pitches in his arsenal throughout the start.

The Brewers plan is to move Anderson up to triple-A Colorado Springs for his next two rehab starts before he rejoins the team. Expect Anderson to return to Milwaukee in about two weeks.

Chase Anderson set to make rehab assignment

Chase Anderson is scheduled to make a rehab assignment tonight with low-A Wisconsin. Anderson, who has been on the disabled list since late-June due to an oblique strain is set to make two to three rehab starts before returning to the Brewers rotation.

He’s been participating in bullpen sessions and simulated games the last two weeks and seems to still have his good command. Normally, command is the hardest thing for a pitcher to regain after having not thrown for a while.

Originally, the Brewers thought Anderson would be out 4-6 weeks and they would have him back by the end of July or in early August. It’s looking more and more that Anderson won’t be rejoining the team until late August.

The Brewers pitching has been relatively good all year, and Anderson was arguable their best pitcher before suffering the injury. Getting him back could be the boost the Brewers need to get back to their winning ways.

Garza activated from the disabled list, set to start this afternoon

Matt Garza has been activated from the 10-day disabled list after a right lower leg strain landed him on the DL in late July. The Brewers sent Wei-Chung Wang back to the minor leagues to make room for Garza. Wang only pitched in one game, where he gave up a hit, and didn’t record an out.

Garza will get the start today against the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch is 1:10 p.m. CST from Miller Park. The pitching match-up will be Garza (4-5) on the mound for the Brewers and Michael Wacha (8-4) on the bump for the Cardinals. This is the third and final game of the series before the Brewers head to Tampa Bay to face the Rays.

The Brewers need a good start from Garza, as they’re 6-12 since the All-Star break. The Brewers have added some pieces to the bullpen, but are still waiting to get starter Chase Anderson back in a couple weeks.

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.