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MILWAUKEE — “Day to day” remained the prognosis Thursday for outfielder Christian Yelich, whose open-ended absence with a tight right oblique meant the Brewers entered their four-game series against the rival Cubs without one of their most productive early-season hitters.

It was the first instance of that much-debated Brewers outfield depth working in the team’s favor. Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Yelich have been sharing the corner outfield spots this season.

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MILWAUKEE — “Day to day” remained the prognosis Thursday for outfielder Christian Yelich, whose open-ended absence with a tight right oblique meant the Brewers entered their four-game series against the rival Cubs without one of their most productive early-season hitters.

It was the first instance of that much-debated Brewers outfield depth working in the team’s favor. Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Yelich have been sharing the corner outfield spots this season.

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“I think whenever you have your first ‘ding’ of the year, it always gets a little more attention,” said Brewers general manager David Stearns. “But as we know, over the course of 162 [games], there are going to be a lot of times guys are going to be down for a couple of days. That’s what we anticipate here.”

Brewers manager Craig Counsell wouldn’t even go that far, declining to speculate beyond Thursday’s game. Counsell said Yelich was hurt swinging the bat sometime during the just-completed series against the Cardinals, though it was not clear whether that happened before or after Yelich delivered a two-strike, two-out, tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday’s walk-off win.

Video: Must C Clutch: Yelich, Braun go back-to-back for win

Yelich, who did not appear in the clubhouse or on the field during batting practice, ended Wednesday leading Brewers regulars in batting average (.385) and second to Lorenzo Cain with a .426 wOBA and 163 wRC+. With Yelich sidelined, Cain and third baseman Travis Shaw remained the only players to start each of the Brewers’ first seven games this season.

Brewers officials were happy Yelich said something about his discomfort before it became something worse.

“The thing about baseball is the schedule doesn’t rea Ryan Tepera Jersey lly let you heal, so when you need to take a step back, then you have to take a step back,” Counsell said. “In the scope of things, one or two games, three days, whatever, a weekend, is not a big deal. You try to min Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey imize it. If we can keep it to that instead of two weeks or something like that, then you’re doing the right thing.”

Rivalry weekend
This four-game series marks the first test of the Brewers’ latest effort to take back Miller Park from Cubs fans. For one week in February before tickets  Yangervis Solarte Jersey went on sale to the general public, the Brewers sold seats for games against the Cubs exclusively to fans in Wisconsin zip codes, saying in their promotional copy, “Maybe it’s fair. Maybe it’s no Custom Blue Jays Jersey t. Either way, we just want to make sure Miller Park is packed with Brewers fans for these 10 crucial matchups.”

The Brewers sold several thousand tickets for each game via the presale, according to a spokesperson.

“I don’t know what to expect. We’ll see if the plan that they hatched has positive results,” Counsell said. “I know they tried something different with ticket sales, and I hope it has positive results. I get it, though. Chicago dwarfs Milwaukee in size, and it’s easier for a lot of their fans to get here than to Wrigley [Field]. It’s not a surprise.”

Did Counsell like the marketing idea?

“I’m for more Brewers fans here, for sure. We all are,” he said.

“We’re very fortunate to have the following we do,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “We love our Cubs fans on the road, and it’s fun to come out and see our fans. I’m almost certain that if you’re from the state of Illinois, and you want to see a game up here, you’ll find a way.”

Back to normal
After allowing six hits, two earned runs and a pair of inherited runners to score in two uncomfortable relief appearances, right-hander Brandon Woodruff joins Milwaukee’s starting rotation on Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT. It marks the first time the team has required a fifth starter this season.

“I think just getting back in a good starting routine is going to be good. I can’t wait,” Woodruff said. “It’s tough. I respect those [relievers] a lot. It’s something you have to work at, just like being a starter. You have to learn how to do it.”

Woodruff has not started a Major League game since the Brewers’ Cactus League contest against the Cubs on March 23, when he allowed four earned runs on six hits in five innings, but Counsell said he did not anticipate the right-hander being on a limited pitch count.

“I’ll go as hard as I can go, as long as I can go, until Steve Pearce Jersey they take the ball out of my hand,” Woodruff said.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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MILWAUKEE — Another subpar outing by a starting pitcher. Three errors and no runs for the second straight night. Cleanup hitter Travis Shaw ejected for going too far in an argument over a called third strike. Christian Yelich sidelined by a tight oblique.

And those were just the start of the Brewers issues on Thursday after an 8-0 loss to the Cubs at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Another subpar outing by a starting pitcher. Three errors and no runs for the second straight night. Cleanup hitter Travis Shaw ejected for going too far in an argument over a called third strike. Christian Yelich sidelined by a tight oblique.

And those were just the start of the Brewers issues on Thursday after an 8-0 loss to the Cubs at Miller Park.

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Teammates and manager Craig Counsell were more concerned about the status of All-Star closer Corey Knebel, who went down with a left hamstring injury after throwing a pitch in the ninth inning and will be placed on the 10-day disabled list. Now, in addition to their solving their offense, defense and starting rotation, the Brewers must choose a new closer.

“The loss, you can turn the page,” Counsell said, “but [Knebel’s injury] makes it harder.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Counsell on Knebel’s injury, 8-0 loss

Thursday marked the low point of what has been a rollercoaster seven-game start to the season for the Brewers, who have celebrated a series-opening sweep in San Diego and two wild, ninth-inning comebacks, but have also endur Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey ed a series loss to the rival Cardinals and back-to-back shutout losses at home.

On Wednesday, Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals blanked the Brewers on five hits. On Thursday, it was Jon Lester and three Cubs relievers on four hits. They were the Brewers’ first consecutive shutout losses since August 2015.

“We could easily be 1-6 right now,” Shaw said. “The fact we’re 4-3 could be a good sign, because I don’t think we’ve played very well at all, all around. Hitting-wise, we haven’t been great. We’ve been great late in games, but for consistency of nine innings, we’ve only put it together one game out of seven. We’re still 4-3. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Shaw was ejected for arguing plate umpire Brian O’Nora’s called strike three to end the sixth inning. Shaw was barking from the Brewers’ dugout when O’Nora signaled the ejection.

