Bellinger spoils Brewers comeback, Dodgers win 6-5

The Milwaukee Brewers failed to even the series with the Los Angeles Dodgers falling 6-5 at Miller Park on Sunday.

Cody Bellinger was the hero for the Dodgers. Not only did he rob Christian Yelich of another home run in the eighth inning, he hit one of his own in the ninth off Josh Hader to make it 6-5.

Joc Pederson played a huge part in the win as well. He blasted two homers, tied a career-high four hits and scored three times. The Dodgers took three of four from the Brewers this weekend.

Eric Thames tied the game in the eighth with a three-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen.

Starter Brandon Woodruff struggled giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. Clayton Kershaw countered with a strong outing. He went six innings, gave up just two runs on two hits.

Next up, the Brewers (13-10) will travel to St. Louis to begin a three-game series with the Cardinals (12-9). Adrian Houser will make his first career start for Milwaukee. He has a 1.10 ERA and an 18-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three Minor League starts this year. The Cardinals will counter with Jack Flaherty (1|15.00 ERA22 SO) First pitch is scheduled for 6:45pm.

Jeremy Jeffress set to return to Brewers

Veteran reliever Jeremy Jeffress is ready to return to the Brewers. He opened the season on the injured list after suffering shoulder weakness during Spring Training. Jeffress made four appearances in his minor-league stint with Class AAA San Antonio. In just over four innings, he allowed seven runs on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Manager Craig Counsell spoke about Jeffress on Sunday.

“He’s going to Milwaukee. He’ll be with us tomorrow. We’re going to meet before the game (against St. Louis) and discuss some pitching things. We’ll make a decision tomorrow. It’ll either be Monday or Tuesday (when Jeffress is activated).”

The bullpen started the 2019 season down a few key cogs. Jeffress, Corey Knebel and Josh Hader were all big contributors to Milwaukee’s run last year. However, this season the Brewers will be without Knebel. The return of Jeffress is huge for Milwaukee, especially if he can mirror his all-star season of 2018.

The 31-year old made a career high 73 appearances last year. He went 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA, 15 saves and 89 strikeouts.

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Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took the series against the Cubs with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Yelich shows no signs of slowing down

Christian Yelich got the offense going early blasting his fifth dinger of the season on a two-run home run in the first inning off a first-pitch fastball from Kyle Hendricks. It was his 100th career home run and first homer against the Cubs as a member of the Brewers.

Yelich also drove in Milwaukee’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He finished the day with three RBIs. He talked about going yard for the 100th time in his career.

I remember my first one, so 99 later it’s pretty cool. It’s something that’s cool that you really just try and appreciate afterwards. I didn’t really know a whole lot in the moment until they were telling me it was 100.

Davies deals

Zach Davies was terrific in his second start of the young season. He cruised through Chicago’s lineup allowing no runs on three hits through the first five innings. He almost got through the sixth but allowed a two-run homer with two outs to Wilson Contreras before being pulled. Davies said after the game that him going into the sixth inning was the plan.

That was the plan for me. Coming up with short starts the last couple of games it was my job to at least get into the sixth inning and I felt like I could’ve gone another hitter to finish that inning off but better match-up, better decision in that situation to do something else. So that was my mindset going in is try and get weak contact, try and get early contact and be in the game as long as I could.

Hader shuts the door

Is there a better hitter/pitcher duo in MLB than Yelich and Josh Hader? There might not be.

The Brewers found themselves in a jam in the seventh inning. Then, Hader would trout out to the mound. He would get Kris Bryant to pop-out and followed it by striking-out Anthony Rizzo in an eight-pitch at-bat to keep the Brewers ahead 4-2.

Manager Craig Counsell would keep Hader in for the remainder of the game as he recorded his fifth save of the season on his 25th birthday. Counsell shared his thoughts on the decision to send Hader back out for the ninth inning.

To get to that spot was the big spot. After Rizzo gave him the tough at-bat, I wasn’t sure we were going to get him through the ninth. But he had an efficient eighth, so he went back out there.

