Peralta gets roughed up in start, Brewers fall to Astros 10-8

Freddy Peralta continues to struggle as a starter for the Brewers. It didn’t get any better Monday night in Houston. The Astros roughed him up pretty bad as they went on to top the Brewers 10-8.

Peralta was coming off a good start against the Miami Marlins giving up only four hits and one run. That success didn’t carry over to Houston. He allowed eight hits and six runs in four-plus innings including two of the Astros’ four home runs. Peralta went to 3-3 with a 5.81 earned run average in 13 outings.

Yasmani Grandal got the Brewers off to a good start in the first inning with a two-out single that plated a run. Milwaukee had a chance to do more damage with bases loaded but Jesus Aguilar grounded out.

Christian Yelich continued his terrific season smacking a MLB-leading 25th home run. It was his fourth home run over his last nine games.

The Brewers made it interesting in the ninth. They kept battling as Grandal smacked a three-run homer to pull them within two.

Next up, the Brewers (38-29) will try to avoid the two-game sweep against the Astros (46-22). Brandon Woodruff (8|13.87 ERA90 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee opposite of Justin Verlander (9|22.31 ERA, 110 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Brewers 5, Pirates 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers finished off the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon.

Christian Yelich blasts HR #24 on his bobblehead day

The reigning NL MVP entered the day ranked first in HR, SLG and OPS. He added to all three in the sixth inning while the Miller Park fans held his bobblehead. It put Milwaukee on the board with their first run of the afternoon.

“That guy is on a different planet,” Mike Moustakas said.

Moustakas may be on to something. Starter Chase Anderson said after the game that Yelich wanted to prove last year’s MVP season wasn’t a fluke. I think he’s off to a good start this season.

Mike Moustakas wins a fan a car with his 20th dinger

“That homer won us the game and somebody a car, which is pretty cool,” Yelich said.

Moustakas did more than hit a home run on Sunday as Yelich pointed out. His 20th dinger of the season put the Brewers in front leading to the win and sent a couple fans home with a brand new car.

His game-winning two-run home run was his fourth in his last four games. You can’t overstate how big it was for the Brewers to be able to bring Moustakas back this off-season.

“I didn’t know that I actually won somebody a car until afterwards,” Moustakas said. “You came to ballgame and leave with a car is pretty cool.”

He has been on a tear so far this season. Moustakas and Yelich are two of the four players in MLB who have hit 20 home runs this season. The two are the first pair of teammates to each hit 20 homers within their team’s first 66 games since New York-AL’s Curtis Granderson (21) and Mark Texiera (21) in 2011.

Brewers pitching solid throughout

Chase Anderson made one mistake which cost his team two runs. However, he was terrific during the rest of his six innings of work. Anderson began the day retiring each of his first five batters and sent down 10 of his final 11 batters faced. He recorded a season-high-tying six strikeouts.

Adrian Houser relieved Anderson in the seventh inning to pitch a scoreless frame. Houser has not allowed an earned run in each of his last seven appearances and in each of his last 13 innings of work. Jeremy Jeffress took care of business in the eighth inning and picked up the win. Then, in the ninth, Josh Hader walked the first batter but struck out the next three to pick up his 16th save of the season.

What’s next?

The Brewers (38-28) get a well-deserved day off Monday before heading out to Houston for a two-game set with the Astros (45-22) beginning Tuesday.

Brewers outlast Pirates in 13 inning thriller 12-10

It was another marathon game for the Brewers on Saturday night. In game three of a four-game set, it five hours and 23 minutes for Milwaukee to get the job done. They got past the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-10 in 13 innings.

Orlando Arcia came up huge in the 13th smacking his second two-run home run of the night to put the Brewers on top.

The game was back and forth all night long. The Brewers jumped out to a 5-0 lead before surrendering seven straight runs to fall behind 7-5. Milwaukee would answer and retake the lead in the sixth inning thanks to a three-run homer from Christian Yelich. Pittsburgh held a 10-8 lead in the ninth inning before a two-run home run from Keston Hiura.

Milwaukee (33-26), now in first place in the NL Central will look to take the series from Pittsburgh (28-29) Sunday afternoon. Zach Davies (5|02.19 ERA42 SO) will get the start opposite of Jordan Lyles (5|23.09 ERA, 56 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm.

Yelich exits early, Brewers fall to Mets 5-2

The Milwaukee Brewers lost more than a game Sunday afternoon as they fell to the Mets 5-2, in New York. The reigning NL MVP, Christian Yelich had to leave the game in the fifth inning.

