Brewers win over the Diamondbacks, lose Woodruff

The Milwaukee Brewers sent their All-Star pitcher Brandon Woodruff to the mound Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His appearance didn’t go as planned.

The Diamondbacks got to Woodruff early in the first inning. Ketel Marte got things started with a one-out walk. Then, Eduardo Escobar’s single put runners on the corners. Christian Walker hit a sacrifice fly to put Arizona ahead 1-0.

It was more of the same in the second. Nick Ahmed lead off the frame with a single. Alex Avila followed with a two-run homer to make it a 3-0 Diamondbacks’ lead.

Woodruff found trouble again in the third inning giving up a leadoff double to Marte. Next, Escobar singled to score Marte making it 4-0.

The offense was able to pick up their ace in the fourth inning. With one out, Jesus Aguilar walked, then Orlando Arcia knocked a single with two outs. Ben Gamel followed with a walk to load the bases. Tyler Saldino played the unlikely here hitting a grand slam to tie the game at 4-4.

The Brewers made it a new game for Woodruff who came back out in the fourth inning, but he didn’t stay around for long. He was pulled from the game after experiencing abdominal discomfort. It was later diagnosed as a strained oblique and will put him on the injured list.

The bullpen was terrific in relief allowing no runs for the remainder of the day. Junior Guerra, Alex Claudio, Freddy Peralta, Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader all got an opportunity to throw and didn’t disappoint.

Next up, the Brewers (53-48) begin a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds (44-53). Chase Anderson (5|23.96 ERA75 SO) will get the start opposite of Sonny Gray (5|63.40 ERA, 120 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Brewers beat Arizona 5-1, earn third straight win

Make it three straight wins for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Thanks to a great outing from Zach Davies and timely hitting from the middle of the order, the club went on the road Thursday night and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1.

Davies went seven innings, giving up just the one run on five hits. He picked up win No. 8 on the year and lowered his team-best ERA to 2.79. Behind him, relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Albers finished the deal.

The key inning for Milwaukee was the eighth. After Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly allowed just three hits in the first seven innings, the Brewers jumped all over reliever Yoan Lopez. They plated three runs, including what proved to be the winning run courtesy of an RBI single from shortstop Orlando Arcia. Outfielder Ryan Braun added an insurance run in the ninth inning with his 14th home run.

Milwaukee improved to 51-47 on the year and sit just two games back of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

The Brewers and Diamondbacks will meet again Friday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Brewers 5, Braves 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took the series from the Atlanta Braves two games to one with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.

Pineapples are better with bat flips

Manny Pina got the Brewers offense going in the second inning. After, Jesus Aguilar reached base on an error, Pina blasted a two-run homer to deep left field. Of his 15 hits this season, five have been home runs.

Yelich + Braun + Hiura = Production

With one out in the fifth inning, Christian Yelich helped the Brewers extend the lead with a solo home run. It was his 34th homer of the season and it came a day after his first grand slam of the year. He hit No. 34 during his 2018 MVP season on September 28th (Game 160).

Yelich struck out in his first two at bats and he was asked what was different the third time up. “I finally didn’t swing over the sinker. He’s got a good one,” Yelich said. “It’s a tough lefty-lefty at-bat just because of that. I was just trying to find a way to get that ball in the air, get it off of you a little bit, and kind of finally got one and was able to not miss it.”

Following Yelich, Ryan Braun blasted a shot to right field and was able to stretch it into a triple. Then, rookie phenom Keston Hiura doubled scoring Braun.

“Jeez, he’s one of those young kids I’ve seen in this league that they’re making busts for the Hall of Fame,” Braves manager Brian Snitker. “My gosh, that kid can really hit.”

Next, Pina added another RBI to his line with a single allowing Hiura to score giving the Brewers a 5-0 lead.

Chase adds another terrific outing from the starters

Chase Anderson was phenomenal through 5 2/3 innings of work allowing just one hit, while striking out three. Milwaukee’s starters entered Wednesday’s contest with a 2.77 ERA over their last 16 games, which ranked third in the Major Leagues.

With all the questions surrounding pitching and what the Brewers should do at the trade deadline, the starters have stepped up. With the announcement of Gio Gonzalez’s return to the rotation on Saturday, the expectation should be the staff will only get stronger. Plus, Adrian Houser will return to the bullpen where he’s been great this season.

What’s next?

The Brewers (50-47) will begin a four-game set on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-47) on Thursday. Zach Davies (7-2, 2.89 ERA, 68 SO) will get the start opposite of Merrill Kelly (7-9, 3.93 ERA, 86 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 8:40pm.

Gonzalez to start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Houser back to the pen

Gio Gonzalez is coming back to the Milwaukee Brewers after finishing his minor league rehab outings. He will get the start Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Adrian Houser will go back to the bullpen.

