Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took the series against the Cubs with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Yelich shows no signs of slowing down

Christian Yelich got the offense going early blasting his fifth dinger of the season on a two-run home run in the first inning off a first-pitch fastball from Kyle Hendricks. It was his 100th career home run and first homer against the Cubs as a member of the Brewers.

Yelich also drove in Milwaukee’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He finished the day with three RBIs. He talked about going yard for the 100th time in his career.

I remember my first one, so 99 later it’s pretty cool. It’s something that’s cool that you really just try and appreciate afterwards. I didn’t really know a whole lot in the moment until they were telling me it was 100.

Davies deals

Zach Davies was terrific in his second start of the young season. He cruised through Chicago’s lineup allowing no runs on three hits through the first five innings. He almost got through the sixth but allowed a two-run homer with two outs to Wilson Contreras before being pulled. Davies said after the game that him going into the sixth inning was the plan.

That was the plan for me. Coming up with short starts the last couple of games it was my job to at least get into the sixth inning and I felt like I could’ve gone another hitter to finish that inning off but better match-up, better decision in that situation to do something else. So that was my mindset going in is try and get weak contact, try and get early contact and be in the game as long as I could.

Hader shuts the door

Is there a better hitter/pitcher duo in MLB than Yelich and Josh Hader? There might not be.

The Brewers found themselves in a jam in the seventh inning. Then, Hader would trout out to the mound. He would get Kris Bryant to pop-out and followed it by striking-out Anthony Rizzo in an eight-pitch at-bat to keep the Brewers ahead 4-2.

Manager Craig Counsell would keep Hader in for the remainder of the game as he recorded his fifth save of the season on his 25th birthday. Counsell shared his thoughts on the decision to send Hader back out for the ninth inning.

To get to that spot was the big spot. After Rizzo gave him the tough at-bat, I wasn’t sure we were going to get him through the ninth. But he had an efficient eighth, so he went back out there.

Hader has already had some incredible moments through the first 10 games of the season. This is just another one he can add to the list.

8-2 to start the season

Counsell shared his thoughts on the great start to the year.

We’ve started the season in a consistent way. You win three series, it’s a good start to consistent baseball. I think we’re very capable of that. I think at times that we’ve shown – and what I like – is that we can win games in different ways. That’s the way a deep team should be able to do it. You don’t have to count on one part of the team to get victories. We can get victories from different guys on the roster and areas of the roster. That’s what we’ve done.

Brewers hammered by Cubs 14-8

The Milwaukee Brewers had a rough night on Saturday falling to the division rival Chicago Cubs 14-8.

Jason Heyward played a big part in the victory for the Cubs going yard twice. It was his first multi-homer game since signing in Chicago. Victor Caratini and Javier Baez also went deep as the Cubs stopped a six-game losing streak.

The Brewers were looking for their seventh straight win behind the arm of Corbin Burnes. He went gave up seven earned runs on six hits and three walks, striking out six. Burnes also allowed three home runs becoming the first Brewers pitcher to allow at least three home runs in consecutive starts since Jason Bere in 2000.

Milwaukee’s offense came to play as Ryan Braun, Eric Thames and Lorenzo Cain all hit home runs.

Next up for the Brewers (7-2), the rubber game against the Cubs (2-6) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers add to ‘Wall of Honor’

The Milwaukee Brewers are inducting Trevor Hoffman, Rickie Weeks and JJ Hardy into their Wall of Honor. The Brewers plan to recognize them at Miller Park on August 9.

In addition, the Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct former infielder Frank Bolling into the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor. Bolling will go in on Friday, May 24.

Hoffman spent 16 seasons of his Hall of Fame career in San Diego where he became the all-time saves leader. He had an all-star season at age 41 in Milwaukee during the 2009 season. Hoffman posted a 3-2 record and 1.83 ERA with 37 saves for the Brewers.

Weeks was the 2nd overall pick by the Brewers in 2003. He spent 10 years in Milwaukee which included an all-star campaign in 2011. He hit 148 career home runs, stole 126 bases and notched a .771 OPS during his Brewers’ career. Weeks played a key role in the team’s 2008 playoff run, and then again, the National League Central Champion Brewers of 2011.

A second-round choice by Milwaukee in 2001, Hardy was also part of the resurgence of the Brewers. He spent five seasons as the Brewers’ shortstop and was an all-star in 2007. During his five seasons in Milwaukee, he hit .262 with a .751 OPS and 75 home runs.

Bolling will become the 18th member of the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor. He made two National League all-star teams and batted .250 with 226 RBIs in 680 games during his time with the Braves (1961-65).

Brewers beat the Cubs, extend their winning streak to six

The Milwaukee Brewers pick up their sixth-straight win Friday night, topping the Chicago Cubs 13-10.

Manager Craig Counsell’s jumped all over Cubs’ starter Jose Quintana early, scoring eight runs in the first three innings and chasing him from the game. It was tied for his shortest outing since last April.

