Brewers can't overcome Giants homers

Brewers can't overcome Giants homers

MILWAUKEE -- Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt homered to back Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who fought through a long sixth inning to preserve his fifth win in six starts, 6-3 over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Bumgarner did not allow a hit through three innings and carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth, when the Brewers worked Bumgarner for 32 pitches and knocked two runs off the deficit. But a defensive gem from shortstop Brandon Crawford ended Milwaukee's rally, and San Francisco's bullpen finished the victory.

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Garza continues Brewers' starting woes

Right-hander joins Lohse in struggling atop Milwaukee rotation

Garza continues Brewers' starting woes

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are paying $23.5 million this season for stability from the top two spots of the starting rotation, and Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza are struggling to deliver on that investment.

Lohse's ERA after 10 starts is 5.80, inflated by a 5 1/3-inning, five-run loss to the Giants on Monday afternoon. Garza's ERA after 10 starts is 6.00, pushed up by a five-inning, five-run, two-homer performance against the Giants on Tuesday night in the Brewers' 6-3 loss at Miller Park.

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Lucroy headed to rehab games Thursday

Brewers catcher could be activated as soon as St. Louis opener

Lucroy headed to rehab games Thursday

MILWAUKEE -- Tuesday brought further clarity on the plan for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment Thursday at Class A Advanced Brevard County before rejoining the big league club as soon as Monday in St. Louis.

"I'm excited. Being on the DL is terrible," said Lucroy, who has been on the disabled list since suffering a fractured left big toe April 20. "It is nice to be able to get back on the field and get back to doing my job."

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Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.

Gomez screamed to himself after fouling off an 0-1 fastball, loud enough to be picked up on the television broadcast of the game. Bumgarner appeared to take issue and gave Gomez a stare, then threw another fastball inside for ball one. The two looked at each other again before Bumgarner again came inside with a fastball, which Gomez hit for an inning-ending flyout to left field.

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Fiers prepared for quick start vs. Giants

Fiers prepared for quick start vs. Giants

While pitching on three days' rest might be a big deal for some starting pitchers, that's not the case for Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers.

Fiers will be filling in for the injured Wily Peralta on Wednesday when the Brewers try to prevent a Giants sweep in the series finale at Miller Park. Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after suffering a left oblique strain during last Friday's outing in Atlanta.

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Goforth gets pickoff in Major League debut

Brewers prospect records two outs in ninth inning vs. Giants

Goforth gets pickoff in Major League debut

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever David Goforth knew this time was coming. He admitted that the thought of running out of a Major League bullpen for the first time had raced through his mind many times before.

That opportunity came Tuesday in Milwaukee's 6-3 loss to the Giants when Brewers manager Craig Counsell called him in to pitch in the ninth inning. The message: Go right after 'em.

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Braun, McCutchen share NL Player of the Week

Braun, McCutchen share NL Player of the Week

Two of the National League's prime sluggers have tied as the face of the league. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen were named the NL's Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday in recognition of a powerful week for both outfielders.

Braun, a five-time All-Star, led all Major League hitters with 11 RBIs and tied for the NL lead with three home runs last week. He also posted the league's second-best marks in slugging (.952) and on-base percentage (.481), and tied for the second-most total bases (20). Braun hit .381 (8-for-21) last week.

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Brewers tab Fiers to face Giants on short rest

Right-hander moved up to fill Peralta's rotation slot in series finale

Brewers tab Fiers to face Giants on short rest

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Tuesday unveiled Step 1 of a plan to replace injured starting pitcher Wily Peralta, announcing Mike Fiers would pitch against the Giants on Wednesday afternoon on three days' rest.

The next challenge is longer-term in nature: filling a void in the starting rotation for the next four to six weeks while Peralta recovers from a strained left oblique. Counsell indicated the Brewers planned to call up a pitcher from the Minor Leagues in the coming days.

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Brewers' 3 homers negated by Giants' big 6th

Brewers' 3 homers negated by Giants' big 6th

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hit a trio of home runs off Tim Lincecum, but Lincecum's Giants responded with a barrage of base hits for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-4 win at Miller Park on Monday.

Trailing, 4-1, entering the decisive sixth, San Francisco sent 12 men to the plate against four Brewers pitchers during a rally that featured seven hits, two walks and two errors charged to Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez. The first six hits of the inning were singles, including Andrew Susac's tying hit off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse and Gregor Blanco's pinch-hit, go-ahead single on the first pitch from reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

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Peralta out 4-6 weeks with rib-cage injury

Brewers righty lands on DL; Fiers, Blazek among options for Wednesday start

Peralta out 4-6 weeks with rib-cage injury

MILWAUKEE -- On Monday morning, Brewers manager Craig Counsell still clung to hope that right-hander Wily Peralta would be able to make a Wednesday start against the Giants as scheduled. By day's end, Peralta was on the disabled list, expected to miss more than a month with a left rib-cage strain.

The Brewers recalled reliever David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Peralta's place on the active roster, but Counsell has yet to determine who will pitch in Peralta's place Wednesday afternoon. Mike Fiers could start on short rest, Counsell said, or Michael Blazek could move from the bullpen.

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Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

Brewers slugger's shot tracked at 474 feet, clears left-field bleachers

Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's fifth-inning home run vs. the Giants sailed clear out of Miller Park on Monday, conjuring memories of Russell Branyan against Greg Maddux and Sammy Sosa in the All-Star Home Run Derby more than a decade ago.

