Explosive offense provides bright spot in tough loss

Gennett breaks out for four hits and Lind shows off clutch hitting

Explosive offense provides bright spot in tough loss

MILWAUKEE -- Lost in the midst of another tough start by Matt Garza and Francisco Rodriguez's first blown save of the season was a strong performance by the Brewers' offense.

Led by Scooter Gennett's career high-tying four hits, the Brewers scored nine runs on 13 hits and were three outs away from their biggest comeback victory of the season in Saturday's 12-9 loss.

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Brewers fall after K-Rod blows first save

Brewers fall after K-Rod blows first save

MILWAUKEE -- Joey Votto delivered a two-run home run in a four-run top of the ninth inning that pushed the Reds ahead for an 12-9 win over the Brewers on a wild Saturday night at Miller Park.

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez was on the mound to lock down a 9-8 lead in the ninth when he blew his first save of the season after he was a perfect 30-for-30 in chances. Jay Bruce opened with a single to center field. Next came Votto, who lifted a 2-1 pitch the opposite way for a two-run homer to left field -- his 25th of the season. A walk and two hits would follow as the Reds added two insurance runs. Milwaukee entered the night 51-0 when leading after eight innings. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth for the win. Aroldis Chapman recorded his 25th save in the ninth.

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Garza hopes to work through recent struggles

Counsell leaves open possibility of skipping right-hander's next turn

Garza hopes to work through recent struggles

MILWAUKEE -- Frustration over what has been a difficult season set in long ago for Matt Garza.

But yet another rough outing in Milwaukee's 12-9 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday caused the veteran right-hander to describe his current state of mind as rock bottom.

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Kirby likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

Left-hander was 40th overall selection in 2015 Draft

Kirby likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers pitching prospect Nathan Kirby is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Doug Melvin.

Kirby, the No. 40 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, was placed on the disabled list at Class A Wisconsin with a left elbow injury on Monday.

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Peralta looks to bounce back in series finale

Peralta looks to bounce back in series finale

Coming off his shortest start since May of 2013, Wily Peralta will look to bounce back on Sunday at Miller Park against the Cincinnati Reds.

Peralta lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Cleveland on Tuesday, an outing that opened eyes due to a significant drop in velocity. Usually in the 94-96 mph range with his fastball, Peralta sat between 89-91 against the Indians.

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Jungmann, Brewers bullpen shut out Reds

Jungmann, Brewers bullpen shut out Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana homered in his Miller Park debut and Taylor Jungmann delivered a quality start in the Brewers' 5-0 win over the Reds on Friday night.

The Reds (52-75) lost for the 13th time in 14 games while the Brewers (54-74) snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided falling 22 games under .500 for the first time this year. Jungmann led the way with six scoreless innings on an even 100 pitches to snap Milwaukee's streak of eight games without a quality start.

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Santana, Jungmann star for new-look Brewers

Youth movement yields results as outfielder goes deep and righty goes six strong

Santana, Jungmann star for new-look Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Twenty-five-year-old second baseman Scooter Gennett rolled out the door late on Friday atop the latest toy of choice in the Brewers' clubhouse, a motorized "personal mobility device" that is part-skateboard, part-Segway. He fits right in on a team that has skewed younger from the manager's office to the locker room -- and is poised to do the same in the general manager's suite.

A 5-0 win over the Reds was fueled by two members of the Brewers' youth movement. Domingo Santana introduced himself to the Miller Park faithful with a home run in his home debut, and Taylor Jungmann continued a first impression that began with his call-up in June.

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Perez sees playing time slip at third base

Perez sees playing time slip at third base

MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez was on the cover of the game day program distributed at Miller Park on Friday, but not on the field for the start of the game itself.

After getting the first opportunity to start at third base in the wake of a trade that sent four-year starter Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates, Perez has slipped into the short end of a platoon with Elian Herrera. Manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Perez was healthy, and attributed Herrera's recent run of starts to performance.

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Prospect Clark goes 4-for-4 in rain-shortened five-inning victory

Brewers No. 3 prospect is 6-for-7 in his first two games with Helena

Prospect Clark goes 4-for-4 in rain-shortened five-inning victory

Brewers No. 3 prospect (No. 80 overall) Trent Clark went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as Rookie Level Helena defeated Missoula, 8-2, in a rain-shortened five-inning game. The first-rounder is 6-for-7 (.857) after receiving a promotion from the Arizona League.

All six of his hits were singles, which is on par with his work for the AZL Brewers. Drafted No. 15 overall this summer, Clark hit .309/.422/.442 with just 14 extra-base hits (one homer) in 43 games out in the southwest.

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Trades open opportunities at several positions

Beginning with Ramirez deal, retooling Brewers have spots up for grabs

Trades open opportunities at several positions

MILWAUKEE -- It has been one month and change since the Brewers began their sell-off by sending Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates. Beginning with that July 23 trade, general manager Doug Melvin has dealt away six proven players, while also announcing his own intention to transition into a different role in the front office. If you include Opening Day starter Kyle Lohse's demotion to the bullpen, more than a quarter of Milwaukee's 25-man roster has been turned over.

Club officials have resisted using the word "rebuild," but it's clear that the Brewers are in the midst of an overhaul. Manager Craig Counsell's repeated advice to players: embrace the change.

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Davis reaches double-digit homers for August

Outfielder crushes 10th long ball of month in Cleveland

Davis reaches double-digit homers for August

CLEVELAND -- Khris Davis joined a list of some of the greatest power hitters in Brewers history by belting his 10th August home run during the second inning of Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.

It marked the 26th month of 10-plus homers in Brewers history, and the first since Prince Fielder hit 10 home runs in June 2011. Fielder also holds the franchise record for home runs in a month, with 13 in May 2007 on his way to hitting 50 that season.

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Don't forget Jungmann, the Brewers' impressive rookie

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Don't forget Jungmann, the Brewers' impressive rookie

This season is a banner crop for rookies. From Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber to Noah Syndergaard and Lance McCullers, the 2015 season has been dominated by those with nary a wrinkle on their faces or a mortgage over their heads.

But there's one name that has slipped under the radar a bit, one with the lowest ERA for a rookie starter: The Brewers' Taylor Jungmann.  

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Wild Nelson, Brewers drop finale to Indians

Wild Nelson, Brewers drop finale to Indians

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis had three RBIs as the Indians completed a mini-sweep of their two-game series against Milwaukee with a 6-2 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday night.

Rookie starting pitcher Cody Anderson filled in admirably for the injured Carlos Carrasco in his first start since being activated from the disabled list, allowing two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while working on a pitch count. He threw 76 pitches, struck out four, walked two and allowed a home run.

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Nelson walks 8, Crew's pitching funk continues

Nelson walks 8, Crew's pitching funk continues

CLEVELAND -- It had been nearly a decade since a Brewers pitcher had walked as many as eight batters in an outing before Jimmy Nelson took the mound on a rainy Wednesday night at Progressive Field and continued his team's pitching funk.

Nelson lost for the first time since the All-Star break, allowing five runs on four hits and a career-worst eight walks in 3 1/3 innings of a 6-2 loss to the Indians. The Brewers have not had a quality start -- six-plus innings, three or fewer earned runs -- in any of their last eight games. During that span, from Aug. 17 through Wednesday, Milwaukee's starters are 2-6 with a 9.92 ERA. Only once has the starter thrown a pitch in the sixth inning. In four of those eight games, the starter didn't make it past the fourth inning.

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Peralta feels fine, sticking with normal routine

Righty reiterates he has no concerns about arm

Peralta feels fine, sticking with normal routine

CLEVELAND -- Wily Peralta spoke Wednesday with the same confident air he projected Tuesday night after grinding through 2 2/3 innings against the Indians with so much missing from his fastball that even the home-plate umpire commented about it to catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Peralta reiterated on Wednesday that he felt 100-percent healthy, and that he was confident those missing miles per hour would return.

"I'm not worried about it," said Peralta, laughing. "I know I'll get back on Friday and fire it up."

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Cravy progressing, will join 'pen after DL stint

Cravy progressing, will join 'pen after DL stint

CLEVELAND -- Injured pitcher Tyler Cravy began a plyometric program on Wednesday that marked his first step toward returning to the mound for the Brewers, who plan to use Cravy in relief when he's healthy again.

That means someone else will join the rotation when the team clears this current portion of the schedule packed with off-days. The Brewers have been employing a four-man rotation for about the past week, and won't need a fifth starter until Sept. 5.

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Logjam aside, Crew likes Santana's oppo-power

Outfielder goes other way for homer in Cleveland

Logjam aside, Crew likes Santana's oppo-power

CLEVELAND -- In Ryan Braun, Khris Davis and Domingo Santana, the Brewers have three corner outfielders with strong cases for playing time, and only two corner outfielder spots. Club officials will worry about solving that problem later. For now, they want to see what Santana can do.

The youngest player on the Brewers' roster at 23 years old, Santana homered for the second time in four games in Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field. Unlike his smoking line drive to the left-field seats in Santana's Brewers debut on Friday, this was a towering solo homer the opposite way. That's his real power field, Santana said.

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Power display not enough for Brewers

Power display not enough for Brewers

CLEVELAND -- Every member of the Indians' lineup reached base safely at least once in an 11-6 victory over the Brewers at Progressive Field in Tuesday's series opener.

Brewers starter Wily Peralta lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start since May 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, striking out one. He labored through each inning, needing 71 pitches to retire eight batters in an outing which featured both diminished velocity and a visit from the team trainer.