Almost all of Milwaukee’s damage came courtesy of the home run ball. The Brewers went deep five times, including a pair of 3-run shots by outfielders Ryan Braun and Eric Thames.

Chicago managed to make a game of it, closing the gap to three in the fifth inning. But that’s when shortstop Orlando Arcia stepped to the plate and drilled one into the right field stands. It was his second home run of the year, which is just one short of his total from all of last year.

Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff was cruising along until finding trouble in the fourth inning. Second baseman Daniel Descalso took him deep on a 3-run shot and then third baseman Kris Bryant doubled in another run. Woodruff did finish with eight strikeouts in just those four innings of work.

Woodruff’s short night led to an extended appearance by Chase Anderson. The former starter allowed just one run over three innings to pick up the win.

The Brewers improved to an MLB-best 7-1, while the Cubs dropped their sixth-straight game.

It’ll be the same two teams Saturday night at Miller Park.

Brewers beat Reds 1-0, earn 5th-straight win

Milwaukee continued its hot start to the season Wednesday afternoon with a 1-0 win at Cincinnati.

The story of the game was the two pitchers. After getting knocked around in his first outing of the year, Freddy Peralta bounced back in a big way for the Brewers. He went eight innings, giving up just two hits and striking out 11 to get the win. It was the third double-digit strikeout game of his career.

On the other side was Luis Castillo. He made it seven innings, allowing just one hit, walking four and striking out nine. But his one big mistake proved costly. After walking first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the second inning, Castillo was charged with a balk. It allowed Aguilar to move up to second, and two batters later catcher Manny Pina singled, bringing in what proved to be the winning run.

Reliever Alex Wilson made his third appearance of the young season, giving up a walk and a hit in the ninth inning before getting a ground out to end it. He picked up his first save of the year.

Milwaukee has now won five straight games and moved to 6-1 on the year. After going 33-19 in one-run games last season, the Brewers are already 5-0 in such games this year.

The Crew will get Thursday off before opening up a series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Miller Park.

Arcia’s 3-run homer propels Brewers past Reds

The Brewers won another close game in Cincinnati against the Reds 4-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth win of the season.

Orlando Arcia did not have a hit through the first five games of the season (0-16). It was worth the wait as he came up with the most important one on Tuesday. Arcia hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break a one-one tie delivering a decisive blow to the home team.

In his second start this year, Jhoulys Chacin went five and a third, gave up two earned runs on six hits and struck out six to pick up his second win of the season. He got in trouble in the sixth loading the bases before manager Craig Counsell went to the bullpen. Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra finished off the inning allowing one run to score.

Josh Hader made an appearance in the ninth for the second straight night. He walked the first batter, Raisel Iglesias, then struck out Tucker Barnhart and José Peraza before getting Kyle Farmer to pop-out in foul territory. It was Hader’s fourth save of the season.

Next up, the Brewers (5-1) will look for the series sweep of the Reds (1-3) Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35am. Freddy Peralta (0-0) will get the start for Milwaukee. He gave up four runs in three innings of a 9-5 loss to the Cardinals on Friday. He’ll be opposed by Luis Castillo (0-0).

Brewers rally late to beat Reds 4-3

The Brewers just find ways to win. They took down the Reds at Great American Ballpark 4-3 in the first of a three-game set.

Tied 3-3 going into the ninth inning, Yelich would come to the plate with two outs. He had been 0-4 until that point but came up with a double off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias. Ryan Braun followed with another double scoring Yelich to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.

Josh Hader picked up his third save of the season. After giving up a double to Curt Casali, the first batter he faced, Hader settled in and retired the next three hitters.

Zach Davies had a good outing in his first start of the season. He went five innings, gave up two earned runs on four hits and struck out six.

Next up, the Brewers (4-1) take on the Reds (1-2) Tuesday night. Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 5.06 ERA) will take the bump for the crew opposite of Anthony DeSclafani. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40pm.

Christian Yelich honored for big opening weekend

Christian Yelich put up ridiculous numbers in the opening weekend of the season and was rewarded for it on Monday.

After batting .500 with four home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored over four games, Major League Baseball announced the right fielder had been chosen as the National League Player of the Week. It’s the fourth time he’s won the award after collecting three last season.

The reigning NL MVP, Yelich had all his success despite walking six times, including a number of intentional ones on Sunday. When St. Louis had to pitch to him in the bottom of the ninth, he made the Cardinals pay with a walk-off two-run double to give Milwaukee a 5-4 victory.

Yelich became just the sixth player in MLB history to hit at least one home run in each of his team’s first four games of the season. He can become the first player to ever do it in five games when Milwaukee takes on Cincinnati Monday night.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers took the opening series from the Cardinals three games to one with a 5-4 walk-off victory Sunday afternoon.

Yelich may not be human

Christian Yelich is a cheat code. He isn’t fair. He is playing PlayStation 4 while the rest of the league is playing Sega Genesis and may very well be the best hitter in MLB today.

Yelich became the sixth player in Major League history to homer in each of his team’s first four games of a season. He is the first MVP to do it.

