MILWAUKEE — An area of weakness reared its ugly head as the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 Monday night.
That weakness was relief pitching. Wily Peralta took over for Matt Garza in the sixth inning only to leave an inning later after allowing four runs to score on five hits. But by the time Peralta was taken out in favor of Paolo Espino, the damage was done and Milwaukee couldn’t climb out of the 8-1 hole.
“I think the ability to create ground balls was really [Peralta’s] strength with his fastball,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after the loss. “The velocity is usually what makes the slider a better pitch, but we’re not getting either, really.”
The Brewers’ bullpen has now allowed 130 runs this season (third most in MLB), while maintaining its last-place ranking with 19 losses.
But Garza’s 5.1 innings didn’t give Milwaukee the start it needed to succeed, with a sixth inning Andrew McCutchen home run giving the Pirates a 4-1 lead. Opposing pitcher Gerrit Cole even helped his cause with a sacrifice base hit.
The Brewers offense can be summed up by the solo home run in the second inning from Travis Shaw that just escaped over the center field wall. That was one of just five hits Milwaukee recorded on the night.
Matt Garza is headed back to the disabled list.
The Milwaukee Brewers placed the veteran pitcher on the 10-day DL with a chest contusion suffered when he collided with first baseman Jesus Aguilar on Saturday. It will be his second stint on the disabled list this season. He started the year there with a strained groin.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Garza as he’s pitched well in his eight starts, going 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA. It’s unclear who will start in place of Garza against San Francisco on Thursday.
Milwaukee also activated third baseman Travis Shaw from the paternity list. He’s missed the last two games.
The Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in the NL Central.
That’s after they beat the Padres 3-1 last night in San Diego, their eighth win in their last 10 games. It moved them a ½ game up on the Cardinals in the division and pushed them five games over .500 on the year.
Milwaukee won the game in the ninth innings courtesy of a Jett Bandy single to break a 1-1 tie, with the Crew adding an insurance run before closer Corey Knebel came on to finish things off in the bottom of the ninth for his second save of the year.
The game was all about pitching for much of the night, as the two starters – Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin – each went deep into the contest. Garza made it six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and striking out three. It was his fourth straight quality start and lowered his ERA to 2.43 on the season.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Chacin settled in, finishing with just that one run against him on the night and two hits total, while striking out eight.
Third baseman Travis Shaw paced Milwaukee’s offense with a pair of hits and an RBI in his first game back since injuring a finger in the series finale against the New York Mets on Sunday.
Game No. 4 of the series is this afternoon in San Diego. First pitch is set for 2:40 p.m.
ST LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals battled back from a four-run deficit to force extra innings, but Travis Shaw’s three-run blast in the 10th inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-5 win.
The Brewers third baseman now has six home runs on the year, ranking third on the team behind Eric Thames (10) and Ryan Braun (seven). It was a welcome return to the lineup for Shaw, who missed Sunday’s series finale with the Braves due to a bruised right hand suffered the night before.
“That was pure reaction right there,” Shaw said. “Down and in slider, for me it was just trying to put the ball in play. I reacted and backspun it.”
Zach Davies provided a solid start for Milwaukee, going five innings and allowing two earned runs while striking out three. Neftali Feliz came in to get his seventh save of the year, tied for third among MLB closers.
The Brewers (14-13) move ahead of the Cardinals (12-13) in the National League Central standings to move even with the Chicago Cubs (13-12) for the lead.
For a second straight night, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to silence the bats of the Milwaukee Brewers and come away winners.
Starter Lance Lynn (2-1) scattered three hits over six innings of work and gave up just one run to get the win, as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 4-1, the fourth loss for Milwaukee in its last five games.
Chase Anderson matched Lynn pitch-for-pitch, not giving up an earned run over his six innings of work and left the game with it tied at 1-1. But the bullpen couldn’t keep it that way, as Aledmys Diaz drilled a pitch-hit home run off reliever Carlos Torres in the seventh to give the Cardinals a lead they wouldn’t give up.
Torres took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.
