The Milwaukee Brewers were done in by one of their former stars on Wednesday night in Texas.
Outfielder Carlos Gomez drilled a 3-run home run as part of a 4-run eighth inning to help the Rangers past the Crew 8-5. Gomez, who played six seasons in Milwaukee before being traded to Houston last year, had three hits in four at-bats for Texas, his 31st game with the Rangers since being cut by the Astros last month.
Another former Milwaukee player, pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, got the win by pitching a pair of scoreless innings.
Milwaukee was paced by Jonathan Villar, who led the game off with a home run, his 19th of the year.
If he hits one more, he’ll join an exclusive club of players that have hit at least 20 homers and stolen at least 60 bases in a single season. The last time in happened was in 1990 with Oakland’s Ricky Henderson, and just two other players — Joe Morgan and Eric Davis — have ever pulled the feat.
In his final start of the year, Milwaukee pitcher Chase Anderson went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He finished the season with a 9-11 record and a 4.39 ERA.
The Brewers are off on Thursday, but will open the final series of their season on Friday in Colorado.
Jonathan Lucroy’s pinch hitting appearance in Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, one that saw him get a standing ovation from fans at Miller Park, proved to be his final act as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
After vetoing a trade late Sunday morning that would have sent him to Cleveland, the veteran catcher was shipped off to the Texas Rangers just before the 3 p.m. trade deadline on Monday. And he wasn’t alone. Closer Jeremy Jeffress was also part of the deal, bringing his second stint with the club to an end.
In return, the Brewers were able to beef up their farm system by adding a pair of top 75 prospects. Outfielder Lewis Brinson is rated No. 21 in MLB.com’s mid-season rankings, while the other player acquired, right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz, is rated No. 63. Add in Phil Bickford, who the Brewers received in exchange for trading Will Smith earlier in the day to San Francisco, and Milwaukee now has eight players rated in the top 76 of the rankings.
“While it is extremely difficult to part with players the caliber of Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress, we are excited to add more young and talented players to the organization as we continue to build toward future winning seasons in Milwaukee,” first-year general manager David Stearns said in a statement.
The moving of Lucroy is the end of an era for a guy that has known only Milwaukee. The Brewers took in him the third round of the 2007 draft, and since coming to the majors in 2010, he’s hit 79 home runs and has 387 RBI’s.
“Thank you Brewers fans for everything! Nothing but love and respect from our family,” Lucroy tweeted. “You will always have a special place in our hearts!”
Veteran Martin Maldonado will take over Lucroy’s every day catching duties.
MILWAUKEE — The New York Mets and Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in Milwaukee Brewers closers Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith, according to the New York Daily News.
The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 1 and New York and Boston figure to be some of the teams looking to add bullpen depth. The Mets have reportedly had talks with the Brewers but it’s unclear how serious those discussions have become. The Brewers have recently sent scouts to watch some minor league Mets prospects.
Smith is 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA while Jeffress has recorded 23 saves in 40 chances this year. His ERA currently sits at 2.32.
The Milwaukee Brewers fell to 1-7 on their current California road trip by virtue of a 5-3 loss on Tuesday night in Oakland to the Athletics. After losing each of his first three starts in the month of June, Jimmy Nelson worked five innings of one-run ball on Tuesday before giving way to the bullpen.
The once strong unit had a rough go of it on this night, however, as the A’s scored four runs over their final four trips to the plate to secure the victory. Three of those runs went unearned following a Jonathan Villar error in the seventh. Coincidentally, on a night when the Brewers stroked ten base hits but left 17 runners on base, Villar was the lone Milwaukee bat to fail to record a hit.
Offensively, the Brewers received a two-for-four night from Ryan Braun and got RBI contributions from Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Chris Carter.
The final knockout punch came in the seventh on Marcus Semien’s two-run triple off of Michael Blazek, who was making his return from a stint on the DL.
The Brewers and A’s will hold a 2:35 CT matinee on Wednesday.