Brewers refusing to panic over rough start to season

Manager, players say Crew needs to relax, get things going

Brewers refusing to panic over rough start to season

PITTSBURGH -- There was no sense of panic in Ron Roenicke's voice as he sat in the visiting manager's office Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. But there was clearly some urgency.

The Brewers lost their fifth straight game Sunday, a 5-2 defeat that completed the Pirates' three-game weekend sweep. The loss sent Milwaukee home with a 2-10 record, the worst record in franchise history through the first 12 games of the season.

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Garza says things are shaping up, though results haven't come

Garza says things are shaping up, though results haven't come

PITTSBURGH -- Matt Garza was a few outs away from putting together a much-needed quality start for the Brewers on Sunday, so close to keeping them within striking distance as they looked to avoid being swept by the Pirates.

Garza already had given up two runs in the first inning, worked his way out of trouble in the second and surrendered a big home run to Pedro Alvarez in the third. But he seemed to find a rhythm heading into the sixth inning.

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Garza can't stop skid as Brewers swept by Pirates

Garza can't stop skid as Brewers swept by Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole permitted two runs in six innings, and Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead home run as the Pirates completed a series sweep of Milwaukee on Sunday with a 5-2 win that consigned the Brewers to the worst season start in franchise history.

The Brewers have lost 10 of their first 12 games. Matt Garza, who has one of Milwaukee's two wins, pitched in and out of trouble Sunday, but fell permanently behind when Alvarez snapped a 2-2 tie with a solo homer in the third. Chris Stewart added a two-run single in the sixth.

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Roenicke, Brewers at loss for lack of power

Crew entered Sunday with three homers, .313 slugging percentage

Roenicke, Brewers at loss for lack of power

PITTSBURGH -- Manager Ron Roenicke expected the Brewers to go through a slump at some point. Every team does, and some skids stand out more based on when they occur during the season.

That's probably the case for Milwaukee.

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Peralta, Brewers look to end skid against slumping Reds

Peralta, Brewers look to end skid against slumping Reds

Two National League Central teams that have struggled in the early part of the season will be seeking to reverse their fortunes when the Reds and Brewers open their four-game series Monday.

Milwaukee, which was swept in three games at Pittsburgh to complete a 1-5 road trip, is off to the worst start in franchise history with a 2-10 record. Cincinnati, after a 4-0 start, has dropped its last three series in a row.

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Brewers juggle lineup, but scoring woes continue in loss

Brewers juggle lineup, but scoring woes continue in loss

PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte drove in a career-high five runs and left-hander Jeff Locke retired 23 of the last 25 men he faced Saturday night, leading the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Ryan Braun, batting leadoff for the first time in his big-league career, opened the game wirh a single and eventually scored on Jonathan Lucroy's sacrifice fly, but the 1-0 lead given Kyle Lohse did not survive the bottom of the first. Gregory Polanco doubled for the tying run and Marte singled for two go-ahead runs.

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Control issues spell trouble for Lohse

Control issues spell trouble for Lohse

PITTSBURGH -- Kyle Lohse gave up 12 runs and 18 hits in his first two starts of the year, but there was somewhat of a silver lining in those two losses: He didn't walk anyone.

Lohse mostly missed out over the plate in those first two outings, but he found himself unable to find the strike zone in a few key moments during Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

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Lack of offense a broken record for frustrated Crew

Roenicke remains hopeful that turnaround is coming

Lack of offense a broken record for frustrated Crew

PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers' early season skid continued in a familiar way during Saturday night's 6-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

Kyle Lohse surrendered six runs and put Milwaukee in an early hole. The lineup managed only two runs on five hits, including two apiece from Ryan Braun and Jean Segura.

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Braun moves to leadoff as Crew looks to spark offense

Slugger welcomes lineup move for struggling Brewers

Braun moves to leadoff as Crew looks to spark offense

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Braun walked into PNC Park on Saturday and found his name in an unfamiliar spot: atop the lineup card.

Looking to shake things up amid a poor offensive start for Braun and the Brewers, manager Ron Roenicke slotted Braun into the leadoff spot for Saturday night's game against the Pirates.

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Brewers still stranding too many runners

Hitting slump continues in scoring situations

Brewers still stranding too many runners

PITTSBURGH -- The at-bats were better, manager Ron Roenicke said. Unfortunately for the Brewers, the results were mostly the same Friday night.

The Brewers' early season offensive woes followed them to PNC Park, where they began a three-game series against the Pirates with a 6-3 loss that dropped their record to 2-8.

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Nelson solid again vs. Bucs before being pulled

Need for offense causes pitcher to leave after five innings

Nelson solid again vs. Bucs before being pulled

PITTSBURGH -- Last time out, Jimmy Nelson befuddled the Pirates for seven scoreless innings. He struck out a career-high nine batters, leaning on an effective curveball Pittsburgh's hitters weren't at all prepared for.

The Pirates quickly got a rematch with Nelson, as he faced them Friday night at PNC Park. This time around, a few mistakes on his part and the Brewers' continued difficulty scoring runs led to a 6-3 loss.

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Henderson to start rehab stint for shoulder

Right-hander opened season on DL after 2014 surgery

Henderson to start rehab stint for shoulder

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers reliever Jim Henderson began a Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Brevard County on Friday night.

Henderson started for the Manatees and pitched a scoreless, hitless inning. He walked the Dunedin Blue Jays' leadoff hitter, Roemon Fields, who went on to steal second and third. Henderson struck out two of his final three batters.

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Brewers place Gomez on DL, recall Rogers

Brewers place Gomez on DL, recall Rogers

PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers placed center fielder Carlos Gomez on the disabled list Friday with a strained right hamstring and called up utility man Jason Rogers from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his roster spot.

Gomez's 15-day disabled list stint is retroactive to Thursday. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the club's training staff expects Gomez to be sidelined two or three weeks.

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Stone cold brewery: Bats silent in the clutch

Offense 14-for-64 with runners in scoring position

Stone cold brewery: Bats silent in the clutch

ST. LOUIS -- It's like last September never ended for the Brewers, who have dropped three straight series to begin the 2015 season amid the same offense funk that sent them home shy of the 2014 postseason.

After a 4-0 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday, manager Ron Roenicke made the case it's too early to start making changes.

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Fiers fades in sixth, offense lacks clutch hit

Fiers fades in sixth, offense lacks clutch hit

ST. LOUIS -- After five innings of watching starters Mike Fiers and John Lackey trade zeros on the scoreboard, the Cardinals, buoyed once again by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday, broke out with enough late offense to steal a 4-0 win and series victory over the Brewers on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter contributed a pair of doubles (his third and fourth of the season), both of which highlighted run-scoring innings. His leadoff double off of Fiers in the sixth put him in position to score on Holliday's one-out single to center. An RBI double from former Brewer Mark Reynolds, making his second start of the season, padded the lead later in the inning. More >

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Segura, Gennett top options to hit leadoff in Gomez's absence

Brewers look for catalyst atop lineup

Segura, Gennett top options to hit leadoff in Gomez's absence

ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers were already struggling to consistently score runs before Carlos Gomez's hamstring gave out. Now that the team is facing the prospect of an extended absence for its leadoff hitter and offensive catalyst, manager Ron Roenicke spent some time with his coaches Thursday morning discussing options for replacing Gomez atop the lineup.

After the team scored two or fewer runs in five of its first eight games, shortstop Jean Segura was the first man up Thursday in a 4-0 loss to the Cardinals. Second baseman Scooter Gennett is the Brewers' other top option, should Gomez miss a period of time.

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Lucroy finding his groove

Brewers catcher shakes 2-for-23 start to season with pair of hits against Cardinals

Lucroy finding his groove

ST. LOUIS -- When Jonathan Lucroy looked up at the scoreboard Wednesday and saw the gory statistical details of his early-season slump, he didn't feel frustration.

He felt anger.

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Timely hit eludes Brewers in St. Louis

Timely hit eludes Brewers in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Behind two RBIs from Matt Holliday and three hits from Yadier Molina, the Cardinals displayed a steady attack against Brewers starter Wily Peralta to even the three-game series with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night. It was St. Louis' first win of the season at Busch Stadium.

Peralta, who gave up eight earned runs in five starts against the Cards last season, allowed half that many over the first four frames of this five-inning effort. He found himself in a two-run hole six pitches into his night after the Cardinals opened with three straight hits.

