Crew bats lock in on Garrett as Garza debuts

Crew bats lock in on Garrett as Garza debuts

When the Reds and Brewers engage in their second hookup of the young season, beginning with the three-game-series opener Monday night at Miller Park, one question will loom:

Will Amir Garrett be able to contain the power of Ryan Braun and Eric Thames?

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Brewers OF leads Pipeline Team of the Week

Brewers OF leads Pipeline Team of the Week

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 17 -23) is led by an all Milwaukee Brewers outfield, with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye all earning a spot. This marks the first time one team has accounted for all three outfield spots on the Team of the Week.

Harrison and Orimoloye both have struggled to begin their pro careers, but the duo was hugely productive last week for Class A Wisconsin, combining to hit .420 (21-for-50) with six home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored to pace the Timber Rattlers to four wins in seven games. Brinson, meanwhile, has flat-out raked since missing a week after dislocating a finger in the season opener for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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Villar starting to see benefits of extra work

Villar starting to see benefits of extra work

MILWAUKEE -- The hits have started to fall for Brewers leadoff man Jonathan Villar, and it's been a team effort, from the video room to the indoor batting cage to the dugout.

The biggest factor, Villar said, is that he was granted the opportunity to swing his way through an early-season funk.

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Nelson struggles with walks, late rally falls short

Nelson struggles with walks, late rally falls short

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Leake grabbed a bat and did his best Adam Wainwright impersonation, while Jimmy Nelson remained 0-for-St. Louis.

Leake, who entered the day as the National League's ERA leader, surrendered multiple runs for the first time this season, but made up for it by hitting a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth, capping a three-run Cardinals rally in their 6-4 win over Nelson and the Brewers at Miller Park on Sunday. The Brewers mounted a valiant effort in the bottom of the ninth but fell for the fifth time in six games, while the Cardinals have won six of their last seven.

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Suter optioned to make room for Garza

Righty pitches scoreless inning, picks off baserunner in game Sunday

Suter optioned to make room for Garza

MILWAUKEE -- Brent Suter's latest stint in the big leagues was capped by a new career-high for crowd noise.

Suter, sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs after the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, worked a scoreless seventh inning that ended with Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny drawing ejections from plate umpire John Tumpane.

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Cordell homers in four-hit game for Sky Sox

Cordell homers in four-hit game for Sky Sox

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Brewers not ready to call up prospect Brinson

Outfielder tearing up Triple-A, but Crew fans should remain patient

Brewers not ready to call up prospect Brinson

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' top prospect, Lewis Brinson, is off to a great start at Triple-A, and you can almost hear the drumbeat beginning outside Miller Park. "When," fans are beginning to ask, "will we see this guy in Milwaukee?"

Barring a sudden change in circumstances, not imminently, GM David Stearns said Saturday. He cited a number of factors which lead club officials to believe Brinson is best served -- for now -- by remaining in Colorado Springs, where he went 5-for-8, including his third home run, in a doubleheader Friday. The performance pushed his average to .410, highest in the Brewers' Minor League system, and his OPS to 1.196, third-best in the Pacific Coast League.

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Offense can't back Anderson vs. Cards

Offense can't back Anderson vs. Cards

MILWAUKEE -- A banged-up Aledmys Diaz did not start for the Cardinals on Saturday, but he made his presence felt with one big swing off the bench.

Diaz, sitting out the start after he tweaked his back and shoulder the night before, delivered a pinch-hit, tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning to back starter Lance Lynn, and the Cardinals held off a Brewers rally in the eighth on the way to a 4-1 win over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

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Botched squeeze play hurts Brewers in loss

Botched squeeze play hurts Brewers in loss

MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson squared for a squeeze bunt -- a phrase you don't often see associated with manager Craig Counsell's Brewers -- and missed. Of the many pivotal moments in a sometimes sloppy, sometimes entertaining game Saturday, this was the one that may have hurt most.

Anderson and outfielder Keon Broxton each took the blame after a botched safety squeeze in the fifth inning of a tie game contributed to a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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Braun homers, but Waino too much for Crew

Braun homers, but Waino too much for Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Here's one way for the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright to get back on track: start mashing.

Struggling on the mound to start this season, Wainwright took matters into his own hands at the plate on Friday by driving in four runs including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Broxton takes baby steps in Brewers loss

Broxton takes baby steps in Brewers loss

MILWAUKEE -- Keon Broxton's "best night of the season," as Brewers manager Craig Counsell called it, came at just the right time.

