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.

Brewers 2, Pirates 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took care of business at home defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Sunday. They wrapped up their 10-game homestand with a 5-5 record.

Career hit #1,000 for Yelich

It has felt like we’ve been waiting forever for this moment. In the third inning, Christian Yelich just missed a home run smacking a double for his 1,000th career hit.

Who says pitchers can’t hit?

Zach Davies had a good day on the mound but came up huge at the plate. After Pittsburgh decided to intentionally walk catcher Manny Pina, Davies came through with an RBI single in the fourth scoring Mike Moustakas to tie the game at 1-1.

The day didn’t start well for Davies as it looked like another short outing. After recording two outs, Starling Marte singled. Then, Davies walked Josh Bell and gave up an RBI double to Melky Cabrera giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Davies was locked in for the rest of his day. He finished with 5.1 innings pitched giving up just one run on six hits.

“Great defensive day for us, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Then we just pitched well.”

It was his longest outing since going eight innings against the Pirates on June 2. Also, it was his fewest runs allowed since throwing six scoreless innings against the Twins on May 28.

Eric Thames saves the day

Thames continues to show what he can do at the plate. On Saturday he hit a triple and a home run accounting for two of the Brewers’ three runs in a winning effort.

Then, on Sunday, Thames hit a clutch home run in the eighth inning giving Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

It was a 432 foot towering drive to straight center field for his 12th home run of the year. Thames is batting .333 with seven homers and 15 runs batted in over his last 27 games.

Brewers get three more All-Stars

It was announced Sunday that the Brewers will be sending Josh Hader, Yasmani Grandal and Moustakas to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

“I was looking forward to going on the lake for about three days and not doing anything,” Grandal said. “But I guess Cleveland has somewhat of a lake too. It could be an ocean. I don’t know.”

The Brewers also sent at least 4 players to the All-Star Game in 1980 (4), 1982 (4), 1983 (4), 2007 (4), 2014 (4) and 2018 (5).

What’s next?

The Brewers (45-39) head out on the road to begin a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds (38-43) beginning on Monday night. Adrian Houser (2|22.94 ERA40 SO) will make his second start since joining the rotation. The Reds will counter with Tyler Mahle (2|84.35 ERA, 84 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.

Brewers 3, Pirates 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers did just enough to pick up a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night. It was just their fifth win over the last 15 games.

The Eric Thames Show

What a night it was for Thames. He gave the Brewers the lead in the first with an uncommon triple.

Then, on his next at bat, he smacked a solo home run to put Milwaukee up 3-1. It was his 11th dinger of the season and came on a 3-2 count off Pirates’ starter Jordan Lyles.

Brandon Woodruff picks up win number 10

Woodruff (10-2, 3.79 ERA) became the first 10-game winner in the National League this season thanks to a solid outing. He threw 7.2 innings allowing just one run on six hits while fanning six Pirates. It was his eighth quality start of the year.

The Pirates got on the board in the first inning after Kevin Newman led off with a single. Woodruff then hit Bryan Reynolds. With two outs, Colin Moran smacked a double scoring a run, but the Brewers were able to tag Josh Bell out at home, limiting the damage.

“You look at the numbers across the board, the guy is legit,” Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle said. “That’s the best fastball we’ve seen from him. He held it through seven innings. The slider was tight; he threw it in any count. He’s 10-2 for a reason. He’s legit.”

The Brewers fans at Miller Park gave Woodruff a standing ovation as he walked off the mound. With all the struggles this season from the starting rotation, Woodruff has been the one consistent positive.

Christian Yelich in the Home Run Derby?

Yelich will participate in the Home Run Derby. He currently leads MLB with 29 home runs on the season. Yelich said he has no fears about the derby messing up his swing. Many players in the past have had down second halves after doing the derby.

What’s next?

The Brewers (44-39) will look to take the series from the Pirates (39-42) on Sunday afternoon. Zach Davies (7|23.34 ERA57 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Pittsburgh will counter with Steven Brault (3|14.50 ERA, 44 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Offense struggles after two runs in the first, Brewers fall to Pirates 3-2

The Milwaukee Brewers entered Friday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates having won the last five games against the Bucs. This one didn’t go as expected.

Junior Guerra and Jeremy Jeffress each surrendered walks in the eighth and ninth innings. Both runners ended up scoring giving the Pirates a 3-2 win at Miller Park.

It was the offense that really struggled though for Milwaukee. After scoring two runs in the first inning off Chris Archer, the Brewers were held to only four hits the rest of the game.

Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin had a solid outing. He went five innings allowing just one earned run on six hits. Alex Claudio and Corbin Burnes pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh to give Milwaukee a shot to hold the lead.

The Brewers (43-39) will look to take game two from the Pirates (39-41) Saturday night. Brandon Woodruff (9|24.01 ERA114 SO) will get the start for the Crew opposite of Jordan Lyles (5|33.64 ERA, 66 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm.