Brewers falter late, lose 3-2 to Washington

Josh Hader gave up a pair of runs in the eighth inning as Milwaukee fell 3-2 to Washington Saturday night at Miller Park.

The Brewers led 2-1 when Michael Taylor took Hader deep for solo home run. After a batter reached on a bunt single, Trea Turner delivered the go-ahead double.

“He’s got thirty-some innings in and he’s dominated hitters,” manager Craig Counsell said in defense of Hader, who had given up just five runs on the year coming in. “He’s going to be a big part of this going forward. He’s going to be a very important guy for us. Tonight just wasn’t his night.”

The loss wasted what was a great outing from starter Brandon Woodruff. He went seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits and struckout eight.

On the other side, Max Scherzer held the Brewers lineup in check, allowing just one run on two hits over five innings of work. A crew of five relievers came on to help the Nationals get the win.

Offensively for Milwaukee, first baseman Eric Thames had an RBI double in the fourth inning, and catcher Stephen Vogt had a double in the sixth inning that scored second baseman Neil Walker.

Despite losing, Milwaukee didn’t lose any ground in the wild card race. That’s thanks to Colorado losing to Arizona, meaning the Brewers are still just 1 1/2 games back of the Rockies.

Milwaukee will go for the series win over Washington Sunday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

Report: Brewers activate Stephen Vogt from DL

The Milwaukee Brewers have activated catcher Stephen Vogt from the 10-day disabled list. For a corresponding move, the Brewers placed catcher Andrew Susac on the 10-day disabled list with a right trapezius strain.

Vogt hasn’t played since July 18th against the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he suffered a sprained knee and had concussion-like symptoms.

The injuries occurred from a collision at the plate between Vogt and Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl.

Vogt held on to the ball and Kuhl was called out, but Vogt caught an elbow to the head and bent his knee back awkwardly. The Brewers trainers rushed out to evaluate his head and neck and briefly checked out his knee.

Vogt provides a left-handed power bat to the Brewers lineup, which they’ve been missing in his absents. The two-time All-Star was swinging the bat well for Milwaukee before the injury. The Brewers will hope he regains his swing starting this weekend’s series against the Colorado Rockies.

 

Brewers: Injury Updates

The Milwaukee Brewers have a considerable number of pieces that are currently on the disabled list. Starting pitcher Junior Guerra will be activated from the DL and will start tonight for the Brewers against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. CST. Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list after his last start prior to the All-Star break on July 10th. Guerra is 1-3 on the season with an ERA of 4.78. He isn’t the only player the Brewers expect to get back in the near future.

Chase Anderson

Anderson went on the DL after exiting a game in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 28th with an oblique strain. The original diagnoses was that he would be out 4-6 weeks with the strain. As of yesterday, it was announced that at the earliest the Brewers would expect to get Anderson back by the next home stand. The Brewers next home stand is against the Chicago Cubs from July 28th through July 30th. The organization didn’t rule out Anderson returning in early August depending on how he feels once he returns to the mound.

Eric Sogard

Sogard was officially placed on the disabled list on July 4th after dealing with a sore ankle, which had him in and out of the lineup for a week. Sogard has had injury issues in the past and the Brewers didn’t want to take any chances after how well he was swinging the bat this season. He will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Brewers are hoping everything will go well and have him start one or two games for Low-A Wisconsin. If everything goes as expected, the Brewers expect to get Sogard back for their weekend series starting with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

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Brandon Woodruff

Woodruff was scheduled to make his major league debut for the Brewers on July 13th doubleheader in St. Louis. 25 minutes before his first career start, Woodruff was scratched with right hamstring tightness. He is the Brewers eighth ranked prospect, who has excelled in the Brewers farm system the past couple years. Woodruff began a rehab assignment with the Arizona Rookie League on Saturday, and will likely need a few outings to be game-ready. The Brewers don’t expect to get him back until late July. Woodruff could potentially play a role in the starting rotation or bullpen based on other pitcher injury or trade statuses.

