Brewers beat Cards 2-1, Bandy to DL

MILWAUKEE | Not since July of 2012 (a string of 13 straight series) had the Brewers won a series over the Cardinals at Miller Park. That string was snapped on Thursday afternoon as the Brewers held on for an exciting 2-1 victory over the Cardinals. Milwaukee improves to 57-53 and moves to within two games of the Cubs for first place in the NL Central.

Milwaukee centerfielder Keon Broxton drove in the go-ahead run and also saved a run with a leaping catch. Broxton robbed Jose Martinez of a homer in the second when he stretched his glove atop the center field wall. His single in the fifth off reliever Brett Cecil gave the Crew a 2-1 lead and they never looked back.

Pitcher Matt Garza made a strong start in his return from the disabled list. Garza (5-5) gave up one earned run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Despite taking two of three Milwaukee won for just the fifth time in its last 17 games.

Brewers closer Corey Knebel worked the ninth and struck out Cardinal Greg Garcia with runners on first and second to earn his 20th save in 25 opportunities.

Milwaukee now heads to Tampa Bay for a weekend series with the Rays.

There was one piece of bad news for the Crew. Catcher Jett Bandy had to leave the game in the 8th inning after swinging in pain in his final at bat. Manager Craig Counsell confirmed Bandy has a broken rib and will head to the disabled list.

Pitching staff leads Crew over Cubs 2-1

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers survived a pitching duel with the Chicago Cubs Friday night thanks to seven scoreless innings from starter Brent Suter, along with backup from the bullpen.

Milwaukee would get the 2-1 victory and pull within a half game of the division-leading Cubs because of the career-high performance from Suter.

“I have to be honest, it feels good,” Suter said. “It was probably one of the biggest starts of my life, and to come through for the team and get the team a win, it feels good.”

The only scoring Chicago could muster came against the Brewers’ newest reliever, Anthony Swarzak, who allowed one run in the eighth inning. He was credited with the hold, while Corey Knebel came in to record his 18th save and preserve the win.

After acquiring him in free agency over pursuing teams like the Brewers, Cubs starter Jose Quintana took his sixth loss of the season after allowing two runs on four hits in six innings of work. He struck out six, but walked three in the effort.

“They work good at-bats,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Milwaukee’s bats. “They don’t expand their strike zone — maybe one or two guys might. They’re not expanders. You’ve got to throw a strike. It’s almost like an [American League] East batting lineup. You have to get them out within the strike zone, and that’s what’s so interesting about their group.”

But it wasn’t all about the pitchers. Milwaukee’s offense was able to come through when it mattered, as Orlando Arcia and Manny Piña each delivered an RBI groundout to aid in the win. Ryan Braun nearly added a home run, had it not been for Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward robbing him of his 13th blast of the year.

Knebel blows the save, Brewers lose their fourth straight

A disappointing start to the second half of the season continued Wednesday night for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings.

Manager Craig Counsell’s club was in position to snap a three-game losing streak when he handed the ball to closer Corey Knebel in the ninth inning and holding a 2-1 lead. But after retiring the first batter, the lone Milwaukee all-star allowed three straight hitters to reach base, and the Pirates tied things up. Then, in the 10th inning, reliever Jared Hughes gave up a walk-off single to rookie Max Maroff to end the game.

The loss wasted good nights from starter Zach Davies and right fielder Domingo Santana.

Davies made it seven innings, giving up just one unearned run on eight hits, a performance Counsell called one of his best of the season. Santana, hitting at the top of the lineup, was 3-of-5 on the night and scored both of Milwaukee’s runs, including a solo home run in the eighth inning to give them the lead.

The Brewers dropped to 3-8 in extra innings this year, while also sitting at just 11-13 in 1-run games.

Milwaukee’s lead in the NL Central is now just 1.5 games on the Chicago Cubs, who have won six straight.

The Crew will try to salvage one game of their four-game set with the Pirates this afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee earns win No. 50, beat the Yankees 5-3

The Milwaukee Brewers have 50 wins at the all-star break for just the second time in the last decade.

Manager Craig Counsell’s club got to the mark with a 5-3 win on Sunday against the Yankees that was finished off by Corey Knebel. Just a day after he gave up a walk-off home run, the Brewers lone all-star walked the first batter and then struckout the next three batters to get his 14th save of the year.

Milwaukee, as it has all year, jumped on the Yankees early, getting a three-run homer from Travis Shaw in the first inning. The Crew added another homer, this one from Stephen Vogt, in the top of the second. Shaw picked up another RBI in the top of the fifth on a single to round out the Brewers scoring.

