Milwaukee falls to the Reds 9-3, loses ground in NL playoff chase

Cincinnati used a five-run seventh inning to break open a close game on its way to a 9-3 win over Milwaukee Tuesday night.

It was a night of missed opportunities for the Brewers. They loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs and managed to not score a single run thanks to three straight strikeouts. Then, while trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, Milwaukee got the tying run to third with one out but was unable to bring him in. For the night, the Brewers drew 10 walks but went just 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

The issues weren’t confined to the offense. After Zach Davies went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, the bullpen fell apart. The trio of Jacob Barnes, Wei Chung Wang and Carlos Torres proceeded to allow seven runs in two innings, including serving up a three-run homer to former Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett.

For the Brewers, the loss was their third in the last four games and it dropped them 2 ½ games back of the Rockies for the second wild card spot in the National League. They missed an opportunity to gain ground on Chicago, which has lost its last two games as well.

Milwaukee will look to avoid the three-game sweep in Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is at 12:35 p.m.

Chase Anderson injured, Brewers lose 4-3 to the Reds

Milwaukee lost to Cincinnati 4-3 on Wednesday night and also lost its best pitcher for what is expected to be an extended period of time.

Chase Anderson suffered an oblique strain during a second inning at-bat and was forced to leave the game.

“I [swung] at it and it literally just felt like someone stabbed me on the left side,” Anderson told reporters after the game. “Not a good feeling.”

It’s unclear how long Anderson will be out, but the team has already decided to put him on the disabled list, and his absence could be last for quite a while.

“It’s [going to] take time. Those are injuries that you really can’t pinpoint a time schedule. It could be a month, it could be two months [and] hopefully nothing longer than that,” Anderson said. “Obviously, I hate sitting out. I don’t want to be on the [disabled list]. I want to pitch. [I’ve] been throwing the ball well lately. It’s just unfortunate for our rotation and for our team.”

Anderson has been Milwaukee’s No. 1 pitcher this season, going 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA – the best among the team’s starters.

“Anytime you lose one of your five starters, it’s a big blow,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I got used to [him] pitching very, very well. We’ll have to cover in his absence. It’s going to be difficult.”

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Paulo Espino replaced Anderson after the injury and gave up three runs in three innings of work, including a 2-run homer to former Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, his 12th of the year.

The game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when Counsell decided to go with closer Corey Knebel, who promptly walked the speedy Billy Hamilton. He stole second and third before scoring on an infield single by Adam Duvall.

Milwaukee had a chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth, with Jonathan Villar on third base and just one out. But pinch hitter Jesus Aguliar struckout and Orlando Arcia was thrown out trying to get to second base on what Counsell said was a called play.

“It was going to work,” Counsell said of the intended rundown that would have allowed Villar to potentially score the tying run. “Orlando just didn’t stop in time, and they got a tag.”

The loss was Milwaukee’s fourth in its last five games, yet the Brewers remain in first place in the NL Central by one game over the Chicago Cubs.

It’ll be Cincinnati and the Brewers again Thursday night. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.

2B Scooter Gennett waived by the Brewers, claimed by the Reds

Scooter Gennett’s time with the Milwaukee Brewers has come to an end.

The team announced Tuesday afternoon that the infielder had been claimed off of waivers by Cincinnati, bringing his four-year career in Milwaukee to a close.

Gennett, a 16th round pick by the Brewers in 2009 out of high school, batted .263 in 2016 with a career-high 14 home runs and 56 RBIs.

The second baseman had resigned with the team in the offseason on a one-year deal worth $2.55 million with the idea of him being more of a utility player, including playing some outfield. But a strong spring from Ivan De Jesus Jr. made Gennett expendable. And instead of using up his one remaining minor league option, the team waived him instead.

The 26-year-old had been the second-longest tenured player on the Brewers roster behind outfielder Ryan Braun.

Brewers get a 3-2 walk-off win against Cincinnati

The first drama of spring training ended in a Brewers win on Wednesday, as Milwaukee got a walk-off single from Lucas Erceg for a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Arizona.

The Crew fell behind early, with Zack Cozart taking Chase Anderson deep with a solo shot in the top of the first inning. It was Anderson’s first appearance of the spring and went just the one inning.

But Milwaukee answered with some power of its own at the top of the lineup, as leadoff hitter Keon Broxton took the first pitch of the day from Lisalverto Bonilla deep to left in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1. Shortstop Jonathan Villar followed that with a double to right field and third baseman Scooter Gennett brought him in to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

The Reds were able to tie the game in the fourth as they got to the newly signed Neftali Feliz with a single and a double before he settled in and got out of the inning.

Things stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth. With runners at second and third with one out, Erceg stepped up and drilled a single to right field, scoring Mauricio Dubon for the win.

Villar and Gennett led the way offensively for Milwaukee, with each having a pair of hits to help the Brewers improve to 2-3 in spring training. They’ll take on Seattle Thursday afternoon.

Gennett and Brinson combine for five hits as the Brewers beat the Rangers 5-0

The Milwaukee Brewers earned their first win in Cactus League action Monday afternoon, shutting out the Texas Rangers 5-0.

Top prospect Lewis Brinson went 3-for-3 and had an RBI as the leadoff man, while left fielder Scooter Gennett was 2 of 2 with a walk to help the Brewers improve to 1-2 in spring training.

In total, the Crew managed to belt out 11 hits, with shortstop Orlando Arcia joining Brinson and Gennett with multiple hits.

Junior Guerra got the start for Milwaukee, allowing just one hit in one scoreless inning of work. Six other pitchers, including Jhan Marinez (W, 1-0) and Tyler Cravy (H, 1), limited the Rangers to just two hits the rest of the way.

Milwaukee will take on the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Takeaways from Brewers On Deck fan fest

MILWAUKEE — The offseason in Major League Baseball is sometimes filled with a lot of change, but for the Milwaukee Brewers, their “On Deck” fan event only provided a few surprises.

One of the most noteworthy observations from the event held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee is that second baseman Scooter Gennett will be experimenting with several positions during spring training, mainly in the outfield. His playing time would be limited if he played solely at second base, due to newcomers Travis Shaw (third base), Orlando Arcia (shortstop), and Jonathan Villar (second base).

Gennett noted that he’s had limited experience as an outfielder, mainly in high school.

“I can catch a fly ball, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy,” Gennett told reporters. “I can catch a fly ball and I can run, so hopefully I’ll be able to adjust and if I’m needed in the outfield, I’ll be able to handle it.”

Another offseason storyline clarified at the event was the future of outfielder Ryan Braun. Braun was a big talking point last August when it was reported the Los Angeles Dodgers had nearly brokered a deal with Milwaukee that would have sent Braun to LA in exchange for Yasiel Puig and a top prospect. That deal fell apart minutes before the Aug. 31 midnight deadline and Braun has remained in Milwaukee ever since. Manager Craig Counsell revealed on Sunday that he never expected Braun to be dealt this offseason.

“I expected Ryan [Braun] to be back and I expected Ryan to hit third [in the batting order] and I’m very happy that I get to continue to write his name. I thought I’d always continue to write his name at third in the lineup. He’s played at a high level last year; he’s going to play at a high level this year; and he’s going to continue to…”

Braun will enter his 11th MLB season with $72 million remaining on his monster five-year, $105 million contract. The 33-year-old will make $19 million in 2017.

Additionally, principle owner Mark Attanasio revealed that he’s in discussions to purchase the club’s Class A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. That’s significant because it would allow the Brewers to control decisions about the farm system team without risk of it changing locations or being bought out by another club during contract negotiations. Milwaukee has parted ways with longtime affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees.

Anderson, Brewers silence the Pirates in a 3-1 win

The Milwaukee Brewers got a strong outing from starter Chase Anderson, as they avoided being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-1 win on Thursday night.

Anderson made it 5 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out six to pick up his ninth win of the year. The bullpen brought it home, with Carlos Torres, Corey Knebel and Tyler Thornburg combining for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless work.

The Brewers pitched with a lead for most of the game, thanks to a two-run home run by second baseman Scooter Gennett in the bottom of the first. Then in the seventh inning, first baseman Chris Carter went deep with a solo shot, his 37th home run on the year.

The home runs were needed as the Pirates kept the Brewers bats silent for much of the game. Milwaukee had just four hits on the night and struck out 10 times, including two apiece from Carter, outfielder Domingo Santana, catcher Martin Maldonado and Anderson.

Milwaukee will be back in action Friday night as they open a weekend series with the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch at Miller Park is set for 7:10 p.m.

Brewers spoil Cubs party plans with 5-4 win

CHICAGO — Scooter Gennett drove in two runs with a seventh-inning double, breaking a tie and giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Milwaukee’s win prevented rival Chicago from securing its first National League Central crown since 2008, but the Cubs would celebrate just hours later after the Giants knocked off the Cardinals, clinching the division for the Cubbies.

Gennett’s double came during his only at-bat of the game, pinch-hitting for Jimmy Nelson. Orlando Arcia would also log a pair of runs batted in on a night where he finished 1-of-4 at the plate. Nelson fanned seven batters in his six innings of work, allowing three earned runs on eight hits.

The Brewers have now played seven games at Wrigley Field, with Thursday night’s contest marking Milwaukee’s first win there this season. The Brewers trail in the season series 10-6. Playing off the energy of the crowd and the potential of witnessing a division title win, Brewers closer Tyler Thornburg was happy to come away victorious.

“It’s pretty awesome, I’m not going to lie,” Thornburg said. “I’ve only had one other time where the crowd noise was definitely noticeable…when I was a starter. But that was pretty awesome. I’ve never gotten the opportunity to throw in the playoffs, but that’s about as close as I can imagine.”

Milwaukee avoids the sweep, beats Cincinnati 7-0

The Milwaukee Brewers managed to avoided the sweep last night, taking out the Cincinnati Reds 7-0 to salvage one game of their three-game series.

The Brewers got it done with a stellar outing on the mound from rookie Junior Guerra. In his third start since coming off the disabled list, Guerra threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five. It was his second-straight win and it moved him to 9-3 on the season. Since returning, Guerra’s ERA is 1.88 after giving up just three runs in the last 14 1/3 innings pitched.

Offensively, Milwaukee was led by outfielder Domingo Santana, whose three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning essentially sealed the game. Second baseman Scooter Gennett had a two-run homer, his 12th on the season, while catcher Many Pina was 2 of 3 from the plate, including two-run single in the second.

The win leaves Milwaukee 3-4 on their current 11-game road trip. They’ll be in Chicago tonight to open a four-game set with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Brewers’ win streak ends in 4-3 loss to Cardinals

ST LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals used a pair of two-run home runs in the third inning to get past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Friday night, ending Milwaukee’s three-game winning streak.

The Cardinals recorded just five hits in the game, but the Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty blasts proved enough to beat the Brewers, while keeping St. Louis just ½ game back of the New York Mets for the second National League wild card spot. The Brewers logged nine hits, punctuated by a Scooter Gennett home run in the same inning as Carpenter and Piscotty.

Right fielder Hernan Perez was the only Brewers player with more than one hit, going two-for-four, but striking out twice. Jimmy Nelson takes his 14th loss of the season after allowing five hits and all four earned runs in six innings of work. Conversely, Carlos Martinez earned the win for St. Louis after going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs. Milwaukee recorded all nine of their hits against Martinez.

Milwaukee is still in contention for a National League wild card spot, but would be eliminated with 10 more losses.