Mariners 4, Brewers 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Wednesday night. They have now lost 9 of 12 and 10 of 14 and are 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.

Houser day going?

Hopefully your day was better than Adrian Houser’s day. He struggled filling in for what was supposed to be Jimmy Nelson’s start. Houser began the night giving up a triple to Mallex Smith. Then, J.P. Crawford followed with an RBI double giving the Mariners an early 1-0 lead.

Crawford later came around to score thanks to an RBI single from Omar Navarez. Houser did strike out the side but not before giving up two runs. He fell into more trouble in the second walking the leadoff batter Dee Gordon. Gordon scored on a Crawford triple giving Seattle a 3-0 lead through the first two innings.

Houser threw 64 pitches in his two innings of work giving up three earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four.

“They wanted me to start tonight and I just didn’t get the job done,” Houser said. “I wasn’t able to attack how I wanted to attack and was struggling with some pitches and didn’t execute some stuff and they took advantage of it.”

Peralta deals

Freddy Peralta took over for the struggling Houser in the third inning. He went on to pitch four scoreless frames. Peralta gave up just two hits while striking out five. He has been very good at times but also has the tendency to be very bad. There hasn’t been any consistency from the young hurler making him difficult to trust. However, when he’s good, he’s really good.

“He kept us in the game, he gave us a chance obviously, he threw four good innings,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was good stuff. He let a couple hitters back in 0-2 counts but other than that it was a really good performance. I’m happy with how he threw it.”

Home runs are cooler when they’re inside the park

Mike Moustakas got the Brewers on the board in the sixth inning with a leadoff home run.

Then, two batters later, Ben Gamel did something you don’t see too often. He blasted a shot to left field that got past the glove of Mac Williamson on a dive attempt. Gamel turned on the jets and scored on an inside the park home run.

It was the 29th inside the park homer in Brewers franchise history and the first since Tyler Saladino last May at Arizona and first at home since Orlando Arcia on June 17, 2017.

After the game though, Gamel was more worried about the team’s performance.

“I think we all have high expectations and great aspirations and when things aren’t going our way, we gotta fix this s***,” Gamel said. “So, we gotta figure it out.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (42-38) will look to avoid the sweep against the Mariners (37-47) on Thursday. Chase Anderson (3|24.70 ERA55 SO) will take the bump for the Crew opposite of Mike Leake (7|64.54 ERA, 71 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

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.

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Brewers win fifth straight with 6-0 shutout of Nationals

The Milwaukee Brewers have tried to figure out Freddy Peralta’s early inning troubles. They may have found a way to counter it. Adrian Houser got the ball for the first two innings and then turned it over to Peralta for five more. The duo led the way on the mound leading to a 6-0 win over the Nationals for the team’s fifth straight win.

Lorenzo Cain got the offense on track in the seventh inning with a bases-clearing double. The Brewers scored all six of their runs in the seventh inning. Milwaukee is now a season-high-tying six games over .500.

Peralta finished the night with 80 pitches, giving up three hits and striking out five. Manager Craig Counsell said they may try using an “opener” again in Peralta’s next start if the bullpen lines up.

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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.

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.

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