“That was a ball, but he kind of let me air it out there for a while and didn’t do anything. I should have stopped talking when I got back to the dugout,” Shaw said. “I said a little bit too much.  Yangervis Solarte Jersey I think it was more frustration than it was anything else.”

Brewers starter Brent Suter was out of the game by then, having surrendered five runs (four earned) on eight hits in five innings. Since Chase Anderson pitched six scoreless innings on Opening Day, Brewers starters have a 7.54 ERA and have surrendered 43 hits in 28 2/3 innings.

Video: CHC@MIL: Suter gets Happ swinging

Of course, Cy Young himself could not win if his team cannot score. Besides Jesus Aguilar, who tallied three hits in his first start of the season to match a career high, the only Brewer to get a hit was Ryan Braun, who doubled in the sixth inning before Shaw struck out.

“Really it was a carbon copy of last night,” Counsell said. “We didn’t do much right. Offensively, we haven’t put an inning together the last two nights.

“We have not played well in any area of the game the last two nights. There’s been plays that have to be made and situations that have to be handled better. We’ve been getting down early, and I don’t think that’s helping. Four days in a row of getting down early. We have to switch that around.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Braun rips double to left field

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Credit him with an assist: Lester finished the first of his six scoreless innings by testing his “Pippen-to-Jordan” pass in the first. This s Custom Blue Jays Jersey pring, Lester and coach Brian Butterfield worked on a bounce pass to help Lester overcome the throwing issues that allowed the Brewers to steal five bases against Lester each of the previous two times they faced him, in 2015 and ’16. With two outs in the Brewers’ first, Braun  Steve Pearce Jersey walked and stole second quickly and without a throw before the lefty had delivered a pitch to Shaw. Braun then tried to steal third, but this time, Lester bounced the ball to third baseman Kris Bryant, and Braun was tagged out.

Did Braun push things too far?

“No, that was exactly what we wanted. We’re going to take a risk against Lester,” Counsell said. “It’s worked in the past. We’re going to push it on him. We’ll push it again when we get the chance.”

Video: Must C Curious: Braun duels Lester on the basepaths

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez said something to Braun after he was tagged.

“I told him, ‘Only once, not twice,'” Baez said.

Skunky Brew: Two of the Brewers’ errors came on the same sloppy play as the Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Baez was at first base after hitting a two-run single when Lester smacked a comebacker that glanced off Suter’s glove and under second baseman Hernan Perez‘s glove for one error. While Baez cruised into third base, center fielder Lorenzo Cain bobbled the baseball for a second error that allowed Baez to score.

Baez bucked his slow start with three walks, a hit by pitch, two RBIs and a run scored for the Cubs, who got seven hits, five runs scored and four RBIs from their Nos. 5-8 hitters in the order.

“When you make mistakes on defense and the other team takes advantage, it normally does hit you in the solar plexus a bit,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Javy’s had that kind of experience on the bases. He’s always heads up. If you watch him, he’ll look behind as he’s running to see what’s going on. Going back in the day, you’d see Mays do that a lot. He’s got extraordinary instincts on the bases.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Baez scores from first on wild play

QUOTABLE
“It seems like an exaggerated week. We’ve had some crazy comeback wins, and then these last two defeats have been kind of ‘spank yous.’ As long as we stay centered, and we’re a really resilient team, I expect us to bounce back.” — Suter

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
After Knebel went down his injury, Counsell turned to utility man Perez to get the final out of the top of the ninth inning. He induced a Tommy La Stella fly out to preserve a 0.00 ERA after two appearances as a pitcher. Perez’s other outing was on the road last July in Washington; the last Brewers position player to pitch at home was Joe Inglett in 2010.

Video: CHC@MIL: Infielder Perez toes the rubber, gets out

WHAT’S NEXT
Brewers: After allowing six hits, two earned runs and a pair of inherited runners to score in two uncomfortable relief appearances, right-hander Brandon Woodruff joins Milwaukee’s starting rotation on Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT. It marks the first time the team has required a fifth starter this season. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will make his second start of the season for the Cubs. He’s 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in eight career starts at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — After collapsing on the mound Thursday due to Steve Pearce Jersey a left hamstring injury, Brewers closer Corey Knebel wondered if his season was over. Manager Craig Counsell had the same concern.

On Friday, Knebel had an MRI scan and got encouraging news. The Brewers did place Knebel on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled right-hander Adrian Houser from Double-A Biloxi, but the prognosis for Yangervis Solarte Jersey Knebel’s recovery — minimum four weeks sidelined, and perhaps more like 6-8 weeks — could have been much worse.

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MILWAUKEE — After collapsing on the mound Thursday due to a left hamstring injury, Brewers closer Corey Knebel wondered if his season was over. Manager Craig Counsell had the same concern.

On Friday, Knebel had an MRI scan and got encouraging news. The Brewers did place Knebel on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled right-hander Adrian Houser from Double-A Biloxi, but the prognosis for Knebel’s recovery — Ryan Tepera Jersey  minimum four weeks sidelined, and perhaps more like 6-8 weeks — could have been much worse.

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“Not as serious as everybody thought, which is good news,” Knebel said.

Said Counsell: “We feel like we’re fortunate here in talking about it. We know we’re going to have this guy pitching for us again for a good chunk of the season.”

Knebel moved slowly around Miller Park while Brewers relievers did their daily work in the outfield. He will be shut down completely for three days, and will not travel with the team to St. Louis and New York next week.

During Knebel’s absence, Counsell will have to amend his bullpen plan. He expressed open-mindedness on Friday about who might handle save situations when they come up.

“I’m open to going with the same guy every night, but I think right now we’ll just play the games and see how it kind of works out,” Counsell said. “Who we’re playing and lineups may have a little bit to do with  Custom Blue Jays Jersey that. I think as we get further along in this, somebody will probably claim most of the opportunities. But I don’t know who that will be right now.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Counsell discusses Knebel’s hamstring injury

Knebel had never endured a hamstring issue before Thursday, when it was determined before the game that he would get his first inning of work in six days. Knebel took the mound with the Brewers trailing, 6-0, and saw the deficit grow to 8-0 when Jason Heyward connected for a two-run home run.

Two batters later, Knebel threw a pitch to Tommy La Stella and collapsed.

“Whenever you’ve done that in the past to yourself, you know how badly [a hamstring injury] hurts. It’s worse than breaking a bone for me,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That was painful to watch. He’s such a great talent and a big part of their team. You don’t like to see that happen.”

The incident renewed an old debate about whether it’s worth the risk to pitch a closer in non-save situations. Of course, the argu Women’s Personalized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey ment against is a lot easier to make in the wake of an unfortunate injury.

“Every manager you talk to is going to say the same thing: Everybody’s got to get work in,” Knebel said. “You’ve got to stay fresh, stay on the mound. So no matter what the situation was, I needed to get some work in and get ready to go. That’s exactly what I was doing.”

He’s back
This was not how Houser envisioned making it back to the big leagues for the first time since the end of 2015. But Houser, the Brewers’ No. 13 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, knows as well as anyone that the game rarely allows a player to choose his path.

Video: Counsell, Houser on callup after Knebel injury

After pitching a pair scoreless innings for the Brewers in September 2015, the right-hander required Tommy John surgery in 2016 and missed most of 2017 before re-establishing himself with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. Houser suffered another setback when he had an emergency appendectomy in January, but recovered during Spring Training and was scheduled to pitch in a Double-A tandem with fellow prospect Kodi Medei Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey ros beginning Saturday.

Instead, Houser was summoned back to the big leagues.

“It’s definitely been a long journey,” said Houser, who throws a power fastball and a plus curveball. “A lot of time put in to get here. I’m very excited to be back. … This definitely surprised me. I’m definitely happy about it.”

The Brewers, who are trying to get by with seven reliev Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey ers for as long as possible, needed some “length” in the bullpen, and Houser fit the bill. Counsell said the team may be flexible with that roster spot in the coming weeks.

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Yelich still sore
Outfielder Christian Yelich’s sore right oblique was a bit better Friday, according to Counsell, but Yelich missed a second straight start. He remains day to day.

“I think improved, but [not] enough so that we thought he was a ‘go’ tonight for the starting lineup,” Counsell said. “I’d say he’s still in the same spot. We’ll look at him every day when he comes in and make a determination.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Cubs hitters arrived at Miller Park on Thursday with 58 strikeouts through five games, a dubious National League record. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked what he made of it.

He paused, smiled and looked around at the gathered crowd of reporters.

Cubs hitters arrived at Miller Park on Thursday with 58 strikeouts through five games, a dubious National League record. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked what he made of it.

He paused, smiled and looked around at the gathered crowd of reporters.

“You guys are making too big of a deal out of it, in my opinion,” Counsell Yangervis Solarte Jersey  said. “It’s way too early. We’re about three percent of the schedule in.

“I understand we have to address trends and things that are happening, but we do have to also understand the schedule, the way the game is played and the routine of the game. There are things we haven’t done well, there are things the other teams haven’t done well. There are things we’ve done really well. The most likely scenario is some of these patterns come back to what we expect. If they haven’t after a month, then I think you start looking pretty deep into them.”

Who wants to wait a month? Here’s where things stood in the NL Central after a week of regular-season baseball:

PIRATES

What we know: They will win some games. Maybe that’s an oversimplification, but it seems worth mentioning, considering the doom and gloom that descended on PNC Park after the team traded Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the offseason. Winning five of their first six games helped. Corey Dickerson was a good replacement for McCutchen, and there is hope for improved offensive production with full seasons out of Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, each of whom logged few Steve Pearce Jersey er than 400 at-bats last year. The Pirates tied for second in the Majors during the first week by averaging six runs per game.

Video: CIN@PIT: Polanco blasts go-ahead two-run homer

What we still don’t know: If they hit, will they be able to hold leads? Only one Pirates starter — Trevor Williams — completed six innings in the team’s first five games. Left-handed closer Felipe Rivero is a weapon at the end of games, but outside of Pittsburgh, how many fans can name another Bucs reliever. George Kontos is one of them, and he has been a solid reliever for the Pirates and Giants for years now, but manager Clint Hurdle has work to do to find the right combination of arms to get to the ninth inning.

The bottom line: It looks like the start of a rebuild for the Pirates, but they still have enough good hitters to compete on a game-to-game basis.

BREWERS

What we know: Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich have transformed the top of the lineup. After joining a team that set Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout record in each of the past two seasons, Cain and Yelich combined for one strikeout in the opening series in San Diego while going 15-for-28 at the plate. Yes, the Brewers have a crowd out there in the outfield, with Cain and Yelich joining Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana. But the value of that depth was on display when Yelich went down this week with a tight right oblique.

Video: Must C Clutch: Yelich, Braun go back-to-back for win

What we still don’t know: Is the starting rotation good enough? After they got Cain and Yelich on the same January day, most expected GM David Stearns to spend dollars or prospects to acquire one more starting pitcher. Stearns bucked those expectations, believing Milwaukee’s pitching was better than outsiders think, and that the financial flexibility will come in handy if the club chooses to make additions at midseason. Other than Chase Anderson‘s  Ryan Tepera Jersey six scoreless innings on Opening Day, however, the first week was unkind to Brewers starters. Zach Davies, Jhoulys Chacin and Anderson combined to surrender 17 runs (13 earned) in 15 1/3 innings of the team’s home opening series against the Cardinals.

The bottom line: If the starting pitching levels out, the Brewers have the offense and bullpen to be as competitive as advertised — assuming closer Corey Knebel returns reasonably quickly from a left hamstring injury. A pair of ninth-inning comebacks during the first week added some confidence.

CUBS

What we know: The only way the Cubs’ offense can go is up, and it started to do so in Thursday’s win in Milwaukee. Besides the strikeout problem, new hitting coach Chili Davis will try to help end the team’s early-season funk with runners in scoring position. Chicago started the season 10-for-62 in those situations, a .161 average that bested only the Giants and Phillies among Major League clubs. But only the Rockies scored more runs than the Cubs over the past two seasons; Chicago’s offense is going to be fine over the course of 162 games.

Video: CHC@MIA: Rizzo launches a solo homer to right field

What we still don’t know: How much will the Cubs miss Wade Davis? The right-hander, who signed with the Rockies over the winter, was nearly perfect last year during the regular season, going 32-for-32 in save chances before the Brewers got him in the final week of September at Miller Park. In their championship season in 2016, the Cubs had Aroldis Chapman. Now, they have Brandon Morrow, who got a three-year deal coming off a solid setup season with the Dodgers. Morrow faced only one batter in the first week of the regular season and allowed a walk-off single in the 17th inning of a loss to the Marlins.

The bottom line: Slow start aside, the Cubs are the team to beat.

CARDINALS

What we know: This lineup, bolstered by the offseason addition of Marcell Ozuna, is legit. The Cardinals led the division and were third in the NL in the opening week with a .780 OPS and a .459 slugging percentage, led by the recently-extended Paul DeJong‘s three homers and 1.364 OPS through six games. DeJong is manager Mike Matheny’s seven-hole hitter, a sign of how deep this offense is.

What we still don’t know: How good will the pitching staff be once everyone gets healthy? Longtime Cardinal Adam Wainwright saw his season debut pushed back a week by a hamstring injury. Veteran relievers Luke Gregerson and Brett Cecil landed on the DL. New closer Greg Holland signed so late that he needed some time in the Minors to get into game shape. Eventually, if Carlos Martinez can pitch regularly like he did in Milwaukee on Wednesday in 8 1/3 shutout innings, and newcomer Miles Mikolas is as improved after three years in Japan as the Cardinals believe he is, this could be a very competitive pitching staff. They just need to get everyone together at the same time.

Video: STL@MIL: Martinez gives up no runs, K’s 10 in 8 1/3

The bottom line: The Cardinals are always good, and it looks like they will be good again in 2018. They have finished in the top three of the NL Central for 10 straight seasons.

REDS

What we know: They’re going to score. After bein Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey g blanked by Max Scherzer on Opening Day, the Reds scored 12 runs in two games started by Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez — something of a moral victory, even though the Nationals swept the series. Scooter Gennett‘s 8-for-17 start to the season offered confidence that his 27-homer surprise in 2017 was no fluke, and perennial NL MVP Award candidate Joey Votto is going to be a lot better than his 3-for-15 slump through the Reds’ first four games.

Video: Keep an eye out for Gennett after hot start

What we still don’t know: Is this Reds rotation better than the dire predictions? They got three quality starts in the first four games from Homer Bailey, Sal Romano and Tyler Mahle — a good sign with fellow starters Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan on the season-opening disabled list. The Reds finished in the top half of Major League Baseball in runs scored last season, and they returned most of that group of hitters, so if the starting pitchers are able to keep games close, they should be able to pick off some wins.

The bottom line: It won’t get any tougher. Scherzer, Custom Blue Jays Jersey Strasburg and Gonzalez each placed in the top five of NL qualifiers last season in ERA. That’s a challenging way to start a season for any club.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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MILWAUKEE — Craig Counsell described his Brewers as “a little bit of a high-wire act” on F Women’s Personalized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey riday afternoon, which seemed an apt description as the team bounced around the infield a few hours later for the second time this week.

Orlando Arcia‘s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning finished a 5-4 win over the Cubs at Miller Park that saw a big hit from reliever Josh Hader, of all people, help to snap Milwaukee’s 22-inning scoring drought. Twice in the past four games, the Brewers have walked off by that same score against the Cardinals and Cubs, their chief rivals. In two intervening losses, they did not score a single run.

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MILWAUKEE — Craig Counsell described his Brewers as “a little bit of a high-wire act” on Friday afternoon, which seemed an apt description as the team bounced around the infield a few hours later for the second time this week.

Orlando Arcia‘s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning finished a 5-4 win over the Cubs at Miller Park tha Steve Pearce Jersey t saw a big hit from reliever Josh Hader, of all people, help to snap Milwaukee’s 22-inning scoring drought. Twice in the past four games, the Brewers have walked off by that same score against the Cardinals and Cubs, their chief rivals. In two intervening losses, they did not score a single run.

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“We’ve been a little bit of a high-wire act for a little over a year now,” Counsell said. “That’s exciting, it’s maddening, it’s frustrating. It’s entertaining baseball, I think — even on the nights it doesn’t work out.

“You want more, for sure.”

Much more of this, and the Brewers might have to start handing out blood pressure medication. For the first time in franchise history, four of their first five victories have been decided in the final at-bat. There was a 10-inning win in San Diego on Opening Day on an Arcia single, and Ryan Braun‘s dramatic, three-run home run to cap a five-run rally in the ninth inning the next day. Then there were back-to-back home runs from Christian Yelich and Braun with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday against the Cardinals, and Arcia again against the Cubs on Friday night.

Arcia punched a single off Mike Montgomery over Chicago’s five-man infield to score Manny Pina, who had started the winning rally with a one-out walk and had taken third on Kris Bryant‘s throwing error.

“From the moment I’m in that circle, I’m focusing on the situation and focusing on the at-bat,” Arcia said, “and thankfully, it’s gone my way both times.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Arcia doused talking about walk-off single

“The ninth inning is our inning,” said Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw. “If we keep it close until the ninth, we’ve got a shot.”