Broxton snapped an 0-for-18 drought with a second-inning triple, then walked in the sixth to represent a bright spot in the Brewers' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park on Friday, the same day the team cut ties with its other center fielder, Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The roster move reinforced what Counsell said the other day: The Brewers are committed to letting Broxton play through his early-season funk.

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Nieuwenhuis DFA'd to make room for pitching

Reliever Suter called up from Triple-A in corresponding move

Nieuwenhuis DFA'd to make room for pitching

MILWAUKEE -- He was one of the Brewers' best hitters in home games a year ago, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis' slow start in 2017 left him vulnerable to losing his roster spot Friday.

The Brewers recalled left-hander Brent Suter from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fortify the bullpen and designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment. If he clears waivers, Nieuwenhuis -- who is 3-for-25 with 15 strikeouts this season -- will have the right to elect free agency rather than accept the assignment to Colorado Springs.

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Brinson stays hot with big hits in doubleheader

Brinson stays hot with big hits in doubleheader

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay

Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay

MILWAUKEE -- Defensive shifts have had a great impact on Major League Baseball in recent years, at times providing unique situations with fielders moved all over the diamond.

Such an instance took place Thursday at Miller Park. The Brewers employed a shift with right-handed-hitting Stephen Piscotty at the plate with a runner on third and two outs in the top of the first inning.

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Crew hits 3 HRs in win over Cardinals

Crew hits 3 HRs in win over Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- Move over, Harvey's Wallbangers. Milwaukee has a new slugging crew.

The Brewers padded their Major League-leading home run tally by launching three more on Thursday, when Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each went deep with runners on base to account for all of Milwaukee's runs in a 7-5 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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Sensational Thames returns home with HR

Brewers first baseman leads MLB in dingers after slugging No. 8 vs. Cardinals

Sensational Thames returns home with HR

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames left Miller Park as a question mark and returned as one of the most talked-about players in Major League Baseball. Then he showed the home fans what all the fuss was about.

Thames hit a go-ahead, two-run home run -- his Major League-leading eighth this season -- in the Brewers' 7-5 win over the Cardinals. It came fresh off a nine-game road trip so magical that Thames called his boyhood hitting coach in California and said, "I have no idea what's going on."

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Listen to the Korean call of Thames' eighth HR

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Listen to the Korean call of Thames' eighth HR

The Brewers had another game on Thursday night (they beat the Cardinals, 7-5), so, of course, Eric Thames hit another dinger.

The 30-year-old now has an MLB-leading eight over the last eight days. You've probably heard the newest as called by the Brewers broadcast team, but click play in the main media slot above to hear the Korean call on MBC Sports Plus: The country where Thames got his swing back, hit 102 home runs over three years and earned the nickname "God."

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Shaw launches 458-foot homer vs. Cardinals

Brewers third baseman unleashes three-run shot off Martinez in first inning

Shaw launches 458-foot homer vs. Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- Travis Shaw hit a baseball at Miller Park on Thursday where few sluggers do.

During the Brewers' 7-5 win, Shaw hit a three-run home run off Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez that rocketed off Shaw's bat at 113.8 mph and traveled a Statcast-projected 458 feet -- or, it would have sailed that far had it not clanked off the facing of the stadium's third deck. It was the hardest-hit homer by a Brewers batter this season, and "one of the best balls I've ever hit," Shaw said.

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Harrison notches first multi-homer game

Harrison notches first multi-homer game

Make it three straight scoreless starts for Class A Advanced Buies Creek's Franklin Perez.

The Astros' No. 6 prospect extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 on Thursday, tossing five dominant frames against a loaded Carolina offense. He gave up two hits, struck out seven and induced six ground-ball outs as Buies Creek routed the Mudcats, 14-1.

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Brewers go deep; bullpen falters in 9th

Brewers go deep; bullpen falters in 9th

CHICAGO -- For the second straight game, the Cubs rallied for a win. Kris Bryant hit a game-tying RBI single in the ninth and one out later, Addison Russell smacked a walk-off, three-run homer Wednesday to lift the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Brewers and take the series.

"It's been an emotional week," manager Joe Maddon said of the Cubs' first homestand of the year in which they raised the championship banners and received their rings. "I like where we're at and what we're doing."

