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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Brewers eye September return for Guerra

Right-hander has been on disabled list since Aug. 8

Brewers eye September return for Guerra

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are asking Junior Guerra to be a bit more patient in his comeback from an elbow injury.

Guerra's simulated game was pushed back 24 hours to Tuesday, not because of any setback related to his sore right elbow, but because it better fit a tentative schedule that now has Guerra making a rehabilitation start in the Minor Leagues before rejoining the Brewers after rosters expand in September. That progression, naturally, is contingent on Guerra passing each test.

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Anderson eyes series win vs. Gray, Rockies

Anderson eyes series win vs. Gray, Rockies

Charlie Blackmon is expected to be back in the lineup for the Rockies when they take on the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Blackmon, batting .320 with 21 home runs, has not started since Wednesday with an injured right big toe. From Aug. 6-15, according to Elias, he became the second player in Major League history to record at least 24 hits, including nine or more home runs, within a 10-game span.

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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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To trot or not to trot? HR delayed by pain

Carter initially unsure if game-tying blast had cleared Safeco wall or been caught

To trot or not to trot? HR delayed by pain

SEATTLE -- Chris Carter loves hitting at Safeco Field, but usually when he hits a home run, he knows it's gone. Take, for example, the 465-foot blast the Brewers' slugger slammed in Friday night's series opener between Milwaukee and the Mariners. That one was the longest long ball in the 17-year history of this ballpark.

In the Brewers' 7-6 win on Sunday, Carter came up with another round-tripper, and -- among his 18 career homers vs. Seattle -- this dinger was perhaps his masterpiece. The two-run tater tied the game with one out in the ninth inning.

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Mission improbable: Clutch victory snaps skid

Road-weary Brewers end losing streak by overcoming 5-run deficit in Seattle

Mission improbable: Clutch victory snaps skid

SEATTLE -- Finally, a happy flight. And not a moment too soon.

The Brewers were set to enjoy every bit of the roughly three hours and 45 minutes that it takes a charter jet to get from Seattle to Milwaukee after grinding out a 7-6 win over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon. The music was blaring in the clubhouse as they scarfed down dinner and put on their traveling clothes. It was just like any ordinary clutch victory.

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Villar's consistency gives star turn credence

Third baseman has established himself as pillar of Brewers' lineup

Villar's consistency gives star turn credence

SEATTLE -- It's late August, which means it's late enough in a Major League Baseball season to, well, maybe, possibly, make sort of, relatively definitive conclusions about players based on performance.

Right?

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Hader among top prospect performers Sunday

Brewers' No. 4 prospect strikes out 12, White Sox's No. 8 flirts with no-hitter

Hader among top prospect performers Sunday

Finding success at the Triple-A level hasn't come easily for Josh Hader. At least not until Sunday night, when the Brewers' No. 4 prospect set a career high by striking out 12 hitters in six scoreless innings to pace Colorado Springs in a 6-0 shutout of Round Rock. He threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes, allowing just two hits and one walk to record his first Triple-A win in 12 starts.

Ranked No. 39 on the Top 100, Hader has pitched better for Colorado Springs than his 1-5 record and 4.79 ERA suggest. With his performance Sunday, the 22-year-old left-hander now has fanned 81 hitters in 62 innings since being promoted from Double-A Biloxi on June 11, and he's yielded just three home runs in that span. Hader has thrown the ball particularly well of late, too, registering a 2.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings across his past six turns.

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Guerra progressing toward return to rotation

Guerra progressing toward return to rotation

SEATTLE -- It might not be too long before Junior Guerra is back pitching for the Brewers.

The right-hander, who's on the 15-day disabled list because of elbow soreness, reported that all was well Saturday afternoon, a day after a 30-pitch bullpen session at Safeco Field.

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Brewers can't solve Felix, fall in 6th straight

Brewers can't solve Felix, fall in 6th straight

SEATTLE -- The Mariners got eight strong innings from Felix Hernandez and tallied six late runs to cruise past the Brewers, 8-2, on Saturday night for their eighth straight win at Safeco Field.

"Awesome, awesome outing," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We certainly needed it, our bullpen needed it. He's rounding into Felix form."

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Lopez among top prospect performers Saturday

Braves' No. 15 notches career-best 11 total bases; Astros' No. 8 shows off power, speed combo

Lopez among top prospect performers Saturday

As one of the younger everyday players at the Triple-A level, Rio Ruiz has been anything but overmatched this season.

The Braves' No. 15 prospect put together a big offensive performance on Saturday, when he hit multiple home runs for the first time in his five-year career and plated all four runs as Triple-A Gwinnett shut out Rochester, 4-0. Ruiz finished 3-for-3 at the plate, also tallying a triple in the contest en route to accruing a career-best 11 total bases.

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Suter battles nerves, shows promise in debut

'There weren't a lot of barreled balls,' Counsell says of Brewers lefty

Suter battles nerves, shows promise in debut

SEATTLE -- You don't have to go to Harvard to know that there's quite a sizable difference between Triple-A and the big leagues.

Brewers left-hander Brent Suter went to Harvard, and so did his team's general manager, David Stearns, and so did the guy who signed Suter, Steffan Wilson, who's now the national cross-checker for the Angels.