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Roenicke sensitive to sitting Davis on Jackie Robinson Day

Roenicke sensitive to sitting Davis on Jackie Robinson Day

ST. LOUIS -- Statistically, it was a no-brainer to start Gerardo Parra in left field on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. Parra entered the day 8-for-17 with six extra-base hits in his career against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, while the Brewers' other option, Khris Davis, was 1-for-12 vs. the St. Louis righty. But some things are about more than statistics.

"It didn't make it an easy substitution," manager Ron Roenicke said, "because of Jackie Robinson Day."

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Peralta following 'one pitch at a time' mantra

Decade after converting from outfielder, righty becoming steady hand for Crew

Peralta following 'one pitch at a time' mantra

ST. LOUIS -- It's coming up on 10 years since Wily Peralta signed with the Brewers as a 16-year-old in the Dominican Republic, and how things have changed.

"Oh man," Peralta said with a chuckle. "It's a big difference. At that time, I remember I was playing outfield, and I only knew how to throw fastballs. Now I'm here pitching. That's a big step for me. At that time, I only knew how to throw hard."

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Segura finds redemption with glove in ugly win

After three misfires, makes outstanding play

Segura finds redemption with glove in ugly win

ST. LOUIS -- A sloppy win beats a tidy loss every time, especially when wins are as elusive as they've been for the Milwaukee Brewers.

"I think it's a positive thing," second baseman Scooter Gennett said after the Brewers beat the Cardinals on Monday, 5-4, despite a long list of misplays. "It's not good the way we threw the ball around … but to get a win on a game that we didn't play our best, that's a positive. We'll play better and clean it up a little bit more when it comes to those certain things [opponents] take extra bases on -- we take that away, they won't have a chance."

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Brewers persevere in spoiling Cards' opening party

Brewers persevere in spoiling Cards' opening party

ST. LOUIS -- The game was hardly as pristine as the pregame ceremonies that marked the Cardinals' home opener on Monday, but it would be the Brewers who made the most of extra chances to grab a 5-4 series-opening win.

A crowd of 47,875, the largest in Busch Stadium III history, was on hand to watch the two National League Central clubs combine for four errors, four unearned runs and several other sloppy plays in the first of 19 head-to-head games this season. Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong and Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, both typically steady fielders, each committed a pair of miscues that led to run-scoring innings.

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Garza escapes trouble, finds a 'W' in St. Louis

Right-hander winless in 5 previous starts

Garza escapes trouble, finds a 'W' in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Garza couldn't command any of his offspeed pitches, he walked five batters and, at times, he had no defensive help. Yet, his sixth time at Busch Stadium was the charm on Monday.

Winless in five previous starts at the Cardinals' home ballpark, Garza practiced damage control for 5 2/3 innings to top Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals' home opener, a 5-4 Brewers win. In the first inning, Garza worked around a dreaded two-out walk. In each inning from the second through the fifth, he allowed a leadoff baserunner but no multi-run rallies. In the fourth and fifth, he shut down the Cardinals after shortstop Jean Segura cost an out with a wild throw.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Maldonado OK after Sunday's dugout dive

Catcher falls over coaches trying to make play

Maldonado OK after Sunday's dugout dive

ST. LOUIS -- The good news was that Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was unscathed after his dugout dive in Sunday's loss to the Pirates. So were bench coach Jerry Narron and pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who found themselves helping to absorb Maldonado's fall. There was only one problem.

"You should have made the catch," Narron chided Maldonado on Monday morning.

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Costly error leads to six unearned Bucs' runs in ninth

Costly error leads to six unearned Bucs' runs in ninth

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen must be a quick healer. A few hours after sitting out Saturday night's game with the sore left knee that forced him out of Friday's series opener, McCutchen drilled a three-run homer in the sixth inning to erase Kyle Lohse's 2-1 lead and spark the Pirates to a 10-2 victory Sunday over the Brewers at Miller Park.

"I'm not the type of person who likes to take days off," said McCutchen, who added a fourth RBI by contributing a run-scoring single to the Bucs' breakout six-run ninth. "So it was good that I was able to do something to help the team out."

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