Brewers to open 2020 season against Cubs

On Monday, Major League Baseball released its schedule for the 2020 season. The Milwaukee Brewers will meet a familiar foe in their first series. On Thursday March 26th, the Chicago Cubs will come to Miller Park.

It will be a three game series with both teams taking Friday off and resuming play on the weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals will come to town for three games completing the Brewers’ six-game home stand to open the year.

One thing that is interesting however is the lack of NL Central matchups late in the year. The Brewers will play their last game against the Cubs on Aug. 9. Also, they’ll only play the Cardinals six times over the last two months of the season.

Milwaukee will see plenty of the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets in the opening month. They’ll finish the season series with both clubs in just over a few weeks.

The interleague schedule will put the Brewers up against the AL East. The New York Yankees will come to town from May 19-21, the Toronto Blue Jays form June 22-24 and the Tampa Bay Rays from July 7-8. Milwaukee will travel to Tampa Bay from May 30-31, to Boston from June 5-7, and to Baltimore from Sept. 11-13.

You can check out the full schedule on the Brewers website here.

Brewers offense struggles, fall to Cubs 4-1

The Milwaukee Brewers are battling to stay in the race for the NL Central. They lost more ground Saturday afternoon falling in game two of their three-game set with the Chicago Cubs 3-1. The Brewers now trail the Cardinals and Cubs by three games in the division.

Gio Gonzalez was effective in his start. He pitched 4.1 innings allowing just one run on five hits while striking out four. But like many times before, the bullpen struggled to hold the Cubs.

Albert Almora Jr. lined a solo home run off reliever Junior Guerra to give the Cubs the lead 2-1 in the seventh inning. Then in the eighth, the Cubs tacked on two more runs off Freddy Peralta. Javier Baez hit an RBI-single and Almora followed with a sacrifice fly to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

The only score for the Brewers came in the sixth inning on a Ryan Braun single.

Next up, the Brewers (57-55) will look to avoid the sweep against the Cubs (59-51) on Sunday. Adrian Houser (4|43.99 ERA60 SO) will get the start opposite of Yu Darvish (3|54.46 ERA, 141 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:20pm.

Cubs 11, Brewers 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers failed to complete the sweep of the Chicago Cubs with an 11-4 blowout loss on Sunday. The loss set the Brewers one game back of first place in the NL Central.

Schwarber bombs

Kyle Schwarber nearly single-handedly won the game for the Cubs. He had seven RBIs courtesy of a grand-slam and a three-run homer. Schwarber was a nightmare for Brewers starter Zach Davies all afternoon.

In the second inning, with one out, Javier Baéz and Jayson Heyward hit back-to-back singles. Then, Ian Happ drew a walk to load the bases. Schwarber launched a first-pitch fastball to deep right-field for the longest (473 ft) home run at Miller Park this season.

Davies walked two more batters in the fourth inning before Schwarber made him pay again with a three-run homer putting the Cubs up 7-0.

“The walks to Happ killed us today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “No question about it. We did a poor job on him.”

Brewers offense shows some life in the fifth

Cubs starter Jose Quintana has been historically dominant against the Brewers in his career. The first four innings proved that notion as he cruised through Milwaukee’s lineup. However, he found some trouble in the fifth inning as the Brewers offense finally showed some life.

Yasmani Grandal led off the frame with a walk. Next, Jesus Aguilar singled and Orlando Arcia followed with a walk to load the bases. Quintana struck out Tyler Saladino before allowing an RBI-single to Manny Pina. Lorenzo Cain hit a sacrifice fly and Christian Yelich knocked one more run in with a double to trim the deficit to 7-3.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to go to his bullpen. Reliever Brad Birch came in for Quintana and was able to get Ryan Braun to ground out to third.

Hey, it’s still a series win

It’s way too early to say these games were on “must-win” level but they were definitely important. It was huge for the Brewers to take two out of three games against the Cubs as the trade deadline approaches.

Milwaukee is trending up, having won eight of their last 12 games and three out of their last four series.