Hader has already had some incredible moments through the first 10 games of the season. This is just another one he can add to the list.

8-2 to start the season

Counsell shared his thoughts on the great start to the year.

We’ve started the season in a consistent way. You win three series, it’s a good start to consistent baseball. I think we’re very capable of that. I think at times that we’ve shown – and what I like – is that we can win games in different ways. That’s the way a deep team should be able to do it. You don’t have to count on one part of the team to get victories. We can get victories from different guys on the roster and areas of the roster. That’s what we’ve done.

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).

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Brewers 4, Cardinals 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers smacked three home runs as they bounced back from their loss on Friday to beat the Cardinals 4-2 Saturday night at Miller Park.

162 home runs?

Christian Yelich has gotten off to a ridiculous start following his MVP season. He already had two homers entering Saturday night’s game. Only two other players had hit a home run in each of the first two games following their MVP season like Yelich | Barry Bonds (2001 MVP, 2002) and Albert Pujols (2005 MVP, 2006).

Now, he is the only MVP and only Brewer to hit a dinger in each of his first three games. He went yard in his first at bat on the second pitch from Dakota Hudson.

The all-time record for consecutive games with a homer to begin a season is four according to Baseball Reference. If he’s going to hit one over the fence every game this year, I like his chances of winning the MVP again.

Chicks dig the long ball

Coming into this season we knew the offense had the potential to be great, but the start to 2019 has been unbelievable. Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas all hit home runs Saturday night. Milwaukee has homered in each of the first three games of the season for the first time since 2013. The Brewers have scored 14 runs through the first three games, 13 of them coming from home runs. Yelich shared his thoughts on the long ball.

It looks like that’s kind of been our thing around here the last two years. Anytime you can hit the ball out of the ballpark it’s a good thing. I’m sure we’ll be able to manufacture them if we have to, you don’t want to totally rely on the long ball but you’re definitely not going to be mad if you’re getting them.

Woodruff can do it all

In his first start of the 2019 season, Brandon Woodruff threw 100 pitches over five innings. He gave up six hits, two earned runs, walked one batter and struck out five. Also, he showed that he is against the universal designated hitter. Woodruff had two hits adding to the impressive Brewers’ pitcher average this year. Milwaukee hurlers are four for five (.800) from the plate in the early going.

Cardinals vs the immaculate Hader

Josh Hader recorded his second save of the season thanks to an immaculate ninth inning. Nine fastballs were all it took for Hader to strike out the side and shut the door on St. Louis. You can’t have a better inning than that. Milwaukee is going to need Hader’s best as they are without Corey Knebel for the season and waiting on the return of Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder).

Reliever Alex Wilson was asked if he’s ever seen anything like Hader.

No. No one [has] ever seen a guy like [Josh] Hader I don’t think. Andrew Miller would be my closest comparison, but he does a lot more damage with slider than he does fastball. To watch somebody just absolutely blow people away with fastball after fastball is absolutely incredible.

Yelich talked about Hader’s performance after the game.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. I mean, I’ve seen an immaculate inning before – from the wrong side. But I’ve never seen one where it was all swings and misses on fastballs. There was one foul ball on the first pitch and then it was domination.”

Brewers’ Corey Knebel has elbow issue

According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell says there’s “reason for concern” with Corey Knebel’s elbow.

Knebel has been dealing with an issue and will visit a doctor on Thursday. Jeremy Jeffress is already dealing with a shoulder injury. Josh Hader could be the go-to closer early on in 2019.

Milwaukee has been in discussions with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel in recent days.

The Brewers’ bullpen was one of the best in the league last year but could be entering this season short two arms.

The Brewers spoof ‘Mean Girls’

The Brewers continue to show why they are one of the coolest teams in the league. They previously created the “Sandlot” parody and now gave their take on the movie “Mean Girls.”

This is just another example of the great team chemistry the Brewers possess. They all get along with each-other and enjoy having fun together.

The video starred manager Craig Counsell, newcomer Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Brent Suter, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress.