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Brewers 6, Rangers 5: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took down the Texas Rangers in a marathon game Friday night 6-5. It was Milwaukee’s fourth straight win and keeps them in position for the second wild card spot in the National League.

Another solid start for Gio

Gio Gonzalez continues to prove why he’s one of Milwaukee’s most reliable pitchers. He battled through a five-inning, 90-pitch start giving up just one run. Hunter Pence jumped on a mistake Gonzalez left over the plate for a solo shot to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth.

Gonzalez finished allowing only two hits, while striking out two and walking three. He has a 3.20 ERA in 10 starts and 50.2 innings for the Brewers.

More problems for Hader?

Josh Hader came into the game in the eighth inning to try and record a five-out save. After hitting the first batter (Isiah Kiner-Falefa), Hader struck out the next two to finish the frame.

Then, in the ninth, Elvis Andrus got the best of Hader knocking a solo home run to center tying the game at 5-5. It was the 12th homer Hader has allowed this season and third in his last five outings.

I think Josh threw the ball well tonight,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He struck out four. He got a ton of swings and misses tonight. The pitch that Andrus hit is a pitch that Josh is going to make over and over again this year. I give Andrus credit.”

“He’s still the best pitcher I’ve seen in the big leagues,” Eric Thames said. “It is what it is. You can’t strike everybody out.”

Walk it off Thames

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Thames sent the Brewers’ fans home happy. He mashed a solo home run to deliver the 6-5 win for Milwaukee.

“Baseball is a strange game,” Thames said, “but as long as we came out with the ‘W,’ that’s all that matters.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (61-56) will look to take game two of the three game set against the Rangers (58-57) on Saturday. Adrian Houser (4|54.24 ERA65 SO) will get the start opposite of Pedro Payano (1|03.45 ERA, 13 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

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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