Brewers finish off a sweep of the Reds, Thames leaves with injury

The Cincinnati Reds are all the Milwaukee Brewers need to feel good about themselves.

For a sixth time in seven games this year, the Crew came out on top against their NL Central rivals, this time a 9-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon to finish off a three-game sweep.

Milwaukee jumped all over pitcher Rookie Davis, chasing him after just 2 2/3rds innings, and tagging him with eight runs – seven earned – on 11 hits to move back above .500 on the year.

Outfielder Ryan Braun got things started with a two-run double in the first and that was followed by three more runs in the opening inning. In the third, Orlando Arcia drilled a two-run homer that pushed Milwaukee’s lead to 8-1 and the Reds wouldn’t come close to challenging the rest of the way.

Wily Peralta got the win, though he didn’t have his best stuff. He went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Eric Thames, who had homered in his first six games against the Reds, did not go yard again, but did score twice before leaving with tightness in his left hamstring. He told reporters afterwards that it wasn’t serious and he doesn’t expect to miss any time.

Milwaukee has Thursday off, but will open a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday at Miller Park.

Wainwright dominates the Brewers in a 6-3 win for St. Louis

Milwaukee had no answer for Adam Wainwright on the mound or at the plate Friday night, as St. Louis earned a 6-3 win over the Brewers.

The Cardinals starter made it five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out nine to pick up his first win of the year, but he was even more impressive when swinging his bat. Wainwright drilled a 2-run homer in the third inning, and followed that up with a 2-run single the next inning, finishing the night with four RBI’s.

“He’s certainly, for a pitcher, capable of swinging the bat, but he’s also (still) a pitcher. We’ve got to make pitches on those guys,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said afterwards. “He had a big night. His two at-bats were the difference in the game, for sure. Give him credit.”

All the damage he did was against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta, who lost for the first time this year. He gave up all six runs over his four innings of work, and for just the third time in his career, he didn’t record a single strikeout.

Milwaukee’s bullpen did some good work in relief of Peralta, allowing just three hits and no runs over the final five innings.

The Brewers bats were largely silent, though a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth inning stretched the number of games they’ve hit at least one home run to 13 straight.

It’ll be the same two teams on Saturday night at Miller Park. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.

Peralta earns his second win in the Brewers 4-3 victory over Toronto

The Milwaukee Brewers ruined Opening Day in Toronto last night, coming out 4-3 winners against the Blue Jays.

The Crew got another very good outing from Wily Peralta, who picked up his second win of the season by going six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out seven. The veteran also walked four.

His outing was backed by a trio of relievers – Jacob Barnes, Corey Knebel and Neftali Feliz – who didn’t allow a hit in the final three innings. Feliz earned his second save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Milwaukee was paced offensively by Domingo Santana, who had a pair of RBI’s, including a home run in the fifth inning that proved to be all the scoring the Brewers would need.

Outfielder Keon Boxton went 2 for 5 and hit the first home run of his season, while catcher Manny Pina continued his hot start with three hits in four plate appearances to push his batting average to .429 through eight games.

All of the damage Milwaukee did came against starter J.A. Happ, who fell to 0-2 on the year. He gave up the four runs on nine hits, while also striking out eight batters.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Milwaukee, while the Blue Jays fell to 1-5 on the year, the worst start in franchise history.

The second and final game of the quick interleague series is tonight at the Rogers Centre. First pitch is set for 6:07 p.m.

A strong outing from Wily Peralta helps the Brewers pick up their first win of the year

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.

Rangers may be expressing interest in Wily Peralta

SURPRISE, Ariz. — While Milwaukee Brewers starter Wily Peralta threw 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball in a 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Texas Rangers scouts were in attendance keeping an eye on Peralta, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Rangers are reportedly looking for more starting pitching depth while they decide whether to use a four or five-man rotation this season. Peralta’s $4.275 million 2017 contract, along with ineligibility for free agency until 2019 could make him an appealing addition, per the Dallas Morning News.

Peralta is looking to bounce back from a rough beginning to his 2016 campaign in which his first 13 starts saw his ERA balloon to an MLB-worst 6.68. But after a demotion to Triple A Colorado Springs, Peralta returned to post a 2.92 ERA over his final 61.2 innings.

Peralta has shown improvement so far this spring, adding some velocity through a mechanics change in the offseason. He also got some work for the Dominican Republic during the World Baseball Classic.

Brewers lose, Guerra to land on DL

PHOENIX — While the Milwaukee Brewers lost 9-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, they will also lose starter Junior Guerra to the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

Wily Peralta has been recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Guerra’s spot in the rotation Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. The inflammation occurred Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, in which Guerra lasted four innings and gave up four earned runs in a 12-3 loss. Guerra has yet to officially be placed on the DL.

Guerra is one of Milwaukee bright spots this season, having thrown 107 and 1/3 innings with a 2.93 ERA — the best of any Milwaukee starter. Peralta had the league’s worse ERA of 6.68 before being sent to the Skysox on June 12. Since then, he’s logged a 6.31 ERA in 41 and 1/3 innings.

The Brewers lost to the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon after Jimmy Nelson failed to make it into the fifth inning for his third straight outing. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs, while walking three and hitting two batters.