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Last strikes: Brewers 4, Giants 2

MILWAUKEE – Ten last strikes for the putouts for Milwaukee catcher Manny Piña in the Brewers’ 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

1. It’s a rarity in baseball that a team wins a game in which they finish with more runs on the board than hits. That’s exactly what happened on Friday night in Milwaukee as the Brewers went from the first inning until the seventh without a hit and only finished with three total in their 4-2 victory.

2. This is the second time this season that the Brewers won a game with three or fewer hits. The first came back in June against St. Louis. Prior to this year Milwaukee had only had one such victory in the past four seasons. So, yeah, it’s pretty rare.

3. Ryan Braun got the scoring started in the first inning for the Crew as he launched a two-run home run into the Brewers’ bullpen after Lorenzo Cain led off the bottom of the first with a single.

4. After Braun gave Milwaukee the lead, the bats went silent. Derek Holland was fantastic for San Francisco as he made it through six innings allowing just those two runs on two hits while striking out eight. The downside for him was allowing five walks, but he negated any possible damage as the Brewers left eight runners on base.

5. Milwaukee finally broke through in the seventh inning after Holland was removed. Curtis Granderson and Eric Thames both walked off of reliever Hunter Strickland to begin the inning before Cain and Christian Yelich were retired. First baseman Jesús Aguilar stepped to the plate and laced a double into right field scoring both runners to give Milwaukee the lead back.

6. That lead would stand as the bullpen for the Brewers had a stellar night. Josh Hader, Joakim Soria, and Jeremy Jeffress totaled four innings of work and only allowed one base runner via walk. That trio struck out eight of the 13 batters that they faced.

7. Chase Anderson pitched well once again for Milwaukee as he moves to 9-7 on the season. He made it through five innings allowing a pair of runs on five hits. Anderson only threw 79 pitches before turning things over to Hader and the rest of the bullpen.

8. With 20 games remaining in the season it’s hard to paint any game as a “must-win” and this one wouldn’t rank high on the list of importance anyways. With that being said, every win obviously helps the playoff cause for the Brewers as they continue this September push.

9. It’s refreshing to see the team win a game that they really didn’t have much business winning, but baseball can be weird like that sometimes. Baseball’s weirdness couldn’t have come at a better time for the Brewers, though.

10. The win pushes Milwaukee’s lead for the first wild card spot in the National League to 1.5 games over the St. Louis Cardinals who lost in Detroit 5-3 on Friday night. The Brewers and Giants resume this three-game set on Saturday evening at Miller Park. First pitch is at 6:10.

Brewers knock off Cubs 11-1

The Milwaukee Brewers just keep winning. For the fifth straight series the Brewers will win at least two out of three, and they’ll go for a sweep on Wednesday night.

The Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Tuesday night behind a strong pitching performance from Wade Miley and a bit of a weird night offensively. The first seven runs of the night for the Brewers came via something other than an RBI hit.

Miley continued his terrific stretch of pitching as he threw six innings allowing just one run on three hits and striking out five as he earned the win. The bullpen picked up where Miley left off as they struck out five and allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings.

Offensively for the Brewers, Lorenzo Cain found himself on base five times. He was officially 1-for-1 with four walks and two runs scored. Christian Yelich stayed hot as he drove in a pair of runs, and Jonathan Schoop drove in three runs late in the game to pad the lead.

The Brewers will go for a three-game sweep of the Cubs on Wednesday night at Miller Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Brewers busy on final day of waiver deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers were busy prior to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July, and they were once again busy at the end of August.

Milwaukee bolstered both the pitching rotation and the outfield situation with the acquisition of starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Curtis Granderson.

In the Gonzalez deal, which has been confirmed by the team, Milwaukee sends prospects Gilbert Lara and K.J. Harrison to the Washington Nationals. Milwaukee also receives $250,000 in international slot money in the deal.

The terms of the Granderson deal, which was first reported by The Athletic, sends minor league outfielder Demi Orimoyole back to Toronto.

On the season Gonzalez has a 7-11 record with a 4.57 ERA for the Nationals. The left-hander has had better seasons, but does bring depth and postseason experience to the Milwaukee rotation. In his career he has made six postseason starts without a decision and holds a 4.78 ERA.

Granderson has hit .243 with 11 home runs and 35 runs batted in for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. He, like Gonzalez, has postseason experience for the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, and Dodgers in his career. The 37-year-old has played in 57 playoff games in his career.

Brewers drop series opener to Reds

When Junior Guerra took the mound on Tuesday night the Milwaukee Brewers had hopes of climbing in the wild card race and potentially sweeping the Cincinnati Reds. Those hopes looked bleak shortly after the beginning of the game.

