Brewers bullpen continues to struggle, fall to Cardinals 4-3

The Milwaukee Brewers took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning Tuesday night. Then, Alex Wilson gave up two runs giving the lead back to the St. Louis Cardinals. That would prove to be enough as the Brewers lost their third straight game, falling to the Red Birds 4-3.

Matt Albers and Alex Claudio went 2 1/3 innings of scoreless innings after another solid start from Zach Davies. Davies went 4.2 innings, gave up two runs on seven hits and fanned four.

Travis Shaw’s bat finally got hot. He hit two home runs including one in the ninth to give the Brewers a chance at a comeback.

Milwaukee has now lost six of their last seven games and have dropped their last two series.

The Brewers (13-12) are back in action Wednesday afternoon for their final game of the series against the Cardinals (14-9). Jhoulys Chacin (2|25.92 ERA22 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Adam Wainwright (1|24.74 ERA, 19 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:15pm.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continued their dominance against the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-4 victory Tuesday night securing the series win.

Pitchers who rake, and pitch

Brandon Woodruff had his best start of the season, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs off seven hits while striking out six. He didn’t find trouble until the sixth inning, not allowing a run through the first five. He got a nice ovation from the fans at Miller Park as he exited in the sixth after his 94-pitch outing.

“I thought his stuff was really good tonight. Slider was good to righties, his change was good to lefties. His fastball was obviously located very well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Woodruff also helped his own cause, smacking a two-run double down the right-field line giving the Brewers a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The 26-year old has been unconscious at the plate for a pitcher with an OPS of 1.750. To put this into context, Christian Yelich has an OPS of 1.246.

The Brewers’ pitching staff leads MLB in average. Freddy Peralta mentioned Monday night that they have a competition when it comes to getting hits.

“It’s fun. We take it in the cage when [we’re] hitting stuff, we take it pretty serious,” Woodruff said, “A good competition. We usually play games with each-other and stuff and try to see who can beat each other and I hate to say it but Freddy hasn’t won yet, so we got to get him some more wins.”

The competition between teammates seems to be working as Milwaukee continues to get production from the ninth spot in the order.

An offensive third inning

Milwaukee scored five of their eight runs in the third inning as they batted around the order. Cain got it going blasting a leadoff homer to left.

Braun hit a double down the left-field line. Then, Yasmani Grandal stayed hot launching a two-run dinger to right.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar hit back-to-back singles. Orlando Arcia followed with a walk which brought Woodruff to the plate with the bases loaded and you know what happened next.

Why do they keep pitching to him?

I’m shocked that the Cardinals keep pitching to Yelich. The Brewers for sure aren’t complaining and neither am I. But, am I surprised? Absolutely.

Yelich was asked if he is surprised the Red Birds keep pitching to him.

No. I mean, it’s baseball. I got out three times today, too. Struck out twice. That’s the game of baseball. You have to be ready to go and see how the game plays out.

He is posting ridiculous numbers against the Cardinals this season. It’s hard to expect him to keep up this pace but somehow, he does. With two outs, and two on, in the fifth inning, Yelich homered to right-center giving the Brewers an 8-0 lead.

It was his eighth home run in six games against St. Louis this season, which is the most ever by a Brewer in a single season against the Cardinals.

Next up, the Brewers (12-6) will look for the series sweep of the Cardinals (9-8) on Wednesday afternoon. Corbin Burnes (0|110.05 ERA21 SO) will get the nod for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Michael Wacha (0|05.28 ERA17 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm.

Brewers 10, Cardinals 7: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | Christian Yelich’s three home runs and seven RBIs power the Brewers to a 10-7 victory against the Cardinals on Jackie Robinson Day, Monday night. Milwaukee has now won four of the last five over St. Louis this season, combining to hit 12 home runs.

Freddy struggles again

Freddy Peralta struggled in the first inning allowing two home-runs. Paul Goldschmidt launched a first-pitch fastball to deep left-center field. Paul DeJong followed immediately with a homer of his own.

It would’ve been even worse for Peralta if it wasn’t for Lorenzo Cain making a home run saving catch in the second inning. It’s a shame that Cain didn’t win a Gold Glove last season but he’s showing to be a top-candidate again early this year.

Peralta went 3.1 innings, gave up three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out three. This is the third time in four starts Peralta has failed to make it through the fourth inning. 11 of his 14 runs given up this season have come in the first inning. He has a career 11.57 ERA (18.2 IP, 24 ER) in the first inning.

“I just didn’t feel it, I didn’t feel 100% today,” Peralta discussed, “Those are things that are going to happen, you’re not going to feel 100% every day and you’ve got to find a way to work through it and I just didn’t feel it today.”

Milwaukee decided to put their confidence in the young guys for this season’s pitching staff. So far, it hasn’t gone the way you’d like to see but Peralta and Corbin Burnes have a lot of potential and it’s worth it to stay patient with them.

Bats come alive in the 2nd

Six hits led to six runs as the Brewers took the lead 6-2 in the second inning. Mike Moustakas got the crew started with a solo-shot to right-field off Dakota Hudson. Eric Thames would then reach base with a single. Ben Gamel drove Thames home to tie the game 2-2.

With two outs, Peralta would help his own cause blooping one to shallow center, scoring Gamel. Brewers pitchers improved to an MLB-best 10-27 after Peralta’s single. I’m a DH guy but even I have a hard time not changing my mind when I see Milwaukee’s pitchers at the plate.

Cain singled putting runners on the corners and the 2018 NL MVP would come to the plate. Yelich launched his sixth dinger of the season on a three-run blast to left-center giving the Brewers a 6-2 lead.

Give Yelich the MVP today

I don’t even know what to say. Yelich hit not one, not two, but three homers Monday night and finished with seven RBIs. Last year’s NL MVP tied the Brewers franchise record for HRs and RBIs in a game.

The amount of damage he’s done against the Cardinals has been incredible. He has now homered in six straight games with an at-bat against St. Louis dating back to 9/25/18, becoming the first player since at least 1908 to do so. Yelich has now hit seven of his eight home runs against the Cardinals this season and 13 homers in 22 games against the Red Birds since joining the Brewers.

“They’re a great pitching staff. They’re a great team,” Yelich said about the Cardinals, “I feel like they always pitch you tough in my career. Baseball is just a weird game. It’s one of those weird stretches and sometimes you just can’t explain things.”

His first homer Monday night snapped an 0-9 skid and left his bat at an estimated 114.1 mph, according to Statcast. That’s his hardest hit home-run in the Statcast era (since 2015).

“It’s still incredibly fun to watch, and incredible to watch,” Craig Counsell said, “And it’s so rare when you watch things like that, it doesn’t get boring. He’s doing incredible things. The second home run, the pitch he hit, how do you hit that pitch out? I think that’s what everyone is saying. It’s special to see it.”

It’s getting to the point where we expect Yelich to come up with big hit after big hit but as Counsell said, it will never get boring.

Next up, the Brewers (11-6) will take on the Cardinals (9-7) in the second of a three-game set. Brandon Woodruff (1|16.00 ERA20 SO) will take the bump for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Jack Flaherty (1|02.93 ERA18 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers took the opening series from the Cardinals three games to one with a 5-4 walk-off victory Sunday afternoon.

Yelich may not be human

Christian Yelich is a cheat code. He isn’t fair. He is playing PlayStation 4 while the rest of the league is playing Sega Genesis and may very well be the best hitter in MLB today.

Yelich became the sixth player in Major League history to homer in each of his team’s first four games of a season. He is the first MVP to do it.

The home run came off the first pitch in his first at bat against Michael Wacha. He is currently on pace for 162 home runs this season.

Corbin Burnes is impressed by what Yelich is doing. “Being one of the best hitters in baseball and you already have four homers at this point in the season it’s pretty special,” Burnes said.

Burnes K’s 12

In his first career start, Burnes mowed down the Cardinals’ hitters, striking out nine through the first three innings. His nine consecutive outs via strikeout tied a Brewers franchise record.

However, the fourth and fifth were a different story. The strikeouts were still there for Burnes, but he gave up four runs on three homers. Paul DeJong blasted a two-run dinger in the fourth. Then, Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt led off the fifth with back-to-back home runs.

“I’d take it away as a good day. Overall, I threw the ball really well. Command-wise, stuff-wise, it was all there,” Burnes explained, “That’s a good hitting lineup and you make mistakes they’re going to make you pay for it. I just happened to leave three fastballs right over the middle to three really good hitters and they took advantage of it.”

Burnes finished with 12 strikeouts, one shy of Freddy Peralta’s club record for strikeouts in a first MLB start.

“It’s a good outing,” Counsell stated, “To show the stuff, to strikeout 12 hitters, that’s a good outing. His location wavered a little bit but there’s a lot to work with there to strike out 12 in five innings and he’s going to keep getting better from here.”

Are you kidding me Yelich? Seriously, are you kidding me?

Ben Gamel led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double. Lorenzo Cain followed with an infield single. Then Yelich hit a liner into the gap in left-center, driving in Gamel and Cain.

“If there’s a bag open. He’s on it,” Burnes said after being asked what he would do if he had to pitch to Yelich. Yelich did walk three times on Sunday, one being intentional, but St. Louis decided to pitch to him in the game’s biggest moment.

Ryan Braun shared his thoughts on Yelich.

I’ve never seen anyone this good at baseball for this long. I mean, maybe Bonds in his prime. As great as Trout is. I’ve seen Pujols. Like, I’ve never seen anyone this good for this long. I think everybody should take the time to appreciate it, because what we’re witnessing is greatness.

“He’s making really hard stuff look pretty easy,” Counsell said.

Milwaukee recorded their first walk-off win of the season and first regular-season walk-off win since 9/3/18 vs the Chicago Cubs. It was the fifth career walk-off hit for Yelich.

This team keeps feeding us special moment after special moment. This is going to be a fun season everyone.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers smacked three home runs as they bounced back from their loss on Friday to beat the Cardinals 4-2 Saturday night at Miller Park.

162 home runs?

Christian Yelich has gotten off to a ridiculous start following his MVP season. He already had two homers entering Saturday night’s game. Only two other players had hit a home run in each of the first two games following their MVP season like Yelich | Barry Bonds (2001 MVP, 2002) and Albert Pujols (2005 MVP, 2006).

Now, he is the only MVP and only Brewer to hit a dinger in each of his first three games. He went yard in his first at bat on the second pitch from Dakota Hudson.

The all-time record for consecutive games with a homer to begin a season is four according to Baseball Reference. If he’s going to hit one over the fence every game this year, I like his chances of winning the MVP again.

Chicks dig the long ball

Coming into this season we knew the offense had the potential to be great, but the start to 2019 has been unbelievable. Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas all hit home runs Saturday night. Milwaukee has homered in each of the first three games of the season for the first time since 2013. The Brewers have scored 14 runs through the first three games, 13 of them coming from home runs. Yelich shared his thoughts on the long ball.

It looks like that’s kind of been our thing around here the last two years. Anytime you can hit the ball out of the ballpark it’s a good thing. I’m sure we’ll be able to manufacture them if we have to, you don’t want to totally rely on the long ball but you’re definitely not going to be mad if you’re getting them.

Woodruff can do it all

In his first start of the 2019 season, Brandon Woodruff threw 100 pitches over five innings. He gave up six hits, two earned runs, walked one batter and struck out five. Also, he showed that he is against the universal designated hitter. Woodruff had two hits adding to the impressive Brewers’ pitcher average this year. Milwaukee hurlers are four for five (.800) from the plate in the early going.

Cardinals vs the immaculate Hader

Josh Hader recorded his second save of the season thanks to an immaculate ninth inning. Nine fastballs were all it took for Hader to strike out the side and shut the door on St. Louis. You can’t have a better inning than that. Milwaukee is going to need Hader’s best as they are without Corey Knebel for the season and waiting on the return of Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder).

Reliever Alex Wilson was asked if he’s ever seen anything like Hader.

No. No one [has] ever seen a guy like [Josh] Hader I don’t think. Andrew Miller would be my closest comparison, but he does a lot more damage with slider than he does fastball. To watch somebody just absolutely blow people away with fastball after fastball is absolutely incredible.

Yelich talked about Hader’s performance after the game.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. I mean, I’ve seen an immaculate inning before – from the wrong side. But I’ve never seen one where it was all swings and misses on fastballs. There was one foul ball on the first pitch and then it was domination.”

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.