Brewers hit four home runs in 12-3 win over Colorado

Milwaukee’s offense exploded Friday afternoon in a 12-3 win over Colorado in Cactus League action.

Derek Fisher crushed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to tie the game 3-3, before Orlando Arcia added a two-run double and Zach Green hit his own three-run homer in the fifth inning to blow the game open. The Brewers got two more home runs in the ninth from Payton Henry and Nicholas Kahle.

Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored, while Arcia was 2-for-3 on the day. 2020 first-round pick Garrett Mitchell picked up another hit and also drew a walk.

Corbin Burnes looked great again in getting the start for Milwaukee. He struck out five over two innings and hasn’t allowed a hit in his first two outings of the spring.

The lone runs for the Rockies came off of Jordan Zimmermann. The Wisconsin native gave up a three-run homer to Trevor Story in the third inning.

Six relievers, including Brad Boxberger, Phil Bickford and J.P. Feyereisen, closed things out for Milwaukee, allowing just one hit in the final five innings.

The Brewers improved to 4-2 in spring training and will face the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Brewers to allow limited number of fans at American Family Field to start the season

No tailgating will be allowed before games, but fans will be back at American Family Field this season.

The Brewers announced Thursday morning that the city of Milwaukee had agreed to a plan to allow a limited number of fans in the stadium to begin the season. At least to start, it will be at 25% capacity beginning with Opening Day on April 1 against the Minnesota Twins. That will roughly being 11,000 to 12,000 fans.

Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers President | Business Operations, thanked the city for allowing fans back into the ballpark.

“This is an exciting day for us, as well as our fans and partners who we know are eager to return to American Family Field,” Schlesinger said in a press release. “Our players repeatedly say that Brewers fans bring phenomenal energy to the game and are the critical piece of the ballpark atmosphere.
 
“We appreciate the cooperation of (Milwaukee Health) Commissioner (Kirsten) Johnson and her staff as they reviewed our detailed plan to safely allow fans to watch the Brewers in person. Approval of the plan also allows us to bring much-needed jobs for members of our event staff and game-day workforce.
 
“We will continue to communicate with the city officials and work toward increasing the capacity if the health metrics continue to improve.”

The game against Minnesota will be the first time fans have been allowed in to watch a game in Milwaukee since Sept. 22, 2019.

The team says season-ticket holders will be contacted in the near future, while information on individual games will be announced at a later date.

Brewers reportedly add OF Jackie Bradley Jr. on 2-year deal

Milwaukee has added another veteran outfielder to its roster.

As first reported by the Boston Globe’s Julian McWilliams, former Boston centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has agreed to a two-year deal worth $24 million with a player option after this season.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old spent his first eight seasons with the Red Sox serving as their everyday centerfielder for much of that time. A career .239 hitter, Bradley Jr. hit .283 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 55 games last season.

Bradley Jr. is a talented fielder, winning a Gold Glove for his work in 2018. A one-time All-Star, Bradley Jr. was also named the 2018 ALCS MVP on the way to the Red Sox winning the World Series.

The addition means the Brewers will be spending roughly 51% of their payroll this season on outfielders Lorenzo Cain ($17 million), Christian Yelich ($14 million), Bradley Jr. ($12 million) and Avisail Garcia ($10.8 million).

Brewers score three late runs to beat San Diego in Cactus League action

Milwaukee scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat San Diego 8-5 on Wednesday in Cactus League action.

2020 first-round pick Garrett Mitchell broke the tie with an RBI single and later scored the final run to give the Brewers their third win in four games this spring.

Milwaukee jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks in part to a three-run homer from third baseman Pablo Reyes. Nicholas Kahle also drove in a pair of runs with a double in the seventh inning.

Drew Rasmussen got the start for the Crew and threw a pair of hitless innings. Brent Suter, Justin Topa and Angel Perdomo followed and didn’t allow a hit either. The Padres finally broke through with two runs off of Eric Yardley and three more charged to Zack Brown.

The Brewers will return to American Family Fields of Phoenix on Thursday to face Cleveland. You can catch all the action on 1670 AM and 96.7FM starting at 2:10 p.m.

Three former Brewers will be added to the team’s Wall of Honor

Milwaukee is adding three more former players to its Wall of Honor.

The Brewers announced Monday that outfielder Carlos Gomez, starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez would be added to the Wall during a ceremony at a later date.

The honor is bestowed up players, coaches and executives who meet a set of criteria based on their service to the club and their career production.

