Brewers finish off sweep of Pirates with 4-3 win

The Milwaukee Brewers took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The win tied them with the Washington Nationals for the top wild card spot. With six games to go, their magic number to clinch a postseason berth is four.

The Chicago Cubs couldn’t help out the Brewers as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals leaving Milwaukee three games back of a division lead.

Milwaukee got a lot offensive help from Eric Thames hit not one, but two home runs. Orlando Arcia also showed off his power with a homer of his own.

Brandon Woodruff, Gio Gonzalez and Jay Jackson took a combined perfect game into the seventh inning.

Pittsburgh made Miller Park sweat a little in the eighth inning scoring three runs to pull within one. Josh Hader came out in the ninth inning and struck out the side to pick up his 35th save of the season.

Next up, the Brewers will begin a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Brewers 10, Pirates 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | No, this isn’t the same story from Friday night. The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates again 10-1 on Saturday.

Closing in on a playoff berth

It has been an incredible September for the Brewers. They are an MLB-best 16-4 in the month and now hold a three game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is five.

Saturday’s win marked their 14th victory over their last 16 contests. They are still three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the division, but a one-game wild card is more and more likely.

Offense looked strong again

After making an error in the first inning, Keston Hiura followed by putting the Brewers in front. With two outs and one on, Hiura blasted his 18th home run of the season to left-center field putting the Brewers up 2-1.

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Milwaukee found more runs in the fourth inning. Ryan Braun led off the frame with a walk before Eric Thames was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Then Lorenzo Cain hit a single back up the middle to score Braun making it 3-1.

Pirates’ pitcher James Marvel then had a hard time locating the strike zone. He walked Travis Shaw and Trent Grisham forcing in another run for Milwaukee. Parker Markel took over on the mound and struck out Yasmani Grandal before walking Mike Moustakas making it 5-1.

The Brewers went on to score five more runs over the next three innings including a two-run homer from Grisham in the seventh.

What’s next?

The Brewers (85-70) will look for the series sweep over the Pirates (65-90) on Sunday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (11|33.69 ERA140 SO) will get the start before Gio Gonzalez comes in. Trevor Williams (7|75.59 ERA, 102 SO) will take the bump for Pittsburgh. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers 10, Pirates 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continue to roll as they picked up another win on Friday night defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1. The Brewers have won 13 of their last 15 games and are two games up on the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot.

Chase leads the way

Chase Anderson was terrific in his outing. He went six innings allowing no runs on just three hits. His six-inning start tied a season high and it was the first time he went that deep since Aug. 1 at Oakland.

Anderson threw 85 pitches and struck out four batters. He allowed a baserunner in each of his first five innings and had a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. Anderson was ready to come out for the seventh but understood the need for more offense.

Offense blows up

It was the first time the Brewers got to double digits since beating the Washington Nationals 15-14 on Aug. 18. Milwaukee got off to a quick start jumping on Steven Brault in the first inning.

Lorenzo Cain led things off with a walk and then stole second. Mike Moustakas singled to get Cain home for an early 1-0 lead.

Ryan Braun followed Moustakas with a double to put runners on second and third.

Milwaukee had some luck when Kevin Newman made a horrible throw to first on what should’ve been a routine ground ball to get Hernan Perez out. The error allowed Moustakas and Braun to score giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Pirates’ starter Brault settled in and pitched four straight scoreless innings before the Brewers put together a four-run sixth. Yasmani Grandal led off the frame with a walk before Moustakas singled.

Hiura singled to center field to score Grandal and give Milwaukee a 4-0 lead ending Brault’s night.

Trent Grisham was walked to load the bases and Manny Pina was hit by pitch to bring in another run. Then, Ben Gamel drew a walk extending the lead to 6-0.

Milwaukee tacked on four more runs in the seventh inning to really open the game up.

Win #400 for Counsell

In his fifth overall season (fourth full season) as the manager for the Brewers, Craig Counsell is 400-378.

What’s next?

The Brewers (84-70) will look to keep things rolling into game two against the Pirates (65-89) on Saturday night. Zach Davies (10|73.70 ERA98 SO) will get the start opposite of James Marvel (0|29.00 ERA, 4 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

No Yelich, no problem, Brewers top Pirates 4-3

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night. It was the Crew’s second straight win over the Bucs.

