Progress made, but Garza waiting for better results

Righty tosses Brewers' third straight quality start in a loss

Progress made, but Garza waiting for better results

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Matt Garza gave the Brewers their third straight quality start on Friday, meeting the minimum qualifications by allowing three Cardinals runs in six innings. It gave the Brewers more quality starts in their last three games than they logged in their first 14. It marked progress, both for the team and for Garza, but only a moral victory after a 3-0 loss left Milwaukee with a Major League-worst 3-14 record.

"I made progress, but it's about time for that progress to kick in to results," Garza said. "I threw the ball well, but not well enough. Their guy was better. You tip your cap and wear it."

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Baserunning gaffes set tone in series-opening loss

Brewers run into costly outs vs. Cardinals

Baserunning gaffes set tone in series-opening loss

MILWAUKEE -- Did the Brewers run their way out of an opportunity to beat young Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez on Friday? Manager Ron Roenicke wondered as much in the wake of a 3-0 loss at Miller Park.

"Really, the first four innings we had people in scoring position," Roenicke said. "First inning, third inning -- ran into outs. We can't do that. When we get people in scoring position and we have chances, we've just got to deliver better."

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Garza quality, but offense quieted by Cards in opener

Garza quality, but offense quieted by Cards in opener

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals continued to feel right at home at Miller Park, as Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta homered and Carlos Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings for a 3-0 win over the Brewers on Friday.

Martinez scattered four hits and struck out eight for the Cardinals' 24th victory in their last 33 games here dating to the second half of 2011, including wins in two of the three games at Miller Park during that year's National League Championship Series. The Brewers have not won a series on their home turf against the Cardinals since '12.

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Gomez speeding, literally, toward return from DL

Outfielder maxes out on treadmill in recovery from hamstring strain

Gomez speeding, literally, toward return from DL

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is making major progress in his comeback from a right hamstring strain, said manager Ron Roenicke, who told reporters that Gomez ran the treadmill at Miller Park this week on its maximum speed. Which prompted a question for Gomez: What is the maximum speed of the treadmill at Miller Park?

"Thirteen," he said with a smile.

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Crew's struggles won't make Ramirez reconsider retirement

Crew's struggles won't make Ramirez reconsider retirement

MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez never envisioned the Brewers being 10 games under .500 less than three weeks into the regular season, but he's sticking by his decision to retire later this year.

"This is going to be my last year, regardless of what happens," said Ramirez, who hit his first home run in Thursday's win over the Reds. "Regardless of what happens to me and regardless of what happens to the team. That has nothing to do with my decision. I've already made my decision, and this will be my last year."

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Peralta looking to get on track, even series vs. Cardinals

Peralta looking to get on track, even series vs. Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals further separated themselves from the pack in the National League Central with a 3-0 win on Friday, though the Brewers will look to even the three-game series when the two clubs meet again at Miller Park on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT.

Adam Wainwright draws the start for the Cardinals, who have won eight of their last nine overall and sit at 9-3 against division opponents. The Brewers, who will send Wily Peralta to the mound, have lost nine of their last 10. That does not, however, have the Cardinals breathing easy.

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Lohse gets back on track vs. Reds

Righty saw his ERA drop from 10.34 to 7.94 after seven-inning, two-run performance

Lohse gets back on track vs. Reds

MILWAUKEE -- It was clear after three perfect innings Thursday that this was a different Kyle Lohse than the one who lost his first three starts of the season and had a 10.34 ERA. Or rather, it was clear to his teammates that the old Lohse was back.

"The 'different' Lohse was the one we saw in the starts before," said center fielder Logan Schafer, who scored the go-ahead run in Milwaukee's 4-2 win over the Reds. "He even said, 'I'm feeling it.' When he knows where he's throwing his pitches and when the guys are going to swing and miss, it's going to be a fun day."

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Segura's clutch hit vs. Reds helps Brewers snap losing streak

Segura's clutch hit vs. Reds helps Brewers snap losing streak

MILWAUKEE -- Jean Segura delivered the clutch hit the Brewers have so badly needed, a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning that sent Milwaukee to a 4-2 win over Cincinnati on Thursday at Miller Park.

Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit solo home runs, but the Brewers needed Segura's single off Reds reliever Kevin Gregg to snap an eight-game losing streak. Starter Kyle Lohse allowed two runs in seven innings for his first victory, and Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez bounced back from a loss the night before to notch his second save.

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Melvin hints that Brewers rebuild could be coming

General manager tells local radio station 'There's a point where you may have to reset, retool'

Melvin hints that Brewers rebuild could be coming

MILWAUKEE -- General manager Doug Melvin weighed in this week on the Brewers' difficult start, echoing others' frustration about underperforming players and using for the first time in years a word that has been taboo at Miller Park: "Rebuild."

"There's a point where you may have to reset, retool," Melvin said during a Thursday morning interview on 620-AM WTMJ, "and those discussions take place a lot in the offseason, and currently, too."

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Brewers first team to throw out Hamilton this season

Brewers first team to throw out Hamilton this season

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers became the first team this season to punish Reds speedster Billy Hamilton for stealing.

Crafty Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse kept Hamilton close by varying his deliveries in the sixth inning on Thursday, giving strong-armed catcher Martin Maldonado a chance to throw Hamilton out attempting to steal second base in a game tied at 2. Before Maldonado made the play, Hamilton had been 9-for-9 in stolen-base attempts to start the season.

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Roenicke knows Thornburg can handle different roles

Roenicke knows Thornburg can handle different roles

MILWAUKEE -- Has one-time Brewers top prospect Tyler Thornburg been held back by yo-yoing between roles? Manager Ron Roenicke doesn't believe so.

"I know some people say that, but the whole idea is to get to the Major Leagues," Roenicke said Thursday, a day after the Brewers removed Thornburg from the big league bullpen and sent him to Triple-A Colorado Springs' starting rotation.

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Crew owner: Accountability starts with players

Attanasio says GM, manager not in danger of being dismissed

Crew owner: Accountability starts with players

MILWAUKEE -- Referring to his team's franchise-worst 2-12 start as "brutal," Brewers owner Mark Attanasio defended the decision to keep the core of the team intact following last season's collapse and said it's up to those players to turn the season around. He said definitively that general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke are not in imminent danger of losing their jobs.

"I'm not looking at the manager or the general manager right now," said Attanasio, who later watched the Brewers fall to 2-13 with a 2-1 loss to the Reds at Miller Park.

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Nelson a singular bright spot during Brewers' slide

Right-hander raising game to new heights

Nelson a singular bright spot during Brewers' slide

MILWAUKEE -- Off to a historically poor 15-game start to the season, the Brewers are forced to search for something, anything, to lift their spirits. On Wednesday, they found it in 25-year-old right-hander Jimmy Nelson.

"You have to stay positive," catcher Martin Maldonado said after the 2-1 loss to the Reds -- the club's eighth straight to drop its record to 2-13. "I think Jimmy threw the ball nasty today. You're going one-on-one with Johnny Cueto, you're pitching your [tail] off out there. He kept us in the ballgame, throwing strikes, getting people put, striking people out. That's all you can ask for."

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Ball bounces in Reds' favor, widens Brewers' woes

Hamilton scores winning run on Rodriguez's WP

Ball bounces in Reds' favor, widens Brewers' woes

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers squandered their opportunity in the eighth inning, and the Reds made the most of an opening in the ninth. That was the difference Wednesday between what could have been an uplifting Brewers victory against Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto, and instead became a 2-1 Reds win over Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Pitching in the ninth inning of a tie game, Rodriguez committed the cardinal sin of walking speedster Billy Hamilton with one out. Hamilton moved to third on Joey Votto's single and scored when Rodriguez bounced a changeup for a two-out wild pitch that sent Milwaukee to its eighth straight loss, and positioned the Reds to aim for a sweep of the four-game series on Thursday.

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Brewers drop eighth straight on ninth-inning wild pitch

Brewers drop eighth straight on ninth-inning wild pitch

MILWAUKEE -- There were no offensive fireworks at Miller Park on Wednesday night. Johnny Cueto and Jimmy Nelson made sure of that.

Cueto, the Reds' ace, and Nelson, the Brewers' No. 5 starter who has pitched far above his standing, surrendered a run apiece before settling into a classic pitchers' duel for eight innings that was settled in the ninth after both had exited. Francisco Rodriguez's run-scoring wild pitch handed the Reds a 2-1 win and dealt the Brewers their eighth straight loss.

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Yount the early leader on Crew's Franchise Four ballot

Yount the early leader on Crew's Franchise Four ballot

Brewers icon Robin Yount has the early lead among Milwaukee's contenders in the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to vote for the players who best represent each Major League franchise and several other significant categories in the sport's history.

More than 11.8 million votes have been cast in the Franchise Four voting, and you can cast your ballot here. Voting ends on May 8, and winners from all 30 clubs will be announced at the 2015 All-Star Game, which will take place on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Lohse tries to help Brewers escape funk

Lohse tries to help Brewers escape funk

Two starting pitchers will look to get on track in Thursday's matinee series finale between the Brewers and Reds, who won the first three games of the series, at Miller Park.

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey will try to bounce back from his first start, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings to St. Louis after opening the season on the disabled list while recovering from right-forearm surgery.

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Attanasio says manager, GM not to blame for slow start

Attanasio says manager, GM not to blame for slow start

MILWAUKEE -- For the moment at least, prominent heads will not roll as a result of the Brewers' dismal 2-13 start to the 2015 season.

Mark Attanasio, chairman and principal owner of the Brewers, said Wednesday that he was not currently considering dismissing either manager Ron Roenicke or general manager Doug Melvin. Attanasio made these remarks in an impromptu session with a few reporters at Miller Park before Milwaukee took on the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers later endured another close, disheartening loss, 2-1.

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Brewers option Thornburg, recall Wooten from Triple-A

MILWAUKEE -- The busy Brewers on Wednesday made their first roster move to address an underperforming pitching staff, optioning reliever Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Colorado Springs -- where he will join the starting rotation -- and recalling Rob Wooten to take his place.

Thornburg, an April standout a year ago before an elbow injury ended his season, saw his ERA after six appearances balloon to 5.59 after he surrendered five runs (four earned) on a walk and four hits, including a pair of home runs, against the Reds on Tuesday. In 9 2/3 innings, Thornburg surrendered 13 runs, though only six were earned because of errors behind him.

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BP jerseys bring Brewers offensive breakout

Injury replacements Maldonado, Herrera go deep

BP jerseys bring Brewers offensive breakout

MILWAUKEE -- It wasn't working the old way, so the Brewers tried something different on Tuesday to spark a sluggish offense. In what he called a throwback to American Legion baseball, manager Ron Roenicke cancelled batting practice and had players report 90 minutes before Mike Fiers' first pitch at Miller Park. When he delivered it, Fiers and his teammates wore not the usual home whites, but their navy blue batting practice tops. As one player joked the night before, the Brewers were undefeated in batting practice.

It worked, sort of.

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Fiers at loss for words after two grand slams

Righty becomes first pitcher in four years to allow two in same game

Fiers at loss for words after two grand slams

MILWAUKEE -- After becoming the first pitcher in four years to surrender two grand slams in the same game, Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers was at a loss for words.

"For us to score 10 there and not even be close to winning …" Fiers said before a long pause. "I don't even know how to explain it. Things haven't been going our way. Things definitely haven't been going my way. I need to be better. I don't know what else to say."

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Brewers bats awaken, but arms get rocked by Reds

Brewers bats awaken, but arms get rocked by Reds

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers finally had a big night at the plate. They just happened to do it while the Reds played home run derby.

About 24 hours after matching their season high with six runs in a series-opening victory, the Reds more than doubled that total by the sixth inning of a 16-10 win over the reeling Brewers on Tuesday in which the teams matched a Major League record by hitting three grand slams. The Reds accounted for two of them as part of a five-homer barrage.

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Lucroy expected to miss 4-6 weeks with broken toe

Maldonado to take over behind plate

Lucroy expected to miss 4-6 weeks with broken toe

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers anticipate being without catcher Jonathan Lucroy for the next four to six weeks because of the severity of his broken left toe, which Lucroy detailed in a statewide radio interview Tuesday.

"It's fractured right in half," Lucroy said on the Bill Michaels Sports Network. "You just have to kind of leave it alone and let it heal on its own.

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Reds and Brewers combine for 7 HR and 3 grand slams

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Reds and Brewers combine for 7 HR and 3 grand slams

The International Space Station sure was lucky they decided to take in a Mets game instead of the Reds-Brewers matchup at Miller Park on Tuesday night. Because if they were, chances are they'd have a dinged up spaceship after the two teams combined for seven atmosphere-scraping home runs. I don't even want to know what the labor costs on those repairs would be.

While there were plenty of your normal, boring, run-of-the-mill 400-foot shots that make you question your life worth as you struggle to hit the ball out of the infield in your beer league softball game, the real gems were the three whole grand slams. 

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Short-handed Brewers put Gennett on 15-day DL

Herrera joins Crew; Kintzler DFA'd

Short-handed Brewers put Gennett on 15-day DL

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added second baseman Scooter Gennett to their growing disabled list on Tuesday when it was clear Gennett would need more than a few days to recover from a laceration on the top of his left hand.

To replace Gennett, who cut his hand in the showers after Sunday's loss in Pittsburgh, the Brewers purchased utility man Elian Herrera's contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs. And to make room on the 40-man roster for Herrera, the team designated reliever Brandon Kintzler for assignment.

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Braun's first homer not enough on painful night

Braun's first homer not enough on painful night

MILWAUKEE -- Zack Cozart's three-run home run capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning, Joey Votto added a two-run shot in the seventh, and Anthony DeSclafani pitched an eight-inning gem to give the Reds a 6-1 win Monday night over the Brewers.

The Reds entered the night 12th of 15 NL teams in runs and on-base percentage, while the Brewers were last in both categories. For five scoreless innings, those trends held true, but the game turned after Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta popped a bunt for a rally-killing double play in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the Reds capitalized in the top of the sixth.

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