Jimmy Nelson got the win for Milwaukee to move to 8-4 on the year. He allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings and struckout six.

The biggest play of the game was one that didn’t count. With Milwaukee up 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Yankees Chase Headley drilled what appeared to be the go-ahead three-run home run. But it went to replay and was overturned. Carlos Torres would strike Headley out and go on to throw a scoreless inning.

Milwaukee finished the first half of the year winning 8 of 10 and own a 5.5 games lead on the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Brewers will return from the all-star break on Friday at home against Philadelphia.

Yankees beat the Brewers with a 3-run, walk-off homer

Milwaukee could not make it six straight wins, as the Brewers got walked-off by the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, 5-3.

Closer Corey Knebel had a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth inning, but couldn’t convert the save opportunity. He gave up a pair of walks sandwiched between a strikeout, and then Clint Frazier drilled a three-run homer for the win. It was the fourth blown save this year for Knebel, the lone Brewers all-star.

The loss ruined what was another very good start out of Brent Suter in place of the injured Chase Anderson. He didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and New York didn’t get anything on the board until the seventh. Suter’s final line saw him go 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five.

Milwaukee’s offense certainly didn’t help matters. A three-run homer from Domingo Santana in the first inning was all they had to show for the day, while also losing outfielder Ryan Braun to calf tightness.

The loss dropped the Crew to 49-41 on the year, and saw their lead in the NL Central drop to four games.

The rubber match of the three-game series gets underway at 12:05 on Sunday.

All-Star Break Schedule

The Major League Baseball All-Star Break is only a few games away for most teams. The Brewers will have a one game series in Chicago due to a “rain out” earlier this season, and then head to New York for a three game series with the Yankees before the break. The official All-Star break starts on Monday, July 10th and goes through Thursday, July 13th. Before the major league All-Star festivities begin, Marlins Park in Miami will host the All-Star Futures game.

Futures Game

The Futures Game showcases minor league talent from many different levels. The Brewers will have three prospects participating in this game. Lewis Brinson and Corey Ray will represent the organization and play for the U.S. team. Brinson is the Brewers top prospect while Ray is the Brewers second ranked prospect. Both players are prized outfielders ranked in the top-25 for minor league prospects. Brinson has already gotten his feet wet in the majors this season, and Ray is expected to be on a fast-track to the majors. Mauricio Dubon, the ninth ranked prospect in the Brewers system will also play in the game, but on the World team. Dubon is a SS/2B who has recently been called up to Triple-A after having a breakout season in Double-A. Fans should expect to see Dubon in Milwaukee for September call-ups.

The Futures Game will be held on Sunday, July 9th at Marlins Park in Miami. The game will start at 3 p.m. CST and can be viewed on MLB Network and MLB.com. The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game will follow the Futures Game.

All-Star Events

On Monday, July 10th, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby can be seen on ESPN at 7 p.m. CST. The telecast of the Celebrity Softball game will air after the Home Run Derby.

On Tuesday, July 11th, the All-Star Game will be played live from Marlins Park. Game time will be 6:30 p.m. CST and can be seen on FOX.

 (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Brewers closer Corey Knebel will be participating in the All-Star game representing the Brewers and the National League. The 25-year-old flame throwing right-hander was named to his first All-Star team. In 40 2/3 innings, Knebel has only allowed five earned runs and struck out 71 batters. Knebel is in the midst of extending his major league record 41 consecutive outings with a strikeout. He has converted 13 saves in 16 attempts.

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Brewers closer Corey Knebel named to NL All-Star Team

MILWAUKEE | Corey Knebel wasn’t the Brewers closer until mid-May. Less than two months later he’s been named to his first career MLB All-Star Game.

The right-handed hurler was informed by manager Craig Counsell on Sunday night that he’d be the Brewers’ representative on July 11th in Miami.

Knebel, 25, opened as the setup man but replaced Neftali Feliz as closer in mid-May. Since then he’s posted a 1.13 earned-run average, WHIP of 1.08 and 13 saves in 40 appearances.

Knebel has 68 strikeouts in just 39 2/3 innings. That total ranks second in the majors among relievers behind only Houston’s Chris Devenski.

 

The Brewers signed Neftali Feliz to a $5.35 million, one-year deal to serve as their closer in late January, leaving Knebel to serve as his setup man in the early going. After Feliz worked his way out of the 9th inning role, Knebel has gone on to break major-league strikeout records held by Aroldis Chapman and Bruce Sutter, and enters Monday having fanned at least one batter in each of his 40 appearances this season.

Knebel is the ninth Brewers closer to be named an all-star, and the first since Francisco Rodriguez in 2015.

