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Mariners 8, Brewers 3: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Seattle Mariners 8-3 Tuesday night. Milwaukee has now dropped six of their last eight games.

Davies gets roughed up in four innings of work

It’s been a problem for the Brewers this season and it was a problem again Tuesday night. They’ve had trouble getting the starters to go deep into games. Zach Davies threw 75 pitches in his four innings of work.

He managed to get through the first two innings just fine allowing two hits and walking one but no runs were scored. Then, the trouble began in the third inning. After striking out Marco Gonzales, Davies gave up a double, triple, double and home run to four consecutive batters. This led to a four-run inning for the Mariners giving them a 4-1 lead.

Davies didn’t get much help from his defense in the fourth inning as two errors led to two more runs being scored.

“The last two starts he hasn’t been sharp,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Today he left some change ups up and had enough misses with the fastball. The game is a different game if we put up a zero in the fourth because we gave them two runs.”

He finished the night giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits while striking out four. Brewers starters have a 6.55 ERA in the last 30 games.

Grandal at leadoff continues to produce offense

With Lorenzo Cain struggling at the leadoff position and now having a procedure done on his right thumb, Yasmani Grandal has stepped into the role with success. Grandal smashed his first career home run from the leadoff spot on Saturday. He knocked one out of the park again Tuesday night in the fifth inning.

The Brewers may have found a solution moving forward. Not too many catchers get the opportunity to bat first but Grandal has performed well in his short time there.

Nelson pitches out of the bullpen

Jimmy Nelson came on in relief for the Brewers for the first time since 2014. It didn’t start well. He walked the first two batters he faced. Then, after getting a fly out he gave up a single which would’ve scored a run if it weren’t for a terrific throw by Ryan Braun.

A good sign came from Nelson as he was able to get Austin Adams to strikeout looking.

Things got worse for Nelson in the eighth inning. After striking out the leadoff man, he gave up a single and back-to-back walks. However, he got out of the jam without allowing a run thanks to a double-play to end the inning.

Nelson finished his night with two innings of work giving up no runs on two hits and walking four. He didn’t look comfortable on the mound and hasn’t yet this season.

I don’t know how much longer Milwaukee can stick with Nelson in the majors. He may never get back to the pitcher he was in 2017.

What’s next?

The Brewers (42-37) will look to take game two of the three-game set over the Mariners (36-47) Wednesday night at Miller Park. Adrian Houser (2|12.27 ERA36 SO) will make the start for Milwaukee. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Brewers give up three homers, fall to Giants 5-3

The Milwaukee Brewers lost the series opener against the San Francisco Giants 5-3 Friday night. Surprisingly, it was the offense that pushed the Giants over the top. They blasted three homers against the Brewers leading to the victory.

Pablo Sandoval and Kevin Pillar each went yard off starter Zach Davies. Also, Mike Yastrzemski blasted a two-run shot in the seventh inning providing the Giants with some much needed insurance to secure the win.

The Brewers failed to capitalize with the bats. They went 1-for-8 with RISP and stranded 11 on base. Giants starter Drew Pomeranz entered with a 1-6 record and 7.16 earned run average but Milwaukee couldn’t take advantage.

Davies went five innings allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out two. He picked up his first loss of the season dropping to 7-1 on the year.

Next up, the Brewers (39-30) will look to take game two of the three game set against the Giants (29-38) on Saturday. Jimmy Nelson (0|112.00 ERA2 SO) will make his second start of the season opposite of Madison Bumgarner (3|63.83 ERA, 84 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took game two of a three-game series over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon.

Zach Davies improves to 7-0

Davies became the first starter in Brewers franchise history to begin a season 7-0 and the second to win at least his first 7 decisions with the team in a season (CC Sabathia began his tenure with the team 9-0 in his first 13 starts after being acquired in 2008).

Like everyone else in the clubhouse though, Davies is only worried about the team accomplishments.