There is uncertainty though regarding the starting rotation moving forward. Expect Adrian Houser to get one of the starts against the Oakland Athletics this week. But who starts the other games? The Brewers don’t have an answer for that yet.

What’s next?

The Brewers (56-51) are off Monday before starting a nine-game road-trip beginning in Oakland against the Athletics (59-47) Tuesday night.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took game one of a three-game set from the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday night.

Defensive battle

There wasn’t a run scored from either team through the first five innings. Gio Gonzalez and Kyle Hendricks showcased a classic pitcher duel with excellent defense behind them. Both defenses put on a highlight reel of great plays early on.

In the first inning, Lorenzo Cain made a sliding catch on a liner from Anthony Rizzo and doubled Kris Bryant off first.

Ian Happ told Cain to “Hold my Beer” in the bottom half of the frame with a beautiful sliding grab into the wall robbing Mike Moustakas.

In the second inning, Gonzalez showed off his reflexes snagging a line drive that came right back at him.

One batter later, Eric Thames showed he isn’t just a power hitter.

Brewers starting rotation takes another hit

Gonzalez pitched a gem, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, while striking out nine. However, he had to leave the game with left shoulder tightness. It was his best start of the season and his second start since returning from nearly a two-month stint on the IL.

“With Gio, we’re kind of day to day,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He really just stiffened up is what we’ve got right now. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and the next day; we’re not ruling him out for his next start. He got stiff. That was a long inning. He felt like he couldn’t get loose through that inning and there was some stiffness there with that warmup pitch that he threw, so we stopped it.”

The Brewers had to place Brandon Woodruff and Jhoulys Chacin on the IL this week alone. Already down two other starters, the Brewers can’t afford to lose a third.

“It kind of stiffened up, it kind of grabbed a little bit so we all just kind of played it safe by backing off a little bit,” Gonzalez said. “I think I’ll be alright. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the seventh inning so I was just hanging in there.”

It appears Gonzalez is going to be okay and won’t be ruled out from his next start, at least for now. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. If Gonzalez can’t go in his next scheduled the start, Milwaukee will only have two healthy starters | Zach Davies and Chase Anderson.

Gamel comes up clutch

Milwaukee found some life in the eighth inning beginning with rookie Keston Hiura drawing a one-out walk off Brandon Kintzler. Then, Kintzler hit Eric Thames putting two men on base.

Pedro Strop came into replace Kintzler and hit pinch-hitter Ryan Braun on his first pitch to load the bases. Next, Jesus Aguilar popped out, bringing up Ben Gamel.

Gamel came through for the Brewers in the eighth inning with a two-out single to put Milwaukee in front 3-2.

This has to be looked at as the biggest win of the season so far for the Brewers. It was a fun game to watch and had multiple big time moments. The fans brought it as well making a playoff-type atmosphere. Still, there’s more work to be done for Milwaukee. A win on Saturday will go a long way as they try to work their way up in the NL Central standings.

What’s next?

The Brewers (55-50) will look to take the weekend series over the Cubs (55-48) Saturday night. Chase Anderson (5|23.90 ERA81 SO) will get the start opposite of Jon Lester (9|63.87 ERA, 105 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

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Brewers drop series finale to Cubs 4-1

Two of the National League’s best teams faced off on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. It was the Brewers’ first appearance on the broadcast since 2013 and it didn’t go as planned.

The Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-1 as they took the series 2-1.

Jhoulys Cacin pitched well for the Crew going six innings of two-run ball on six hits. The two runs though would be all Jon Lester needed.

Milwaukee got the bat on the ball getting Lester to surrender nine hits but were only able to knock one extra-base hit. That was a Jesus Aguilar double which scored Christian Yelich for their only run of the night.

Next up, the Brewers (24-18) head out east to take on the Philadelphia Phillies (23-16). Freddy Peralta (2|16.75 ERA30 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. He pitched five scoreless innings behind an ‘opener’ in his last start. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Nola (3|04.57 ERA, 45 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took the series against the Cubs with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Yelich shows no signs of slowing down

Christian Yelich got the offense going early blasting his fifth dinger of the season on a two-run home run in the first inning off a first-pitch fastball from Kyle Hendricks. It was his 100th career home run and first homer against the Cubs as a member of the Brewers.

