Brewers magic number sits at one after 4-2 win over Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers run towards a postseason berth continues. They defeated the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night 4-2. Their magic number to clinch sits at one. It was the 16th win out of their last 18 games.

The start didn’t go as planned as Adrian Houser allowed two runs in the first inning. That’s the only damage the Reds would do as they were shutout the rest of the way. Brent Suter took over for Houser in the fifth and pitched three scoreless innings. Drew Pomeranz and Josh Hader combined for two shutout innings in the eighth and ninth to finish things off.

Offensively, the Brewers were able to get to Sonny Gray for three early runs. Ryan Braun hit a solo home run to trim the lead in half, 2-1. Then in the third, the Brewers played some small ball to pull in front.

Orlando Arcia led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on an Hernan Perez bunt. Trent Grisham walked and Yasmani Grandal drove in Arcia with a double. Mike Moustakas walked before Keston Hiura got Grisham in with a sacrifice fly making it 3-2.

The Brewers didn’t get any much-needed help from the Philadelphia Phillies who were swept by the Washington Nationals in a double-header. The Nationals are one game up on the Brewers for the first wild card spot.

Milwaukee (87-70) will look for another win on Wednesday against Cincinnati (73-84). Jordan Lyles (11|84.17 ERA140 SO) will get the start opposite of Tyler Mahle (2|114.93 ERA, 123 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 5:40pm.

Brewers 5, Reds 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers avoided the series sweep with a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.

Chacin struggles, Reds offense stays hot

Similar to the start of Tuesday’s game, the Reds put up runs before the Brewers bats hit the field. Nick Senzel led off the inning with a single off Jhoulys Chacin. Then, Chacin walked Yasiel Puig with two outs. Next, Josh VanMeter singled scoring Phillip Ervin (replaced Senzel) and Puig to put the Reds up 2-0.

Chacin found more trouble in the second and third innings allowing a run in each frame. The start of the second was promising as Chacin struck out both Juan Graterol and Lucas Sims. But, with two outs, Ervin singled and Joey Votto followed with an RBI single giving the Reds a 3-2 lead.

Then, VanMeter led off the third frame with a solo home run putting the Reds up 4-2.

His start was cut short due to rib cage discomfort. Chacin threw three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, striking out six. He is winless in his last 12 starts and holds an ERA of 5.79.

Brewers rotation in shambles

The Brewers announced their starter Chacin had to leave the game due to rib cage discomfort. Brandon Woodruff had to leave Sunday’s game early with an oblique strain and is expected to be out six weeks. With the rotation already losing their most consistent pitcher, the Chacin news is worrisome.

Milwaukee is still in the midst of a playoff race as the trade deadline approaches only two games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. What do they do now if Chacin ends up needing to miss significant time? Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Chacin is “very likely” headed to the IL with a right oblique strain.

Freddy Peralta and/or Adrian Houser may find themselves getting a start or more in the coming weeks depending on how long Chacin is out for and if GM David Stearns makes any moves.

Offense comes through

The Brewers needed the offense to play well today and they did just enough to get the win. Ryan Braun got them going in the bottom of the first blasting a two-run homer to tie the game at 2-2.

It was the fifth inning though where the offense really came together. Rookie phenom Keston Hiura got the inning started with his 10th home run of the season coming on a solo shot. He is the second-fastest player that debuted with the Brewers to hit 10 homers. It took him 40 games to reach the milestone. In 2007, Ryan Braun hit his 10th dinger in his 38th game. Hiura also extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

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The Crew wasn’t done yet. Orlando Arcia walked, Lorenzo Cain singled to center and Christian Yelich walked to load the bases with two outs. Yasmani Grandal singled to left scoring Arcia and Cain to put the Brewers in front 5-4.

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Freddy the closer?

The bullpen went to work after Chacin’s early exit and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way. Josh Hader came into pitch in the seventh inning and threw two scoreless frames before turning it over to Freddy Peralta. Peralta was perfect in the ninth inning with two strikeouts picking up his first career save. The Brewers may have found their new closer.

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Peralta could end up back in the starting rotation due to the injuries of Woodruff and Chacin but he will pitch out of the bullpen at least for the Cubs series.

What’s next?

