Nelson helps Crew down Padres, snap skid

Nelson helps Crew down Padres, snap skid

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Nelson scattered three singles over 6 2/3 strong innings and the Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Padres on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Nelson threw a career-high 112 pitches and allowed only one unearned run in his fifth consecutive quality start. Brewers left fielder Khris Davis had two RBIs, and third baseman Elian Herrera provided the winning margin when he punched an RBI single through a drawn-in infield in the fourth inning, atoning for a throwing error in the top of the frame that contributed to a Padres run.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Counsell: Nelson continues to 'take next step'

Brewers righty has not allowed earned run in last 20 2/3 innings

Counsell: Nelson continues to 'take next step'

MILWAUKEE -- It's time to stop calling Jimmy Nelson's recent success on the mound a "mini run," according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Nelson delivered yet again on Tuesday night, scattering three hits over 6 2/3 innings, upping his streak of consecutive innings without giving up an earned run to 20 2/3 in Milwaukee's 4-1 win over the Padres.

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Brewers recall Cravy, option Guilmet to Minors

Brewers recall Cravy, option Guilmet to Minors

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers optioned reliever Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled pitcher Tyler Cravy. The team announced the move after Tuesday night's 4-1 win over the Padres.

Cravy made his MLB debut in a spot start for Milwaukee on June 2, allowing a run in seven innings in a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals. After being sent to Triple-A, the right-hander returned to appear in two games in July with the Brewers -- two innings of relief on July 3 and a six-inning, four-run start against the Braves on July 7.

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Knebel latest to emerge from Crew's strong 'pen

Knebel latest to emerge from Crew's strong 'pen

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers, as currently constructed, have many needs. The final two months of the season are about determining what areas require additions when winter rolls around. The bullpen doesn't necessarily fall into that category, especially with the recent emergence of Corey Knebel.

Knebel has been excellent in a middle relief role since being recalled on July 6. The right-hander has fanned at least two batters in all but one of his seven appearances during that span (eight innings), including striking out the side in the sixth inning of Milwaukee's 13-5 loss to the Padres on Monday.

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Counsell leans on leaders during rough stretch

Counsell leans on leaders during rough stretch

MILWAUKEE -- In the wake of a series of trades that reshaped the Brewers on the field and in the clubhouse, manager Craig Counsell said he'd engaged in discussions with some of the team's remaining veterans about what lies ahead.

"I don't need different from them," Counsell said, "but we've got a lot of games left. We've competed very well, and I just want that to continue. It should continue."

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Jungmann looks to stay hot vs. Kennedy, Padres

Jungmann looks to stay hot vs. Kennedy, Padres

The Brewers and Padres will continue their four-game set at Miller Park on Wednesday, when rookie Taylor Jungmann will oppose San Diego's starter Ian Kennedy.

While the Padres are hanging on by a thread with other teams in search of a National League Wild Card spot, the Brewers have shifted gears towards 2016. Manager Craig Counsell has spots on the roster up for grabs and he's seeking younger players to step up to the challenge.

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Five cap patches we want following Randy Johnson one

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Five cap patches we want following Randy Johnson one

Following Randy Johnson's election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be retiring his No. 51 during a special ceremony at Saturday's game against the Reds. And to ring in the day, the team will also be wearing an amazing Randy Johnson patch on their caps. 

That also got us thinking: What are some other baseball moments that we wish were commemorated as beautiful patches? Here are five we'd like to see: 

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Peralta knocked around in 2nd start off DL

Righty gets hit by foul ball in dugout, gives up six runs vs. Padres

Peralta knocked around in 2nd start off DL

MILWAUKEE -- Sitting in the Brewers' dugout in the bottom of the first inning, starter Wily Peralta was smacked in the back of the head by a foul ball. It might have been the least painful part of his night.

Coming off a solid return from the disabled list last week in San Francisco, Peralta delivered a dud in Monday's 13-5 loss to the Padres at Miller Park. He surrendered a run in each of the four innings he pitched in, was out of the game after recording only 10 outs, and fell to 2-6 with a 4.55 ERA in his injury-interrupted season.

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Hot start fizzles as Peralta hit hard by Padres

Hot start fizzles as Peralta hit hard by Padres

MILWAUKEE -- Yangervis Solarte homered twice and drove in four runs as the Padres thumped the slumping Brewers in the opener of a four-game series, 13-5, at Miller Park on Monday.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Padres answered with a trio of second-inning runs against Brewers starter Wily Peralta and never trailed again. Solarte hit a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run homer in San Diego's sixth-run seventh to back starter Tyson Ross, who pitched six quality innings to win for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Managers Murphy, Counsell go way back

Brewers skipper played four seasons at Notre Dame under Murphy

Managers Murphy, Counsell go way back

MILWAUKEE -- The hot-headed coach saw promise in the skinny infielder, and rode him hard. That's how Padres interim manager Pat Murphy treated many of his players at the University of Notre Dame, including Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who so irked his skipper with a series of errors one fall that Murphy ordered Counsell onto a half-frozen field in November to field hot-shot grounders.

One particularly hard-hit baseball took a bad hop, bounced up and broke Counsell's nose.

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Brewers mount threat in ninth, but fall short

Brewers mount threat in ninth, but fall short

MILWAUKEE -- Addison Russell smacked a solo home run to back Clayton Richard, who helped himself by hitting an RBI double, leading the Cubs to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Brewers to complete a four-game sweep.

With the win, the Cubs now are 10 games over .500 (57-47).

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Parra trade creates opportunity for Davis

Brewers youngster will get plenty of at-bats as primary left fielder

Parra trade creates opportunity for Davis

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Khris Davis is another Brewers player who will benefit from the club's recent trades. After Gerardo Parra was dealt to the Orioles on Friday, left field will be primarily manned by Davis for the remainder of the season.

Milwaukee's roster has just four natural outfielders. Like Shane Peterson and Logan Schafer in center field, Davis now has time to prove he can be an everyday player. He started in left field and batted fifth against the Cubs on Sunday, going 0-for-5 in the 4-3 loss, including a critical strikeout in the ninth with two on and no outs.

As the club plays out its 2015 season, manager Craig Counsell hopes Davis can take full advantage of the opportunity.

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Offense unable to get on track

Offense unable to get on track

MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Rizzo belted his fourth homer in as many games, a three-run shot in the third, and rookie Kyle Schwarber added a solo home run to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory Saturday night over the Brewers for their fourth straight win.

Kyle Hendricks scattered four hits over seven-plus innings for the win, his first since July 5. In his 21 starts, the right-hander has 11 no-decisions, the most by any pitcher in the Majors.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Homers continue to plague pitching staff

Homers continue to plague pitching staff

MILWAUKEE -- An unusual occurrence from seasons past keeps rearing its ugly head at Miller Park this year for the Brewers. The story was indeed the same on Saturday in a 4-2 loss to the Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo belted a three-run home run off starter Matt Garza in the third and Kyle Schwarber added a solo shot in the seventh, giving Brewers opponents 79 homers in 52 games this season at Miller Park. Compare that to just 52 for Milwaukee hitters and the reason for the Brewers' 20-32 record in home starts to become clearer.

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Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Schafer out to prove he belongs

Schafer out to prove he belongs

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Logan Schafer has had his fair share of opportunities to prove himself to the Brewers. After the club dealt away Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra, Schafer finds himself back in the big leagues and with another chance to try and do the same.

Schafer, a third-round pick by the Brewers in the 2008 Draft, was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. Schafer started the season on the Opening Day roster, but he was optioned Colorado Springs on May 5 to make room for second baseman Scooter Gennett. Schafer will likely see time in center field, splitting the starts in some capacity with Shane Peterson.

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Brewers continue recent restocking at Deadline

Club adds five new members to Top 30 Prospects list in 24-hour period

Brewers continue recent restocking at Deadline

MILWAUKEE -- Two more trades in the hours before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline reinforced the Brewers' entry to a rebuilding phase and forced more changes to the list of the team's Top 30 prospects, more than a third of whom were not in the organization on the final day of last season.

Eleven of the Brewers' 30 best prospects, as they're ranked by MLB.com, have come to the Brewers in the past nine months. Nine of those players were added in the past two months, either via the Draft or by trade, including five in the final 24 hours before Friday's 3 p.m. CT Deadline.

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Opportunity abounds as Crew seeks offense

After dealing prominent run producers, club looking for players to step up and fuel bats

Opportunity abounds as Crew seeks offense

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell knew scoring runs would be a challenge after the club dealt away Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra in deals to restock its farm system. His prediction played out again on Friday.

Milwaukee managed seven hits in a 4-1 defeat to the Cubs and starter Jason Hammel at Miller Park, continuing its recent struggles at the plate. The loss came just hours after Parra was traded to the Orioles, while Gomez was packaged in a deal to the Astros on Thursday. Overall, the offense has managed 15 runs in its last nine games.

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Crew quieted after Braun makes early noise

Crew quieted after Braun makes early noise

MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Rizzo belted his third homer in as many games, Starlin Castro drove in two runs and Jason Hammel continued to frustrate the Brewers as the Cubs posted a 4-1 victory Friday night in front of 35,669 at Miller Park.

Hammel served up six hits, including Ryan Braun's 19th home run with two outs in the first. The Cubs right-hander improved to 7-0 in nine career starts against the Brewers, who also are a favorite target for Rizzo. The first baseman, who hit a three-run blast on Thursday, now has 12 homers against Milwaukee, his most against any team.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra deal nets another building block for Crew

Milwaukee lands RHP prospect Davies from Orioles for outfielder

Parra deal nets another building block for Crew

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers were busy ahead of Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, and as a result, Gerardo Parra was on the move again.