Eric Thames and Shaw hit two-run home runs off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for the Brewers’ first runs since Yelich and Braun went deep to beat the Cardinals, only to see the Cubs pull even on a circus play in the sixth, with Javier Baez circling the bases on an RBI triple and a tough-luck throwing error by Eric Sogard that caromed off Baez’s helmet-less head.

Video: CHC@MIL: Statcast™ tracks Shaw’s 113.5-mph home run

With Brewers closer Corey Knebel out due to a hamstring injury and Friday starter Brandon Woodruff limited to 3 2/3 innings because his pitch count soared to 95, Counsell leaned once again on a bullpen that has limited opponents to nine earned runs and 28 hits in 36 2/3 innings so far.

Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Albers each worked beyond one inning to give Brewers hitters chances to win the game late. Albers was going two innings no matter what, and expended 34 pitches to hold the Cubs scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

After striking out Kyle Schwarber to end the top of the ninth, the mild-mannered Albers gestured dramatically toward the dugout.

“I was trying to fire up the troops a little bit,” he said.

Maybe it worked.

“That was the high wire, there’s no question,” Counsell said. “Look, it was a fun baseball game. We played with tremendous heart.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Counsell on Brewers’ 5-4 walk-off win

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Pitchers who rake: The Brewers needed something, anything, to wake an offense that had slumbered for 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Left-handed reliever Hader provided the hit off Hendricks that got them going. Hader’s first career hit was a single leading off the fifth inning, two batters befor Yangervis Solarte Jersey e Thames’ tying home run. Two batters after that, Shaw hit another two-run shot for a 4-2 Brewers lead.

Video: CHC@MIL: Hader gets his first big league hit vs. Cubs

“I just closed my eyes and it happened to be a base hit,” Hader said. “We came along today. Two big homers and we pulled through.”

Baez circles the bases: Baez, the Cubs’ spark plug in Thursday’s series opener, tied the game in the sixth when he lined a two-out RBI triple and scored on Sogard’s relay throw off Baez’s head — a tough-luck way to be charged with the Brewers’ seventh error in their last three games. It gave Baez three RBIs and three runs scored in his first seven plate appearances of the series, and opened the door to second-guessing a pitching change just ahead of the Baez at-bat. Hader had retired six of the seven men he faced and was at 41 pitches, but Counsell wanted a right-on-right matchup against Baez with two outs and a runner at second base. So he called for Jeffress, and Baez circled the bases to tie the game at 4-4.

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“I thought Josh had emptied his tank on the previous two hitters,” Counsell explained. “He was up over 40 pitches, it was the third inning of work he’d been in, and I just thought it was time. It was [Jeffress] for Baez before the inning started.”

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“We know they’re going to be there all year. Top of this division with us, it’s going to be a battle all year long. We know they’re deep and a resilient bunch. What they did last year brought them together. We have to be on it, game in, game out, regardless of [which players] they lose.” — Hendricks, when asked if the Brewers will struggle without closer Corey Knebel

“This is part of the roller coaster, part of the ride. This is what the baseball season is. There are going to be tough games, there are going to be games that are a ton of fun like this, there are going to be ordinary games, but this is the ride we’re on. We’ll try to thrill you every night, but this one counts for a couple.” — Counsell

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According to Elias, the last team to have four of its first five wins come in its final-inning at-bat was the Ryan Tepera Jersey 2011 Royals in Ned Yost’s first full season managing Kansas City.

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Brian Duensing took over in the Brewers’ sixth and walked Sogard. Cain then doubled down the left-field line. The Cubs challenged that the ball was foul, but after a review, the call was confirmed.

Video: CHC@MIL: Cain’s double confirmed after Cubs challenge

WHAT’S NEXT
Zach Davies called it “one of the worst games to go out there and not have your stuff” after struggling in a loss to the Cardinals in Milwaukee’s home opener. He gets a Custom Blue Jays Jersey chance for redemption against the Cubs beginning at 3:05 p.m. CT on Saturday. Davies has a 3.90 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cubs.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers finally found the solution to Yangervis Solarte Jersey their 22-inning scoreless streak: Hand a bat to Josh Hader.

Hader, the long-haired, loose-armed reliever who entered the game in the fourth inning afte Steve Pearce Jersey r Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff threw 95 pitches to get 11 outs, singled off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for his first Major League hit leading off the bottom of the fifth. He trotted home when Eric Thames came through two batters later with a tying, two-run home run. Two batters after that, Travis Shaw hit another two-run homer for a 4-2 Brewers lead in what became a 5-4 walk-off win.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers finally found the solution to their 22-inning scoreless streak: Hand a bat to Josh Hader.

Hader, the long-haired, loose-armed reliever who entered the game in the fourth inning after Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff threw 95 pitches to get 11 outs, singled off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for his first Major League hit leading off the bottom of the fifth. He trot Men’s Custom Blue Jays Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey ted home when Eric Thames came through two batters later with a tying, two-run home run. Two batters after that, Travis Shaw hit another two-run homer for a 4-2 Brewers lead in what became a 5-4 walk-off win.

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Just like that, the Brewers’ scoreless streak was snapped.

“I just closed my eyes, and it happened to be a base hit,” Hader said. “We came along today. Two big homers and we pulled through.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Hader gets his first big league hit vs. Cubs

The homers accounted for Milwaukee’s first runs in nearly 72 hours, since Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun crushed consecutive home runs with two outs in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park. The Brewers were shut out the next day by Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals, then blanked again Thursday by Jon Lester and the Cubs before Hendricks kept Milwaukee off the board through the first four innings on Friday night.

The 22-inning scoreless streak was the longest for the Brewers since going 23 consecutive innings without a run from July 25-27, 2015. The dubious franch Ryan Tepera Jersey ise record for offensive futility is 32 consecutive innings in April 2013 before Braun homered to start a comeback against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

“I don’t see us being shut out for however many innings that was too often this year,” Shaw said. “We’re too good of an offense to do that.”

