Sogard strikes again with 4 hits, 3 RBI as Brewers beat Padres 4-2

SAN DIEGO | Brewers shortstop Eric Sogard continued his incredibly strong stretch of hitting on Thursday afternoon. Sogard had his second four-hit game in three days and drove in three runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers (24-18) over the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Thursday.

Sogard is hitting .476 (10 for 21) with two homers since he was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs last Friday. He went 9 for 15 in the four-game series against the Padres, including an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the seventh on the 12th pitch of an at-bat against Kevin Quackenbush.

Sogard, who walked in his final plate appearance, missed last season while recovering from knee surgery.

Zach Davies (5-2) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth around two walks for his third save. He threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Austin Hedges, a full-count curveball at the knees with runners at the corners for the final out. Milwaukee won its third straight.

After taking three of four from the Padres, the Brewers make their first visit to play the World Series champion Cubs. But while the Cubs have the title banner it’s Milwaukee who’s leading the National League Central at six games over .500.

Brewers outfielder Eric Thames (strep throat), who didn’t start in the four-game series, flied out as a pinch-hitter and is expected to start Friday.

Milwaukee right handed pitcher Paolo Espino is being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make his major league debut against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Espino, 30, has pitched in the minor leagues since 2007.

 

Brewers move into first place with a 3-1 win over San Diego

The Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in the NL Central.

That’s after they beat the Padres 3-1 last night in San Diego, their eighth win in their last 10 games. It moved them a ½ game up on the Cardinals in the division and pushed them five games over .500 on the year.

Milwaukee won the game in the ninth innings courtesy of a Jett Bandy single to break a 1-1 tie, with the Crew adding an insurance run before closer Corey Knebel came on to finish things off in the bottom of the ninth for his second save of the year.

The game was all about pitching for much of the night, as the two starters – Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin – each went deep into the contest. Garza made it six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and striking out three. It was his fourth straight quality start and lowered his ERA to 2.43 on the season.

After giving up a run in the first inning, Chacin settled in, finishing with just that one run against him on the night and two hits total, while striking out eight.

Third baseman Travis Shaw paced Milwaukee’s offense with a pair of hits and an RBI in his first game back since injuring a finger in the series finale against the New York Mets on Sunday.

Game No. 4 of the series is this afternoon in San Diego. First pitch is set for 2:40 p.m.

Sogard leads Brewers offense in 6-2 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO — Former Padres draft pick and current Brewers third baseman Eric Sogard recorded a career-high four hits in a 6-2 Milwaukee win Tuesday night.

Sogard’s 4-for-4 performance backed up Jimmy Nelson’s six innings on the mound, where he struck out eight San Diego batters and only allowed two earned runs. But Sogard wasn’t the sole contributor on offense. Jesus Aguilar had a pair of hits and a RBI, along with Panny Piña’s two-run double.

Most of Milwaukee’s damage was done in the first inning, racking up four base-hits in a row and bringing five total runs across the plate. It brings the Brewers season average up to 1.05 runs scored in the opening frame — best in the entire league. Clayton Richard was the unlucky victim of Milwaukee’s hot hitting, getting tagged for all six runs, while giving up 10 hits.

“They took advantage early,” Richard said. “I didn’t throw the ball terribly. It was a few pulled changeups, and that really hurt. It happened quick, and unfortunately it was too much of a hole to get out of.”

Richard did manage to strike out seven Milwaukee batters over the course of his six innings. First baseman Wil Myers and left fielder Matt Szczur drove in San Diego’s pair of runs on the night.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson fanned eight in his six innings of work, picking up his second win of the year in the process.

Renfroe walk-off leads Padres over Brewers 6-5

SAN DIEGO — Eric Sogard’s solo shot at the top of the 10th inning wasn’t enough, as Hunter Renfroe countered with a two-run blast to give the San Diego Padres a 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night.

Sogard was just called up from Triple-A on Friday, but has already tied his career-high with two home runs. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they still had to play defense after Sogard broke a 4-4 tie. Oliver Drake was charged with his first blown save of the year when he gave up the Renfroe home run. For the Padres, it was their first walk-off win of the season.

“It’s at the top [of my best moments]. … First walk-off home run tonight, that’s pretty special,” said Renfroe.

Chase Anderson started the game for Milwaukee, lasting 5.1 innings while giving up four earned runs on six hits. He said he felt good prior to the game, but struggled with command, walking three batters. Manager Craig Counsell wasn’t too concerned about his performance.

“I thought Chase [Anderson’s] velocity was exceptional,” Counsell said. “I thought his fastball command was a little off; got him in trouble a little bit. He threw the ball well…”

As a team, Milwaukee’s pitching staff ranks 20th in the MLB with a 4.29 ERA. Over the last three games, the Brewers are pitching a 6.00 ERA, tied for fifth-worst in the league.

Piña’s go-ahead homer leads comeback effort over Mets

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers battled back from as many as six runs down to defeat the New York Mets 11-9 Sunday afternoon, punctuated by a three-run eighth-inning home run from catcher Manny Piña.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like that,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We just kind of chipped away. They answered back. The eighth inning, that was absolutely incredible. Great at-bats by a whole bunch of guys.”

That eighth inning saw the Brewers offense come alive, scoring five runs to retake the lead for good. Once again, Milwaukee was victorious in a game started by Wily Peralta, improving the team’s record to 6-2. However, it was yet another game without a decision for Peralta, getting beat up for six runs on seven hits. He also fanned just one batter, as his winless streak dates back to Apr. 26.

Sunday’s win not only captured a series sweep of the Mets, but solidified Milwaukee’s ranking as the best team to play on Mother’s Day with a league-best .627 winning percentage.

Brewers continue hot streak in 11-4 win over Mets

MILWAUKEE — The offense exploded for an eight-run fifth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 11-4 win over the New York Mets Saturday night at Miller Park.

