Brewers get a 3-2 walk-off win against Cincinnati

The first drama of spring training ended in a Brewers win on Wednesday, as Milwaukee got a walk-off single from Lucas Erceg for a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Arizona.

The Crew fell behind early, with Zack Cozart taking Chase Anderson deep with a solo shot in the top of the first inning. It was Anderson’s first appearance of the spring and went just the one inning.

But Milwaukee answered with some power of its own at the top of the lineup, as leadoff hitter Keon Broxton took the first pitch of the day from Lisalverto Bonilla deep to left in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1. Shortstop Jonathan Villar followed that with a double to right field and third baseman Scooter Gennett brought him in to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

The Reds were able to tie the game in the fourth as they got to the newly signed Neftali Feliz with a single and a double before he settled in and got out of the inning.

Things stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth. With runners at second and third with one out, Erceg stepped up and drilled a single to right field, scoring Mauricio Dubon for the win.

Villar and Gennett led the way offensively for Milwaukee, with each having a pair of hits to help the Brewers improve to 2-3 in spring training. They’ll take on Seattle Thursday afternoon.

Chase Anderson loses arbitration case against Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson was hoping to head into the 2017 season already with a win under his belt, but it was revealed on Tuesday that he had lost his salary arbitration case against Milwaukee, and will make $2.45 million this season.

Anderson was hoping to make $2.85 million, but when the Brewers didn’t budge from their suggested salary of $2.45 million, the case was sent to an independent arbitrator.

While it wasn’t revealed what factored into the decision to rule in favor of the Brewers, Anderson’s 2016 numbers likely played a role. After coming to a hitter-friendly Miller Park from Chase Field (one pitchers are more in control), Anderson’s numbers took a slight dip. He averaged a 4.18 ERA in his two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but just a 4.39 ERA in Milwaukee. He gave up 1.1 home runs per nine innings with the D-Backs to the 1.7 he allowed with the Brewers. His strikeout: walk ratio also declined, from 2.70 to 2.26.

Anderson is among seven pitchers hoping to make the five-man starting rotation.

Brewers, Chase Anderson could be heading to arbitration

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers haven’t taken a player to arbitration since 2012, but could be heading there with pitcher Chase Anderson if the two sides can’t make up the $400,000 difference in contract negotiations.

The club came to agreements with Wily Peralta ($4.275 million) and Carlos Torres ($2.175 million) prior to Friday’s noon deadline, but didn’t match Anderson’s requested salary of $2.85 million. Milwaukee reportedly came in at $2.45 million. Milwaukee can still avoid an arbitration hearing on Anderson’s 2017 contract if it wishes to continue negotiations, but both figures came in well below Anderson’s projected arbitration salary of $3.1 million. He earned the league minimum in 2016.

General manager David Stearns noted that no multi-year contract was discussed with any of the arbitration-eligible players, but declined to say if they’ll continue negotiations with Anderson.

Anderson had a rough start to his 2016 campaign, but had a stellar second half, ending with a 3.02 ERA and career-bests in strikeout percentage (17.6 percent) and strikeouts per nine innings (7.12).

3-run homer by Carlos Gomez helps Texas get past Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers were done in by one of their former stars on Wednesday night in Texas.

Outfielder Carlos Gomez drilled a 3-run home run as part of a 4-run eighth inning to help the Rangers past the Crew 8-5. Gomez, who played six seasons in Milwaukee before being traded to Houston last year, had three hits in four at-bats for Texas, his 31st game with the Rangers since being cut by the Astros last month.

Another former Milwaukee player, pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, got the win by pitching a pair of scoreless innings.

Milwaukee was paced by Jonathan Villar, who led the game off with a home run, his 19th of the year.

If he hits one more, he’ll join an exclusive club of players that have hit at least 20 homers and stolen at least 60 bases in a single season. The last time in happened was in 1990 with Oakland’s Ricky Henderson, and just two other players — Joe Morgan and Eric Davis — have ever pulled the feat.

In his final start of the year, Milwaukee pitcher Chase Anderson went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He finished the season with a 9-11 record and a 4.39 ERA.

The Brewers are off on Thursday, but will open the final series of their season on Friday in Colorado.

Anderson, Brewers silence the Pirates in a 3-1 win

The Milwaukee Brewers got a strong outing from starter Chase Anderson, as they avoided being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-1 win on Thursday night.

Anderson made it 5 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out six to pick up his ninth win of the year. The bullpen brought it home, with Carlos Torres, Corey Knebel and Tyler Thornburg combining for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless work.

The Brewers pitched with a lead for most of the game, thanks to a two-run home run by second baseman Scooter Gennett in the bottom of the first. Then in the seventh inning, first baseman Chris Carter went deep with a solo shot, his 37th home run on the year.