Gonzalez has been on the injured list since June 1st with arm fatigue. Before landing on the IL, Gonzalez was solid in the starting rotation. In his six starts this season, he pitched over 31 innings posting a 3.19 ERA.

Adrian Houser made four starts during Gonzalez’s absence. He threw a total of 17 innings compiling a 7.94 ERA. The Brewers hope his return to the bullpen will also mean his return to dominance. Over 24 1/3 relief innings from May 10 to June 22, Houser held a 1.11 ERA and was an arm they could count on out of the pen.

With the return of Gonzalez to the rotation and the bullpen welcoming back Houser, Milwaukee should get more stability from their pitchers.

Report: Mike Minor ‘exceedingly likely’ to be traded, Brewers in the mix

The Milwaukee Brewers continue to have a need for pitching, both starting and in relief. Texas Rangers left-hander, Mike Minor is no stranger being linked to the Brewers as rumors surfaced dating back to this past winter.

Minor is having a terrific season making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Through 19 starts, he has posted a 2.73 ERA, including two complete games, one of which was a shutout. Minor has struck out 121 batters in 122 innings while walking 13.

The Rangers may be sellers at the deadline as they’re currently 8.5 games out of the division lead and four games behind the AL’s second wildcard spot. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Minor could be traded in the next two weeks.

As of now, a deal isn’t close but there are still a few weeks before the deadline. It all depends on how the Rangers perform the rest of July.

In addition to being an All-Star, Minor is signed through 2020 with a price tag of $9.833 million next season. He could be an attractive option for GM David Stearns and the Brewers.

Jimmy Nelson to begin rehab assignment

Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Jimmy Nelson will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Sunday. Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the first to report the news.

Nelson has struggled during his time in the majors this year after missing all of 2018 recovering from shoulder surgery. He has an 8.36 ERA, a 2.29 WHIP and a 15:14 K:BB in 14 innings of work. He hasn’t pitched since late June due to a right elbow effusion.

Once Nelson is set to return to the majors, it will be as a reliever. Hopefully he can recapture some of that magic from the 2017 season. The Brewers bullpen can certainly use another capable arm.

However, from what we’ve seen from Nelson so far this season, that doesn’t seem likely.

Report: Brewers showing interest in LHP Robbie Ray

It’s no secret | If the Milwaukee Brewers expect to make any noise in October, they need to improve their pitching staff. According to Jon Morosi, the Brewers are interested in pitcher Robbie Ray of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros and New York Yankees are reportedly interested as well.

Ray is a left-handed strikeout pitcher, but has issues surrendering walks. He does have another year of control after this season making the asking price even higher.

The 27-year old has a 3.81 ERA in 111 innings and 20 starts this year. The Brewers rank 12th in the NL in rotation ERA so Ray would definitely improve their starting pitching.

Brewers 13, Braves 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers deserve a round of ap-paws for their 13-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on “Bark at the Park” night. Their offense came unleashed tying a season-high 13 runs.

Near paw-fect offense makes it a ruff night for the Braves

Had a bad day? Just pug-get about it. That’s what the Brewers’ offense did Tuesday night after struggling in Monday’s loss. Keston Hiura put Milwaukee on the board early with a solo home run in his first at bat giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Hiura continues to get the upper-hound against opposing pitchers. He’s now batting .359 with a .915 OPS.

Then, in the third inning, with two outs Lorenzo Cain aggressively stretched a sure single into a double to get into scoring position. After a Christian Yelich walk, Yasmani Grandal singled scoring Cain to give the Crew a 2-0 lead. Mike Moustakas tacked on one more run with a double scoring Yelich making it 3-0.

Milwaukee added more in the fifth thanks to a wild pitch by Braves starter Bryse Wilson allowing Yelich to sniff out home giving the Brewers a 4-0 lead.

“You’ve just got to go right off the bat,” Yelich said. “You’ve got to trust your instincts and your initial read. You can’t hesitate on something like that. I actually thought he was going to get me. In a split second, I passed him.”

Cain added to his night with a solo shot in the sixth inning giving the Brewers a 5-1 lead. It seems like his thumb is feeling better and this could be a turnaround game for the leadoff man.

Milwaukee’s offense wasn’t done yet. They plated seven more runs including the first grand-slam of the season for the team thanks to Yelich. When the reigning MVP is at the plate and the bases are loaded, you’re asking fur trouble.

“The good thing is, as bad as we’ve played the last 3-4 weeks, we’re still right there,” Yelich said. “We really are. We’ve been fortunate to where we’re right in the middle of the race, not in a terrible spot.”

Dominant performance from Wood-RUFF

The “Ace” of Milwaukee’s pitching staff came through again. Brandon Woodruff went 6 2/3 innings allowing one run on five hits, while striking out seven. He threw 101 pitches.