Yelich is considered day-to-day with a sore lower back. He suffered through back issues last season. Even a minor injury to Yelich would be a huge blow to the Brewers. He has carried them this season through 29 games batting a staggering .353 with 14 homers.

Newcomer, Gio Gonzalez pitched well in his first outing with the team this season. He threw five innings, gave up just two runs on six hits and struck out two. His start wasn’t enough as Milwaukee’s bullpen surrendered three more runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

It was still a successful trip to New York as the Brewers took the series 2-1.

Next up, Milwaukee (15-14) returns home to Miller Park as they begin a four-game set with the Colorado Rockies (13-15). The Brewers will send out their most consistent starter this year, Zach Davies (2|01.65 ERA19 SO). The Rockies will counter with left-hander Kyle Freeland (2|34.23 ERA, 30 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Bellinger spoils Brewers comeback, Dodgers win 6-5

The Milwaukee Brewers failed to even the series with the Los Angeles Dodgers falling 6-5 at Miller Park on Sunday.

Cody Bellinger was the hero for the Dodgers. Not only did he rob Christian Yelich of another home run in the eighth inning, he hit one of his own in the ninth off Josh Hader to make it 6-5.

Joc Pederson played a huge part in the win as well. He blasted two homers, tied a career-high four hits and scored three times. The Dodgers took three of four from the Brewers this weekend.

Eric Thames tied the game in the eighth with a three-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen.

Starter Brandon Woodruff struggled giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. Clayton Kershaw countered with a strong outing. He went six innings, gave up just two runs on two hits.

Next up, the Brewers (13-10) will travel to St. Louis to begin a three-game series with the Cardinals (12-9). Adrian Houser will make his first career start for Milwaukee. He has a 1.10 ERA and an 18-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three Minor League starts this year. The Cardinals will counter with Jack Flaherty (1|15.00 ERA22 SO) First pitch is scheduled for 6:45pm.

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Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continued their dominance against the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-4 victory Tuesday night securing the series win.

Pitchers who rake, and pitch

Brandon Woodruff had his best start of the season, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs off seven hits while striking out six. He didn’t find trouble until the sixth inning, not allowing a run through the first five. He got a nice ovation from the fans at Miller Park as he exited in the sixth after his 94-pitch outing.

“I thought his stuff was really good tonight. Slider was good to righties, his change was good to lefties. His fastball was obviously located very well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Woodruff also helped his own cause, smacking a two-run double down the right-field line giving the Brewers a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The 26-year old has been unconscious at the plate for a pitcher with an OPS of 1.750. To put this into context, Christian Yelich has an OPS of 1.246.

The Brewers’ pitching staff leads MLB in average. Freddy Peralta mentioned Monday night that they have a competition when it comes to getting hits.

“It’s fun. We take it in the cage when [we’re] hitting stuff, we take it pretty serious,” Woodruff said, “A good competition. We usually play games with each-other and stuff and try to see who can beat each other and I hate to say it but Freddy hasn’t won yet, so we got to get him some more wins.”

The competition between teammates seems to be working as Milwaukee continues to get production from the ninth spot in the order.

An offensive third inning

Milwaukee scored five of their eight runs in the third inning as they batted around the order. Cain got it going blasting a leadoff homer to left.

Braun hit a double down the left-field line. Then, Yasmani Grandal stayed hot launching a two-run dinger to right.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar hit back-to-back singles. Orlando Arcia followed with a walk which brought Woodruff to the plate with the bases loaded and you know what happened next.

Why do they keep pitching to him?

I’m shocked that the Cardinals keep pitching to Yelich. The Brewers for sure aren’t complaining and neither am I. But, am I surprised? Absolutely.

Yelich was asked if he is surprised the Red Birds keep pitching to him.

No. I mean, it’s baseball. I got out three times today, too. Struck out twice. That’s the game of baseball. You have to be ready to go and see how the game plays out.

He is posting ridiculous numbers against the Cardinals this season. It’s hard to expect him to keep up this pace but somehow, he does. With two outs, and two on, in the fifth inning, Yelich homered to right-center giving the Brewers an 8-0 lead.

It was his eighth home run in six games against St. Louis this season, which is the most ever by a Brewer in a single season against the Cardinals.

Next up, the Brewers (12-6) will look for the series sweep of the Cardinals (9-8) on Wednesday afternoon. Corbin Burnes (0|110.05 ERA21 SO) will get the nod for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Michael Wacha (0|05.28 ERA17 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm.

