Cardinals silence the Brewers bats in a 4-1 win

For a second straight night, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to silence the bats of the Milwaukee Brewers and come away winners.

Starter Lance Lynn (2-1) scattered three hits over six innings of work and gave up just one run to get the win, as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 4-1, the fourth loss for Milwaukee in its last five games.

Chase Anderson matched Lynn pitch-for-pitch, not giving up an earned run over his six innings of work and left the game with it tied at 1-1. But the bullpen couldn’t keep it that way, as Aledmys Diaz drilled a pitch-hit home run off reliever Carlos Torres in the seventh to give the Cardinals a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Torres took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.

Milwaukee’s lone offense was an RBI double for Travis Shaw in the first inning. The Crew loaded the bases in the eighth inning but couldn’t get anything out of it.

The Brewers (9-10) will look for a split of the four-game series Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Thames and Braun lead Brewers to a 6-3 win over the Cubs

Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the year as Milwaukee went to Chicago and beat the Cubs 6-3 Monday night for its sixth win in the last seven games.

With the game tied at three in the third inning, Thames stepped to the plate and drilled a home run into the left field bleachers to give the Brewers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. For Thames, it was his fifth consecutive game with a homer, tying the franchise record set by Jeremy Burnitz.

“What he’s doing is really hard to do,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s on a good streak right now, no question. Seeing this certainly bodes well for the rest of the year.”

The homer for Thames, who was signed as a free agent after spending the last three years playing in Korea, was his seventh overall on the year, which leads MLB. He’s also batting .405, which is second in the National League.

His hot start has overshadowed what has been a remarkable beginning for Ryan Braun. The outfielder had a 2-run homer in the first inning, his fifth of the year, which matches his total for all of April last season.

“It’s unique that Ryan is not getting the attention after a five home run start in the first couple weeks of the season,” Counsell said. “He’s happy with it, I guarantee it.”

Braun had a total of three RBI’s on the night, which helped make Chase Anderson a winner for a second time this year. The Brewers starter made it five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out five.

Four relievers helped Milwaukee close things out, including Neftali Feliz, who picked up his fifth save of the year.

Milwaukee (8-6) and Chicago (6-7) will play game two of their series tonight at Wrigley Field.

Anderson shuts down Toronto in a 2-0 win for the Brewers

Milwaukee (4-5) got seven scoreless innings from Chase Anderson, and Jonathan Villar hit his third home run of the year, as the Brewers beat Toronto (1-7) 2-0 Wednesday night.

Anderson was fantastic in his second-longest outing in his Milwaukee career, mixing and matching his fastball and change up to fluster a Blue Jays lineup that has given pitchers fits in recent years. He gave up just three hits and struck out seven batters on his way to his first win of the year.

“This is the best I’ve seen him,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He just had really good stuff.”

Anderson handed the game over to relievers Corey Knebel and Neftali Feliz, with the latter picking up his third save of the season.

The Brewers didn’t give Anderson much help offensively, but they did just enough. Outfielder Keon Broxton doubled home a run in the second inning, while Villar’s 429-foot homer in the sixth inning provided some breathing room to help Milwaukee get their first back-to-back wins of the year.

Counsell’s club will now head to Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Thursday night.

Despite solid outing from Chase Anderson, Brewers lose to Rockies 2-1

MILWAUKEE | For the first time this season the Brewers failed to score five or more runs. A solo homer by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the 7th inning was the only scoring for the Crew on Thursday afternoon as the Brewers dropped the series finale 2-1 to the Rockies. The Brewers (1-3) have dropped three of four to start the season including two one-run losses. Milwaukee welcomes the Cubs to Miller Park on Friday night.

The Brewers lost despite a solid pitching performance from Chase Anderson. Milwaukee’s righty went 6 innings giving up just three hits, one run and struck out four.

The Rockies went ahead for good in the top of the 9th when Nolan Arenado hit a solo homer off Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz.

The Brewers had a chance to tie in the bottom of the 9th when Ryan Braun hit what appeared to be a homer but it was caught at the wall by Carlos Gonzalez to end it.

Jimmy Nelson makes his first start of the season for the Brewers on Friday.  Nelson was 8-16 with a 4.62 ERA in a career-high 32 starts last season.

Matt Garza will start the year on the DL, Brewers set their rotation

The Milwaukee Brewers have set their starting rotation for the first two series of the season, and Matt Garza is not a part of it.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that Garza would start the year on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin. The veteran made six starts in the spring and struggled, leaving Cactus League action with an ERA of 8.59. Garza was scheduled to pitch in Friday’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park.

Without Garza, the rotation is set so that Junior Guerra gets the ball on Opening Day against Colorado, followed by Zach Davies, Wily Peralta and Chase Anderson taking the other three games in the series. Jimmy Nelson will start the series opener against the Chicago Cubs next Friday.

Garza started last season on the disabled list and didn’t actually make his season debut until June 14. He finished 6-8 on the year with a 4.51 ERA, allowing just 11 runs over his final six starts of the season.

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.