Anderson nearly perfect in 6-1 win over Arizona

MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.

Anderson’s career-high 11 strikeouts not only ended Milwaukee’s five-game skid, but snapped a six-game winning streak for Arizona. The Brewers teed off on former teammate Zack Greinke, tagging him for five earned runs over 5.2 innings. Then he was asked about his performance compared to Anderson’s.

“It seemed like the whole team played pretty terrible today, including myself,” Greinke said. “I mean, he almost threw a no-hitter, so it was a pretty bad game.”

Anderson took a career-high 111 pitches into the eighth inning before shortstop Nick Ahmed ended his no-hitter with a leadoff single. But Anderson wasn’t too upset.

“You don’t get the opportunity to do that all the time. You’d like to finish that, get that no hitter, get the shutout, but the fans, the way they support us in this town, I’ve never experienced anything like that. Just give them a little bit of a hat tip back to them, [show] my gratitude for what they’ve done for us and the support they always give us.”

At the time of the win, Milwaukee had pulled even with the Chicago Cubs for the National League Central lead, a title they relinquished  after losing five straight.

Tempers flare as Brewers fall to Diamondbacks 4-2

MILWAUKEE — Frustrations appeared to grow for the Milwaukee Brewers after a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 10-inning contest at Miller Park Friday night.

Not only was it Milwaukee’s fifth straight loss, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing with an umpire. The call in question was a missed scoring opportunity where first baseman Eric Thames was called out at home plate while trying to score from third base on a passed ball. The Diamondbacks recovered the ball in time to tag Thames out. The former Korean League star couldn’t help but notice things were stacking up against them.

“Yeah, it’s just [laughs] it’s baseball,” Thames began. “Our team is showing heart, but everything that can go wrong — I mean, knock on wood, I wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt or anything, but besides that, everything’s going wrong.”

Thames was 0-for-4 at the plate while striking out twice. Jett Bandy and Hernan Pérez accounted for Milwaukee’s only scoring, with each driving in one run. Bandy’s RBI came on a solo home run in the sixth inning.

On a positive note for Milwaukee, Opening Day starter Junior Guerra rejoined the rotation to throw 5.2 innings of one-run ball, while striking out five Arizona batters. He returned from a calf strain suffered on the first game of the season, recently throwing a pair of minor league rehab games.

The Chicago Cubs took over first place in the National League Central, with Milwaukee trailing in second by a half game.

Brewers fall for a fourth straight game, lose Braun and Pina to injury

The Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night, and in the process they lost two more players to injury.

Outfielder Ryan Braun left with stiffness in his calf, the same one he injured earlier this season that landed him on the 10-day disabled list, and it appears this one will cost him some time as well.

“It grabbed on him a little in the first inning going after a fly ball,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s just at the point where he’s not able to go out there and run full speed, go after balls in the outfield. So we’re going to have to start over with it.”

Braun’s departure wasn’t the only low point. Catcher Manny Pina was hit in the elbow by a pitch and had to leave the game, though the news on him is more encouraging.

“Manny’s got a left elbow contusion,” Counsell said. “X-rays were negative. He’s just day-to-day. He was feeling OK after the game. [We] probably dodged something there.”

The injuries were all a part of another miserable night for Milwaukee, which lost for a fourth time in a row. The Brewers hitters had no answer for Arizona starter Robbie Ray, who allowed just two hits over seven innings of work and struck out nine. On the other side of the things, Zach Davies was solid, going six innings and giving up three runs but ended up taking the loss.

With the loss, Milwaukee dropped a ½ game back of Chicago at the top of the NL Central.

It’ll be the Brewers and Diamondbacks again on Friday night at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Rough day for Garza as Brewers fall to Blue Jays again 8-4

MILWAUKEE | Matt Garza had his worst outing of his season on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park as the Brewers (25-21) fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4. Garza allowed seven hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings. His ERA ballooned from 2.43 to 3.60 after giving up three homers.

 

Ryan Goins hit a grand slam in the 6th that broke the game open at 8-1. The Brewers answered with a three-run homer from Domingo Santana in the bottom of the 6th but it was too little too late. Toronto completed the mini two-game sweep in Milwaukee.

The Blue Jays bullpen ended the afternoon by retiring 10 of the Brewers’ final 11 hitters.

The Brewers start a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Miller Park.  Zach Davies (5-2, 5.44 ERA) takes the hill for the Brewers.

Brewers plan to bring Guerra back to rotation on Friday

MILWAUKEE — Prior to Tuesday’s series with the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers starter Junior Guerra said he feels “really good,” and hopes to return to the rotation on Friday.

Milwaukee’s Opening Day starter suffered a right calf strain in the first game of the season, landing him on the disabled list. Since then, he’s been working through the rehab process, throwing a pair of minor league games, most recently on Saturday. In his start with the Triple A Sky Sox, Guerra allowed 11 hits and four runs (three earned), while striking out six batters.

Guerra was a welcome surprise as a 31-year-old rookie last season, ending the year with a 2.81 ERA and striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. His return on Friday could be a positive one, but manager Craig Counsell says they won’t be rushing him back.

“We’re not there yet,” Counsell said. “…But if everything goes to plan, that’s what we’d like to happen. But getting Braun back, getting Junior back and having him take his normal turn, we’re definitely excited about that.”

Ryan Braun returned from the disabled list on Sunday, but went hitless (0-for-8) in both games since then.