Manager Craig Counsell made the decision to sit Christian Yelich so other guys would have to step up. All-Star Yasmani Grandal answered the challenge. He had two doubles and an RBI to help the Brewers get the win.

Grandal’s first double came in the fifth inning. It was the first hit off Pirates’ starter Steven Brault. Ryan Braun scored on the play giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Then, rookie Trent Grisham grounded into a double play which allowed Grandal to score putting Milwaukee up 2-0.

In the seventh inning, Braun singled to begin the frame. Grandal followed with his second double. After a Grisham walk to load the bases, Orlando Arcia hit a sacrifice fly to score Braun.

The Brewers got another solid start from Chase Anderson. He went 5 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs on six hits.

“I know what I can do when I’m on the mound,” Anderson said. “You try to take the positives of everything. I’ve done that my whole life. It pays off.”

Next up, the Brewers (59-56) will look for the series sweep of the Pirates (48-65). Drew Pomeranz (2|95.54 ERA97 SO) will be the initial out-getter on what will be a bullpen day. Trevor Williams (4|44.75 ERA77 SO) will take the bump for the Bucs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.

Bats come alive, Brewers beat Pirates 9-7

The offense has been hard to come by for the Milwaukee Brewers as of late. On Monday night, it finally exploded. The crew took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 to win game one of the three-game set.

Christian Yelich led the way for Milwaukee. He smashed two home runs to help the offense.

“When you go 4-for-5 with two homers, I don’t care who you are, it’s an enormous night,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a great night. He has the ability to put us on his back, offensively. He has done it before. He did it for a pretty long stretch last year. Tonight was a night he did it again.”

Yelich had plenty of help too. Lorenzo Cain, Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia combined for seven hits, five runs scored and two runs batted in.

The Brewers made it interesting in the end though. It was a win that came easy despite the offensive outburst.

Jordan Lyles pitched a solid game in his second start for the Brewers. In five innings of work, he allowed just one earned run on five hits.

“Jordan pitched very well for us,” Counsell said. “Jordan is executing pitches; that’s what he’s doing. His breaking ball has been really good. He threw more sliders tonight. We should have escaped through five with one run, really.”

Milwaukee took an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Freddy Peralta then had some problems finding the strike zone. He gave up a three-run triple to Kevin Newman pulling the Pirates within two, 8-6.

Josh Hader took the ball and was able to end the team’s losing streak by getting Josh Bell to pop-out.

Next up, the Brewers (58-56) take on the Pirates (48-64) Tuesday night. Chase Anderson (5|23.73 ERA90 SO) will get the start opposite of Steven Brault (3|14.15 ERA, 53 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.

Brewers acquire RHP Jordan Lyles from Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers make their first move to improve the pitching staff. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Milwaukee has acquired RHP Jordan Lyles from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers are sending minor league RHP Cody Ponce to the Pirates.

The 28-year old Lyles made 11 appearances in relief for the Brewers last season. As a starter this season, he is 5-7 with a 5.36 ERA in 17 starts.

After getting off to a terrific start to the year, Lyles has struggled as of late. He posted a 1.89 ERA through his first eight starts but has a 9.57 ERA over his last nine starts.

Don’t expect Lyles to be the savior of the pitching staff but he had a nice run for them in 2018 posting a 3.31 ERA in 16.1 innings of work. Milwaukee will most likely look to him to be a short-term starter until Jhoulys Chacin and/or Brandon Woodruff return.

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers designated Marcos Diplan for assignment to make room for Lyles.

It’s not the big splash Brewers fans were hoping for but could be a nice fill-in until the starting rotation gets healthy. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see GM David Stearns make another move or two before Wednesday’s trade deadline.

Brewers 5, Giants 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Francisco Giants in walk-off fashion Saturday night 5-4.

Davies solid through six innings

Zach Davies came through for Milwaukee getting through six innings on 105 pitches. He allowed an unearned run in the first inning but was lights out after the frame. Giants’ leadoff man Brandon Belt reached first on a Davies error and later came around to score in the inning.

Left too many stranded

The Brewers outhit the Pirates by a wide margin but failed to capitalize on opportunities.

Bullpen struggles

Junior Guerra relieved Davies in the sixth and that’s when the trouble started. After striking out the first two batters he faced, Guerra allowed a single, ending his night. Alex Claudio came in giving up back-to-back singles putting the Giants in front 2-1.