Stephen Vogt

Vogt left last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a collision at the plate with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl. Vogt was hit in the head and bent his knee awkwardly in the collision. Both team trainers ran out to look at Vogt, who was put through multiple tests before slowly walking off the field. During the game, reports came in that Vogt was being looked at for a strained neck and knee. Vogt could be looking at a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. The Brewers will likely recall catcher Jett Bandy.

Brewers can’t turn opportunities into runs in 4-2 loss to Pirates

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers stranded 11 runners on base, while Gregory Polanco drove in two runs to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-2 win Monday night at Miller Park.

Polanco went 4-for-4 at the plate, including RBI doubles off Brent Suter and Josh Hader. He also sparked the Pittsburgh offense with his base-running, scoring the tying run in the fifth inning.

The fifth inning was a concerning one for Milwaukee, with catcher Stephen Vogt leaving with neck and knee injuries following a home-plate collision with Pirates starter Chad Kuhl. But the Brewers were also concerned with the plays that got away from them.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a good ball game. We had some rallies going, the bases loaded a couple times.”

The sixth inning might have been Milwaukee’s best chance to regain the lead, with two runners on base, two outs in the inning, and Jesus Aguilar prepared to deliver the pinch-hit, go-ahead run. Aguilar made good on the situational hit, but with Manny Piña rounding third base, Polanco launched a run-stopping ball from the outfield to keep the game tied and end the inning.

Milwaukee’s Suter lasted into the fifth inning, allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Even he couldn’t deny Polanco the recognition he deserved for his role in Pittsburgh’s win.

“They did a good job of hitting some pitches that were not necessarily bad pitches. You got to tip your hat to them, and Polanco had a heck of a night, so you got to tip your hat to him, as well.”

Milwaukee earns win No. 50, beat the Yankees 5-3

The Milwaukee Brewers have 50 wins at the all-star break for just the second time in the last decade.

Manager Craig Counsell’s club got to the mark with a 5-3 win on Sunday against the Yankees that was finished off by Corey Knebel. Just a day after he gave up a walk-off home run, the Brewers lone all-star walked the first batter and then struckout the next three batters to get his 14th save of the year.

Milwaukee, as it has all year, jumped on the Yankees early, getting a three-run homer from Travis Shaw in the first inning. The Crew added another homer, this one from Stephen Vogt, in the top of the second. Shaw picked up another RBI in the top of the fifth on a single to round out the Brewers scoring.

Jimmy Nelson got the win for Milwaukee to move to 8-4 on the year. He allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings and struckout six.

The biggest play of the game was one that didn’t count. With Milwaukee up 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Yankees Chase Headley drilled what appeared to be the go-ahead three-run home run. But it went to replay and was overturned. Carlos Torres would strike Headley out and go on to throw a scoreless inning.

Milwaukee finished the first half of the year winning 8 of 10 and own a 5.5 games lead on the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Brewers will return from the all-star break on Friday at home against Philadelphia.

Vogt homers, Knebel sets record in win over Marlins

MILWAUKEE — Newcomer Stephen Vogt couldn’t have began his debut as a Brewer at Miller Park any better, hitting two home runs and making a key defensive play to give Milwaukee a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins Friday night.

Vogt accounted for all three Brewers runs, driving in the first on a solo home run in the fifth inning, before doubling up on a two-run blast in the seventh which proved to be the winning run. But his ninth-inning tag of Miami’s J.T. Realmuto at the plate prevented the Marlins from scoring the tying run, while preserving Corey Knebel’s 13th save of the year.

“First curtain call of my career, so that’s pretty cool,” Vogt said. “You don’t have too many multi-homer [games] in Oakland unless you’re Khris Davis.”

The two-time A’s All-Star was 2-for-3 at the plate in the win, improving his batting average to .226

Not only did Knebel log his 13th save, but he also set a Major League record with 40 consecutive appearances this season with at least one strikeout. That breaks a record held by former Cubs reliever and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter set in 1977.