Shaw’s homer left his bat at 113.5 mph, according to Statcast™, making it the second-hardest homer of his career.

Video: CHC@MIL: Statcast™ tracks Shaw’s 113.5-mph home run

“It felt good to score again,” Shaw said.

A couple of Brewers wondered privately whether Hader’s hit did anything to rattle Hendricks, who scattered three singles and a walk in the first four innings. Hendricks said that was not the case.

Hader was 3-for-40 at the plate as a professional before Friday’s at-bat. Does he consider himself a good hitter?

“Me personally, no,” he said. “Once the curveball started going for strikes, my hitting went down, so that’s why I stuck with pitching.”

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Brewers ready to Ryan Tepera Jersey welcome rival Cubs

MILWAUKEE — Here come the Cubs.

If the four-game series between the Cubs and Brewers beginning Thursday night at Miller Park is half as good as the one they played at Miller Park last September, then fans are in store for a fun weekend. Nail-biting, but fun.

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MILWAUKEE — Here come the Cubs.

If the four-game series between the Cubs and Brewers beginning Thursday night at  Custom Blue Jays Jersey Miller Park is half as good as the one they played at Miller Park last September, then fans are in store for a fun weekend. Nail-biting, but fun.

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“Regular season-wise, that was the best series I’ve ever Yangervis Solarte Jersey been a part of,” Travis Shaw said. “That was as dramatic and as close to a playoff atmosphere as you can get.”

For the memory-challenged, the Brewers entered the series 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the National League Central with 10 games to play. The first three games all went 10 innings, with the Cubs taking the first two before Orlando Arcia hit Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 26 Yangervis Solarte Alternate Royal Blue Flexbase Jersey  a stunning home run off then-Cubs closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning to extend Game 3 for Jon Jay‘s go-ahead hit in the top of the 10th and Shaw’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the frame.

The Cubs pounded a nail in the Brewers’ division hopes the next day, when Jose Quintana twirled a shutout in the series finale.

“They were all well-pitched, well-defended games,” said Shaw. “It seems like every time we play [the Cubs] it’s a pretty good battle. Everybody is excited to get it going.”

Was that series a learning experience for the Brewers against the more battle-tested Cubs?

“I think the whole month of September was a good learning experience,” Shaw said. “Every game in the last two weeks, we had to win. It was coming down to the point where we were running out of games and we had to win every game. I think that’s going to carry over into this year. Obviously, it’s April now and it’s a long year, but I think the experience we gathered in September last year is going to help us down the stretch this year.”

Barnes throws a curve
Reliever Jacob Barnes is adding a curveball, which could be a helpful offspeed offering alongside his “hard-hard” repertoire of a fastball and a cutter/slider he’s able to throw with different shapes.

Eventually, a curveball around 85 mph might prove an effective secondary pitch. But it’s a work in progress, one factor in Barnes’ second straight subpar Spring Training.

Video: STL@MIL: Barnes fields a liner from Ozuna in the 7th

“It’s still something that’s on the mind,” he said of his spring struggles. “Everyone is kind of like, ‘Is everything OK?’ I don’t really know the reason behind it. I think it’s because we try different things early on, and maybe it takes away from the basics o Women’s Personalized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey f what I do.”

In 2017 Spring Training, Barnes and pitching coach Derek Johnson tinkered with some different sequencing, and he had a .419 opponents’ average and 2.33 WHIP in 10 Cactus League appearances. This year, playing with the curveball for much of March, he had a .424 average against and a Ryan Tepera Jersey 2.73 WHIP.

In the final week, however, Barnes put the curveball on the back burner and ramped up for the regular season. He pitched in three of the team’s final four exhibition games without surrendering a run.

Then he worked three of the Brewers’ first five regular-season games, allowing one hit and one walk in four scoreless innings, including two critical innings of Tuesday’s come-from-behind, 5-4 win o Steve Pearce Jersey ver the Cardinals at Miller Park.

Barnes has yet to show the curveball in the regular season.

Injury updates
Manager Craig Counsell offered updates Wednesday on the Brewers’ injured players:

Wade Miley (groin) is with the Double-A Biloxi club nearing the end of a flat-ground throwing program. The hope is that he will get back on a mound sometime next week, Counsell Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey  said.

Once he’s healthy, hopefully late this month, the club will have to decide whether to bring Miley to the Majors or offer him his release. The timetable is dependent on whether the Brewers have need in the starting rotation or the bullpen.

Stephen Vogt (right shoulder) has been cleared by Brewers doctors to resume throwing as soon as this weekend while the Brewers host the Cubs.

• Lefty reliever Boone Logan (left triceps) is expected back on a mound before the end of the Brewers’ next road trip to St. Louis and New York.

• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson “is making progress” in his flat-ground throwing, Counsell said, and will continue to travel with the Major League team. He should be back on a mound before the end of the month but would have weeks of bullpens and rehab appearances before he is an option to start for the Brewers.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Where B Ryan Tepera Jersey rewers top prospects are starting 2018

With the 2018 season getting started, here’s a look at where the Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Keston Hiura (MLB No. 56), 2B — Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
2. Corbin Burnes (MLB No. 69), RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
3. Brandon Woodruff (MLB No. 96), RHP — Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
4. Lucas Erceg, 3B — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
5. Luis Ortiz, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
6. Brett Phillips, OF — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
7. Corey Ray, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
8. Trent Grisham, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
9. Tristen Lutz, OF — Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
10. Freddy Peralta, RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
11. Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
12. Marcos Diplan, RHP — Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
13. Adrian Houser, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
14. Cody Ponce, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
15. Mario Feliciano, C — Extended spring training
16. Jean Carmona, SS — Extended spring training
17. Caden Lemons, RHP — Extended spring training
18. Taylor Williams, RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
19. Jake Gatewood, 1B — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
20. Kodi Medeiros, LHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
21. KJ Harrison, C – Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
22. Troy Stokes, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
23. Trey Supak, RHP — Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
24. Jorge Lopez, RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
25. Zack Brown, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
26. Carlos Rodriguez, OF — Extended spring training
27. Jacob Nottingham, C/1B — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
28. Je’Von Ward, OF — Extended spring training
29. Larry Ernesto Yangervis Solarte Jersey , OF — Extended spring training
30. Brendan Murphy, LHP — Extended spring training