Milwaukee’s lone offense was an RBI double for Travis Shaw in the first inning. The Crew loaded the bases in the eighth inning but couldn’t get anything out of it.
The Brewers (9-10) will look for a split of the four-game series Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
Eric Thames and Travis Shaw combined for five RBI’s to help the Milwaukee Brewers power their way past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 Thursday night at Miller Park.
Shaw got the party started in the bottom of the first inning, drilling a 3-run homer into the right field stands that measured 465-feet, the longest deep ball of the year in the Major Leagues. It was the third baseman’s fifth homer of the season.
Later, with St. Louis leading 4-3 in the fifth inning, Thames introduced himself to pitcher Carlos Martinez with a 2-run shot, his MLB-leading eighth home run of the year, to give Milwaukee a lead it would not relinquish.
The duo of Shaw and Thames combined to go 4 of 8 on the night with three runs scored, and Thames upped his batting average to .415 on the year.
Starter Zach Davies (1-2) got his first win of the year by going 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking a pair. He turned things over to a bullpen that held St. Louis to just three hits and one run the rest of the way.
The win snapped a 2-game losing streak and allowed the Brewers to move back above .500 to 9-8 on the season.
It’ll be the same two teams tonight at Miller Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.
A four-run sixth inning was enough to get the Chicago Cubs past Milwaukee with a 9-7 win on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Jimmy Nelson had a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of sixth but couldn’t hold it. After retiring the first batter, he proceeded to give up three hits and a run before manager Craig Counsell pulled him. Insert Jared Hughes, who couldn’t stem the Cubs momentum, giving up a triple to Jon Jay that scored a pair, followed by a wild pitch that allowed Chicago to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Hughes got the loss, but Nelson’s line wasn’t pretty either. After two really good outings to start the year, he got tagged with seven runs on nine hits and gave up a pair of home runs.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s offense kept rolling along, led by first baseman Eric Thames. Though he didn’t hit a home run for the first time in five games, the lefty did go 3 or 4 from the plate and scored twice. Third baseman Travis Shaw had a pair of doubles and three RBI’s on the night, while outfielder Domingo Santana knocked in a couple runs as well.
The loss was just the second in the last eight games for Milwaukee.
The two teams will play the rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Milwaukee Brewers found the win column for the first time this season on Wednesday night, taking out the Colorado Rockies 6-1 at Miller Park.
Wily Peralta, making his first start of the year, was more than solid, pitching five scoreless innings while giving up just three hits and striking out five.
“There’s no question. He was excellent,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Really picked up where he left off last year. It was a very good outing.”
By the time Peralta exited the game, Milwaukee had built a 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of homers from a couple newcomers – first baseman Eric Thames and third baseman Travis Shaw. For Thames, it was his first home run in the major leagues since 2012.
“It felt good to finally get one over the wall,” said Thames, who spent the last three seasons playing in Korea.
Hernan Perez made it 4-0 on a double in the sixth inning, while Jonathan Villar adding two more with a home run in the eighth.
The Rockies made a bit of push in bottom of the ninth, getting to Taylor Jungmann for a run and had two runners in scoring position when Counsell decided to bring in closer Neftali Feliz, who promptly struck out the one batter he faced to get the save.
Milwaukee improved to 1-2 on the year.
The two teams will close out the four-game set this afternoon with first pitch set for 12:40 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers rebuild has seen several players come and go, including Gerardo Parra and Mark Reynolds, who combined for four RBIs in a 6-5 win for the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night.
The Brewers dropped to 0-2 on the young season, scoring five runs in each of the losses. But much of the damage has been done by Parra and Reynolds, who’ve accounted for three runs and nine RBIs in the series.
“You look what those guys have done in the bottom of the order, collectively, they’ve been huge factors for us in these two wins — two veteran guys that are looking to contribute,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.
It wasn’t a great day on the mound in Zach Davies’ first start of the year, allowing nine hits, six earned runs, and four walks. But there were a couple of positives in the loss: Ryan Braun logged his first home run of the year, while third baseman Travis Shaw delivered a pair of doubles that resulted in two RBIs.