It was “Star Wars Night” in Milwaukee and The Force was strong with the Brewers bats, racking up 16 hits, led by third baseman Travis Shaw (3-for-5. 4 RBI, HR). The Crew continues to lead all of Major League Baseball with 60 home runs, while ranking second with 192 runs scored.

“I think we have a solid, all-around unit and there’s a bunch of guys that can help,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “…That means that it doesn’t have to be the same guy every day. There’s enough firepower for it to be different guys [contributing]. That’s how you score runs, ultimately.”

The offense made up for a shaky start for Zach Davies, who allowed seven hits and four earned runs over his five innings of work. He was only able to punch out two Mets batters while using 101 pitches in his outing.

“As long as you’re within striking distance, this team is going to do it,” Davis said. “I think people are starting to realize that, and people are starting to play us that way. They realize that we’re just not going to show up and roll over.”

The series concludes Sunday at 1:10 p.m. with Wily Peralta opposite Jacob deGrom. The Brewers are 5-2 in games started by Peralta.

Milwaukee tees off on Matt Harvey, Mets in a 7-4 win

New York Mets starter Matt Harvey, fresh off a 3-game suspension for not showing up to a game last weekend, was abused by Milwaukee on Friday night in a 7-4 win for the Brewers at Miller Park.

Manager Craig Counsell’s team crushed three home runs off of Harvey, including a two-run shot from shortstop Eric Sogard, who had just been called up from the minor leagues. Harvey lasted five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits while walking five. He’s now 2-3 on the year.

The Brewers got contributions from all over their lineup, including a 3 for 4 night from left fielder Hernan Perez, and catcher Jett Bandy driving in a pair of runs.

Matt Garza picked up his second win of the year for the Crew, going six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four. Reliever Jared Hughes got the save, the first of the season for him.

Milwaukee played the game without outfielder Ryan Braun, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a calf strain suffered in the team’s series against Boston earlier in the week.

The Brewers and Mets will play game No. 2 of their three-game series on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Brewers bats fall silent as Red Sox salvage one game in series

MILWAUKEE | It was a much different game for the Brewers and Red Sox on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park. The first two games of this series featured an interleague slugfest but in the series finale runs were tough to come by as the Red Sox salvaged one game in the series and beat the Brewers 4-1.

The only run scored off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson came on an error. Jesus Aguilar’s blunder in the first inning allowed Mookie Betts to score. Nelson was spectacular giving up no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings and just 4 hits while striking out 8.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up just one run on an RBI double by Jonathan Villar in the 6th inning.

The Red Sox had a golden opportunity to score in the top of the 8th with the bases loaded and one down. But Brewers reliever Corey Knebel got back to back strikeouts to end the threat and keep the game tied at 1.

But Boston came through with the big hit in the 9th. With the game still tied at 1, Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer off Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz. That was the difference as the Brewers went quietly in the 9th.

Overall it was another solid series for Milwaukee (18-17) who took two of three from Boston. The Brewers start a three-game series with the New York Mets at Miller Park on Friday night.

Milwaukee makes it three straight wins with a 7-4 victory over Boston

The Milwaukee Brewers earned their third straight win last night, a 7-4 victory against the Boston Red Sox at Miller Park.

The Crew has scored more runs in the first inning of games than anyone else in the majors this year, and that continued Wednesday night, as RBI’s from Domingo Santana and Hernan Perez platted a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead against starter Kyle Kendrick. Milwaukee would chase the Boston righty after just 4 1/3 innings of work, tagging him for six runs on 10 hits.

Perez finished 2 of 4 with a pair of RBI’s, while Keon Broxton and Eric Thames each had a pair of hits.

Milwaukee got the win despite starter Chase Anderson making it 4 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on nine hits, while striking out four. He was replaced by Rob Scahill, who held the Red Sox scoreless over his 2 1/3 innings to pick up the win.

The only down note for Milwaukee on the night was watching Ryan Braun hobble off the field in the fifth inning with tightness in his left calf. Manager Craig Counsell didn’t know how severe the injury was, but did mention that he had been planning to give the outfielder Thursday off anyway. The game was Braun’s second since missing much of the team’s 6-game road trip last week with an arm injury.

The two teams will finish off their 3-game set Thursday afternoon with first pitch coming at 12:10 p.m.

Note:

Junior Guerra is getting closer to returning to the Milwaukee rotation. The team’s Opening Day starter is scheduled to make a rehab start on Monday for Double-A Biloxi. He’s been out since the season opener with a calf strain.

Offense propels Milwaukee past Boston 11-7

MILWAUKEE — The efforts of Keon Broxton and Eric Thames helped the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night 11-7 in their first visit to Miller Park in 14 years.

The BoSox were off to an auspicious start, thanks to a first-inning home run from Mookie Betts, but it was short-lived, as Thames and Broxton homered in the bottom half of the inning. Milwaukee would tally five runs in the first, maintaining the lead for the remainder of the night.

Milwaukee now leads the majors with 55 home runs. Broxton was the offensive leader for the Brewers, going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and just a double shy of the cycle. He’s also batting .383 over his last 15 games.

“We’re just ready to play, man,” said Broxton. “We can’t wait to get something to drive and hit. I think that’s what we go to sleep thinking about, just getting a good pitch to hit and every guy in this lineup, that’s what we want to do. We want to hit something hard, early.”

Wily Peralta didn’t have as nice of an outing, lasting 4.1 innings, while giving up five hits, four earned runs, and walking three batters. He hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning in his last four starts.

Ryan Braun didn’t exactly jump off the stat sheet after returning from a forearm injury to go 1-for-4 with a run scored in the first inning. He missed a week of action, initially getting rest because of a strained trapezius muscle.