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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Brewers Fall 4-3 To Cubs At Chilly Wrigley Field

By Eric Rogers
Apr. 27, 2016
CHICAGO — Addison Russell’s two-run triple in the sixth inning held up and gave the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night.
The Cubs returned to Wrigley Field having won five of seven games on the road. The success continued after Kyle Hendricks gave Chicago five innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell gave Ryan Braun a scheduled day off from the lineup, but he came in during the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter, delivering a two-run double to close the scoring gap.
Third baseman Aaron Hill had a chance at a game-tying home run, but his blast to left field was kept out of the stands by gusty wind conditions and caught for the final out at the warning track.
Jimmy Nelson gets charged with the loss after 5.1 innings, two hits, and one earned run.