“I think after the season that will be a fun time to kind of reflect back on it,” Davies said on his 7-0 start. “Coming up a game short of the World Series last year I think that’s the goal for us and our focus is forward on that.”

The most impressive moment for Davies came in the third inning. The Pirates had bases loaded with no outs and Davies was able to get out of the jam allowing just one run.

“The third inning he did a great job,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Two lead-off hits, a swinging bunt, the Josh Bell up at the plate, he fell behind him 3-1 then he came back and got the sac fly and came out of the inning with one run. That just limited the damage and that’s just about keep making pitches and he kept making pitches.”

Offensive contributions across the board

Counsell mentioned how good the offense can be when everyone contributes. We witnessed that on Saturday. Milwaukee did leave 13 runners on base but the way they were able to get on base was terrific.

9 batters reached base in one way or another. The Brewers drew nine walks as a team. Orlando Arcia got the Crew going in the second with an RBI-Double scoring Travis Shaw who walked on the previous at bat. Lorenzo Cain then drove in Arcia to the tie the game at 2-2.

The Brewers were down again in the third inning before Mike Moustakas blasted his 19th home run of the season to knot it up at 3-3.

Ryan Braun picked up an RBI in the fourth with a single driving in Lorenzo Cain. Their final run came in the eighth inning on Manny Pina’s second career pinch-hit home run.

“That’s just good offense and that’s something we want to do every day,” Counsell said. “We’ve done a wonderful job of it days one and two in this series. Really the first three innings were almost a carbon copy of yesterday | forcing the starter to throw a lot of pitches, we’re already twice through the order in three innings. That’s just good offense, I think we stranded a bunch of runners today but that’s the offense you want.”

Bullpen shuts the door

The bullpen looked great. Counsell went to four different pitchers over the last four innings and got four scoreless innings out of them. Alex Claudio pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Junior Guerra then came out in the seventh allowing one hit and striking out two batters.

Jeremy Jeffress dominated the eighth mowing down three straight batters. Finally, Josh Hader struck out the side to pick up his 15th save of the year.

“Good job by all of them for sure,” Counsell said. “We used four guys and they cleared their innings really nicely.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (37-28) will look for the sweep against the Pirates (30-33) on Sunday. Chase Anderson (3|13.93 ERA40 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Pittsburgh will counter with Steven Brault (2|15.45 ERA29 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers take series from Pirates with 4-2 win

The Milwaukee Brewers won the series from the Pittsburgh Pirates three games to one thanks to a 4-2 win Sunday. The Brewers improve to 34-26 on the season and currently hold a one-game lead in the NL Central.

Zach Davies was terrific in this one. He went eight innings giving up two earned runs on eight hits while striking out three. Davies picked up his sixth win of the year and has yet to lose.

Offensively, Eric Thames came through in a big way for the Crew. He went 2-3 with three RBI, one home run, a double and scored twice.

Next up, the Brewers (34-26) return home to Miller Park on Tuesday as they welcome in the Miami Marlins (20-36). Chase Anderson (3-0, 3.31 ERA, 34 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Miami will send Pablo Lopez (3-5, 4.99 ERA, 55 SO) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers 5, Rockies 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took game one of a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies 5-1 at Miller Park Monday night. The Brewers have won three of their last four games since dropping a season-high four straight from 4/21-4/24.

Zeus blasts his first and second HRs of the season

Jesus Aguilar was due for a big game after the start he’s gotten off to this season. He entered Monday night’s contest with just one hit in his last 25 at-bats and was hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

Known as a power-hitter, Aguilar hadn’t hit a home run in his last 80 at-bats. The last time he went yard was on 9/30/18 vs Detroit. He broke that streak off Rockies’ starter Kyle Freeland blasting his first and second home runs of the year off the left-hander.

A three-run dinger from Zeus put Milwaukee on the board in the first inning.

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His second homer was a solo shot in the third inning which extended the Brewers lead to 5-0.

Aguilar added to his hit total in the eighth inning with a single to right-field giving him three knocks on the night.