Braun's two-run homer left the bat at 113 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 474 feet, over the bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines Miller Park. It was the most prodigious home run by a right-handed hitter in the 15-year history of Miller Park and the fourth-longest home run by any batter. Branyan holds the record with his 480-foot shot off future Hall of Famer Maddux on July 27, 2004, and Prince Fielder hit a pair of 475-footers during his Brewers tenure.

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Davis nearly loses homer for missing plate

After Brewers challenge, replay restores first of outfielder's two dingers

Davis nearly loses homer for missing plate

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Khris Davis had to wait out a replay review in Monday's 8-4 loss to the Giants after his first-inning home run was nullified because the plate umpire ruled he didn't touch home. Three minutes and 15 seconds later, Davis got his home run back.

Davis had connected against Giants starter Tim Lincecum for a homer to right field that by all appearances gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead at Miller Park. But the Giants appealed at home plate, where umpire Will Little called Davis out, ruling he'd missed home plate after circling the bases. The Brewers challenged that ruling, and the call was overturned after a review.

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Memorial Day especially moving for Lucroy

Brewers catcher dedicates time to support military endeavors

Memorial Day especially moving for Lucroy

MILWAUKEE -- Every branch of the U.S. military was represented at Miller Park on Monday as the Brewers and Giants paused before the start of the Memorial Day matchup for a moment of silence in recognition of those who lost their lives in service to the country.

The ceremony carried extra meaning this year for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Last fall, Lucroy volunteered for a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with 88 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who traveled from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.

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Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

"It's all about the pitching," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "You get a good pitching performance, and you're in the game and you can do some stuff offensively to score runs."

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Offense stifled with Braun, Aramis resting

Braves' Foltynewicz holds Brewers to sac fly, impresses Counsell

Offense stifled with Braun, Aramis resting

ATLANTA -- Resting two of your most potent bats is always a risk. It's an even greater risk when you have the lowest team batting average in the National League.

That's the risk Brewers manager Craig Counsell took when he rested right fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez for Sunday's series finale against the Braves at Turner Field.

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Brewers left to ponder potential double play

Nelson nearly escapes 6th-inning jam on H. Gomez's diving attempt

Brewers left to ponder potential double play

ATLANTA -- Baseball is a game of inches. When things aren't going your way, every ball seems to be just inches away from you.

The certainly came up inches short in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, as Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 decision to the Braves at Turner Field in the finale of a four-game series.

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Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

Smith strikes out side in 8th; Jeffress, Knebel, Broxton also hold steady

Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

ATLANTA -- Saturday afternoon's loss will be pinned on the Brewers' bullpen, but the relief unit still put in a tremendous day at Turner Field.

"Every guy that went out there did his job," said manager Craig Counsell following the 3-2, 11-inning loss. "[Will Smith] was great. I think he got five outs, [Jeremy Jeffress] got four. Corey Knebel came in in a tough spot, against some good hitters and went through the 3-4-5 [hitters]. It was great to see. [Jonathan Broxton] did his job in a tough spot. We were just one out away."

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Rallies turned away by double-play ball

Rallies turned away by double-play ball

ATLANTA -- Entering Saturday's game against the Braves, the Brewers had hit into 29 double plays. That total was fifth-lowest in the National League.

Unfortunately for Milwaukee, the Brew Crew hit into a pair of twin killings -- one on an unintentional swing resulting in a perfect one-bounce comebacker, the other on a very much intentional swing that nearly took Atlanta's first baseman into right field. Both helped the Braves come away with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.

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Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller bounced back from a rocky first inning and the Braves' bullpen held off the Brewers long enough for Jace Peterson to give Atlanta a walk-off single for a 3-2, 11-inning win Saturday.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

Brewers optimistic one day after righty leaves start with side pain

Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

ATLANTA -- It takes a lot to keep Wily Peralta from making a scheduled start. He made 32 in each of his first two full Major League seasons.

Peralta and the Brewers are optimistic that the pain he felt in his left side in the fourth inning Friday night won't keep him from his next one.

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Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

Slugger smacks 11th homer, his fifth of Brewers' 8-game road swing

Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

ATLANTA -- The Brewers have seen their share of misfortune at the plate this season. But at times -- like in an 11-0 romp Friday night against the Braves -- they've managed some offensive magic.

If they can just mix in some pretty good, semi-magical nights once in a while in this seemingly feast-or-famine season, they could make some headway.

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Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

Brewers' clubhouse calmer day after heated exchange in Atlanta

Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

ATLANTA -- Brewers reliever Will Smith is not trying to dodge justice in his appeal of the eight-game suspension Major League Baseball handed down Friday. He knows, technically, that he broke a longstanding rule that prohibits pitchers from using foreign substances. He admits it.

Smith just thinks his particular crime doesn't fit that kind of time.

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Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

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Peralta pulled early with left side injury

Right-hander replaced after 4 innings with Crew carrying big lead

Peralta pulled early with left side injury

ATLANTA -- Brewers starter Wily Peralta was cruising along in the fourth inning Friday night against the Atlanta Braves -- something he hasn't done much this season -- when he felt tightness in his left side.

So as much as he wanted to stay in a game that was almost a certain win for him, Peralta deferred to the Milwaukee brain trust in deciding that caution was probably the best course of action. He left after four innings in the Brewers' 11-0 win.

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Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

Smith tossed, four pitchers used during Atlanta's wild seven-run surge

Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

ATLANTA -- Everything was going so well for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Turner Field. Or as right as things seem to go in a season where so much has gone wrong already.

And then came the seventh inning.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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