Brewers’ bullpen struggles, fall to Braves 12-8

The Milwaukee Brewers had their three-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Atlanta Braves Friday night falling 12-8.

There were a lot of things that went wrong for the Crew but the most troubling perhaps was Corbin Burnes outing. He took over for starter Jhoulys Chacin in the sixth inning and was dominated by the Braves hitters.

Burnes allowed seven runs on five hits (including three home runs) before being pulled for Jacob Barnes with two outs. Atlanta tacked on two more runs off Barnes in the inning.

Now, Burnes is tied for the major-league lead in home runs allowed with 14. He’s also allowed three home runs in four separate appearances.

The Brewers (27-20) will look to rebound in game two of the three game set against the Braves (24-21) on Saturday. Chase Anderson (2|03.20 ERA22 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Atlanta will counter with Kevin Gausman (2|34.50 ERA46 SO). First pitch at 6:15pm.

Christian Yelich homers twice in 11-3 win at Philadelphia

Christian Yelich continued his torrid start to the first two months of the season in a 11-3 Milwaukee win over Philadelphia Thursday afternoon.

The Brewers right fielder hit two solo home runs, giving him a MLB-best 18 on the year. It was his fifth multi-home run game of his career and he now has 43 homers since the all-star break (106 games) last July. His 40 RBI on the year is tied for the second-most in the majors and he raised his batting average to .342, which is third in the National League.

Yelich wasn’t alone in lighting up the Phillies. Cather Yasmani Grandal hit a 3-run homer, his second of the series, while third baseman Mike Moustakas drilled a 2-run bomb in the ninth inning. Left fielder Ryan Braun also stayed hot, going 3-for-4 and three runs scored.

Zach Davies picked up the win by going six innings, allowing three runs — just one of them earned — as he maintained his 1.54 ERA. Coming in, that was the best mark in MLB and the second-best ERA through the first eight starts of a season in franchise history.

Milwaukee ended up taking three of four from the Phillies after losing the opener and are season-best tying eight games above .500.

The Brewers will head to Atlanta next for a three-game series with the Braves starting on Friday.

Brewers call up Jacob Nottingham, put Manny Pina on IL

Jacob Nottingham is back in the majors.

Milwaukee called up the catcher from Triple-A after backup Manny Pina went down Wednesday night with a hamstring injury. The Brewers announced Thursday morning they had placed Pina on the 10-day injured list.

Nottingham, rated as the No. 16 prospect in the Brewers organization by MLB.com, appeared in nine games last season — three in April, four in July and two in September. He batted just .200 with only one extra base hit. In 26 games in the minors this year, the 24-year-old is batting .247 with two home runs and 10 RBI.

The California native will serve as the backup to starter Yasmani Grandal.

Milwaukee will close out its four-game series with Philadelphia Thursday afternoon.

Brewers earn 5-2 win at Philadelphia

The Milwaukee Brewers have won back-to-back games.

Backed by another strong outing by starter Gio Gonzalez, the club came up with a 5-2 win at Philadelphia Wednesday night. The veteran lefty went 5 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on seven hits to pick up the win. He’s now 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts since signing with Milwaukee last month.

Four relievers came on to finish the job, including Josh Hader, who picked up his 11th save of the year in throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

Offensively, Milwaukee tagged Phillies starter Jake Arrieta with five runs, four earned, in six innings of work. The big hit came courtesy of first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who drove in a pair with a single in the third inning.

The win moved Milwaukee to within two games of the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the NL Central.

The Brewers and Phillies will close out their four-game series on Thursday with first pitch coming at 12:05 p.m.

Hiura debuts, Woodruff rolls, Brewers defeat Phillies 6-1

Brandon Woodruff had his best outing of the season guiding the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Brewers.

Woodruff shutout the Phillies over six innings. He gave up just one hit and five walks. His finished retiring 11 batters in a row. Woodruff is now 6-1 with a 3.72 ERA on the year. Over his last four starts, he is 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA.

The Keston Hiura era has begun. He made his major league debut and was effective right off the bat. He singled in his first at-bat in the second inning and finished 2-3 with a walk.

As a team, Milwaukee’s bats were hot. Mike Moustakas and Jesus Aguilar got them started in the second with back-to-back singles. Then, Yasmani Grandal blasted a three-run homer for his seventh dinger of the season.

Ryan Braun added to the score in the third with a two-run home run scoring Christian Yelich.

Next up, the Brewers (25-19) will look for the series win over the Phillies (24-17). Gio Gonzalez (1|01.69 ERA12 SO) will get the start opposite of Jake Arrieta (4|33.78 ERA, 42 SO). First pitch at 6:05pm.

Brewers call up top prospect from Triple-A

Milwaukee has called up its top prospect.

According to The Athletic’s Robert Murray, the Brewers have decided to promote Keston Hiura from Triple-A.