Milwaukee took a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but San Francisco scored two runs off reliever Jeremy Jeffress. It was the second night in a row the Brewers bullpen a late lead.

Offense comes to life in the eighth and ninth

The Brewers trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth and were 0-9 with runners in scoring position. Mike Moustakas, Jesús Aguilar and Keston Hiura put an end to that hitting back-to-back-to-back doubles putting the Brewers in front 3-2.

Then, after an Eric Thames single and Yasmani Grandal walk, Orlando Arcia knocked a sacrifice fly scoring Hiura.

In the ninth, Ryan Braun led off reaching base on a Brandon Crawford error. Two outs later, Hiura walked setting the stage for Ben Game. Gamel came through for the Brewers with a walk-off double scoring Braun for the winning run.

”It was a big hit,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”A two-strike hit. It helps us for tomorrow, but more importantly, it’s a win.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (48-45) will look to take the series from the Giants (42-49) on Sunday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin (3|95.40 ERA68 SO) will get the start opposite of Tyler Beede (2|35.64 ERA, 43 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers stumble into break with 6-5 loss to Pirates

Just like last season, the Milwaukee Brewers end the first half of the season on a sour note. They fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday. Milwaukee lost the final two games of the series and five of their last six. They enter the all-star break with a 47-44 record.

Junior Guerra gave up a three-run homer in the seventh inning to Bryan Reynolds which would prove to be the difference.

Starter Chase Anderson allowed two earned runs on five hits in his four innings of work.

Offensively, Jesus Aguilar homered twice and rookie Keston Hiura homered once. Aguilar’s second home run of the game tied it up at 3-3 in the seventh, but the Pirates didn’t take long to jump back in front.

Kevin Kramer led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk thanks to Guerra. Then, Adam Frazier followed with a single. Reynolds added much more damage with a dinger to put Pittsburgh up 6-3.

Hiura’s two-run homer in the eighth pulled the Brewers within one, but that was as close as they could get.

Next up, the Brewers enter the all-star break before returning home on Thursday.

Brewers get roughed up by Pirates, lose 12-2

The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t do much right Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh falling to the Pirates 12-2. Rookie Dario Agrazal got the start for Trevor Williams after he was placed on the paternity list. Agrazal proved to be too much to handle for Milwaukee’s offense.

Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal each hit solo home runs off the rookie. That was about all they got off Agrazal as he went six innings allowing two runs on five hits.

Brewers’ starter Adrian Houser wasn’t nearly as dominate. He got off to a dreadful start allowing four runs in the first inning. Houser was pulled after four innings of work allowing five earned runs on seven hits.

Houser continues to struggle as a starter going 0-3 with an 8.47 earned run average. Out of the bullpen, Houser is 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA in 14 appearances.

Things got even worse for the Brewers when Orlando Arcia and Keston Hiura collided while trying to field a ground ball in the eighth. Arcia had to be carted off the field. He was holding his right arm and shoulder and will be evaluated.

Next up, the Brewers (47-43) look to end their first half on a high note in their final game before the All-Star break against the Pirates (43-45) on Sunday. Chase Anderson (4|24.31 ERA63 SO) opposite of Joe Musgrove (6|74.13 ERA, 78 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm.

Brewers escape Pirates with 7-6 win in 10 innings

The Milwaukee Brewers almost fell in devastating fashion to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night. Entering the bottom of the ninth with a 6-1 lead, the Brewers bullpen allowed five Pirates to score. Milwaukee made up for it scoring the winning run in the top of the tenth to win 7-6.

Lorenzo Cain’s RBI single off Felipe Vázquez was the difference. The hit scored Orlando Arcia to put the Brewers back in front in the 10th inning.

Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina each hit two-run home runs in the eighth inning.

Deolis Guerra made his debut in the ninth allowing three consecutive one out singles. After a Starling Marte sacrifice fly, Josh Bell smacked a three-run homer to pull Pittsburgh within one run.

Manager Craig Counsell made the decision to bring in Junior Guerra who made a mistake on his first pitch. Jung Ho Kang jumped on it sending a shot to left field on a solo home run to tie the game at 6-6.

Next up, the Brewers (47-42) will take on the Pirates (42-45) Saturday afternoon. Adrian Houser (2|23.26 ERA42 SO) will get the start opposite of Dario Agrazal (1|02.70 ERA, 6 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm.