Zach Davies Pitches A Gem Vs. Cardinals As Brewers Avoid Sweep

June 1, 2016 | 3:14 PM
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Sometimes the game of baseball just doesn’t make sense. The Cardinals had dominated the Brewers at Miller Park winning 30 of their last 40 to start the day. On top of that, Brewers pitcher Zach Davies has had his struggles this season. But on Thursday afternoon, Davies was at his best as the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1.

Davies (3-3, 4.53 ERA) pitched eight shutout innings, struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He struck out the side in the 8th inning | his final one of the game. Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress gave up a leadoff homer to pinch hitter Brandon Moss to leadoff the 9th. It was Moss’s 3rd pinch hit homer of the year. But Jeffress was perfect after that for his 13th save.

Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer in the 6th, his first of the season. Ryan Braun went 2-4 with an RBI single upping his average to .352. Chris Carter added an RBI single as well.
The Brewers avoid the sweep and now head to Philadelphia to start a four game series with the Phillies.

OTHER NOTES:
Ryan Braun is now 5th among NL outfielders in All-Star voting. He trailes the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, the Cubs’ Dexter Fowler, Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and Cubs’ Jason Heyward.

Cardinals Beat Brewers 6-0 To Hand Junior Guerra First Loss

By Eric Rogers
May 31, 2016
MILWAUKEE — The St. Louis Cardinals used a balanced game of hitting and fielding to hand the Brewers a 6-0 loss Monday at Miller Park.
Matt Holliday led the Cardinals offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, while Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 and scored three runs. Milwaukee mustered only five hits the entire game thanks to eight innings of scoreless baseball from Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals win snapped a streak of five consecutive losses for Martinez.
On the Brewers side, Junior Guerra allowed four runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings for his first loss of the season. He allowed eight hits but struck out six batters as well. It wasn’t all Guerra’s fault, with the first three runs of the game coming as a product of poor defense.
“Nothing can be perfect. It’s part of it; you play to win the game, Guerra said through his translator. “Things aren’t going to go perfect all the time.”
 

Braun Draws Trade Interest From Cardinals, Six Others

By Eric Rogers
May 29, 2016
MILWAUKEE — Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is gaining trade interest from seven Major League Baseball clubs, according to a report from the Boston Globe.
The report names the Astros, Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox, and White Sox as teams that feel Braun is the “hot name out there.”
Braun’s .351 batting average ranks third in the National League, while his on-base percentage (.424) and slugging percentage (.583) rank fourth among NL hitters. Braun also adds five stolen bases to his stat line and a respectable nine home runs (tied | 12th).
32-year-old Braun has a “no-trade” clause in his contract that allows him to turn down offers to certain teams. The Brewers are currently on the hook for his five-year contract, worth up to $105 million.
Braun’s name was also tied to the Cubs earlier this month, but so far, no further developments have come to light at the time of publication.
 

Brewers Beat Cardinals Behind Santana’s 9th Inning Homer

April 13, 2016 11:05 p.m.
By Jake Zimmermann
jake.zimmermann@madcitysportszone.com
ST. LOUIS, Missouri | If this is supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Brewers where wins are hard to come by, the players apparently haven’t gotten that memo yet. On Wednesday night in St. Louis, the Brewers snapped the Cardinals four game win streak with a 6-4 win. The Crew snapped a 4-4 tie in the top of the 9th inning when, with two outs, Domingo Santana delivered the biggest moment of his young career, crushing a two-out, two-run blast off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal. Wins like this don’t happen very often for the Brewers in Busch Stadium. 440-foot homers off Rosenthal is even more rare. He allowed only three homers in 68 appearances last season. Santana’s blast came off a 98 MPH fastball.
“That’s a stong man, right there, to be able to do something like that,” said catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who also had a big night with three hits and two RBI. 
The Brewers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Cardinals. Milwaukee starting pitcher Chase Anderson, who struggled with a 9.82 ERA in the spring, had a solid performance giving up no earned runs over six innings of four hit ball. Anderson also struck out four.
The Brewers, now 4-4 on the season, will try to take the series from the Cards Thursday afternoon. It’ll be Wily Peralta on the mound for the Crew. The Cardinals will counter with Jaime Garcia. First pitch scheduled for 12:45 p.m.