Vogt homers, Knebel sets record in win over Marlins

MILWAUKEE — Newcomer Stephen Vogt couldn’t have began his debut as a Brewer at Miller Park any better, hitting two home runs and making a key defensive play to give Milwaukee a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins Friday night.

Vogt accounted for all three Brewers runs, driving in the first on a solo home run in the fifth inning, before doubling up on a two-run blast in the seventh which proved to be the winning run. But his ninth-inning tag of Miami’s J.T. Realmuto at the plate prevented the Marlins from scoring the tying run, while preserving Corey Knebel’s 13th save of the year.

“First curtain call of my career, so that’s pretty cool,” Vogt said. “You don’t have too many multi-homer [games] in Oakland unless you’re Khris Davis.”

The two-time A’s All-Star was 2-for-3 at the plate in the win, improving his batting average to .226

Not only did Knebel log his 13th save, but he also set a Major League record with 40 consecutive appearances this season with at least one strikeout. That breaks a record held by former Cubs reliever and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter set in 1977.

“Forty straight appearances with a strikeout is unbelievable. It really is,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s something else, and he should be very proud of it for sure. It’s consistency, is what it is. And it’s bringing ‘A’ stuff to the game every single night. We’ve used Corey obviously quite a bit, too, but he’s answered the bell every single night with plus, plus stuff.”

The win also maintained Milwaukee’s first-place hold on the National League Central. They currently have a two-game lead over the second-place Cubs.

Chase Anderson injured, Brewers lose 4-3 to the Reds

Milwaukee lost to Cincinnati 4-3 on Wednesday night and also lost its best pitcher for what is expected to be an extended period of time.

Chase Anderson suffered an oblique strain during a second inning at-bat and was forced to leave the game.

“I [swung] at it and it literally just felt like someone stabbed me on the left side,” Anderson told reporters after the game. “Not a good feeling.”

It’s unclear how long Anderson will be out, but the team has already decided to put him on the disabled list, and his absence could be last for quite a while.

“It’s [going to] take time. Those are injuries that you really can’t pinpoint a time schedule. It could be a month, it could be two months [and] hopefully nothing longer than that,” Anderson said. “Obviously, I hate sitting out. I don’t want to be on the [disabled list]. I want to pitch. [I’ve] been throwing the ball well lately. It’s just unfortunate for our rotation and for our team.”

Anderson has been Milwaukee’s No. 1 pitcher this season, going 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA – the best among the team’s starters.

“Anytime you lose one of your five starters, it’s a big blow,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I got used to [him] pitching very, very well. We’ll have to cover in his absence. It’s going to be difficult.”

LISTEN: Chase Anderson talks about the injury that landed him on the DL

Paulo Espino replaced Anderson after the injury and gave up three runs in three innings of work, including a 2-run homer to former Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, his 12th of the year.

The game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when Counsell decided to go with closer Corey Knebel, who promptly walked the speedy Billy Hamilton. He stole second and third before scoring on an infield single by Adam Duvall.

Milwaukee had a chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth, with Jonathan Villar on third base and just one out. But pinch hitter Jesus Aguliar struckout and Orlando Arcia was thrown out trying to get to second base on what Counsell said was a called play.

“It was going to work,” Counsell said of the intended rundown that would have allowed Villar to potentially score the tying run. “Orlando just didn’t stop in time, and they got a tag.”

The loss was Milwaukee’s fourth in its last five games, yet the Brewers remain in first place in the NL Central by one game over the Chicago Cubs.

It’ll be Cincinnati and the Brewers again Thursday night. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.

Thames reaches career milestone in win over Padres

MILWAUKEE — When the Milwaukee Brewers signed first baseman Eric Thames to a three-year, $16 million contract, they were simply hoping for production. So far, he’s made that contract look like a bargain.

Thames blasted his 19th home run of the year in Friday night’s 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres, hitting a milestone along the way. His walk-off home run in the 10th inning was the first of his Major League career.

But Thames wasn’t the only one to go yard in Milwaukee’s fourth-straight win. Travis Shaw hit a solo home run in the second inning, followed by Keon Broxton’s three-run dinger in the fourth that erased a 4-0 deficit. Manny Piña would add another solo bomb in the eighth prior to Thames’ game winner.

Milwaukee’s Junior Guerra struggled with command on the mound, walking four batters in six innings of work. That lack of command led to four runs (three earned) scoring for San Diego, including a pair of home runs. The Brewers late-inning relievers shut the door on any comeback attempt for the Padres, with Corey Knebel striking out a pair in his single inning of work. Jared Hughes picked up his third win of the year after pitching a scoreless 10th.