Brewers fall for a fourth straight game, lose Braun and Pina to injury

The Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night, and in the process they lost two more players to injury.

Outfielder Ryan Braun left with stiffness in his calf, the same one he injured earlier this season that landed him on the 10-day disabled list, and it appears this one will cost him some time as well.

“It grabbed on him a little in the first inning going after a fly ball,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s just at the point where he’s not able to go out there and run full speed, go after balls in the outfield. So we’re going to have to start over with it.”

Braun’s departure wasn’t the only low point. Catcher Manny Pina was hit in the elbow by a pitch and had to leave the game, though the news on him is more encouraging.

“Manny’s got a left elbow contusion,” Counsell said. “X-rays were negative. He’s just day-to-day. He was feeling OK after the game. [We] probably dodged something there.”

The injuries were all a part of another miserable night for Milwaukee, which lost for a fourth time in a row. The Brewers hitters had no answer for Arizona starter Robbie Ray, who allowed just two hits over seven innings of work and struck out nine. On the other side of the things, Zach Davies was solid, going six innings and giving up three runs but ended up taking the loss.

With the loss, Milwaukee dropped a ½ game back of Chicago at the top of the NL Central.

It’ll be the Brewers and Diamondbacks again on Friday night at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Brewers bats quiet in 4-3 loss to Blue Jays

MILWAUKEE — The red-hot offense that led the Milwaukee Brewers to first place in the National League Central was relatively quiet in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night.

The Crew recorded five hits, while striking out 11 times. Oddly enough, second baseman Jonathan Villar, who’s been on a cold spell as of late, accounted for the majority of Milwaukee’s run production. He drove in a pair of runs in the fifth inning with a well-placed single to finish 1-for-4 on the night.

“The big thing for [VIllar] is to just get on base,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “More than the stolen bases or anything like that, just get on base. That’s going to put us in…the other team’s got to defend the steal and make pitches. And that’s what we’re looking for.”

Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 at the plate, still hitless after two games since returning from the disabled list. He also left five runners on base.

Jimmy Nelson (2-3, 4.20 ERA) was responsible for allowing all four Blue Jays runs to score, giving up eight hits along the way. He struck out three over five innings. Rob Scahill, Carlos Torres, and Neftali Feliz combined for a shutout the rest of the way for Milwaukee.

Anderson throttled in 13-6 loss to Cubs

CHICAGO — Milwaukee Brewers starter Chase Anderson took his first loss of the year in a 13-6 defeat at the hands of the rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Sunday afternoon.

Anderson was knocked around for seven hits, six earned runs, while walking three batters in his four innings of work. His counterpart, Jake Arrieta, had a nicer day on the mound, giving Chicago six innings of one-run ball (unearned) while striking out six.

“We got traffic and just didn’t get the hit to kind of put a lot of stress on [Arrieta] and make him make those big pitches in a game where a one-swing can hurt you,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Arrieta. “He did a good job working out of the fifth [inning] where we got the first two guys on.”

The Cubs went deep four times against the current National League Central leaders, while Willson Contreras racked up three hits and three RBIs.

“I think we were due as a team offensively,” Kris Bryant said. “We haven’t really been doing much early on here, so I think it was a matter of time for us.”

Ryan Braun returned from the disabled list to go 0-for-5 at the plate for Milwaukee. Eric Thames left in the fifth inning with hamstring tightness — a nagging injury that’s been bothering him for a couple of weeks. After the game, Counsell said they’d have to address their approach to Thames’ hamstring concerns during practice and days off.

Milwaukee tees off on Matt Harvey, Mets in a 7-4 win

New York Mets starter Matt Harvey, fresh off a 3-game suspension for not showing up to a game last weekend, was abused by Milwaukee on Friday night in a 7-4 win for the Brewers at Miller Park.

Manager Craig Counsell’s team crushed three home runs off of Harvey, including a two-run shot from shortstop Eric Sogard, who had just been called up from the minor leagues. Harvey lasted five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits while walking five. He’s now 2-3 on the year.

The Brewers got contributions from all over their lineup, including a 3 for 4 night from left fielder Hernan Perez, and catcher Jett Bandy driving in a pair of runs.

Matt Garza picked up his second win of the year for the Crew, going six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four. Reliever Jared Hughes got the save, the first of the season for him.

Milwaukee played the game without outfielder Ryan Braun, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a calf strain suffered in the team’s series against Boston earlier in the week.

The Brewers and Mets will play game No. 2 of their three-game series on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Milwaukee makes it three straight wins with a 7-4 victory over Boston

The Milwaukee Brewers earned their third straight win last night, a 7-4 victory against the Boston Red Sox at Miller Park.

The Crew has scored more runs in the first inning of games than anyone else in the majors this year, and that continued Wednesday night, as RBI’s from Domingo Santana and Hernan Perez platted a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead against starter Kyle Kendrick. Milwaukee would chase the Boston righty after just 4 1/3 innings of work, tagging him for six runs on 10 hits.

Perez finished 2 of 4 with a pair of RBI’s, while Keon Broxton and Eric Thames each had a pair of hits.

Milwaukee got the win despite starter Chase Anderson making it 4 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on nine hits, while striking out four. He was replaced by Rob Scahill, who held the Red Sox scoreless over his 2 1/3 innings to pick up the win.

The only down note for Milwaukee on the night was watching Ryan Braun hobble off the field in the fifth inning with tightness in his left calf. Manager Craig Counsell didn’t know how severe the injury was, but did mention that he had been planning to give the outfielder Thursday off anyway. The game was Braun’s second since missing much of the team’s 6-game road trip last week with an arm injury.

The two teams will finish off their 3-game set Thursday afternoon with first pitch coming at 12:10 p.m.