“Forty straight appearances with a strikeout is unbelievable. It really is,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s something else, and he should be very proud of it for sure. It’s consistency, is what it is. And it’s bringing ‘A’ stuff to the game every single night. We’ve used Corey obviously quite a bit, too, but he’s answered the bell every single night with plus, plus stuff.”

The win also maintained Milwaukee’s first-place hold on the National League Central. They currently have a two-game lead over the second-place Cubs.

Brewers claim All-Star catcher off waivers

David Stearns is back at it in the Brewers front office scouring the waiver wire. He claimed yet another player off of waivers yesterday, while the Brewers finished up their series with the Atlanta Braves with a 7-0 win. Catcher Stephen Vogt was the player claimed off of waivers from the Oakland Athletics. Vogt, 32, was an AL All-Star for the A’s in 2015 and 2016, but has seen his production fall so far this season. He was batting .217 with four home runs and 20 runs batted in this season before being designated for assignment by the Athletics.

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, left, tags out Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt in a seventh-inning rundown during a baseball game Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Why I like this move

I absolutely love this move by the Brewers front office! Jett Bandy has been struggling since May and has seen his batting average drop over one hundred points since then. Bandy also had one option left on his contract, so the Brewers could demote him to Triple-A Colorado Springs without having to place him on waivers. This move now allows them have four major league caliber catchers within the organization in Manny Pina, Andrew Susac, Bandy, and now Stephen Vogt.

Vogt also carries a team friendly deal, as he is making just under three million dollars a year. The Brewers will also have three more years of control of Vogt as he is under contract until 2020. The amount and length of his contract are perfect for the Brewers. He’s a cheap contract in the prime of his career until the end of his deal. Vogt has been  thought of as a good offensive and defensive catcher throughout his career in the major leagues.

A change in scenery could be just what the doctor ordered for Vogt. He’s been with Oakland for the past five seasons and hasn’t been to the postseason since 2013. He will also bring more veteran leadership to a young Brewers team. Vogt was previously teammates with Eric Sogard. Sogard has had nothing but good things to say about Vogt since the news of his acquisition. The change in scenery should allow for Vogt to get his offense back on track, as Miller park is by far a more hitter friendly park than is the Oakland Coliseum.

Overall, this was a cheap move that could really benefit the Brewers ball club in every aspect of the game. Vogt should help the Brewers offensively and defensively as well as bring another veteran voice to the team. Once again, Stearns has shown that he can make a low-risk move with high ceiling potential.

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Milwaukee rolls to a 15-2 win over the Cubs

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Brewers announce Jimmy Nelson will miss the rest of the season

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Brewers soar to 7-0 win over Braves

ATLANTA — The Milwaukee Brewers avoided a series sweep Sunday afternoon, handing the Atlanta Braves a 7-0 loss behind the stellar pitching of Zach Davies.

Although Davies didn’t record a strikeout, he allowed just four hits over the course of his seven innings, keeping his road record blemish-free. It’s the first game this season in which Davies has made it out of the sixth inning and he was backed up by a flurry of offense.

Travis Shaw didn’t waste any time, blasting a first inning home run that got the attention of Atlanta’s Julio Tehran. Keon Broxton followed suit in the second inning before things really started clicking for Milwaukee. After Davies recorded his first extra-base hit of his career, three runs scored for the Brewers to take Tehran out of the game early.

“The big inning for me was the third when we had two outs and nobody on and we put together five or six at-bats that were outstanding,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s one of our best innings of the year, I think, the way we put it together.”

The Braves left 17 runners on base, which was a problem for the Brewers in the previous two games of the series.

Milwaukee’s offense gets better

The Brewers offense figures to keep rolling this week, as it’s expected Ryan Braun will return from the disabled list to take over the Lewis Brinson, who was demoted to Triple A following the win. Jett Bandy was also sent down and will be replaced by newcomer Stephen Vogt, who was claimed off waivers on Sunday from the Oakland A’s.

Bandy was hitting just .053 in the month of June, with only two hits in 38 at-bats. Vogt comes into Milwaukee with two All-Star selections under his belt, though his batting average has dipped to .217 in the 2017 season.