Brewers sweep the Pirates to finish long road trip

Milwaukee finished off a sweep of Pittsburgh Thursday night with an 8-3 win.

The Brewers jumped on starter Trevor Williams almost immediately, getting a two-run homer from Keston Hiura in the first inning. It was the first of two long balls by the rookie, as he hit a solo shot in the fifth inning to give Milwaukee a 6-1 lead. It was the first multi-home run game of his career and he finished 3-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .307.

That damage would easily hold up for the Brewers thanks to a solid outing from new acquisition Drew Pomeranz. He went three innings, giving up one run and striking out three. Junior Guerra followed with a pair of scoreless innings and got the win to improve to 5-3 on the season.

The win was Milwaukee’s third straight and it allowed the club to finish a nine-game road trip at 4-5. It leaves the Brewers three games back of Chicago in the NL Central and in a virtual tie with Philadelphia for the second wild card spot.

Milwaukee will get Thursday off before opening a weekend series with Texas at Miller Park.

No Yelich, no problem, Brewers top Pirates 4-3

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night. It was the Crew’s second straight win over the Bucs.

Manager Craig Counsell made the decision to sit Christian Yelich so other guys would have to step up. All-Star Yasmani Grandal answered the challenge. He had two doubles and an RBI to help the Brewers get the win.

Grandal’s first double came in the fifth inning. It was the first hit off Pirates’ starter Steven Brault. Ryan Braun scored on the play giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Then, rookie Trent Grisham grounded into a double play which allowed Grandal to score putting Milwaukee up 2-0.

In the seventh inning, Braun singled to begin the frame. Grandal followed with his second double. After a Grisham walk to load the bases, Orlando Arcia hit a sacrifice fly to score Braun.

The Brewers got another solid start from Chase Anderson. He went 5 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs on six hits.

“I know what I can do when I’m on the mound,” Anderson said. “You try to take the positives of everything. I’ve done that my whole life. It pays off.”

Next up, the Brewers (59-56) will look for the series sweep of the Pirates (48-65). Drew Pomeranz (2|95.54 ERA97 SO) will be the initial out-getter on what will be a bullpen day. Trevor Williams (4|44.75 ERA77 SO) will take the bump for the Bucs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.

Zach Davies heads to injured list

It’s almost unbelievable how many injuries the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitchers have been dealing with. Brandon Woodruff and Jhoulys Chacin are both on the injured list. Gio Gonzalez has battled through injuries throughout the season. Now, Zach Davies is heading to the injured list with lower-back spasms.

“My back locked up in my last start,” Davies said. “I’ve dealt with that back injury before, so it’s that point in the season where I don’t want the season to be lost and then not be able to pitch for the team.”

Milwaukee also optioned right-hander Aaron Wilkerson to triple-a San Antonio. Relievers Jake Faria and Devin Williams have been called up.

Davies was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers manager Craig Counsell says that game will now be a “bullpen day.”

“He had some issues with his back in Chicago that we’re going to try to get out in front of,” Counsell said. “The schedule allows us to do this, get ahead of this and be ready for the next six or seven weeks. We don’t anticipate it being a long stay (on the IL). At this point, we don’t know what (Wednesday) is going to look like. But the off day Thursday helps. Then we reach a stretch where we can alter the rotation as we see fit.”

 

Bats come alive, Brewers beat Pirates 9-7

The offense has been hard to come by for the Milwaukee Brewers as of late. On Monday night, it finally exploded. The crew took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 to win game one of the three-game set.

Christian Yelich led the way for Milwaukee. He smashed two home runs to help the offense.

“When you go 4-for-5 with two homers, I don’t care who you are, it’s an enormous night,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a great night. He has the ability to put us on his back, offensively. He has done it before. He did it for a pretty long stretch last year. Tonight was a night he did it again.”

Yelich had plenty of help too. Lorenzo Cain, Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia combined for seven hits, five runs scored and two runs batted in.

The Brewers made it interesting in the end though. It was a win that came easy despite the offensive outburst.

Jordan Lyles pitched a solid game in his second start for the Brewers. In five innings of work, he allowed just one earned run on five hits.

“Jordan pitched very well for us,” Counsell said. “Jordan is executing pitches; that’s what he’s doing. His breaking ball has been really good. He threw more sliders tonight. We should have escaped through five with one run, really.”

Milwaukee took an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Freddy Peralta then had some problems finding the strike zone. He gave up a three-run triple to Kevin Newman pulling the Pirates within two, 8-6.

Josh Hader took the ball and was able to end the team’s losing streak by getting Josh Bell to pop-out.

Next up, the Brewers (58-56) take on the Pirates (48-64) Tuesday night. Chase Anderson (5|23.73 ERA90 SO) will get the start opposite of Steven Brault (3|14.15 ERA, 53 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.

Brewers offense struggles, fall to Cubs 4-1

The Milwaukee Brewers are battling to stay in the race for the NL Central. They lost more ground Saturday afternoon falling in game two of their three-game set with the Chicago Cubs 3-1. The Brewers now trail the Cardinals and Cubs by three games in the division.

