Brewers 5, Pirates 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers finished off the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon.

Christian Yelich blasts HR #24 on his bobblehead day

The reigning NL MVP entered the day ranked first in HR, SLG and OPS. He added to all three in the sixth inning while the Miller Park fans held his bobblehead. It put Milwaukee on the board with their first run of the afternoon.

“That guy is on a different planet,” Mike Moustakas said.

Moustakas may be on to something. Starter Chase Anderson said after the game that Yelich wanted to prove last year’s MVP season wasn’t a fluke. I think he’s off to a good start this season.

Mike Moustakas wins a fan a car with his 20th dinger

“That homer won us the game and somebody a car, which is pretty cool,” Yelich said.

Moustakas did more than hit a home run on Sunday as Yelich pointed out. His 20th dinger of the season put the Brewers in front leading to the win and sent a couple fans home with a brand new car.

His game-winning two-run home run was his fourth in his last four games. You can’t overstate how big it was for the Brewers to be able to bring Moustakas back this off-season.

“I didn’t know that I actually won somebody a car until afterwards,” Moustakas said. “You came to ballgame and leave with a car is pretty cool.”

He has been on a tear so far this season. Moustakas and Yelich are two of the four players in MLB who have hit 20 home runs this season. The two are the first pair of teammates to each hit 20 homers within their team’s first 66 games since New York-AL’s Curtis Granderson (21) and Mark Texiera (21) in 2011.

Brewers pitching solid throughout

Chase Anderson made one mistake which cost his team two runs. However, he was terrific during the rest of his six innings of work. Anderson began the day retiring each of his first five batters and sent down 10 of his final 11 batters faced. He recorded a season-high-tying six strikeouts.

Adrian Houser relieved Anderson in the seventh inning to pitch a scoreless frame. Houser has not allowed an earned run in each of his last seven appearances and in each of his last 13 innings of work. Jeremy Jeffress took care of business in the eighth inning and picked up the win. Then, in the ninth, Josh Hader walked the first batter but struck out the next three to pick up his 16th save of the season.

What’s next?

The Brewers (38-28) get a well-deserved day off Monday before heading out to Houston for a two-game set with the Astros (45-22) beginning Tuesday.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took game two of a three-game series over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon.

Zach Davies improves to 7-0

Davies became the first starter in Brewers franchise history to begin a season 7-0 and the second to win at least his first 7 decisions with the team in a season (CC Sabathia began his tenure with the team 9-0 in his first 13 starts after being acquired in 2008).

Like everyone else in the clubhouse though, Davies is only worried about the team accomplishments.

“I think after the season that will be a fun time to kind of reflect back on it,” Davies said on his 7-0 start. “Coming up a game short of the World Series last year I think that’s the goal for us and our focus is forward on that.”

The most impressive moment for Davies came in the third inning. The Pirates had bases loaded with no outs and Davies was able to get out of the jam allowing just one run.

“The third inning he did a great job,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Two lead-off hits, a swinging bunt, the Josh Bell up at the plate, he fell behind him 3-1 then he came back and got the sac fly and came out of the inning with one run. That just limited the damage and that’s just about keep making pitches and he kept making pitches.”

Offensive contributions across the board

Counsell mentioned how good the offense can be when everyone contributes. We witnessed that on Saturday. Milwaukee did leave 13 runners on base but the way they were able to get on base was terrific.

9 batters reached base in one way or another. The Brewers drew nine walks as a team. Orlando Arcia got the Crew going in the second with an RBI-Double scoring Travis Shaw who walked on the previous at bat. Lorenzo Cain then drove in Arcia to the tie the game at 2-2.

The Brewers were down again in the third inning before Mike Moustakas blasted his 19th home run of the season to knot it up at 3-3.

Ryan Braun picked up an RBI in the fourth with a single driving in Lorenzo Cain. Their final run came in the eighth inning on Manny Pina’s second career pinch-hit home run.

“That’s just good offense and that’s something we want to do every day,” Counsell said. “We’ve done a wonderful job of it days one and two in this series. Really the first three innings were almost a carbon copy of yesterday | forcing the starter to throw a lot of pitches, we’re already twice through the order in three innings. That’s just good offense, I think we stranded a bunch of runners today but that’s the offense you want.”

Bullpen shuts the door

The bullpen looked great. Counsell went to four different pitchers over the last four innings and got four scoreless innings out of them. Alex Claudio pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Junior Guerra then came out in the seventh allowing one hit and striking out two batters.

Jeremy Jeffress dominated the eighth mowing down three straight batters. Finally, Josh Hader struck out the side to pick up his 15th save of the year.

“Good job by all of them for sure,” Counsell said. “We used four guys and they cleared their innings really nicely.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (37-28) will look for the sweep against the Pirates (30-33) on Sunday. Chase Anderson (3|13.93 ERA40 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Pittsburgh will counter with Steven Brault (2|15.45 ERA29 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers 10, Pirates 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 Friday night.