The Brewers (54-50) have the Thursday off before beginning a three-game set with the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs (55-47) on Friday. Gio Gonzalez (2|13.60 ERA27 SO) will get the start opposite of Jose Quintana (8|74.42 ERA, 95 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Reds 14, Brewers 6: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | Yikes, that’s not what you want to see. The Milwaukee Brewers were blown out by the Cincinnati Reds 14-6 Tuesday night.

Davies puts Brewers in an early hole

The Brewers were down 4-0 before even having an opportunity to bat Tuesday night. After striking out the first batter he faced (Nick Senzel), Zach Davies allowed the next four batters to score.

Joey Votto got the inning started with a double. The, Eugenio Suarez hit his third two-run homer of the series putting the Reds up 2-0. Davies then walked Yasiel Puig and Jesse Winker followed with a two-run dinger of his own increasing the lead to 4-0.

It could’ve been even worse if it wasn’t for a nice 7-4-2 relay to throw Scooter Gennett out at home. Davies settled in nicely after his poor first inning. He threw a scoreless second, third and fourth inning before allowing a run in the fifth and being pulled in favor of Alex Claudio.

Davies has been so solid lately entering the game with the fifth-best ERA (2.79) in MLB. He finished the night with 4+ innings pitched allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits. With the recent injury to Brandon Woodruff, the Brewers really need the other guys in the starting rotation to step up if they expect to make any noise during the playoff chase.

Brewers’ pen puts them in a bigger hole

The Reds had another big inning in the fifth scoring five more runs making it a 9-0 game. Senzel led off with a single and Votto reached base on an error by Tyler Saladino. Suarez and Puig each singled before pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin knocked a bases-clearing triple to right field. Ervin came into score thanks to a sacrifice fly from Gennett.

Cincinnati would go on to score two more runs in the sixth and four more runs in the seventh inning. It was just one of those nights for the Crew.

“Who we’re playing doesn’t matter,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You’ve got to play a good game to win. That’s the big leagues, that’s the National League. And we’re not playing well enough in these games. We didn’t come close to playing well enough tonight.”

There were a few bright spots

Milwaukee got to Reds starter Tanner Roark in the fifth inning on a Lorenzo Cain RBI double and a Christian Yelich RBI single. Then, in the sixth inning, Manny Pina crushed a three-run homer.

Rookie phenom Keston Hiura also returned to the starting lineup and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

What’s next?

The Brewers (53-50) will look to avoid the sweep by the Reds (46-53) Wednesday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin (3|105.67 ERA75 SO) will get the start opposite of Lucas Sims (1|03.72 ERA, 12 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Reds 6, Brewers 5: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Monday night in game one of a three-game set. It was the first time the Brewers lost this season when leading after eight innings (48-1).

Baseball is a heartbreak

Entering the top of the ninth with a one-run lead, Jeremy Jeffress surrendered a two-run homer to Eugenio Suarez. It was Suarez’s second dinger of the night. Jeffress was given the opportunity to close because Josh Hader was unavailable due to pitching the past two days.

“I liked JJ against Suarez, and [if you’re walking him], you’re putting the winning run on base,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell explained. “That’s generally not favorable.”

It was a difficult way to lose a game coming moments after Tyler Saldino put Milwaukee in front with his grand slam.

What has gotten into Saladino?

Saladino hit a grand slam Sunday afternoon to bring the Brewers back from a 4-0 deficit. He followed that up with another grand-slam Monday night to put Milwaukee ahead 5-4 in the eighth inning.

Mike Moustakas got things going in the inning with an opposite-field single. Jesus Aguilar followed with a single to center field. Then, Keston Hiura drew a pinch-hit walk loading the bases for Saladino.

The homer snapped a 0-for-8 drought with runners in scoring position for Milwaukee.

Saladino became one of 23 players to hit grand slams in back-to-back games. Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa are a few to have accomplished the feat.

You have to feel good for Saladino. He’s struggled since arriving with the big-league club. But he’s put the Brewers on his back the past two games. Too bad they couldn’t close this one out to make the moment more memorable.

#100 for Anderson

Chase Anderson made his 100th career start as a Brewer Monday night. He became the 24th pitcher in franchise history to do so.

Anderson went 5.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.

What’s next?