Woodruff found some trouble in the top of the fifth, but with outstanding defense behind him was able to get out of the inning allowing only one run. The inning began with a Tyler Flowers home run. Then, with one out and a runner on second, Dansby Swanson hit a laser right at Moustakas at third base. Moustakas made an incredible play to get Swanson out while making sure Ronald Acuna Jr. stayed on second.

The next batter, Freddie Freeman ripped a ground-ball left of second base that looked like would get through. Shortstop Tyler Saladino showed off his range and fired it over to first to end the inning.

In 19 starts this season for Woodruff, the Brewers are an outstanding 15-4.

Moose makes history

Moustakas entered Tuesday’s game needing two hits to reach 1,000 hits in his Major League career. A double in the third inning got him one hit closer and he reached the milestone with a single in the seventh.

“The most important thing was getting the ‘W,’” Moustakas said. “Every one counts right now. We haven’t been playing our best baseball but the boys came out and played phenomenally today.”

What’s next?

The Brewers (49-47) will look to take the series from the Braves (58-38) Wednesday afternoon. Chase Anderson (4|24.27 ERA72 SO) will get the start opposite of Dallas Keuchel (3|23.09 ERA, 17 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Braves 4, Brewers 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Atlanta Braves in the first of a three-game set 4-2 Monday night.

Houser finds trouble in the fourth…and again in the seventh

Starter Adrian Houser mowed through the Braves’ batters the first time around allowing one hit and no runs through three innings. However, he found trouble in the fourth inning.

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson got the frame started with back-to-back singles. Then, Freddie Freeman jumped on a first-pitch curveball, smashing his 25th homer of the season putting the Braves in front 3-0.

Entering the seventh inning after Milwaukee trimmed the deficit to 3-2, Houser allowed three straight singles plating one run giving the Braves a 4-2 lead. Houser was pulled in favor of Junior Guerra.

Houser threw six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out three.

Hitting with RISP

Keston Hiura led off the fifth inning with a double. Then, he followed by stealing third. With no outs, Orlando Arcia grounded to Braves’ pitcher Max Fried who caught Hiura in between third and home.

“It was a tough play because it was on the other side of the pitcher and if it gets by him, you want to get a jump,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He just got a little over-aggressive.”

You simply can’t make mistakes like that.

A lot of people are complaining about the pitching staff, as they should, but the offense needs to be better as well.

Counsell still believes in the lineup he’s putting out there. “Offensively, there are certainly moments we’ve got to capitalize on,” Counsell said. “We’re not hitting into the best luck right now. We’ve got to find a way to make plays. That’s how we break through this. Just make more plays. That’s the only way to do it.”

Brewers doing things in the sixth

Ryan Braun put the Brewers on the board with his 13th home run of the season on a solo shot to lead off the frame.

Next, Yasmani Grandal struck out looking and gave home plate umpire Jordan Baker a piece of his mind leading to an ejection.

Grandal did apologize for his outburst after the game. “That’s not the way I want to be acting — especially for the kids that are in the stands, for the kids that are watching at home, for the young guys on this team,” Grandal said. “I don’t want them seeing me like that. In the heat of the moment I lost sight of what my job is.”

Then, Mike Moustakas reached base on a single. After Jesus Aguilar flied out to center, Hiura came up with his third hit of the game. A triple put him just a home run away from the cycle and scored Moustakas making it a 3-2 game.

What’s next?

The Brewers (48-47) will look to bounce back against the Braves (58-37) Tuesday night. Brandon Woodruff (10|33.67 ERA126 SO) will get the start opposite of Bryse Wilson (1|06.14 ERA, 15 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Brewers put P Corbin Burnes on IL

Corbin Burnes is headed to the injured list.

The Milwaukee Brewers reliever was placed on the 10-day IL due to right shoulder irritation. The club recalled right-handed pitcher Burch Smith to take his spot.

For those hoping the injury was the reason for Burnes’ struggles, you’ll be disappointed. He told reporters Monday that he started feeling the soreness four or five days ago, but Sunday’s game was the first time he’d felt it on the mound.

This season has not been the one many envisioned for the promising 24-year-old. After going 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 30 games out of the bullpen last season, Burnes was in Milwaukee’s rotation coming out of spring training. It didn’t last long. He made four starts before moving to the bullpen, and he’s been up and down between the majors and Triple-A since. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Burnes is 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA.

“I think we’ve probably got to find an answer there and it’s got to be a little bit different,” manager Craig Counsell said Sunday after Burnes allowed four runs without recording an out. “We’re not having success. It’s not working. The stuff is there but at some point we’re losing execution and we’re making mistakes.”

Smith has pitched in four games this year and given up six runs in just 7 2/3 innings.

Milwaukee opens a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday night at Miller Park.