Brewers 3, Padres 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The late-season charge for the Milwaukee Brewers continues. They defeated the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Brewers gained ground on both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs as both teams lost their respective games.

Chicks dig the long ball

Home runs have been a big part of the Brewers offense all season long and they hit two more on Tuesday night. Lorenzo Cain (9) and Mike Moustakas (35) each hit leadoff dingers to help Milwaukee to the win.

Cain’s 431-foot blast to center field was his first homer since July 31.

Moustakas’ homer in the seventh inning was his 11th this season against left-handed pitching. It’s also his fourth dinger in his last eight games.

Woodruff/Gonzalez combo throws a two-hitter

Brandon Woodruff went to the mound to start a game for the first time since being injured July 21. Woodruff was designated the “opener” title as he threw two innings.

He threw a total of 37 pitches while striking out four batters and registering as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.

Gio Gonzalez took over in the third inning. He went three innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out four.

Josh Hader 2.0?

Drew Pomeranz has excelled in his role out of the bullpen since joining the Brewers. With Josh Hader unavailable, Milwaukee turned to Pomeranz to attempt the two-inning save.

He mowed through the six batters he faced while striking out four of them to pick up his second save of the season.

“Hader is Hader,” Pomeranz said. “He’s pretty good. I do my best to do a Hader impression with a two-inning save.”

“We’ve gotten ourselves into a place where we feel like we have a bunch of weapons in the bullpen again,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

What’s next?

The Brewers (82-69) will look for their fifth straight win and 12th out of their last 13 games against the Padres (68-83) on Wednesday night. Adrian Houser (6|63.84 ERA104 SO) will get the start opposite of Dinelson Lament (2|54.06 ERA, 81 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers 5, Padres 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continued their great stretch with another win beating the San Diego Padres 5-1 Monday night. They improved to an MLB-best 12-3 in the month of September. It was also their 10th win out of their last 11 games.

Milwaukee really doesn’t like Machado

Manny Machado became public enemy number one in Milwaukee after the NLCS last season. We all remember Christian Yelich calling him a dirty player after Machado stepped on the ankle of Jesus Aguilar running to first base.

The Brewers fans wouldn’t forget something like that. They booed him loudly during all his at bats.

Spangenberg steps up

It must be an amazing feeling to play well against your former team. That’s what Cory Spangenberg did Monday night. He went 2-3 with a triple while driving in three runs.

Ryan Braun led off the second inning with a double and later came around to score thanks to a base knock by Spangenberg.

Then, in the fourth inning, Braun hit a one-out single to get things going. Eric Thames followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Next, Spangenberg came through with a bases clearing triple to put the Brewers up 3-1.

Spangenberg’s motivation didn’t come from playing against his former team though. His motivation comes from competing for a spot in the playoffs.

“You know, playing in the playoffs is all the motivation I need,” Spangenberg said. “This is the first time that I’ve ever had a chance, so I want to do everything I can to get there and be able to experience that.”

Shawtember?

The Brewers need some role players to step up to replace the production they would get from a healthy Christian Yelich. Travis Shaw got the memo on Monday night.

He led off the fifth-inning with a pinch-hit home run to put the Brewers up 4-1. It was his first homer since June 23.

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“I needed a result,” Shaw said. “I haven’t stopped working this whole season. It’s been well-documented that this season has been quite the grind. I try to stay positive everyday and be ready for any moment if it comes.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (81-69) will look to take game two from the Padres (68-81) on Tuesday night. Brandon Woodruff (11|33.75 ERA136 SO) will make his return to the mound as the “opener” ahead of Gio Gonzalez. Chris Paddock (9|73.38 ERA, 144 SO) will take the mound for the Padres. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Woodruff set to return from IL, will “open” Tuesday against Padres

The Milwaukee Brewers have battled through several injuries this season. They haven’t had much luck with health. Even the reigning NL MVP, Christian Yelich got bit by the injury bug and will miss the rest of the regular season.

There was some good news though on Monday. Right-handed starter Brandon Woodruff is expected to return to the roster and “open” against the San Diego Padres for Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday. Woodruff has been out since July 21 with a strained oblique.

Before going on the injured list, Woodruff was the Brewers best option in the starting rotation. In 20 appearances this year his 3.75 ERA and 4.69 strikeouts per walk earned him a spot on the NL All-Star Team.

The plan for Woodruff is to have him make three starts the rest of the way. Milwaukee entered Monday just one game back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot and three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the division.

The Brewers could for sure use the help and if Woodruff is anything close to what he was before hitting the IL it will be a huge boost for Milwaukee.

Ryan Braun grand slam powers Brewers past St. Louis

Ryan Braun added to his long list of late theatrics Sunday as the Milwaukee Brewers continued their push for a playoff spot with a 7-6 win over St. Louis.

The veteran outfielder stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth inning at Busch Stadium with two outs and trailing 3-2 but with the bases loaded. All Braun did was drive a full-count pitch into the stands for a grand slam that gave Milwaukee the lead.

The Cardinals got a two-run homer off of Josh Hader in the bottom of the ninth to get within one before the lefty struck out the final two batters to hand the Brewers the victory.

Milwaukee ended up taking two of three from St. Louis, trimming the Cardinals lead in the NL Central to just two games on Chicago and three on the Brewers. The Crew also are just one game back of the Cubs for the second wild card spot in the National League.

With just 13 games to play, the Brewers will not play another team with a record above .500, while the Cubs and Cardinals will play seven times in their final 10 games.

Milwaukee will open a four-game series with San Diego on Monday at Miller Park.

Brewers to extend protective netting at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Friday that they will extend the protective netting on the field level at Miller Park for the 2020 season.