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Brewers 10, Cardinals 7: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | Christian Yelich’s three home runs and seven RBIs power the Brewers to a 10-7 victory against the Cardinals on Jackie Robinson Day, Monday night. Milwaukee has now won four of the last five over St. Louis this season, combining to hit 12 home runs.

Freddy struggles again

Freddy Peralta struggled in the first inning allowing two home-runs. Paul Goldschmidt launched a first-pitch fastball to deep left-center field. Paul DeJong followed immediately with a homer of his own.

It would’ve been even worse for Peralta if it wasn’t for Lorenzo Cain making a home run saving catch in the second inning. It’s a shame that Cain didn’t win a Gold Glove last season but he’s showing to be a top-candidate again early this year.

Peralta went 3.1 innings, gave up three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out three. This is the third time in four starts Peralta has failed to make it through the fourth inning. 11 of his 14 runs given up this season have come in the first inning. He has a career 11.57 ERA (18.2 IP, 24 ER) in the first inning.

“I just didn’t feel it, I didn’t feel 100% today,” Peralta discussed, “Those are things that are going to happen, you’re not going to feel 100% every day and you’ve got to find a way to work through it and I just didn’t feel it today.”

Milwaukee decided to put their confidence in the young guys for this season’s pitching staff. So far, it hasn’t gone the way you’d like to see but Peralta and Corbin Burnes have a lot of potential and it’s worth it to stay patient with them.

Bats come alive in the 2nd

Six hits led to six runs as the Brewers took the lead 6-2 in the second inning. Mike Moustakas got the crew started with a solo-shot to right-field off Dakota Hudson. Eric Thames would then reach base with a single. Ben Gamel drove Thames home to tie the game 2-2.

With two outs, Peralta would help his own cause blooping one to shallow center, scoring Gamel. Brewers pitchers improved to an MLB-best 10-27 after Peralta’s single. I’m a DH guy but even I have a hard time not changing my mind when I see Milwaukee’s pitchers at the plate.

Cain singled putting runners on the corners and the 2018 NL MVP would come to the plate. Yelich launched his sixth dinger of the season on a three-run blast to left-center giving the Brewers a 6-2 lead.

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Give Yelich the MVP today

I don’t even know what to say. Yelich hit not one, not two, but three homers Monday night and finished with seven RBIs. Last year’s NL MVP tied the Brewers franchise record for HRs and RBIs in a game.

The amount of damage he’s done against the Cardinals has been incredible. He has now homered in six straight games with an at-bat against St. Louis dating back to 9/25/18, becoming the first player since at least 1908 to do so. Yelich has now hit seven of his eight home runs against the Cardinals this season and 13 homers in 22 games against the Red Birds since joining the Brewers.

“They’re a great pitching staff. They’re a great team,” Yelich said about the Cardinals, “I feel like they always pitch you tough in my career. Baseball is just a weird game. It’s one of those weird stretches and sometimes you just can’t explain things.”

His first homer Monday night snapped an 0-9 skid and left his bat at an estimated 114.1 mph, according to Statcast. That’s his hardest hit home-run in the Statcast era (since 2015).

“It’s still incredibly fun to watch, and incredible to watch,” Craig Counsell said, “And it’s so rare when you watch things like that, it doesn’t get boring. He’s doing incredible things. The second home run, the pitch he hit, how do you hit that pitch out? I think that’s what everyone is saying. It’s special to see it.”

It’s getting to the point where we expect Yelich to come up with big hit after big hit but as Counsell said, it will never get boring.

Next up, the Brewers (11-6) will take on the Cardinals (9-7) in the second of a three-game set. Brandon Woodruff (1|16.00 ERA20 SO) will take the bump for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Jack Flaherty (1|02.93 ERA18 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Trout robs Yelich of HR, Angels hit three to beat Brewers 5-2

The Milwaukee Brewers’ pitchers struggled keeping the ball inside the park Monday night. The Los Angeles Angels hit three home-runs. None of them came from Mike Trout.

Tommy La Stella and Andrelton Simmons each went yard off starter Jhoulys Chacin. He only allowed one more hit in 6 1/3 innings of work but took the loss. Justin Bour hit the team’s third dinger in the eighth off reliever Chase Anderson on a two-run drive to right field.

Offensively, the Brewers had a chance to score a few more runs. In the third inning, Christian Yelich sent a deep drive to center field but Trout jumped at the wall and made the catch, robbing the home run. Yelich smiled and tipped his hat to Trout.

Next up, the Brewers (8-3) will play the second of the three-game series with the Angels (5-6) Tuesday night. Freddy Peralta (1-0, 3.27 ERA, 14 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Los Angeles will send Matt Harvey (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6 SO) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 9:07pm.