The Brewers (53-49) will look to rebound against the Reds (45-53) on Tuesday. Zach Davies (8|22.79 ERA68 SO) will get the start opposite of Tanner Roark (5|63.97 ERA, 101 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Brewers fall in extra innings to Reds 5-4

Losing any game is tough but losing a game like this is even tougher. The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning.

Reliever Corbin Burnes took over for the Brewers in the 11th retiring the first two batters. Yasiel Puig kept the game alive for the Reds hitting a single to center field. Then, Jose Iglesias knocked a single into right field.

Christian Yelich fielded the ball but threw it over the head of second baseman Keston Hiura allowing Puig to score the winning run. The play was ruled an error on Yelich.

Yelich did blast his major-league leading 31st home run of the season. Eric Thames and Mike Moustakas also hit homers.

Next up, the Brewers (46-40) will play game three of the four-game set with the Reds (39-44) on Wednesday. Jhoulys Chacin (3|85.60 ERA60 SO) will get the start for the Crew opposite of Sonny Gray (4|53.94 ERA, 91 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

Brewers 7, Reds 5: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon 7-5 to split the series.

Holy strikeouts

Both starters put on a strikeout clinic Sunday afternoon. The first three innings saw both hurlers combine for 12 strikeouts.

Anthony DeSclafani struck out the first six Brewers batters he faced. That tied the club record set by Robert Stephenson. Milwaukee was able to figure him out in the third inning. He finished with nine strikeouts on the day.

As for Brandon Woodruff, he set his career high with 12 strikeouts as he mowed through the Reds lineup. Woodruff finished the day with seven innings pitched. He gave up three runs on seven hits and threw 103 pitches. It was his seventh quality start of the season.

Woodruff has been so good for the Brewers this season. As much as the starting rotation has struggled this year, Woodruff and Zach Davies have been bright spots.

To get seven innings from a starter was huge for Milwaukee on Sunday. The bullpen leads the National League in innings pitched this season. Manager Craig Counsell has stressed lately the importance of getting length from their starters. Woodruff is now 9-2 on the season tying Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers for most in the National League.

Shaw starts a huge third inning

It is no secret that Travis Shaw has had his struggles so far this season. In the third inning though, he turned it around smacking a deep home run to put the Brewers ahead 1-0.

This began a rally as Milwaukee would tack on four more runs in the inning. Ben Gamel and Yasmani Grandal had back-to-back singles. Christian Yelich then smacked an RBI double. Next, Mike Moustakas hit a 2-RBI single to make it 5-0.

Many fans have been clamoring for rookie phenom Keston Hiura but if Travis Shaw can produce for the Brewers, they are better off.

“There’s some urgency,” Shaw said. “I feel the urgency. I’m not taking anything for granted. Just trying to keep putting together good at-bats and whatever happens, happens. It’s been a struggle all year. Still kind of struggling. I’m trying to work through it.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (42-36) have an off day on Monday before returning home to begin a three-game set with the Seattle Mariners (34-47).

Brewers 6, Reds 5: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers ended their five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds Saturday.

Reds get off to another quick start

Just like Friday night, the Reds put up three runs in the first inning. Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed a single to Jesse Winker. Then, he was able to retire Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez.

With two outs, Derek Dietrich blasted a triple to right field scoring Winker. Puig followed with a two-run bomb to left-center making it 3-0.

Brewers strike back immediately

In his first lead off at bat of his career, Yasmani Grandal hit his first lead off home run. It was a rocket line drive to right field to cut the lead to 3-1. Grandal is the first Brewers catcher to ever lead off a game with a home run.

Christian Yelich worked a walk on the next at bat. Mike Moustakas doubled to left field moving Yelich to third. Lorenz Cain then worked a walk to load the bases with no outs.

After a strikeout by Eric Thames, the Brewers plated two runs thanks to a Jose Iglesias error allowing Orlando Arcia to reach first safely. Arcia was able to steal second and Travis Shaw grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Cain to give the Crew a 4-3 lead.

Bullpen shuts the door

Matt Albers, Adrian Houser and Josh Hader mowed through the Reds lineup over the last four innings of the game. They didn’t allow a single run as the Brewers clinged to a 6-5 lead. Hader pitched the final two innings picking up his 18th save of the season.

What’s next?