The home run came off the first pitch in his first at bat against Michael Wacha. He is currently on pace for 162 home runs this season.

Corbin Burnes is impressed by what Yelich is doing. “Being one of the best hitters in baseball and you already have four homers at this point in the season it’s pretty special,” Burnes said.

Burnes K’s 12

In his first career start, Burnes mowed down the Cardinals’ hitters, striking out nine through the first three innings. His nine consecutive outs via strikeout tied a Brewers franchise record.

However, the fourth and fifth were a different story. The strikeouts were still there for Burnes, but he gave up four runs on three homers. Paul DeJong blasted a two-run dinger in the fourth. Then, Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt led off the fifth with back-to-back home runs.

“I’d take it away as a good day. Overall, I threw the ball really well. Command-wise, stuff-wise, it was all there,” Burnes explained, “That’s a good hitting lineup and you make mistakes they’re going to make you pay for it. I just happened to leave three fastballs right over the middle to three really good hitters and they took advantage of it.”

Burnes finished with 12 strikeouts, one shy of Freddy Peralta’s club record for strikeouts in a first MLB start.

“It’s a good outing,” Counsell stated, “To show the stuff, to strikeout 12 hitters, that’s a good outing. His location wavered a little bit but there’s a lot to work with there to strike out 12 in five innings and he’s going to keep getting better from here.”

Are you kidding me Yelich? Seriously, are you kidding me?

Ben Gamel led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double. Lorenzo Cain followed with an infield single. Then Yelich hit a liner into the gap in left-center, driving in Gamel and Cain.

“If there’s a bag open. He’s on it,” Burnes said after being asked what he would do if he had to pitch to Yelich. Yelich did walk three times on Sunday, one being intentional, but St. Louis decided to pitch to him in the game’s biggest moment.

Ryan Braun shared his thoughts on Yelich.

I’ve never seen anyone this good at baseball for this long. I mean, maybe Bonds in his prime. As great as Trout is. I’ve seen Pujols. Like, I’ve never seen anyone this good for this long. I think everybody should take the time to appreciate it, because what we’re witnessing is greatness.

“He’s making really hard stuff look pretty easy,” Counsell said.

Milwaukee recorded their first walk-off win of the season and first regular-season walk-off win since 9/3/18 vs the Chicago Cubs. It was the fifth career walk-off hit for Yelich.

This team keeps feeding us special moment after special moment. This is going to be a fun season everyone.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers smacked three home runs as they bounced back from their loss on Friday to beat the Cardinals 4-2 Saturday night at Miller Park.

162 home runs?

Christian Yelich has gotten off to a ridiculous start following his MVP season. He already had two homers entering Saturday night’s game. Only two other players had hit a home run in each of the first two games following their MVP season like Yelich | Barry Bonds (2001 MVP, 2002) and Albert Pujols (2005 MVP, 2006).

Now, he is the only MVP and only Brewer to hit a dinger in each of his first three games. He went yard in his first at bat on the second pitch from Dakota Hudson.

The all-time record for consecutive games with a homer to begin a season is four according to Baseball Reference. If he’s going to hit one over the fence every game this year, I like his chances of winning the MVP again.

Chicks dig the long ball

Coming into this season we knew the offense had the potential to be great, but the start to 2019 has been unbelievable. Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas all hit home runs Saturday night. Milwaukee has homered in each of the first three games of the season for the first time since 2013. The Brewers have scored 14 runs through the first three games, 13 of them coming from home runs. Yelich shared his thoughts on the long ball.

It looks like that’s kind of been our thing around here the last two years. Anytime you can hit the ball out of the ballpark it’s a good thing. I’m sure we’ll be able to manufacture them if we have to, you don’t want to totally rely on the long ball but you’re definitely not going to be mad if you’re getting them.

Woodruff can do it all

In his first start of the 2019 season, Brandon Woodruff threw 100 pitches over five innings. He gave up six hits, two earned runs, walked one batter and struck out five. Also, he showed that he is against the universal designated hitter. Woodruff had two hits adding to the impressive Brewers’ pitcher average this year. Milwaukee hurlers are four for five (.800) from the plate in the early going.

Cardinals vs the immaculate Hader

Josh Hader recorded his second save of the season thanks to an immaculate ninth inning. Nine fastballs were all it took for Hader to strike out the side and shut the door on St. Louis. You can’t have a better inning than that. Milwaukee is going to need Hader’s best as they are without Corey Knebel for the season and waiting on the return of Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder).

Reliever Alex Wilson was asked if he’s ever seen anything like Hader.

No. No one [has] ever seen a guy like [Josh] Hader I don’t think. Andrew Miller would be my closest comparison, but he does a lot more damage with slider than he does fastball. To watch somebody just absolutely blow people away with fastball after fastball is absolutely incredible.

Yelich talked about Hader’s performance after the game.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. I mean, I’ve seen an immaculate inning before – from the wrong side. But I’ve never seen one where it was all swings and misses on fastballs. There was one foul ball on the first pitch and then it was domination.”