Junior Guerra to rejoin Brewers rotation

MILWAUKEE — Junior Guerra hasn’t pitched in the majors since Aug. 3, but is slated to rejoin the Brewers rotation after a stint on the disabled list.

He threw a minor league rehab assignment Saturday for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, going three and 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit. He’s been recalled after what appears to be a successful rehabilitation from right elbow inflammation. Assuming there are no setbacks, he’ll be eligible to pitch again on Sept. 2.

In 17 major league appearances this season, Guerra has a 7-3 record and a 2.93 ERA.

According to Adam McCalvy, reliever Michael Blazek is also on the mend after dealing with a strained forearm. He landed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 16.

Homers doom Suter in Brewers debut

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners logged home runs from Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, and Adam Lind, spoiling the debut of Milwaukee Brewers southpaw Brent Suter.

It could have been a historic night for Suter and the Brewers, ending a drought of 474 straight games without a left-handed pitcher starting for Milwaukee. Suter was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs as a product out of Harvard (Brewers general manager David Stearns is also an alumni).

The Brewers fell 7-6 Friday night, dropping them to 19-40 in games away from home  this season and 0-5 on the current road trip. Suter lasted just 4 and 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Twice the opposition went yard against the youngster.

“It was kind of as advertised,” manager Craig Counsell said after the loss. “There’s some late movement going on that’s really confusing the hitters. I thought he did a good job. He kept us in the game. You see why he’s having success in Triple-A.”

Seattle has been known to hit the long ball, though, coming into Friday’s game with 167 on the season, third most in the league.

Wily Peralta gets the start on Saturday at 8:10 p.m. opposite Felix Hernandez.

Brewers lose, Guerra to land on DL

PHOENIX — While the Milwaukee Brewers lost 9-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, they will also lose starter Junior Guerra to the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

Wily Peralta has been recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Guerra’s spot in the rotation Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. The inflammation occurred Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, in which Guerra lasted four innings and gave up four earned runs in a 12-3 loss. Guerra has yet to officially be placed on the DL.

Guerra is one of Milwaukee bright spots this season, having thrown 107 and 1/3 innings with a 2.93 ERA — the best of any Milwaukee starter. Peralta had the league’s worse ERA of 6.68 before being sent to the Skysox on June 12. Since then, he’s logged a 6.31 ERA in 41 and 1/3 innings.

The Brewers lost to the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon after Jimmy Nelson failed to make it into the fifth inning for his third straight outing. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs, while walking three and hitting two batters.

Jonathan Lucroy powers the Brewers past Pittsburgh

Jonathan Lucroy may be playing his final games for Milwaukee, but that uncertainty didn’t impact his performance in the Brewers’ 9-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

The veteran catcher drove in three runs over his last two at-bats, the first a single that scored Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez in the sixth inning, and then a sacrifice-fly in the eighth to give the Brewers their final margin of victory.

Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett each added a pair of RBI’s for Milwaukee to help snap a two-game losing streak. Ryan Braun chalked up two hits and scored three times.

The offense, which produced 12 hits and nine walks, allowed Milwaukee overcome another short outing by Chase Anderson. He made it just four innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He hasn’t made it more than five innings in his last six starts. And though he snapped a four-game losing streak, Anderson still hasn’t won a game since June 8 and stands at 4-10 on the year.

Milwaukee will go for the series win tonight, with first pitch at 6:10 p.m.

Trade rumors pick up speed

With the August 1 trade deadline approaching, the rumors around Lucroy continue to grow. ESPN reported yesterday that the Brewers were in talks with the Cleveland Indians about Lucroy in the wake of losing starter Yan Gomes to a shoulder injury.

Lucroy is batting .305 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI’s and is among the better players available on the trade market.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Indians are also interested in getting some relief help, and the Brewers duo of Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith could be intriguing for them.

Garza Struggles, Brewers Fail to Complete Sweep of Nats

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Matt Garza struggled with control, allowing three long balls and seven earned runs over four and a third innings in a 7-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Nats were spotted an early 4-0 advantage thanks to a first inning bomb from Bryce Harper and a solo homer from Jose Lobaton in the second. The Brewers fought back quickly and valiantly to put up their own four-run inning in the third to tie the game. However, that tie score would be short lived, as Stephen Drew’s RBI double in the bottom of the third and Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run home run in the fifth produced the game’s final and deciding three runs.

Garza’s ERA ballooned up to 5.54 with the loss, and he is just 1-2 since his return to action from the DL last month.

After losing a 4-0 lead early on, Washington starter Tanner Roark settled in and went seven innings deep before turning it over to the Nationals bullpen, which allowed just one baserunner over the final two innings.

The Brewers take Thursday off before commencing a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park beginning Friday.

Brewers Hit Out of Order vs. Nats

WASHINGTON — Junior Guerra’s second straight dominant starting pitching performance overshadowed one of the more brainless mistakes a baseball team can commit in a 1-0 win on Sunday over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

In the top of the first inning, Ryan Braun innocently lined a single to center field with two outs in the inning. However, instantaneously, Nationals manager Dusty Baker emerged from the dugout to contest that the Brewers had batted out of turn. A quick scan of the lineup card indicated that the Brewers’ official order for the day had Jonathan Lucroy hitting in the three-hole, not Braun.

As a result, Lucroy was deemed out automatically and the inning concluded. Afterwards, Craig Counsell could only blame himself.

“I screwed up; I was going with some different lineups yesterday, with Ryan (Braun) in and out of the lineup,” Counsell said. “It’s not something that makes you feel very good, that’s for sure.”

Braun saw his hit get washed out as a result of the gaffe, and he and Lucroy combined to go 0-for-8 following the bad omens of the first inning. Fortunately, the game result did not reflect the error.

“Junior (Guerra) was phenomenal again,” said Braun. “It’s not the way either (myself or Lucroy) wanted to start our day, but fortunately we were able to get the win.”

According to the Brewers, the out-of-order blunder was the first instance of that in Major League Baseball since 2013, and the first occurrence by a Brewers team since 1996.

Guerra Almost Untouchable in Blowout Win

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Brewers received a dominant pitching performance from 31-year-old rookie Junior Guerra and a combined seven RBI’s from Ryan Braun and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in a 7-0 Milwaukee win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park on Wednesday.

Guerra improved to 5-1 in his rookie season by giving up just two hits over eight innings, while striking out seven Dodger hitters. Michael Blazek completed the combined two-hit shutout with a perfect ninth inning.

The Brewers did most of their offensive damage in the second inning, jumping over Dodger rookie Brock Stewart for five runs, three of which came on a three-run jack from Nieuwenhuis. Braun added his own round tripper in the seventh inning to round out the scoring.

With the two teams splitting the first two games, the Brewers will look for a series victory as Zach Davies takes the hill Thursday at 1:10 for a matinee first pitch.