The home runs were needed as the Pirates kept the Brewers bats silent for much of the game. Milwaukee had just four hits on the night and struck out 10 times, including two apiece from Carter, outfielder Domingo Santana, catcher Martin Maldonado and Anderson.

Milwaukee will be back in action Friday night as they open a weekend series with the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch at Miller Park is set for 7:10 p.m.

Pirates use long ball to complete sweep of Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, and John Jaso each went deep for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The Pirates victory secured a four-game sweep of the Brewers at Miller Park for the first time since Apr. 30 | May 2, 2004.

Chase Anderson took credit for Sunday’s loss, despite five strikeouts over five and 2/3 innings. Jonathan Villar provided Milwaukee’s only offense in the form of a third inning home run.

“We got very little going today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after the loss. “I think our only hits were with two outs in the inning and we didn’t have a hit with a man on base at all today, so it was a quiet day offensively, for sure.”

Part of Milwaukee’s struggles were compliments of Pittsburgh starter Ivan Nova, who fanned four batters over six frames and only allowed three hits. He earned his fourth win of the season.

Brewers lose to the Cubs, also lose Braun, Anderson to injury

The Milwaukee Brewers believe that Ryan Braun avoided serious injury when he slid into an outfield fence Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

The veteran left fielder was forced from Milwaukee’s 4-1 loss to Chicago when he suffered a sprained ankle and knee. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, and after the game Braun told reporters that all things considered, the severity of the injury was probably the best-case scenario. He added that they would know more on Wednesday, and depending on how swollen it is, they may do an MRI to determine if there is any ligament damage.

Braun wasn’t the only Milwaukee player to exit with an injury. Just two batters into his outing, starting pitcher Chase Anderson was hit in the left quadriceps with a line drive by Kris Bryant. Anderson said afterwards that he was stiff and sore but that there wasn’t much pain.

The loss of players mirrored the day on the field, as the Cubs took both games of the double-header. They held Milwaukee scoreless in the first game, winning 4-0, before allowing just one run in the night cap.

The teams will play the third game of their four-game series Wednesday night in Chicago. Jimmy Nelson (6-12, 4.07 ERA) gets the ball for Milwaukee, while the Cubs counter with John Lester (12-4, 2.93 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Jonathan Lucroy powers the Brewers past Pittsburgh

Jonathan Lucroy may be playing his final games for Milwaukee, but that uncertainty didn’t impact his performance in the Brewers’ 9-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

The veteran catcher drove in three runs over his last two at-bats, the first a single that scored Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez in the sixth inning, and then a sacrifice-fly in the eighth to give the Brewers their final margin of victory.

Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett each added a pair of RBI’s for Milwaukee to help snap a two-game losing streak. Ryan Braun chalked up two hits and scored three times.

The offense, which produced 12 hits and nine walks, allowed Milwaukee overcome another short outing by Chase Anderson. He made it just four innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He hasn’t made it more than five innings in his last six starts. And though he snapped a four-game losing streak, Anderson still hasn’t won a game since June 8 and stands at 4-10 on the year.

Milwaukee will go for the series win tonight, with first pitch at 6:10 p.m.

Trade rumors pick up speed

With the August 1 trade deadline approaching, the rumors around Lucroy continue to grow. ESPN reported yesterday that the Brewers were in talks with the Cleveland Indians about Lucroy in the wake of losing starter Yan Gomes to a shoulder injury.

Lucroy is batting .305 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI’s and is among the better players available on the trade market.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Indians are also interested in getting some relief help, and the Brewers duo of Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith could be intriguing for them.

Chase Anderson Leads Brewers To Series Opening Win Vs Cubs

By Jake Zimmermann
May 17, 2016  9:33 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Chase Anderson had never thrown a complete game in the majors let alone a no-hitter. The Brewers righty came oh-so-close to both on Tuesday night. In the end, it was still a great outing for Anderson who pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings against the mighty Cubs and got the win as the Brewers beat Chicago 4-2 at Miller Park.
Anderson had a no-hitter going in the 8th inning. Pitch count was no problem | he started the 8th with just 87 pitches thrown. Chicago’s Ben Zobrist broke up the no-hitter with a double, but Anderson got out of the inning with no further damage. A complete game, one-hit shutout was still in the cards with two outs in the 9th. That’s when the Cubs’ Jason Heyward homered to deep right. The very next hitter, Kris Bryant, hit another homer | this time to left. And that was the game for Chase Anderson who finished the night giving up 3 hits over 8 and 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs and striking out six. Anderson still got the win after Jeremy Jeffress finished off the game for his 11th save of the season.
Offensively Jonathan Lucroy hit his 6th homer of the season and 3rd in three games. Ryan Braun added an RBI single and Chris Carter followed with a big two-run double in the 6th.
The Brewers handed the Cubs just their 10th loss of the season. Milwaukee improves to 17-22 while the Cubs fall to 27-10. Both teams will do it again on Wednesday night at Miller Park.