Eric Thames gets the offense started

Thames got Milwaukee rolling early in the second with a two-run homer to put them in front 2-0.

“I think it shows what the offense is capable of when we get contributions from everyone,” manager Craig Counsell said. “A lot of guys had good nights tonight and did really good things.”

Milwaukee finished with 10 runs on 14 hits. This is the kind of performance we expected the Brewers to have a lot this season. The offense has so much potential and they showed it Friday night.

Brandon Woodruff ties strikeout career-high

Woodruff was terrific Friday night striking out 10 Pirates. He pitched six innings of three-run ball on four hits. Woody was almost untouchable early striking out five of the first six batters he faced on 24 pitches. He found some trouble in the third inning but settled down the rest of the way.

It was great to see the young right-hander perform at a high-level coming off his worst start of the season only a week ago.

“I was ready to get back out there and face these guys again,” Woodruff said. “[I] went back and watched film from last game and I just wasn’t executing well enough…tonight was just all about getting out there and if I made a good pitch, make an even better pitch and I think for the most part I was able to do that and get through six innings.”

He did allow a home-run in the sixth inning but recovered nicely retiring the next three batters to finish off his night.

It was his fourth quality start of the year and is second in the National League with eight wins.

“He’s been in a good groove here,” Counsell said. “He’s confident in what he’s doing and it’s mainly because of the fastball. I think the feedback that the league has given him has given him a lot of confidence…I was proud of him in the sixth inning. I thought he found an extra gear to finish that inning.”

Ryan Braun bat-flip

With the Brewers clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth, Ryan Braun came through in a big way. Entering the at-bat 0-3 with runners on the corners Braun blasted a three-run shot to put the Crew up 7-4.

Braun also added an epic bat flip on his way to first base.

“It was a big play, it changed the course of the game for sure,” Counsell said. “It was a good at bat. The guy fell behind 3-0, made a couple of pitches, and Ryan got a good pitch to hit down in the zone, did a nice job.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (36-28) will look to take game two from the Pirates 30-32) Saturday afternoon. Zach Davies (6|02.20 ERA45 SO) will get the start opposite of Jordan Lyles (5|33.38 ERA, 61 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:10pm.

Brewers take series from Pirates with 4-2 win

The Milwaukee Brewers won the series from the Pittsburgh Pirates three games to one thanks to a 4-2 win Sunday. The Brewers improve to 34-26 on the season and currently hold a one-game lead in the NL Central.

Zach Davies was terrific in this one. He went eight innings giving up two earned runs on eight hits while striking out three. Davies picked up his sixth win of the year and has yet to lose.

Offensively, Eric Thames came through in a big way for the Crew. He went 2-3 with three RBI, one home run, a double and scored twice.

Next up, the Brewers (34-26) return home to Miller Park on Tuesday as they welcome in the Miami Marlins (20-36). Chase Anderson (3-0, 3.31 ERA, 34 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Miami will send Pablo Lopez (3-5, 4.99 ERA, 55 SO) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers outlast Pirates in 13 inning thriller 12-10

It was another marathon game for the Brewers on Saturday night. In game three of a four-game set, it five hours and 23 minutes for Milwaukee to get the job done. They got past the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-10 in 13 innings.

Orlando Arcia came up huge in the 13th smacking his second two-run home run of the night to put the Brewers on top.

The game was back and forth all night long. The Brewers jumped out to a 5-0 lead before surrendering seven straight runs to fall behind 7-5. Milwaukee would answer and retake the lead in the sixth inning thanks to a three-run homer from Christian Yelich. Pittsburgh held a 10-8 lead in the ninth inning before a two-run home run from Keston Hiura.

Milwaukee (33-26), now in first place in the NL Central will look to take the series from Pittsburgh (28-29) Sunday afternoon. Zach Davies (5|02.19 ERA42 SO) will get the start opposite of Jordan Lyles (5|23.09 ERA, 56 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm.

Chacin struggles, Brewers fall to Pirates 9-4

It’s been a difficult season for Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin. His troubles continued Friday night as Milwaukee fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4.

Chacin walked in three runs in the third inning giving up a total of six Pirates scores in the frame. 23 of his 39 pitches in the inning were balls allowing three hits and four walks.

Manager Craig Counsell went to the bullpen as Freddy Peralta relieved Chacin in the inning. Chacin gave up seven earned runs on six hits, walking four in his 2.2 innings of work. With his latest performance he fell to 0-4 with a 6.46 earned run average in five starts in May. For the season, Chacin dropped to 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA in 12 outings.

Keston Hiura was a bright spot as he hit a three-run homer in the fourth to help the Brewers cut into the lead. Hiura finished the day 3-4 from the plate.

Milwaukee (32-26) is set to take on Pittsburgh (28-28) in game three of a four game set Saturday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (7|13.22 ERA75 SO) is set to take the bump opposite of Nick Kingham (1|18.28 ERA, 28 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm.