Cravy crushes homer for first big league hit

Cravy crushes homer for first big league hit

MILWAUKEE -- When Brooks Kieschnick stepped to the plate for the Brewers in 2003, you could see it coming. He was a first-round Draft pick who played nine professional seasons as a power-hitting outfielder before converting to pitching and making it to Milwaukee as a two-way threat.

So when Kieschnick hit a trio of home runs as a relief pitcher in '03, it made sense. As Tyler Cravy stepped to the plate on Saturday, it was not so obvious that a baseball was about to clear the fence.

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Taillon on Perez: 'He's a Latin Babe Ruth'

Brewers' slugger now 5-for-7 with 3 HRs against Pirates' pitcher

Taillon on Perez: 'He's a Latin Babe Ruth'

MILWAUKEE -- "He's a Latin Babe Ruth or something like that," Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon said of the Brewers' Hernan Perez, laughing about a respectful rivalry that has swung wildly of late in the Nuevo Bambino's favor.

Perez homered twice and drove in four runs against Taillon in the first three innings of the Pirates' 9-6 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Saturday. The Pirates rallied back from a 5-1 deficit to win the game, but not before Perez improved to 5-for-7 in the Majors against Taillon with three home runs.

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Crew's three homers come up short vs. Bucs

Crew's three homers come up short vs. Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- In a game of big innings, it was the Pirates who hung the last crooked number on the scoreboard Saturday night.

Gregory Polanco came off the bench to hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the sixth for a 9-6 win over the Brewers at Miller Park, where Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was not the only pitcher to struggle. He surrendered five earned runs in three innings for his worst start this season, but six different Pirates batters drove in at least one run as Pittsburgh pulled to within 1 1/2 games of St. Louis in the race for the second National League Wild Card.

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Arcia working on simplifying swing mechanics

Arcia working on simplifying swing mechanics

MILWAUKEE -- The swing that produced Orlando Arcia's first Major League home run on Friday was a whirr of moving hands and feet, leaving the 22-year-old shortstop leaning at a 45-degree angle to the dirt as he watched the baseball fly to left field.

The result was a milestone moment for a player who ranks 11th on MLBPipeline.com's list of the top prospects in baseball. The process, however, is a work in progress.

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Crew turns to Anderson in finale vs. Bucs

Crew turns to Anderson in finale vs. Bucs

Ivan Nova will look to continue his resurgence since joining the Pirates when he takes the ball Sunday against the Brewers.

After posting a 4.90 ERA in 21 games and 15 starts with the New York Yankees, Nova is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his first four starts since joining the Pirates.

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Ray among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Ray among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Arcia drills first HR, but Brewers fall to Bucs

Arcia drills first HR, but Brewers fall to Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam pushed the Pirates to the brink of something even rarer: A series win at Miller Park.

Mercer's slam off Matt Garza capped a five-run sixth that began with back-to-back errors by Brewers third baseman Jonathan Villar. Top Milwaukee prospect Orlando Arcia answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning -- his first career home run -- but the Pirates held on, 5-3, for their second win in as many nights to open this four-game series.

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Brewers' Arcia dedicates first HR to parents

Shortstop prospect 'very happy' to go deep, but wishes it came in a win

Brewers' Arcia dedicates first HR to parents

MILWAUKEE -- He's barely 22 years old, after all, so it was perfectly appropriate for Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia to dedicate his first Major League home run to his mother and father.

Lilibeth and Oswaldo Arcia were home in Venezuela on Friday, but a text message from mom confirmed they had been watching when Orlando connected for a sixth-inning, 408-foot, three-run home run that represented the Brewers' only offense in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates at Miller Park.

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Santana 'grateful' despite sparse playing time

Brewers' Opening Day right fielder sitting in favor of Nieuwenhuis

Santana 'grateful' despite sparse playing time

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana assured Friday that he is healthy and ready for any opportunity that comes his way.

Those opportunities have been fleeting since Santana, the Brewers' Opening Day right fielder and leadoff hitter, returned from two-plus months on the disabled list for an elbow injury. He has been absent from the starting lineup for five of the Brewers' eight games since the team reinstated the 24-year-old from the DL, including four of the past five games.

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Uecker, Feherty chat for Golf Channel show

Longtime Brewers broadcaster shares memorable stories Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT

Uecker, Feherty chat for Golf Channel show

MILWAUKEE -- Here's a "useful shot," to borrow one of golf analyst David Feherty's signature phrases: Two of sports' best storytellers, sitting side-by-side for a laughter-filled chat about two of America's favorite pastimes.

Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker will join the "Feherty" show Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT on Golf Channel. Their discussion, which Uecker says spanned about four hours earlier this year, includes some of Uecker's greatest hits, from Johnny Carson bestowing him the nickname "Mr. Baseball," to Bud Selig green-lighting Uecker's participation in the career-changing Miller Lite commercials, to the roots of Uecker's radio career.

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Nieuwenhuis blasts homer, but Crew falls in 10

Nieuwenhuis blasts homer, but Crew falls in 10

MILWAUKEE -- It was Andrew McCutchen 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2 in 10 innings at Miller Park.

McCutchen delivered three run-scoring hits to account for every Pirates run in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Thursday, bookending the night with a solo home run in the first inning and a tiebreaking two-out single in the 10th. McCutchen's 10th-inning hit off Brewers reliever Carlos Torres scored John Jaso, who sparked Pittsburgh's winning rally with a pinch-hit single.

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Brewers tap 3 execs for new leadership roles

The Brewers announced the appointment of three executives to new organizational positions on Friday.

Andrew Pauls was named vice president of business development, Tai Pauls the senior director of hospitality and special events and Mike Schwartz the senior director of strategy and analytics.

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Crew ponders September callup for Jungmann

Right-hander started season in Brewers rotation before struggles got him sent down

Crew ponders September callup for Jungmann

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials are mulling the merits of a September callup for Taylor Jungmann, the former first-round Draft pick who began this season as Milwaukee's No. 3 starter but struggled so badly he was demoted to the Minors.

Jungmann has been on a roll at Double-A Biloxi, posting a 1.13 ERA and a .507 opponents' OPS over his last six starts. In his most recent outing Tuesday, Jungmann pitched eight scoreless innings on three hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts.

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Brinson among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Brinson among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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Braun's blasts lead charge, power Crew to sweep

Braun's blasts lead charge, power Crew to sweep

MILWAUKEE -- If the Brewers could only convince Major League Baseball to schedule all of their games at Miller Park, this rebuild could be completed in record time.

Ryan Braun continued a productive August by belting a pair of home runs, and the Brewers finished a three-game sweep of the Rockies with a 7-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee improved to 36-29 at Miller Park vs. 20-41 elsewhere, representing baseball's widest disparity between home and road results.

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200 down: Braun takes 2 more pitchers deep

Brewers slugger's victim total reaches two-century mark

200 down: Braun takes 2 more pitchers deep

MILWAUKEE -- From Justin Germano to Chad Qualls, 200 different pitchers have scowled on the mound while Ryan Braun circled the bases.

The Rockies' Tyler Anderson and Qualls became the 199th and 200th pitchers to surrender a Braun home run, as the outfielder went deep twice and tallied three RBIs in the Brewers' sweep-clinching 7-1 win at Miller Park on Wednesday. It gave Braun 27 career multihomer games, including five this season, and a nice, round number of victims.

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Top prospect Arcia adjusts mechanics at plate

Brewers shortstop busts out of 2-for-34 slump with clutch double

Top prospect Arcia adjusts mechanics at plate

MILWAUKEE -- Before Orlando Arcia left the dugout to line the double that sparked the Brewers' winning rally over the Rockies on Tuesday, manager Craig Counsell reminded the rookie shortstop that this was one Major League pitcher -- Jake McGee -- he'd seen before. Arcia homered off McGee in Spring Training.

Arcia looked his skipper in the eye and winked.

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Brinson, Ray, Woodruff among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Brinson, Ray, Woodruff among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Perez's triple leads Crew to series W over Rox

Perez's triple leads Crew to series W over Rox

MILWAUKEE -- Advanced metrics rule the game these days, but Hernan Perez proved some of the old-school adages hold true, too. Good things happen when you put the ball in play.

Perez punched a two-strike, two-out, two-run triple just inside first base in the seventh inning to cap a three-run Brewers rally, sending them to a 6-4 win over the Rockies on Tuesday at Miller Park.

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Night of firsts: Suter gets win, Knebel saves it

Rookie left-hander throws scoreless 7th, while righty seals win in 9th

Night of firsts: Suter gets win, Knebel saves it

MILWAUKEE -- Serious question: When one pitcher earns his first Major League win, and another his first Major League save in the same game, who gets the game ball?

The Brewers were working that out in the clubhouse late Tuesday, after Brent Suter earned the win and Corey Knebel the save in a come-from-behind, 6-4 win over the Rockies at Miller Park. Both players were herded into the shower for the traditional postgame celebration of a big league first, which involves a dousing with everything from the kitchen that will fit into a bucket.

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Guerra headlines trio ready for rehab games

Right-hander, along with Barnes, Middlebrooks, set for games in Minors

Guerra headlines trio ready for rehab games

MILWAUKEE -- A trio of Brewers took significant steps toward escaping the disabled list Tuesday, when pitchers Junior Guerra and Jacob Barnes and infielder Will Middlebrooks took part in a multi-inning simulated game at Miller Park.

Next stop for all three: Minor League rehab assignments.

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Struggling Arcia, Santana make impact off bench

Pair of young players weren't in lineup Tuesday against Rockies

Struggling Arcia, Santana make impact off bench

MILWAUKEE -- Orlando Arcia and Domingo Santana began Tuesday on the bench but ended the night with notable entries in the box score of the Brewers' 6-4 win over the Rockies at Miller Park.

Arcia's pinch-hit double sparked a go-ahead, three-run rally in the seventh inning, and Santana's sacrifice fly in the eighth provided a critical insurance run as the Brewers won for the third straight day. It was an especially rewarding outcome for Arcia, whose 2-for-34 funk over his previous 10 games produced his first outward signs of frustration, and led to a spot on the bench Tuesday as club officials warned against judging a prospect with fewer than 80 Major League plate appearances.

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Fan conscious after being hit by foul ball

MILWAUKEE -- A Brewers spokesperson said the female fan struck on the side of the head by a foul ball during Tuesday's game at Miller Park was conscious and alert while she was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The woman, sitting down the third-base line just off the far end of the visitor's dugout, was struck by a ball off the bat of Rockies catcher Nick Hundley in the second inning. Brewers third baseman Hernan Perez said the ball appeared to carom off the railing of the photographers' well before it hit the fan.

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Nelson snaps winless run with victory vs. Rockies

Nelson snaps winless run with victory vs. Rockies

MILWAUKEE -- After losing his sixth straight start last week, Jimmy Nelson made the case that he was pitching better than his box scores. On Monday, he could finally let a box score speak for itself.

In his first quality start in more than a month, Nelson scattered seven Rockies hits and yielded two runs over six innings of the Brewers' 4-2 win at Miller Park. He didn't walk a batter for the first time all season and threw his first pitches in a sixth inning since his most recent victory -- a July 16 triumph over the Reds in which Nelson worked seven shutout innings.

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Stearns' Astros imports making impact on Crew

GM acquired Carter, Villar after spending last season in Houston

Stearns' Astros imports making impact on Crew

MILWAUKEE -- David Stearns' Astros imports reached nice, round numbers in the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Rockies on Monday.

Jonathan Villar stole a base in each of the first two innings to become the fourth player in franchise history to steal 50 bases in a season, and Chris Carter hit a solo home run in the third to become the first Brewer since 2012 to reach the 30-homer plateau. Villar was acquired in a trade and Carter via free agency after playing the previous three seasons under Stearns, who was Houston's assistant GM before taking the top job in Milwaukee.

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Guerra headlines trio ready for rehab games

Brewers hope right-hander can come off DL in September

Guerra headlines trio ready for rehab games

MILWAUKEE -- A trio of Brewers took significant steps toward escaping the disabled list Tuesday, when pitchers Junior Guerra and Jacob Barnes and infielder Will Middlebrooks took part in a multi-inning simulated game at Miller Park.

Next stop for all three: Minor League rehabilitation assignments.

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Comeback Crew! Brewers rally to top M's

Comeback Crew! Brewers rally to top M's

SEATTLE -- With rookie closer Edwin Diaz not available after a 34-pitch save in his last outing Friday, the Mariners saw relievers Tom Wilhelmsen and Vidal Nuno surrender four runs on six hits in the ninth inning as the Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-6 comeback win at Safeco Field on Sunday.

"This whole week we've been grinding out ABs, grinding out games, and it just hasn't really worked out for us," said Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton. "Today we kept battling with the same mindset. Just go in there and get a win and battle hard. And we came out with a 'W' there."

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Hader on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Hader on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Yankees have gotten both younger and better in the past month. They traded their best hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller), then installed three rookies in their lineup and two more in their rotation. After playing .500 ball through July, New York is in the midst of its best month (11-8) of the season and has climbed within four games of a Wild Card berth.

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