Note:

Junior Guerra is getting closer to returning to the Milwaukee rotation. The team’s Opening Day starter is scheduled to make a rehab start on Monday for Double-A Biloxi. He’s been out since the season opener with a calf strain.

Offense propels Milwaukee past Boston 11-7

MILWAUKEE — The efforts of Keon Broxton and Eric Thames helped the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night 11-7 in their first visit to Miller Park in 14 years.

The BoSox were off to an auspicious start, thanks to a first-inning home run from Mookie Betts, but it was short-lived, as Thames and Broxton homered in the bottom half of the inning. Milwaukee would tally five runs in the first, maintaining the lead for the remainder of the night.

Milwaukee now leads the majors with 55 home runs. Broxton was the offensive leader for the Brewers, going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and just a double shy of the cycle. He’s also batting .383 over his last 15 games.

“We’re just ready to play, man,” said Broxton. “We can’t wait to get something to drive and hit. I think that’s what we go to sleep thinking about, just getting a good pitch to hit and every guy in this lineup, that’s what we want to do. We want to hit something hard, early.”

Wily Peralta didn’t have as nice of an outing, lasting 4.1 innings, while giving up five hits, four earned runs, and walking three batters. He hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning in his last four starts.

Ryan Braun didn’t exactly jump off the stat sheet after returning from a forearm injury to go 1-for-4 with a run scored in the first inning. He missed a week of action, initially getting rest because of a strained trapezius muscle.

Brewers finish off a sweep of the Reds, Thames leaves with injury

The Cincinnati Reds are all the Milwaukee Brewers need to feel good about themselves.

For a sixth time in seven games this year, the Crew came out on top against their NL Central rivals, this time a 9-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon to finish off a three-game sweep.

Milwaukee jumped all over pitcher Rookie Davis, chasing him after just 2 2/3rds innings, and tagging him with eight runs – seven earned – on 11 hits to move back above .500 on the year.

Outfielder Ryan Braun got things started with a two-run double in the first and that was followed by three more runs in the opening inning. In the third, Orlando Arcia drilled a two-run homer that pushed Milwaukee’s lead to 8-1 and the Reds wouldn’t come close to challenging the rest of the way.

Wily Peralta got the win, though he didn’t have his best stuff. He went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Eric Thames, who had homered in his first six games against the Reds, did not go yard again, but did score twice before leaving with tightness in his left hamstring. He told reporters afterwards that it wasn’t serious and he doesn’t expect to miss any time.

Milwaukee has Thursday off, but will open a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday at Miller Park.

Wainwright dominates the Brewers in a 6-3 win for St. Louis

Milwaukee had no answer for Adam Wainwright on the mound or at the plate Friday night, as St. Louis earned a 6-3 win over the Brewers.

The Cardinals starter made it five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out nine to pick up his first win of the year, but he was even more impressive when swinging his bat. Wainwright drilled a 2-run homer in the third inning, and followed that up with a 2-run single the next inning, finishing the night with four RBI’s.

“He’s certainly, for a pitcher, capable of swinging the bat, but he’s also (still) a pitcher. We’ve got to make pitches on those guys,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said afterwards. “He had a big night. His two at-bats were the difference in the game, for sure. Give him credit.”

All the damage he did was against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta, who lost for the first time this year. He gave up all six runs over his four innings of work, and for just the third time in his career, he didn’t record a single strikeout.

Milwaukee’s bullpen did some good work in relief of Peralta, allowing just three hits and no runs over the final five innings.

The Brewers bats were largely silent, though a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth inning stretched the number of games they’ve hit at least one home run to 13 straight.

It’ll be the same two teams on Saturday night at Miller Park. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.

Thames and Braun lead Brewers to a 6-3 win over the Cubs

Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the year as Milwaukee went to Chicago and beat the Cubs 6-3 Monday night for its sixth win in the last seven games.

With the game tied at three in the third inning, Thames stepped to the plate and drilled a home run into the left field bleachers to give the Brewers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. For Thames, it was his fifth consecutive game with a homer, tying the franchise record set by Jeremy Burnitz.

“What he’s doing is really hard to do,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s on a good streak right now, no question. Seeing this certainly bodes well for the rest of the year.”

The homer for Thames, who was signed as a free agent after spending the last three years playing in Korea, was his seventh overall on the year, which leads MLB. He’s also batting .405, which is second in the National League.

His hot start has overshadowed what has been a remarkable beginning for Ryan Braun. The outfielder had a 2-run homer in the first inning, his fifth of the year, which matches his total for all of April last season.

“It’s unique that Ryan is not getting the attention after a five home run start in the first couple weeks of the season,” Counsell said. “He’s happy with it, I guarantee it.”

Braun had a total of three RBI’s on the night, which helped make Chase Anderson a winner for a second time this year. The Brewers starter made it five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out five.

Four relievers helped Milwaukee close things out, including Neftali Feliz, who picked up his fifth save of the year.

Milwaukee (8-6) and Chicago (6-7) will play game two of their series tonight at Wrigley Field.

Big bats back Brewers in 4-2 win over Reds

CINCINNATI — The Milwaukee Brewers recorded three home runs on their way to a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark.

Milwaukee (7-6) now sits in second place in the National League Central after winning three games in the four-game series with Cincinnati. Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, and Eric Thames all went yard in the win.

Thames is now tied for the MLB lead with six home runs on the season, while holding the outright lead in OPS (1.376).

“I can’t remember a time in my career where a guy hit five home runs in a single series,” Braun said of Thames. “We’re seeing a really, really impressive hitter starting to emerge.”

Wily Peralta had a solid performance, lasting six innings, while giving up just two earned runs to pick up his third win of the year. He allowed a home run to Eugenio Suarez in the fourth inning.