Brewers bats quiet in 4-3 loss to Blue Jays

MILWAUKEE — The red-hot offense that led the Milwaukee Brewers to first place in the National League Central was relatively quiet in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night.

The Crew recorded five hits, while striking out 11 times. Oddly enough, second baseman Jonathan Villar, who’s been on a cold spell as of late, accounted for the majority of Milwaukee’s run production. He drove in a pair of runs in the fifth inning with a well-placed single to finish 1-for-4 on the night.

“The big thing for [VIllar] is to just get on base,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “More than the stolen bases or anything like that, just get on base. That’s going to put us in…the other team’s got to defend the steal and make pitches. And that’s what we’re looking for.”

Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 at the plate, still hitless after two games since returning from the disabled list. He also left five runners on base.

Jimmy Nelson (2-3, 4.20 ERA) was responsible for allowing all four Blue Jays runs to score, giving up eight hits along the way. He struck out three over five innings. Rob Scahill, Carlos Torres, and Neftali Feliz combined for a shutout the rest of the way for Milwaukee.

Anderson throttled in 13-6 loss to Cubs

CHICAGO — Milwaukee Brewers starter Chase Anderson took his first loss of the year in a 13-6 defeat at the hands of the rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Sunday afternoon.

Anderson was knocked around for seven hits, six earned runs, while walking three batters in his four innings of work. His counterpart, Jake Arrieta, had a nicer day on the mound, giving Chicago six innings of one-run ball (unearned) while striking out six.

“We got traffic and just didn’t get the hit to kind of put a lot of stress on [Arrieta] and make him make those big pitches in a game where a one-swing can hurt you,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Arrieta. “He did a good job working out of the fifth [inning] where we got the first two guys on.”

The Cubs went deep four times against the current National League Central leaders, while Willson Contreras racked up three hits and three RBIs.

“I think we were due as a team offensively,” Kris Bryant said. “We haven’t really been doing much early on here, so I think it was a matter of time for us.”

Ryan Braun returned from the disabled list to go 0-for-5 at the plate for Milwaukee. Eric Thames left in the fifth inning with hamstring tightness — a nagging injury that’s been bothering him for a couple of weeks. After the game, Counsell said they’d have to address their approach to Thames’ hamstring concerns during practice and days off.

Brewers believe Saturday’s “rain-out” was postponed by Cubs for alternative reason

CHICAGO — Roughly three hours before the Brewers and Cubs were supposed to get underway from Wrigley Field, Cubs management decided not to tempt Mother Nature, postponing the contest to July 6.

That sounds harmless enough, considering the Cubs’ weather forecast showed heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area for the 1:20 p.m. start time. But after speaking with reporters prior to Sunday’s series finale, it appears Brewers general manager David Stearns hinted that Chicago may have made the decision for a reason other than weather.

Some Brewers fans surmised that the Cubs feared playing Milwaukee, which has won 10 of its last 12 games. If manager Craig Counsell’s comments are any indication, the fans could be right.

While the Cubs’ weather report showed severe weather, by the time the game started, things had cleared up and the game could have been played. The make-up date has been set for July 6 at 1:20 p.m.

Brewers and Cubs postponed due to rain

CHICAGO — Rain caused a two-hour delay in game one of the Brewers and Cubs series, but Saturday’s game will be postponed to a later date due to rainy conditions at Wrigley Field.

The series is scheduled to resume Sunday at 1:20 p.m. but Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell is unsure if outfielder Ryan Braun will be able to come off the disabled list because inclement weather has affected his ability to work outside.

The make-up game has been scheduled for 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 6th. Both teams had that date open.

Brewers continue winning ways in cold Chicago, beat Cubs 6-3

CHICAGO | Not even 40 degree temps, 30 mile an hour winds, a sideways rain or a nearly two-hour weather delay can slow down the Milwaukee Brewers these days. The surging Crew won their 4th straight and beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Jett Bandy and Domingo Santana each hit two-run singles to lead the Brewers.  Bandy also walked and scored on Orlando Arcia’s bases-loaded infield single for a 4-3 lead in the fifth. The game was then delayed 1 hour, 59 minutes in the top of the sixth, and Santana boosted the lead with his single just after the delay.

Arcia had three hits and an RBI for the NL Central leaders, who won for the 10th time in 12 games. Chicago dropped to 21-10 as Cubs pitchers walked 10.

Wily Peralta (5-2), who was demoted to the bullpen, struck out five over two scoreless innings after starter Paolo Espino made his major league debut. Carlos Torres worked the ninth for his first save in three chances.

Coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati, the Cubs took a 3-2 lead to the fifth. But reliever Mike Montgomery (0-3) loaded the bases with walks to Bandy and Keon Broxton, and Arcia tied it with a single on a slow roller toward second baseman Ben Zobrist. Bandy came home when pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar took a 3-2 cutter for ball four.

Milwaukee added to the lead in the sixth thanks to two errors on one play by left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who dropped Jonathan Villar’s pop fly near the edge of the infield and threw wide to second. That put runners on second and third with no outs and, after the delay, Santana lined a two-run single against Pierce Johnson.

Espino gave up three runs and five hits in four innings. The 30-year-old right-hander, who had pitched in the minors since 2007, was signed by the Brewers in November after three seasons in Washington’s system.

 

The Brewers will go for their 5th straight win Saturday afternoon at Chicago, weather permitting. Jake Arrieta (4-3, 5.44 ERA) starts Saturday for Chicago, while RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.43) pitches for Milwaukee. Arrieta has a 7.27 ERA in his past five starts.