Parra, traded from the D-backs to the Brewers last July 31, was shipped to Baltimore on Friday. The Brewers' return was Minor League pitcher Zach Davies, a 22-year-old right-hander with a good changeup who ranked No. 3 on MLB.com's list of the top Orioles prospects.

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Crew lands Collymore from Cards for Broxton

Melvin describes Minor League outfielder as 'a young, raw, athletic player'

Crew lands Collymore from Cards for Broxton

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers on Friday traded reliever Jonathan Broxton and cash to the Cardinals in Milwaukee's fourth and final trade during the eight days leading to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Brewers received 20-year-old outfielder Malik Collymore for Broxton and sent $3 million to St. Louis to complete the deal. The cash covered $1 million of Broxton's remaining salary this season plus the buyout of his 2016 option.

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Brewers add righty Guilmet to bullpen

Brewers add righty Guilmet to bullpen

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added a waiver claim to their flurry of non-waiver Trade Deadline deals, picking up right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet from the Dodgers and adding him to their bullpen.

Guilmet joins right-hander Tyler Thornburg as new additions to Milwaukee's relief corps this weekend against the Cubs. Two 25-man roster spots opened earlier Friday when the team traded Gerardo Parra to the Orioles and Jonathan Broxton to the Cardinals.

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Gomez, Fiers to Houston for prospects

Gomez, Fiers to Houston for prospects

MILWAUKEE -- This time it isn't a drill: The Brewers have traded Carlos Gomez.

Not to the Mets, who nixed a trade for Gomez late Wednesday over concerns about his health, but to the Astros, who sent four top prospects -- two of whom ranked in MLBPipeline.com's top 100 -- to the Brewers on Thursday for Gomez, right-hander Mike Fiers and international signing dollars.

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Brewers beef up system in Gomez-Fiers trade

Houston sends two top 100 prospects to Milwaukee to strengthen its playoff push

Brewers beef up system in Gomez-Fiers trade

Yet another example of how much progress the Astros have made in 2015 came on Thursday evening. Houston gave up four prospects in a trade, something it never would have considered at any other point this decade.

But these aren't the Astros that finished with baseball's worst record for three years running in 2011-13 or haven't had a winning season since 2008. They're leading the American League West in pursuit of their first division title in 14 years.

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Nelson's emergence a boon to rotation

Nelson's emergence a boon to rotation

MILWAUKEE -- General manager Doug Melvin mentioned Jimmy Nelson when discussing the trade he made minutes before Thursday's game against the Cubs, a 5-2 loss. Which might be considered odd, seeing how Nelson wasn't a part of the deal. But the emergence of Nelson, along with other young arms in the rotation, made packaging starter Mike Fiers with Carlos Gomez in the trade easier to digest.

Nelson backed up Melvin's vote of confidence, firing seven scoreless innings at Miller Park. He surrendered just two hits and retired 12 of the 14 hitters he faced from innings three to six.

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'Pen rewrites ending with Crew in line for win

'Pen rewrites ending with Crew in line for win

MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Rizzo smacked a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning and rookies Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber each drove in a run in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers on Thursday night.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson struck out eight and gave up two hits over seven innings, but the Cubs pounced once he exited. With the Cubs trailing, 2-0, in the eighth, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler both singled off Jeremy Jeffress, who was then lifted for Will Smith. Smith retired the next two batters before Rizzo launched a 1-1 pitch to right for his 18th home run of the season and third hit of the game.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Surgery a success for prospect Harrison

Surgery a success for prospect Harrison

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Monte Harrison, the Brewers' No. 9 prospect, underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair a fracture in his left tibia and a dislocated fibula in his left ankle, with a plate and screws placed in the ankle. He will resume baseball activities in six months and will fully ready to go by Spring Training.

Harrison, 19, sustained the injury rounding third base during a July 21 game with Rookie-level Helena. He was taken off the field by emergency medical technicians and transported to the hospital.

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Brewers, Mets put brakes on Gomez deal

Concern over outfielder's hip cited in breakdown of trade

Brewers, Mets put brakes on Gomez deal

NEW YORK -- Just before an airplane full of Brewers lifted off from San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was told that he had been traded to the Mets. Within hours the deal had shattered, and the night descended into a swirl of speculation.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that -- pending medical approval -- would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that "there is no trade."

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Brewers end trip with shutout loss to Giants

Brewers end trip with shutout loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.

The Giants, who concluded a 5-1 homestand, shattered a scoreless tie as Matt Duffy singled and came home on Hunter Pence's double off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers (5-9) to begin the seventh. Brandon Belt singled, Brandon Crawford launched a sacrifice fly and Hector Sanchez doubled before Adrianza, replacing injured second baseman Joe Panik, grounded his hit to right. That hastened San Francisco's 13th win in its last 15 games.

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