The Brewers (41-36) will try to split the series with the Reds (36-39) on Sunday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (8|24.02 ERA102 SO) will get the start for the Crew opposite of Anthony DeSclafani (4|34.22 ERA, 68 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Reds 11, Brewers 7: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Cincinnati Reds Friday night extending their losing streak to five games.

Walks and hit batters put Reds up early

Brewers starter Chase Anderson put four consecutive batters on base via walk or hit by pitch in the first inning. The Reds ended up scoring three runs in the frame. Anderson was able to get the first batter he faced, Nick Senzel to ground out to first.

He then followed by walking Joey Votto, hitting Eugenio Suarez and Derek Dietrich, then walking Yasiel Puig scoring the first run of the game. Jose Igelsias came through with a 2-RBI single to put the Reds up 3-0 right off the bat.

Chase continued to struggle

Anderson followed up his first inning struggles with a quick second inning. However, things turned bad again in the third. Dietrich led off with a hit by pitch making it the third batter Anderson hit on the night. After Puig flew out to second, Iglesias smacked a single. Peraza then followed with a 2-RBI triple to give the Reds a 5-0 lead.

Milwaukee was able to score one run in the bottom of the third thanks to a single from Eric Thames. The Reds got one right back in the fourth with a leadoff home run from Senzel.

The Brewers starter got through five innings while surrendering six runs on five hits.

“Our job is to pitch deep into games and set up our bullpen nicely,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t done that the past five or six games. It’s the middle of June. I think we’re going to come out of this sooner rather than later.”

HRs from Yelich and Moose get Brewers back in it

MVP candidate Christian Yelich got the crowd roaring in the fifth inning. Ben Gamel led off the frame with a walk. Then, Yelich smacked a home run to deep center field to cut the deficit to three. Two batters latter Mike Moustakas knocked a solo shot making it 6-4.

Three strikeouts for Shaw

With Keston Hiura dominating in triple-a the Brewers continue to put Travis Shaw in the lineup. His night came to an end after striking out for the third time in the fifth inning.

The fans at Miller Park obviously aren’t pleased with his recent play and they showed it booing Shaw as he walked back to the dugout.

What’s next?

The Brewers (40-36) will look to end their five-game losing streak Saturday against the Reds (36-38). Jhoulys Chacin (3|85.60 ERA51 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee opposite of Luis Castillo (7|12.26 ERA, 103 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:10pm.

Arcia’s 3-run homer propels Brewers past Reds

The Brewers won another close game in Cincinnati against the Reds 4-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth win of the season.

Orlando Arcia did not have a hit through the first five games of the season (0-16). It was worth the wait as he came up with the most important one on Tuesday. Arcia hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break a one-one tie delivering a decisive blow to the home team.

In his second start this year, Jhoulys Chacin went five and a third, gave up two earned runs on six hits and struck out six to pick up his second win of the season. He got in trouble in the sixth loading the bases before manager Craig Counsell went to the bullpen. Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra finished off the inning allowing one run to score.

Josh Hader made an appearance in the ninth for the second straight night. He walked the first batter, Raisel Iglesias, then struck out Tucker Barnhart and José Peraza before getting Kyle Farmer to pop-out in foul territory. It was Hader’s fourth save of the season.

Next up, the Brewers (5-1) will look for the series sweep of the Reds (1-3) Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35am. Freddy Peralta (0-0) will get the start for Milwaukee. He gave up four runs in three innings of a 9-5 loss to the Cardinals on Friday. He’ll be opposed by Luis Castillo (0-0).

Brewers rally late to beat Reds 4-3

The Brewers just find ways to win. They took down the Reds at Great American Ballpark 4-3 in the first of a three-game set.

Tied 3-3 going into the ninth inning, Yelich would come to the plate with two outs. He had been 0-4 until that point but came up with a double off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias. Ryan Braun followed with another double scoring Yelich to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.

Josh Hader picked up his third save of the season. After giving up a double to Curt Casali, the first batter he faced, Hader settled in and retired the next three hitters.

Zach Davies had a good outing in his first start of the season. He went five innings, gave up two earned runs on four hits and struck out six.

Next up, the Brewers (4-1) take on the Reds (1-2) Tuesday night. Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 5.06 ERA) will take the bump for the crew opposite of Anthony DeSclafani. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40pm.