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Peralta downplays team's 'dead arm' concerns

Right-hander's velocity down in loss vs. Indians

Peralta downplays team's 'dead arm' concerns

CLEVELAND -- Surrounded by concern in the clubhouse in the wake his 2 2/3 innings of diminished velocity, big Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta said the same thing many different ways.

"I feel fine," Peralta said after Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Indians. "There's nothing wrong. I'm not hurt or nothing. I feel fine."

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Prospect Kirby to Minors DL with elbow injury

Left-hander taken 40th overall by Brewers in '15 Draft

Prospect Kirby to Minors DL with elbow injury

CLEVELAND -- The Brewers placed pitching prospect Nathan Kirby on Class A Wisconsin's disabled list Monday with a left elbow injury, continuing an injury-plagued year for the 21-year-old lefty.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash said Kirby, No. 14 on MLBPipeline.com's list of the top Brewers prospects, would travel to Milwaukee for an examination by head team physician William Raasch. Ash did not have any other details about the nature of Kirby's injury.

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Brewers prospect Orimoloye rising fast

Outfielder hoping to become first African-born player in Majors

Brewers prospect Orimoloye rising fast

PHOENIX -- Brewers prospect Demi Orimoloye has an opportunity to become the first African-born player to reach the Major Leagues -- and if it weren't for his childhood best friend, it's likely that Orimoloye never would have given baseball a shot.

The Brewers' 20th-ranked prospect was born in Nigeria, but Orimoloye moved to Canada when he was just 10 months old, and he grew up playing volleyball and basketball, in addition to running track.

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Garza walks himself into two-out trouble

Free passes, misplayed chopper lead to 14th loss

Garza walks himself into two-out trouble

WASHINGTON -- As Matt Garza looked skyward, the thought running through his head, he would say later, was, "You've got to be kidding me." In the midst of his maddening season, one maddening bounce contributed to his undoing in Sunday's 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.

"I just have to keep going, keep grinding," Garza said. "Like I've said before, this is not a year I'm going to brag about. But it's going to be the year I'll learn the most from."

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Garza hampered by walks in 14th loss

Garza hampered by walks in 14th loss

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals finally know what home-field advantage is all about as they pounded the Brewers, 9-5, at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon. Washington took two out of three games from Milwaukee to win its first home series since July 20-22 against the Mets.

The Nationals got off to a slow start, when Jonathan Lucroy gave Milwaukee a 2-0 first-inning lead with a two-run homer off right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. But Brewers right-hander Matt Garza couldn't hold on to the lead as the Nationals scored four runs in the third, highlighted by Danny Espinosa's three-run double, and again in the fifth, capped by Anthony Rendon's three-run homer. Garza was charged with seven runs over 4 2/3 to fall to 6-14.

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Lopez continues incredible run for Double-A Biloxi

Brewers No. 9 prospect hurls his seventh consecutive quality start for Double-A Biloxi

Lopez continues incredible run for Double-A Biloxi

Many Minor League fans are by now familiar with Double-A Biloxi's plight this season. Formerly based in Huntsville, Ala., the Brewers affiliate played nearly two months' worth of games on the road while their new stadium was under construction.

With no home to return to, the Shuckers had few constants. But Milwaukee's No. 9 prospect, Jorge Lopez, did his best to bring stability to his nomadic squad.

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Lucroy puts focus on increasing contribution level

Hit fifth homer on Sunday; hitting just .241 for season

Lucroy puts focus on increasing contribution level

WASHINGTON -- After hitting his fifth home run Sunday in an admittedly subpar season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy expressed a simple approach to his remaining games.

"I want to contribute," Lucroy said after the Brewers' 9-5 loss to the Nationals. "That's all it is. Play up to my ability. Stop playing down; play up. Get back to my level."

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Peterson passes test in center field

Makes diving catch, throw to third for double play in first inning

Peterson passes test in center field

WASHINGTON -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell has been saying for a while that he'd like to see Shane Peterson tested on some tough plays in center field.

In authoring a highlight-reel double play in the first inning of Saturday night's 6-1 loss to the Nationals, Peterson passed his first true test.

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Brewers' Denson homers twice for Helena

Milwaukee's No. 27 prospect has big game one week after publicly coming out as gay

Brewers' Denson homers twice for Helena

One week after coming out to the baseball world, Brewers prospect David Denson ripped two homers to lead rookie level Helena to an 8-4 win over Great Falls on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old third-year pro, who last Saturday became the first active player affiliated with a Major League organization to come out publicly as gay, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his second two-homer game of the season.

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Jungmann, Brewers swarmed by Nats

Jungmann, Brewers swarmed by Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rookie right-hander Joe Ross found himself in control on the mound and helped the Nationals get back to the .500 mark by defeating the Brewers, 6-1, at Nationals Park on Saturday night.

"Where we are at, they are all going to be important wins," Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said. "We know what's at stake and where we are at."

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