Guerra failed to escape the second inning, allowing six runs on eight hits and only recording four outs.

Milwaukee’s effort to overcome the early deficit was strong, however it was not enough as they ultimately ended up losing 9-7. The bullpen allowed three runs on six hits throughout the 7 2/3 innings of relief.

The Brewers were able to cut Cincinnati’s lead to 7-6 in the top of the seventh following Christian Yelich’s second home run of the game. He finished 2-for-5 with five runs batted in on a pair of home runs. This marked the first career multi-home run game for Yelich.

The loss for the Brewers closes their lead for the second wild card spot down to just a half-game. They now trail the St. Louis Cardinals for the first wild card spot by 1.5 games and the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central lead by 5.5 games.

The Brewers and Reds are back in action on Wednesday night in Cincinnati. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. CT.

Brewers win series finale over Pirates

After a comeback on Friday night and a disaster on Saturday evening the Brewers claimed a series victory on Sunday afternoon over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 7-4 victory.

The Brewers used a six-run third inning to take command of the game. Both Mike Moustakas and Manny Piña clubbed two-run home runs, Ryan Braun drove in a run with a single and Jesús Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly. Milwaukee was able to hang on to the lead despite allowing a run in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth.

After the Pirates were able to cut the lead to 6-4, second baseman Jonathan Schoop crushed his second home run as a member of the Brewers to push the lead out to 7-4.

Chase Anderson picked up the win for the Brewers. He pitched five innings allowing four runs on seven hits. The bullpen for the Brewers was outstanding, combining to pitch four shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out a pair of Pirates.

The Brewers are off on Monday before they hit the road to begin a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night at Great American Ballpark.

The Joe & Ebo Experience: Time to give up on the Brewers?

0:00-11:04: Was Joe Late Again? Scott Takes

11:04-17:27: Gone in 60 & Brewers vs. Reds

17:27-23:20: Brewers Continued

23:20-25:21: Daily Action Zone

25:21-28:28: CONRAD RIGHTS THE SHIP

28:28-40:15: Jocko from NBC 15

40:15-43:52- News of the Weird

43:52-52:26: What should the Packers do with Clay Matthews?

52:26-1:01:36: Matthews & was Joe late?

1:01:36-1:09:15: Breaking Ohio State news & closing thoughts

The Joe & Ebo Experience: Badgers’ A.P. ranking released

0:00-12:09: Ebo’s Back & Scott Takes

12:09-23:17: Gone in 60 & Badgers

23:17-29:26: Daily Action Zone

29:26-41:10: Discussing the Badgers’ A.P. Ranking

41:10-47:44: Does Wisconsin make the College Football Playoff?

47:44-51:40: News of the Weird

51:40-56:43: Brewers Wild Card & Miller’s Birthday

56:43-59:44: “Boner” Mayfield

59:44-1:07:57: Wrapping up Brewers & Badgers Talk

1:07:57-1:11:38: Closing Thoughts

The Joe & Ebo Experience: Will the Brewers Make the Playoffs?

0:00-6:55: Intro

6:55-11:08: Scott Takes

11:08-17:11: Brewers Weekend Recap

17:11-20:52: Daily Action Zone

20:52-29:07: Brewers & Quintez Cephus

29:07-43:40: Badger Insider RJ Brachman

43:40-49:33: Level of play in the NFL changing?

49:33-51:33: News of the Weird

51:33-58:22: Is the NFL looking out for the players?

58:22-1:02:00: A must win for the Milwaukee Brewers tonight?

1:02:00-1:11:01:  Badgers & The Big Ten

1:11:01-1:17:06: Closing thoughts

Brewers close out series with loss to Braves

An offensive explosion for the Milwaukee Brewers wasn’t enough to secure a series win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon.

The Crew totaled seven runs on 19 hits against Braves pitching but stranded 13 runners on base thanks to Milwaukee going 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Jesús Aguilar did have the best day of anyone offensively for the Brewers. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk and four runs batted in. He hit his 29th home run of the season in the fourth inning.

Chase Anderson was the starter for Milwaukee and failed to get past the fourth inning for the second start in a row. He allowed four runs on five hits over four innings pitched. He left the game with a lead but would not have qualified for the victory.

Dan Jennings came on in relief in the seventh inning and allowed the game-winning home run to Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies. Albies’ blast was his 21st of the year and led off the seventh inning.

The loss, paired with Sunday night’s victory by the Chicago Cubs, places the Brewers a full three games behind the Cubs for first place in the National League Central. After both teams have the day off on Monday they will meet for a quick two-game series at Wrigley Field beginning Tuesday afternoon.