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Counsell preaches patience with slow starts

Broxton, Villar among Brewers slumping so far

Counsell preaches patience with slow starts

CHICAGO -- Second-year Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton is going to get to play his way through his early-season struggles at the plate, and he's not the only one.

The Brewers have fielded a lineup of extremes, with Eric Thames and Ryan Braun leading a group of middle-of-the-order hitters off to scorching starts, and Broxton and second baseman Jonathan Villar at the edges of the lineup fighting horrible slumps.

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Crew jumps out, but falls as Cubs rally

Crew jumps out, but falls as Cubs rally

CHICAGO -- Not only did the Cubs stop Eric Thames' homer streak, but they snapped their skid as well.

Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit two-run homers, pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. delivered a two-run single in a four-run sixth and the game-winning run scored on a wild pitch to lift the Cubs to a 9-7 victory Tuesday night over the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

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No HR for Thames, but he keeps on raking

Sets Brewers record with hit in 12 straight start to open season

No HR for Thames, but he keeps on raking

CHICAGO -- Eric Thames stopped hitting homers, at least for a night. But that did not mean he stopped hitting altogether.

Thames doubled in each of his first two at-bats and added a single in his third trip to the plate -- all against left-handers -- but the Cubs kept him in the park on the way to beating the Brewers, 9-7, at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. A game-ending foul pop ended Thames' bid for what would have been a franchise-record sixth consecutive game with a home run.

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Brewers recall Easter miracle, 30 years later

Sveum's walk-off HR set off wild celebration over Milwaukee's 12-0 start

Brewers recall Easter miracle, 30 years later

CHICAGO -- Thirty years ago, Rob Deer hit the most meaningful of his mammoth home runs, Dale Sveum delivered his only walk-off homer and a 16-year-old local kid named Craig Counsell celebrated in the stands with 29,356 other fans on a sunny Sunday afternoon at County Stadium.

Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of that game -- April 19, 1987. Or, as it is known to every Brewers fan over a certain age, the Easter Sunday Game.

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Brinson homers, leads top prospects

Brinson homers, leads top prospects

Any lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs to pace Triple-A Colorado Springs in a 14-4 win over Memphis.

Brinson, ranked 16th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, flied out in his first at-bat before giving the Sky Sox the lead with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second inning. He connected on a three-run home run to left field off of Redbirds right-hander Chris Ellis (Cardinals' No. 28 prospect) in the following frame and then tacked on a pair of singles in the seventh and eighth innings to finish 4-for-6 at the plate.

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Thames, Braun power Brewers past Cubs

Thames, Braun power Brewers past Cubs

CHICAGO -- Before Monday's game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was happy to hear that the wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field to make the ballpark more pitcher-friendly. It didn't matter to the Brewers and Eric Thames.

Thames homered in his fifth consecutive game, finishing with three hits, while Ryan Braun added a two-run blast and an RBI double, and Jett Bandy hit a solo home run to power the Brewers to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs, who lost their fourth in a row.

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Braun marvels at Thames' red-hot start

Brewers star has big night, while 1B homers in 5th straight to tie club mark

Braun marvels at Thames' red-hot start

CHICAGO -- "It's as good as I've ever seen anybody be at baseball for a two-week period," said Ryan Braun, but he was not reminiscing about hitting alongside an in-his-prime Prince Fielder. Braun was talking about the Brewers' new slugging first baseman, Eric Thames.

Thames and Braun continued to power Milwaukee's offense on Monday, when Thames homered for the fifth straight game to tie a franchise record, and Braun added two more extra-base hits to pass a Hall of Famer on the team's all-time leaderboard. A 6-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field was the Brewers' sixth victory in the first seven games of their opening road trip, prompting Braun to search his memory for anything even resembling the hot streak Thames has been riding in his return to Major League Baseball.

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Ranking every home run during Thames' streak

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Ranking every home run during Thames' streak

Entering action on Monday night, Eric Thames had a very video game-like .921 slugging percentage. He would leave the game with an even higher one -- a perfect 1.000, to be exact. How, you ask? By hitting another home run, stretching his streak to five straight games in Milwaukee's 6-3 victory against the Cubs on Monday. By doing so, he also tied Jeromy Burnitz for the Brewers record for most consecutive games with a home run. 

It's the best thing Thames has done in the Majors since he shaved off his soul patch: 

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