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.