“I think this is going to be the first night where I’m going to sleep good,” Aguilar said. “There [have been] a lot of nights when I come back home and think about hitting, watch video and all that stuff. Tonight is going to be one of those nights when I can relax.”

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for Aguilar. He was such a huge part of the Brewers success last season having made his first All-Star team.

Davies deals

Zach Davies continues to be as solid as he’s been all season. He came close to getting through six innings but an error by Orlando Arcia caused manager Craig Counsell to go to his bullpen.

Davies gave up just one run, which was unearned, on three hits. It was the third time this season the 26-year old righty didn’t allow an earned run. He lowered his season ERA to 1.38. You can’t ask much more from your fifth starter.

“His outings have really looked very similar, all of them,” Counsell said. “He’s doing a really good job with his changeup. Hitters are really guarding against that changeup and that’s making his fastball really play, I think, but it’s because his changeup has been really effective. He’s doing a nice job with everything. He’s controlling his effort really well and that’s a big deal for him. It’s led to a lot of consistency, he’s been very consistent for us.”

Bullpen closes it out

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Milwaukee bullpen, but they were on point Monday. First Alex Claudio relieved Davies in the fifth with two-men on and one out. Claudio went on to pitch two innings of one-hit ball while striking out three.

Then, Jay Jackson came back to the big leagues for the first time since 2015 making his Brewers debut striking out Nolan Arenado in the eighth. Donnie Hart would finish it out.

Rockies don’t want none

Colorado hasn’t had an answer for the Brewers in a while. Milwaukee is now 11-2 over their last 13 games against the Rockies with a current 4-game winning streak. Over the last 28 innings, including the 2018 NLDS, the Crew has held Colorado to just one run (unearned).

Next up, the Brewers (16-14) will play the second of this four-game series with the Rockies (13-16) from Miller Park on Tuesday. Jhoulys Chacin (2|36.35 ERA25 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Colorado will counter with German Marquez (3|12.54 ERA, 37 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers announce rotation order, Peralta gets game two

Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell already announced the starting rotation on Thursday. We knew they were giving the young arms a chance early on, but we didn’t know the order they would pitch. We do now.

The 22-year-old Peralta will get the ball in game two against St. Louis. He showed a lot of promise last season posting a 4.25 ERA and averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings in 16 appearances (14 starts).

Game three will go to Woodruff, who may be the most consistent of the young arms. The 26-year old right-hander has posted a 4.22 ERA in 85.1 innings over 27 appearances (12 starts) since debuting in 2017.

Burnes has the highest ceiling of them all and will make his first career start in game four. He looked like a right-handed version of Josh Hader last season. Burnes tallied a 2.61 ERA across 30 appearances and 38.0 innings after getting called up for the first time in July.

It’s an exciting time to be a Brewers fan and the starting rotation has the potential to be really good in 2019. There are a few unknowns with the inexperience of the unit, but there is plenty of potential.

Counsell has named Brewers’ starting rotation

The time has come for the young arms of the Milwaukee Brewers to showcase their talents. It was already known that Jhoulys Chacin would get the start on opening day. But, the other four spots were a mystery.

On Thursday, manager Craig Counsell told reporters what the rotation would look like.

Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes will all make the rotation. Zach Davies will serve as the team’s fifth starter.

“It’s time for those young guys to start,” Counsell said. I think most people would agree with Counsell. I don’t believe the Brewers could start the season off with a better starting five at this point.

All three of the young pitchers have a high ceiling and could reach their potential as early as 2019.

Counsell said Chase Anderson will get starts during the season.

If last season taught us anything, we will see a plethora of different starters for Milwaukee this year. Jimmy Nelsons should be expected to return to the rotation when healed. However, it is encouraging to see Counsell have the confidence in his young guns.

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Last strikes: Cubs 5, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE – Seventeen last strikes for the 17 batters faced by Brewers’ relievers in Milwaukee’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday evening.