With the 2018 season getting started, here’s a look at where the Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Keston Hiura (MLB No. 56), 2B — Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
2. Corbin Burnes (MLB No. 69), RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
3. Brandon Woodruff (MLB No. 96), RHP — Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
4. Lucas Erceg, 3B — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
5. Luis Ortiz, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
6. Brett Phillips, OF — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
7. Corey Ray, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
8. Trent Grisham, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
9. Tristen Lutz, OF — Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
10. Freddy Peralta, RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
11. Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
12. Marcos Diplan, RHP — Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
13. Adrian Houser, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
14. Cody Ponce, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
15. Mario Feliciano, C — Extended spring training
16. Jean Carmona, SS — Extended spring training
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18. Taylor Williams, RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AA Custom Blue Jays Jersey A)
19. Jake Gatewood, 1B — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
20. Kodi Medeiros, LHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
21. KJ Harrison, C — Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
22. Troy Stokes, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
23. Trey Supak, RHP — Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
24. Jorge Lopez, RHP — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
25. Zack Brown, RHP — Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
26. Carlos Rodriguez, OF — Extended spring training
27. Jacob Nottingham, C/1B — Colorado Sky Sox (AAA)
28. Je’Von Ward, OF — Extended spring training
29. Larry Ernesto, OF — Extended spring training
30. Brendan Murphy, LHP — Extended spring training

• Brewers prospect coverage | Brewers Top 30 prospects stats

Where baseball’s top prospects are starting the 2018 season

Team to watch
The Biloxi Shuckers should have one of the Double-A Southern League’s more feared offenses, with Lucas Erceg, Corey Ray, Trent Grisham — all Top 10 Bre Ryan Tepera Jersey wers prospects — Jake Gatewood and Troy Stokes in their lineup on any given night. And it might not be long until 2017 first-rounder and top prospect Keston Hiura is hitting in the middle of an already dangerous Shuckers’ order. Biloxi’s projected starting rotation is equally impressive, headlined by Luis Ortiz, Adrian Houser and Cody Ponce. Lefty Kodi Medeiros could be the best of the group if everything finally clicks, and those inside the organization have right-hander Zack Brown pegged as a breakout candidate even though he largely bypassed the Class A Advanced level.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)

New faces
The Brewers’ Top 30 Prospects list doesn’t include any players who were not with the organization last year.

On the shelf
Mario Feliciano, Milwaukee’s top catching prospect, is a bit behind schedule defensively after experiencing some soreness during throwing drills in spring camp. He’s Steve Pearce Jersey expected to begin his season in earnest in a couple weeks and will likely report to Carolina once healthy.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.


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MILWAUKE Ryan Tepera Jersey E — Christian Yelich is likely to miss the first Brewers-Cubs matchup of the season on Thursday after the Milwaukee outfielder exited Wednesday’s 6-0 loss to the Cardinals with discomfort in his right oblique.

The Brewers hope to have a better feel for the severity of his injury before they take the field for Thursday’s 7:10 p.m. CT series opener against Chicago. As of Wednesday night, Yelich said he was not scheduled to undergo an MRI.

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MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich is likely to miss the first Brewers-Cubs matchup of the season on Thursday after the Milwaukee outfielder exited Wednesday’s 6-0 loss to the Cardinals with discomfort in his right oblique.

The Brewers hope to have a better feel for the severity of his injury before they take the field for Thursday’s 7:10 p.m. CT series opener against Chicago. As of Wednesday night, Yelich said he was not scheduled to undergo an MRI.

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He declined to pinpoint when he first noticed the issue, but said it had nothing to do with his sliding catch in foul ground in the sixth inning. Yelich batted in the bottom of the frame and struck out, then was replaced in left field by Hernan Perez for the seventh.

“No, it was nothing from that,” Yelich said of the play in question. “It’s just a little tightness, soreness.”

Video: STL@MIL: Molina gets sac fly on Yelich’s great catch

Had it been bothering him for a while then?

“No,” Yelich said. “Just a precautionary thing, make sure it doesn’t turn into something bigger.”

Asked whether he worried about missing more than Thursday’s game, Yelich said, “We’ll just have to re-evaluate. It’s still early. I don’t really have a lot to go on other than that. Hopefully I’ll be back out there soon.”

The Brewers hope the same. Yelich, acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Marlins in late January, was 0-for-3 in Wednesd Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home White Flexbase Jersey a Custom Blue Jays Jersey y’s loss but is hitting .385/.407/.577 with a team-leading six runs scored through the first six games of the season. He collected five of his 10 hits in Saturday’s series finale at San Diego, then teamed with Ryan Braun for back-to-back home runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday against the Cardinals for the Brewers’ only win in their first home series of the year.

Video: MIL@SD: Yelich lights it up at plate with five hits

Until Yelich clarified after the game, it appeared he might have been hurt chasing Yadier Molina‘s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. It was 4-0 at the time, with one out and a runner at third, and had there been the time and space to make a decision, Yelich might have let the baseball drop foul to prevent the run from scoring.

The geog Yangervis Solarte Jersey raphy of Miller Park did not allow that kind of reasoning, however.

“I was thinking about it running over there. I knew the situation,” Yelich said. “The foul line and the fence are so close over there, that’s really not a situation where you can gamble if it’s a fair ball or not. If it’s the ninth inning of a tie game or something, maybe so. But it was the sixth. It was in-between; I didn’t know what to do.