Yelich also drove in Milwaukee’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He finished the day with three RBIs. He talked about going yard for the 100th time in his career.

I remember my first one, so 99 later it’s pretty cool. It’s something that’s cool that you really just try and appreciate afterwards. I didn’t really know a whole lot in the moment until they were telling me it was 100.

Davies deals

Zach Davies was terrific in his second start of the young season. He cruised through Chicago’s lineup allowing no runs on three hits through the first five innings. He almost got through the sixth but allowed a two-run homer with two outs to Wilson Contreras before being pulled. Davies said after the game that him going into the sixth inning was the plan.

That was the plan for me. Coming up with short starts the last couple of games it was my job to at least get into the sixth inning and I felt like I could’ve gone another hitter to finish that inning off but better match-up, better decision in that situation to do something else. So that was my mindset going in is try and get weak contact, try and get early contact and be in the game as long as I could.

Hader shuts the door

Is there a better hitter/pitcher duo in MLB than Yelich and Josh Hader? There might not be.

The Brewers found themselves in a jam in the seventh inning. Then, Hader would trout out to the mound. He would get Kris Bryant to pop-out and followed it by striking-out Anthony Rizzo in an eight-pitch at-bat to keep the Brewers ahead 4-2.

Manager Craig Counsell would keep Hader in for the remainder of the game as he recorded his fifth save of the season on his 25th birthday. Counsell shared his thoughts on the decision to send Hader back out for the ninth inning.

To get to that spot was the big spot. After Rizzo gave him the tough at-bat, I wasn’t sure we were going to get him through the ninth. But he had an efficient eighth, so he went back out there.

Hader has already had some incredible moments through the first 10 games of the season. This is just another one he can add to the list.

8-2 to start the season

Counsell shared his thoughts on the great start to the year.

We’ve started the season in a consistent way. You win three series, it’s a good start to consistent baseball. I think we’re very capable of that. I think at times that we’ve shown – and what I like – is that we can win games in different ways. That’s the way a deep team should be able to do it. You don’t have to count on one part of the team to get victories. We can get victories from different guys on the roster and areas of the roster. That’s what we’ve done.

Brewers hammered by Cubs 14-8

The Milwaukee Brewers had a rough night on Saturday falling to the division rival Chicago Cubs 14-8.

Jason Heyward played a big part in the victory for the Cubs going yard twice. It was his first multi-homer game since signing in Chicago. Victor Caratini and Javier Baez also went deep as the Cubs stopped a six-game losing streak.

The Brewers were looking for their seventh straight win behind the arm of Corbin Burnes. He went gave up seven earned runs on six hits and three walks, striking out six. Burnes also allowed three home runs becoming the first Brewers pitcher to allow at least three home runs in consecutive starts since Jason Bere in 2000.

Milwaukee’s offense came to play as Ryan Braun, Eric Thames and Lorenzo Cain all hit home runs.

Next up for the Brewers (7-2), the rubber game against the Cubs (2-6) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Should The Brewers Trade Ryan Braun To The Cubs

May 10, 2016
3:25 p.m.
MADISON, Wis | First Jonathan Lucroy, now Ryan Braun… The trade rumors continue to swirl for the Milwaukee Brewers.
With the Brewers in rebuild mode, they are looking to bolster their farm system and continue building for the future. But, can that future be without their slugger Ryan Braun? Many are divided.
The Cubs lost Kyle Schwarber for the year within the first week of the season and first reported by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, are targeting a significant upgrade in left field. Among the handful of potential replacements, Ryan Braun’s name appeared.
Braun is currently batting .363 with 7 homeruns and 24 RBIs, as he is off to one of the best career starts for a Milwaukee Brewer.
Should the Brewers continue to build with Braun in their clubhouse or should he be shipped off to their NL rival in the Cubs? We discussed on today’s show:

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