Gio Gonzalez was effective in his start. He pitched 4.1 innings allowing just one run on five hits while striking out four. But like many times before, the bullpen struggled to hold the Cubs.

Albert Almora Jr. lined a solo home run off reliever Junior Guerra to give the Cubs the lead 2-1 in the seventh inning. Then in the eighth, the Cubs tacked on two more runs off Freddy Peralta. Javier Baez hit an RBI-single and Almora followed with a sacrifice fly to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

The only score for the Brewers came in the sixth inning on a Ryan Braun single.

Next up, the Brewers (57-55) will look to avoid the sweep against the Cubs (59-51) on Sunday. Adrian Houser (4|43.99 ERA60 SO) will get the start opposite of Yu Darvish (3|54.46 ERA, 141 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:20pm.

Brewers recall RHP Aaron Wilkerson, option RHP Jay Jackson

The Milwaukee Brewers continue to tinker with their bullpen. Aaron Wilkerson has been recalled from Triple-A San Antonio and Jay Jackson has been optioned.

Wilkerson has been effective as a starter in Triple-A. In 14 starts, he’s gone 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA. However, he hasn’t found the same success in the big leagues. In five relief appearances, Wilkerson has allowed earned runs each time out.

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Wilkerson will be the go-to guy if Gio Gonzalez shows any sign of shoulder struggle in his start on Saturday.

Jackson has made 10 appearances with the Brewers posting a 5.79 ERA across 14 innings.

Brewers falter late, lose 5-3 at Oakland

Milwaukee blew a chance for its fourth series win in its last five with a 5-3 loss to Oakland Thursday afternoon.

The Brewers led 3-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning and brought on All-Star Josh Hader for a third straight day — the first time he’s done that in his career. It did not go as planned, as Matt Chapman took him deep for a two-run homer. He’s now allowed 11 home runs this year after giving up eight all of last season.

The blown opportunity ruined another good outing from one of the Brewers starters, in this case Chase Anderson. He went six innings, allowing just one run on two hits. For the three-game series, Milwaukee starters gave up a total of three runs, yet the club won just one of the games.

Offensively, Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games with a double in the seventh. Trent Grisham, making his major league debut, delivered a sacrifice fly to drive in his first RBI.

With the loss, Milwaukee dropped 1 1/2 games back in the race for the top of the NL Central, with Chicago and St. Louis still yet to play Thursday night.

The Brewers will now head back to the midwest to open a series with the Cubs tomorrow at Wrigley Field.

Brewers send Mauricio Dubon to Giants for pitching

The Milwaukee Brewers have made an upgrade to their pitching staff. They’ve traded for Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The San Francisco Giants will receive Mauricio Dubon.

Pomeranz has had his troubles on the mound this season posting a 5.68 ERA and 2-9 record. He has since moved to the bullpen and been productive. He has allowed just one hit and zero runs in 5.1 innings through four appearances as a reliever. If he can continue his success in the bullpen, the Brewers could have an impact player down the stretch.

Black doesn’t have a whole lot of experience in the major leagues but could play a role as a reliever.

Milwaukee enters Wednesday in the playoff race, only 1.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. One of their biggest problems this season has been the bullpen. Outside of Josh Hader, the Brewers don’t have too many reliable options in relief. Adding bullpen help could be the key to success the rest of the year.

According to MLB.com, Dubon is the Brewers’ No. 3 prospect. He hasn’t spent much time on the big league roster but has posted a .297 batting average and 16 home runs through 98 games in Triple-A.

Brewers trade 1B Aguilar to Rays for RHP Jacob Faria

The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t done making moves before Wednesday’s trade deadline. According to Jeff Passan, the Brewers are trading Jesus Aguilar to the Tampa Bay Rays for RHP Jacob Faria.

The Brewers are in need of a starter or reliever and Faria has pitched as both.

Aguilar was an All-Star in 2018 and a big part of Milwaukee’s success last season. However, he hasn’t found the same magic this year. He’s batting .225 with a .374 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 34 RBI through 94 games this season.

Milwaukee has also found trouble finding at-bats for Aguilar. Eric Thames has played well at first base and now Travis Shaw is back in the mix.

Brewers acquire RHP Jordan Lyles from Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers make their first move to improve the pitching staff. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Milwaukee has acquired RHP Jordan Lyles from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers are sending minor league RHP Cody Ponce to the Pirates.

The 28-year old Lyles made 11 appearances in relief for the Brewers last season. As a starter this season, he is 5-7 with a 5.36 ERA in 17 starts.

After getting off to a terrific start to the year, Lyles has struggled as of late. He posted a 1.89 ERA through his first eight starts but has a 9.57 ERA over his last nine starts.

Don’t expect Lyles to be the savior of the pitching staff but he had a nice run for them in 2018 posting a 3.31 ERA in 16.1 innings of work. Milwaukee will most likely look to him to be a short-term starter until Jhoulys Chacin and/or Brandon Woodruff return.

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers designated Marcos Diplan for assignment to make room for Lyles.

It’s not the big splash Brewers fans were hoping for but could be a nice fill-in until the starting rotation gets healthy. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see GM David Stearns make another move or two before Wednesday’s trade deadline.