The first base side will get an additional 105 feet and the third base side will get another 145 feet of netting. The height will be the same as the net currently in place.

Several teams around MLB have extended their protective netting after several fans have been injured by foul balls in multiple ballparks the last few years.

The project will be completed by the time the Brewers host the Kansas City Royals for an exhibition series on March 23 and 24 next season.

Brewers streak ends, shutout by Cardinals 10-0

The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t extend their winning streak to eight games Friday night in St. Louis. They fell to the Cardinals 10-0.

Paul Goldschmidt had himself a night for the Red Birds. He blasted a grand slam and three-run homer. The Brewers dropped back to one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot and five games behind the Cardinals in the division.

Adam Wainwright was dominant from start to finish. In his six innings of work, the Brewers managed to produce only two meaningless singles off him while striking out seven times.

Adrian Houser didn’t have the same success. His night ended after just three innings of work after allowing all four of his runs in the third frame. Wainwright got things started with a one-out double. Then, Dexter Fowler drew a walk before Kolton Wong loaded the bases with a bunt base-hit. This brought up Goldschmidt to make it 4-0 with one swing of the bat.

The Cardinals exploded for six more runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Next up, the Brewers (78-69) will look to bounce back against the Cardinals (83-64) on Saturday night. Jordan Lyles (10|84.38 ERA127 SO) gets the start for Milwaukee opposite of Jack Flaherty (10|72.99 ERA, 196 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:15pm.

Brewers win 7th straight, finish off sweep of Miami

The Milwaukee Brewers continued their late-season push Thursday afternoon with a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins.

It was win No. 7 in a row for a club that went from five games back for the second wild card spot last Friday to now leading the Chicago Cubs by a 1/2 game for the final playoff spot.

Thursday’s game featured another stellar effort from the pitching staff, especially the bullpen. Gio Gonzalez got the start and went just four innings, allowing both runs. Then he turned it over to four relievers that didn’t allow a base runner over the final five innings with 10 strikeouts.

Milwaukee got just enough offense with outfielder Ryan Braun drilling a two-run homer, while third baseman Mike Moustakas also drove in a run, his sixth RBI in the last two games.

The win moved the Brewers to a season-high tying 10 games above .500 and in prime position to be in the mix for a playoff spot for a second-straight year. Even the NL Central isn’t out of their reach, as at worst they’ll be four games behind St. Louis and they’ll head there to take on the Cardinals in a three-game series starting Friday.

Report: Christian Yelich won’t need surgery, out 6-to-8 weeks

Christian Yelich will almost certainly not play again this year, but Milwaukee did reportedly get good news on his availability to be ready to go at the start of next season.

According to The Athletic, the Brewers outfielder will not need surgery on his fractured right knee and will miss at least the next six weeks.

Theoretically, the reigning National League MVP could be back for the World Series if the team were to advance that far.

Yelich was injured Tuesday night when he fouled a pitch off his knee in the first inning against Miami. He stayed down for a bit before getting up and walking off under his own power. Had he needed surgery, the recovery time could have put the start of his 2020 season in jeopardy.

Mike Moustakas homers twice as Milwaukee wins 6th straight game

The Milwaukee Brewers have caught fire.

Manager Craig Counsell’s club earned its sixth-straight win Wednesday night with a 7-5 victory at Miami.

The hero of the night was Mike Moustakas. Back in the lineup after dealing with a hand injury, the third baseman hit two homers, driving in five runs on the night. They were home runs No. 32 and 33 and came on his 31st birthday. The second one came with two down in the top of the ninth inning and the game tied.

Centerfielder Trent Grisham hit a solo homer, while pitcher Zach Davies also got credited with an RBI on a single to right field.

Pitching-wise, Davies went just 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. His replacements, Alex Claudio and Jay Jackson, gave up back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to former Brewers prospects Isan Diaz and Garrett Cooper.

But then the bullpen locked it down. Brent Suter came on for three innings of shutout ball and picked up the win, while Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 30th save of the year.

The win pushed Milwaukee to within a 1/2 game of Chicago for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

The Brewers will look to finish off the sweep of the Marlins on Thursday afternoon.

Brewers pull within one game of wild card with 4-3 win over Marlins

The Milwaukee Brewers continue their playoff push picking up their fifth straight win on Tuesday night. They took down the Miami Marlins 4-3.

However, they still suffered a loss. Christian Yelich had to leave the game after fouling a ball off his knee in the first inning. It was announced after the game that he will miss the remainder of the season with a right kneecap fracture.

The Brewers pushed on without their star player. Starter Chase Anderson only went four innings allowing two earned runs on three hits.

Offensively, Hernan Perez put the Brewers on the board in the second inning with a two-run homer. Then, Yasmani Grandal added another run in the third with a double scoring Anderson.

Milwaukee’s bullpen the fifth, sixth and seventh innings without allowing a run. But, in the eighth, Starling Castro smacked a solo home run off Junior Guerra to tie the game at 3-3.

It didn’t take long for the Brewers to break the tie. Grandal singled to lead off the top of the ninth before Trent Grisham doubled putting runners on second and third with no outs. Tyler Austin then hit a sacrifice fly to score Grandal giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead.

With Josh Hader unavailable after working back-to-back days, Drew Pomeranz got the opportunity to close things out. He allowed two base runners but was able to pick up the save.

Next up, Milwaukee (76-68) will look for their sixth straight win and third straight against Miami (51-93) on Wednesday night. Zach Davies (9|73.69 ERA91 SO) will get the start opposite of Pablo Lopez (5|84.75 ERA, 83 SO).