“If it lands foul and you get the [batter] out, it’s a good play. If it lands fair and it’s a double, and it Steve Pearce Jersey turns into a big inning, then it’s a bad play. That’s kind of a tough one. You err on the side of, ‘Just catch it here.'”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Brewers shut out by Cardinals Ryan Tepera Jersey in series finale

MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin did little in the Brewers’ first series at home to quell concerns about this starting rotation.

Including Chacin’s 6-0 loss to Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Miller Park, the trio combined to surrender 17 runs (13 earned) in 15 1/3 innings on 23 hits, including five home runs. It’s up to left-hander Brent Suter to reverse those fortunes when the Cubs come to Miller Park for the first of four games on Thursday n Ryan Tepera Jersey ight.

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MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin did little in the Brewers’ first series at home to quell concerns about this starting rotation.

Including Chacin’s 6-0 loss to Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Miller Park, the trio combined to surrender 17 runs (13 earned) in 15 1/3 innings on 23 hits, including five home runs. It’s up to left-hander Brent Suter to reverse those fortunes when the Cubs come to Miller Park for the first of four games on Thursday night.

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“Our starters didn’t pitch well this series. Certainly, we need better efforts from them to be a consistently winning team,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “But it’s one time around here. One series.”

Counsell noted that the Brewers’ bullpen has been “dynamite,” and that continued with 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Chacin. Signed to a two-year free-agent deal in December, Chacin has a 7.00 ERA after two starts.

Video: STL@MIL: Sogard, Villar turn two in the 9th inning

Three Brewers errors behind Chacin didn’t help, nor did the matchup against Martinez, who came within a ninth-inning bobble by Cardinals third baseman Yairo Munoz on a potential game-ending double-play grounder of pitching the National League’s first shutout. Martinez settled for 8 1/3 scoreless innings, in which he scattered four singles and two walks while logging 10 strikeouts.

“I’m disappointed with my first two starts this year, but I won’t put my head down,” Chacin said. “I’m going to keep working on my pitches. I have to face the same guys in five days, so I’m going to try to do better.”

His slider was better against the Cardinals than five days earlier against the Padres. That’s an important pitch for Chacin.

Davies and Anderson, too, were searching for positives. Davies was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 5 2/3 innings during the Brewers’ home opener, and Anderson followed by allowing three home runs in a four-inning start on Tuesday. The Brewers were a strike away from losing that game before Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun saved the day with back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth.

“It’s probably one of the worst games to go out there and not have your stuff and kind of give it up,” said Davies of losing the home opener.

Said Anderson the next night: “I really didn’t have much today. I didn’t have any fastball command at all.”

Martinez had the same problem in his 2018 debut, a six-walk outing against the Mets in New York, but he was a different pitcher on Wednesday. He retired 16 consecutive batters in one stretch from the second inning into the seventh.

The teams won’t have to wait long to meet again. They are scheduled to play a three-game series at Busch Stadium beginning Monday. Chacin will pitch that series opener; Martinez is scheduled to start for St. Louis the next night.

“When a guy like Martinez is pitching, you know you have to pitch better and you have to keep the score low if you want to beat him,” Chacin said. “After he got going, he was making pitches. He’s definitely one of the best pitchers in the league for the last three or four years. You have to put pressure on him.”

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Martinez takes over: Counsell and his coaches talk often about the urgency of getting to top pitchers early in games, and they had chances against Martinez. The Cardinals’ lead was 1-0 when Martinez hit Domingo Santana with a pitch leading off the second inning and Jonathan Villar followed with a single. That’s when Martinez locked in. He retired Manny Pina on a sharp flyout to center field, then struck out Eric Sogard in an eight-pitch battle and whiffed Chacin after the runners each advanced a base. Those three outs started Martinez’s run of 16 batters retired in a row, which finally ended when Santana grounded a single past shortstop with one out in the seventh inning.

“Who knows if I was able to get the job done there, if it would have worked out otherwise?” Sogard said. “He really seemed to turn it on after that.”

Did Sogard lament any missed opportunities during his long battle with Martinez?

“Honestly, no,” Sogard said. “I went back and looked at it and he was hitting his corners really well. I did my best to put it in play.”

Brewers get sloppy: The Brewers overcame a 4-0 deficit just 24 hours earlier, so the Cardinals’ 4-0 lead did not feel safe Wednesday until they pulled away with help from a pair of Brewers errors in the sixth. Custom Blue Jays Jersey  Marcell Ozuna, who has gone 7-for-18 over the past four games including two more hits Wednesday, led off with a single and took second on left fielder Yelich’s first error of the season. Two batters later, Ozuna scored on Molina’s sacrifice fly, as Yelich made the catch with a slide in foul ground.

Video: STL@MIL: Molina gets sac fly on Yelich’s great catch

The Cardinals added another run on a two-out error by Villar, his second of the game, to make it a 6-0 advantage.

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“There’s no grand takeaways. We got beat tonight, and a guy pitched a great game against us, so now we have to move on. We’re in good shape. The one thing Ch Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 52 Ryan Tepera Home Yangervis Solarte Jersey  White Flexbase Jersey acin did is get us a little deeper into the game, so our bullpen is in good shape for [Thursday against the Cubs]. We’ll be ready to go.” — Counsell, on the home-opening series

YELICH EXITS
Yelich is likely to miss the first Brewers-Cubs matchup of the season on Thursday after he exited in the seventh inning with discomfort in his right oblique. Yelich, who said the issue was unrelated to his sixth-inning catch in foul ground, said he was not initially scheduled to undergo an MRI.

“Just a precautionary thing, make sure it doesn’t turn into something bigger,” he said. More >

Video: MIL@STL: Yelich exits in 7th with oblique discomfort

WHAT’S NEXT
The Cubs come to town Thursday for the start of a four-game series, with lefties Jon Lester and Suter slated to start the 7:10 p.m. CT opener. When these teams last met, they played an epic four-game series at Miller Park in the thick of a pennant race, with the first three games going 10 innings. The Cubs took three of four in the series to dash the Brewers’ division hopes.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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