Gomez played six years of his career with Milwaukee, earning a Gold Glove in centerfield in 2013, while also being a two-time All-Star. In his time with the Brewers, Gomez had 87 home runs, 288 RBI and 152 stolen bases.

Gallardo was the ace of Milwaukee’s staff for several years after the Brewers selected him in the second round of the 2004 draft. An All-Star in 2010, he finished his eight-year career with 89 wins and a 3.69 ERA, and still holds the all-time team record for strikeouts with 1,226.

Rodriguez was with Milwaukee for five years and saved 95 games during his tenure. The two-time All-Star also posted a 2.91 ERA during that time.

In addition to being added to the Wall of Honor, Gomez will ceremonially retire as a member of the Brewers at some point this season.

Brewers get 7-1 win over Arizona at Spring Training

Milwaukee moved to 2-0 in Cactus League play Monday with a 7-1 win over Arizona.

Fans got their first look at Corbin Burnes since his stellar 2020 season came to an end in September due to an oblique strain and kept him from taking part in the playoffs. Burnes got the ball to start against the Diamondbacks and pitched a scoreless first inning, including a pair of strikeouts.

Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann saw his first action, giving up three hits and the Diamondbacks’ lone run of the game.

Catcher Manny Pina hit a 2-run homer in the first inning and finished 2-for-2 for the Brewers. Mark Mathias got the start at third base and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Garrett Mitchell, Milwaukee’s 2020 first-round pick, made his Spring Training debut. He singled to centerfield in his lone at-bat.

The Brewers will return to the diamond tomorrow with a game against Oakland. First pitch is at 2:10 p.m.

Brewers open Cactus League play with 7-2 win over White Sox

Cactus League play got underway Sunday and Milwaukee got it going with a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The Brewers hit four home runs, including a three-run shot from Keston Hiura in the first inning. Tyrone Taylor and Avasil Garcia had solo homers, while Dylan Cozens capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Eric Lauer got the start for the Crew, giving up a pair of runs in just one inning of work. Justin Topa followed him and gave up two hits, while the other four relievers didn’t allow a hit.

Milwaukee will face Arizona on Monday and you can hear the game on 96.7FM and 1670AM.

Brewers release Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 18 games on The Zone

Milwaukee released its spring training broadcast schedule Thursday morning and it will feature 18 games on the radio, all of which can be heard in Madison on 96.7FM and 1670AM ‘The Zone’.

“It’s been a long wait, but the return of Brewers baseball with fans in the stands is right around the corner,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers President – Business Operations in a press release. “We know how excited our fans are for baseball to be back, and we all look forward to watching and listening to Brewers games when we can’t be there in person.”

The first game of Cactus League play is Sunday 2:05 p.m. against the Chicago White Sox. Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Uecker will be on the mic for the first time on March 2 when the Brewers face Oakland at 2:10 p.m.

In total there will be 29 games played and all but three will either be on the radio, TV or Brewers.com.

You can find the full schedule here:

3B Travis Shaw reportedly signing a minor league deal with the Brewers

The Mayor of Ding Dong City has returned to the Brewers, at least for spring training.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, third baseman Travis Shaw has agreed to a minor league deal with Milwaukee and will take part in spring training.

Shaw is a familiar face in Milwaukee. After coming over from Boston in a trade prior to the 2017 season, the soon-to-be 31-year-old was a fixture in the Brewers lineup for two seasons. In 296 games, Shaw hit 63 home runs and had 187 RBI.

But his game fell off in 2019. He played in just 86 games and spent a large chunk of the year in the minor leagues. He finished with a .157 batting average and just six home runs.

Milwaukee didn’t tender him a contract after the season and he became a free agent. Shaw signed with Toronto and played in 50 games. He batted .239 with six home runs and 17 RBI.

The Brewers do have an opening at third base, though manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that infielders Orlando Arcia and Luis Urias will see time at shortstop and third base. Shaw also has the ability to play first base and second base.

Brewers reportedly bringing back LHP Brett Anderson for a second season

Brett Anderson is back with Milwaukee.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Brewers re-signed the left-handed starter to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

Anderson started 10 games for the club in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He went 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 10 outings, and made it to the sixth inning in five of his final seven starts.

Bringing Anderson back gives manager Craig Counsell another left-handed option for his starting rotation, joining Eric Lauer, who really struggled in his first season with the club, and Brent Suter.

Milwaukee’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Arizona later this week.