Since being drafted in the first round in 2017 out of UC-Irvine, Hiura has been among the best hitters in the minor leagues. That’s certainly been the case this season with the club’s San Antonio affiliate, with the second baseman batting .333 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 37 games.

The move comes amid the struggles of third baseman Travis Shaw. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Shaw is dealing with a wrist issue that will land him on the injury list. He’s batting just .163 on the season with four home runs and eight RBI.

Milwaukee also had to make room on its 40-man roster for Hiura and did so by designating infielder Cory Spangenberg for assignment. The Brewers signed Spangenberg last January. He was batting just .212 with two home runs in the minors.

The Brewers are just 1-3 on their current 10-game road trip. They’ll be in Philadelphia again Tuesday night to face the Phillies.

Brewers drop series finale to Cubs 4-1

Two of the National League’s best teams faced off on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. It was the Brewers’ first appearance on the broadcast since 2013 and it didn’t go as planned.

The Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-1 as they took the series 2-1.

Jhoulys Cacin pitched well for the Crew going six innings of two-run ball on six hits. The two runs though would be all Jon Lester needed.

Milwaukee got the bat on the ball getting Lester to surrender nine hits but were only able to knock one extra-base hit. That was a Jesus Aguilar double which scored Christian Yelich for their only run of the night.

Next up, the Brewers (24-18) head out east to take on the Philadelphia Phillies (23-16). Freddy Peralta (2|16.75 ERA30 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. He pitched five scoreless innings behind an ‘opener’ in his last start. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Nola (3|04.57 ERA, 45 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.

Brewers fall in 15 innings to the Cubs

It took 15 innings, but the Milwaukee Brewers winning streak is over at seven games.

Chicago catcher Wilson Contreras took reliever Burch Smith deep for a walk-off home run to give the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Brewers Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. It was the third walk-off win for Chicago in the last week and allowed them to retake first place in the NL Central.

On a cold and rainy day, the Milwaukee offense failed to get anything going. The Brewers had just four hits, struck out 17 times and managed to hit into a club-record-tying six double plays on the day. They did get on base, drawing a season-high nine walks, but couldn’t make anything of them. The lone run for the Crew came courtesy of a solo home run by Hernan Perez in the fifth inning.

While the offense struggled, the pitching staff continued its strong work of late. Zach Davies lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.54 after giving up a single run over 6 1/3 innings of work. Six relievers held the Cubs in-check until the Contreras home run.

The two clubs will play the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday night.

Brewers beat Chicago to push winning streak to 7

The Milwaukee Brewers have caught fire.

Manager Craig Counsell’s club earned its seventh straight win Friday with a 7-0 whipping of the Chicago Cubs.

It was a pitchers duel for much of the afternoon, with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun providing the only run in the first six innings with a solo shot in the fourth. In the seventh, though, the Brewers bats finally got to Cubs starter Jose Quintana, tagging him for a pair of runs before his outing came to an end. They’d add two more in the both the eighth and ninth inning to blow the game open.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal and first baseman Jesus Aguilar each had two RBI, while third baseman Mike Moustakas and pinch hitter Ben Gamel drove in one run each.

Milwaukee’s pitching was, once again, the story of the game. Veteran Gio Gonzalez went 5 2/3rds innings, giving up just two hits to pick up his first win of the year. In his three starts since joining the club, the lefty has an ERA of just 1.69.

“He’s been a big stabilizer,” Counsell said of Gonzalez. “On a day like (Friday), when you put up a zero and get 17 outs, that’s a real good thing.”

That effort was backed up by five relievers, including Corbin Burnes, who needed just three pitches to strike out Javy Baez and keep the game 1-0 at that point.

As a whole, since giving up 11 runs in back-to-back games against Colorado, the Brewers have allowed a total of 12 runs in their seven-game winning streak.

With the victory, Milwaukee is back in first place in the NL Central for the first time since April 18.

The Cubs and Brewers will play again Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:20 p.m.

Brewers win fifth straight with 6-0 shutout of Nationals

The Milwaukee Brewers have tried to figure out Freddy Peralta’s early inning troubles. They may have found a way to counter it. Adrian Houser got the ball for the first two innings and then turned it over to Peralta for five more. The duo led the way on the mound leading to a 6-0 win over the Nationals for the team’s fifth straight win.

Lorenzo Cain got the offense on track in the seventh inning with a bases-clearing double. The Brewers scored all six of their runs in the seventh inning. Milwaukee is now a season-high-tying six games over .500.

Peralta finished the night with 80 pitches, giving up three hits and striking out five. Manager Craig Counsell said they may try using an “opener” again in Peralta’s next start if the bullpen lines up.

Next up, the Brewers will look for the sweep of the Nationals Wednesday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (4-1, 4.71 ERA, 45 SO) will get the start, opposite of Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.33 ERA, 22 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:10pm.