1. The Milwaukee Brewers entered the ninth inning of Saturday’s game with the Chicago Cubs holding a 2-1 lead thanks to Lorenzo Cain’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Without closer Corey Knebel available, manager Craig Counsell turned to Jacob Barnes to record the final three outs of the game for the Brewers.

2. From that point on, things could not have gone much worse for Milwaukee.

3. While Barnes is handed the loss in relief, placing the blame solely on him would be foolish. Barnes didn’t pitch poorly, but rather the defense failed him.

4. The Brewers potentially had an opportunity to end the game when Cubs infielder Javy Baez stepped to the plate. There were runners on first and second with one out when Baez hit a two-hopper to third baseman Travis Shaw. Shaw was unable to field the ball – which possibly could have resulted in a game-ending double play – leaving the bases loaded with one out.

5. “It was a tough hop, there’s no question it was an in-between hop,” Counsell said of the ball Shaw mis-handled. “Doubtful that we would’ve turned two. I was just thinking [one] out when he hit it.”

6. Utility man Ben Zobrist then stepped to the dish and knocked a grounder in the vicinity of first baseman Eric Thames. Thames made a terrific diving stop to get the ball but was hesitant in his decision making on the play. He eventually flipped the ball to first base with Barnes covering, but Barnes was late getting to the bag and entirely missed it, resulting in a game-tying infield single for Zobrist.

7. “It’s part of the game, unfortunately,” Barnes said of the ninth inning collapse. “You execute pitches and unfortunately sometimes it kind of goes in the wrong spot. That’s all you can do. I look back on it and obviously it’s frustrating and no one wants to ever give up runs but I think I executed pretty well for the most part and unfortunately, they were able to find some holes and get some infield hits.”

8. Those back-to-back plays cost the Brewers an early season win. Chicago’s Ian Happ promptly stepped to the plate and laced a two-run single into left center and moved up to second base on Cain’s throw into third base. After an intentional walk to Kris Bryant, Chicago’s Jon Lester pinch hit for pitcher Pedro Strop and dropped down a squeeze bunt scoring Zobrist from third.

9. “[Barnes] pitched great. He broke probably three bats that inning,” Counsell said. “In the end we had a play to make on one of those and we just couldn’t make a play. I’m not sure on the first ball there’s an out to be had. Zobrist’s ball, I think there’s an out in there somewhere and certainly on Baez’s ball there’s an out.

10. “We’ve made too many infield mistakes, there’s no question,” Counsell said. “I think they are a good defensive infield, we’ve made defensive mistakes the past couple days.”

11. Whether or not the Brewers will be considered a good defensive infield – or team — at the end of the year is obviously yet to be known. What is factual is the fact that Milwaukee has committed 11 errors through six games on this home stand.

12. That doesn’t include plays like the one Thames and Barnes failed to execute at first base in the ninth and the ball Cain struggled to find in the sun on Bryant’s triple in the eighth. They can certainly be a good defensive team when it is all said and done, but they have not been one thus far.

13. All Milwaukee could muster in the bottom of the ninth was a single from Shaw before this one officially became a loss, and a wasted pitching performance from starter Zach Davies.

14. Davies was tremendous on the day, as was his counterpart, Yu Darvish of the Cubs. Davies struck out eight over six innings allowing one earned run on the day. Darvish went six innings as well, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out nine.

15. The only damage done to the starting pitchers came by virtue of solo home runs. Thames launched a ball to the second deck in left field to open the scoring in the fourth for the Brewers. Bryant went deep off Davies in the sixth, a 407-foot blast into the seats in left field.

16. It’s far too early to panic, or even fret about this loss for Brewers fans. Teams lose games, it happens to all 30 franchises in baseball. But it’s the way the game was lost that makes this one a frustrating loss. It’s also a game that could potentially be looked back at near the end of the season as one that could have helped the Brewers in the playoff race.

17. The Brewers and Cubs finish off the four-game set on Sunday afternoon at 1:10PM CT at Miller Park. Chase Anderson will start for the Brewers and José Quintana will take the mound for the Cubs.