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Brewers activate Santana, call up Suter

Flores DFA'd, Magnifico optioned in corresponding moves

Brewers activate Santana, call up Suter

SEATTLE -- The Brewers reinstated outfielder Domingo Santana from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, in time to start him in right field and bat him sixth in the opener of a three-game weekend series against the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Santana finished 1-for-3 with a walk in a 7-6 loss to Seattle.

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Crew crushes 3 but rally falls short in Seattle

Crew crushes 3 but rally falls short in Seattle

SEATTLE -- A game that began as a pitchers' duel turned into a slugfest as the Mariners and Brewers combined for six home runs Friday night before Seattle escaped with a 7-6 win at Safeco Field.

"A win is a win," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "They're hard to get in the big leagues."

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Nelson: Recent numbers don't tell the story

Nelson: Recent numbers don't tell the story

CHICAGO -- Jimmy Nelson was adamant Wednesday, even in the wake of a 6-1 loss to the Cubs in which he threw 49 pitches in a five-run first inning, and even as his streak without throwing a pitch in a sixth inning entered its second month.

None of this, Nelson argued, is as bad as it looks.

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Sensing need for break, Crew gives Arcia day to regroup

Sensing need for break, Crew gives Arcia day to regroup

CHICAGO -- Thursday presented the Brewers a classic player-development question: Expose top prospect Orlando Arcia to a full day of Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, or give the 22-year-old shortstop a mini-break? They opted for the latter.

"A little mental break, yeah," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

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Crew solves Arrieta, but Cubs have last word

Crew solves Arrieta, but Cubs have last word

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant, Ernie Banks, Sammy Sosa, Anthony Rizzo and Ron Santo now have something in common, and it's not just that they all played for the Cubs. Bryant had five hits, including his 29th and 30th home runs, and five RBIs to lead the Cubs to a 9-6 victory on Thursday over the Brewers that completed a four-game sweep and improved the club's home record to an MLB-best 45-19.

Bryant tied his career high with the five hits and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. He singled in the first and belted a two-run homer in the third, an RBI double in the fourth, a solo homer in the sixth and another RBI single in the eighth. It was his sixth career multihomer game and third this year. Bryant joined Banks, Sosa, Rizzo and Santo in becoming the fifth Cubs player to reach 30 homers at the age of 24 or younger.

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Brewers keep Cravy to aid thin bullpen

Brewers keep Cravy to aid thin bullpen

CHICAGO -- The Brewers bolstered their bullpen in the wake of Tuesday's doubleheader by extending right-hander Tyler Cravy's big league stay.

Cravy, called up to serve as Milwaukee's "26th man" for the team's first doubleheader this season, remained with the team Wednesday after the Brewers optioned first baseman Andy Wilkins to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Brewers needed relief help after the bullpen covered 10 1/3 innings on Tuesday, including Cravy's two innings in Game 1, and 8 1/3 innings from five pitchers in Game 2 after Chase Anderson exited with an injury.

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Crew has options as roster expansion approaches

Along with top prospects, club mulling who to protect from December's Rule 5 Draft

Crew has options as roster expansion approaches

MILWAUKEE -- Craig Counsell laughed when a reporter raised the topic of September callups a week ago. But soon enough, it will be a matter the Brewers' brass will have to address.

Five of the players on MLBPipeline's list of the Top 30 Brewers Prospects are among the notable farmhands who must be added to the team's 40-man roster by November or be exposed to December's Rule 5 Draft. They include No. 2 prospect Lewis Brinson, the outfielder acquired from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade who has been a hit at Triple-A Colorado Springs, plus left-hander Josh Hader (No. 4), outfielder Brett Phillips (No. 8), right-hander Miguel Diaz (No. 20) and outfielder Tyrone Taylor (No. 26).

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Nelson, Brewers can't dig out of early hole vs. Cubs

Nelson, Brewers can't dig out of early hole vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- It's American Legion week for the Cubs, something manager Joe Maddon created as a salute to the days when kids would show up at the neighborhood diamond to play without much prep work. Maddon's version encourages players to report late to the ballpark, and there is no batting practice. It worked on Wednesday.

Jorge Soler smacked a three-run homer and David Ross added a solo shot to back Jon Lester and lift the Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Brewers at Wrigley Field in front of 40,310. Chicago has won 23 of the last 31 games since the All-Star break.

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Braun a prime example of 'longevity, consistency'

Slugger poised to best career averages in HRs, SBs, OPS

Braun a prime example of 'longevity, consistency'

MILWAUKEE -- In his age-32 season, Ryan Braun may not feel the same physically as he did while producing MVP-type numbers year after year early in his career, but you wouldn't be able to tell that by looking at the season he's stringing together.

Braun's notable 2016 campaign continued on Sunday afternoon as he blasted two more homers and drove in six of the Brewers' runs in a 7-3 win over the Reds at Miller Park. With a month and a half remaining in the season, Braun is batting .328 with a .962 OPS, 22 homers, 13 stolen bases, a .402 wOBA and 149 weighted runs created-plus. A six-time All-Star and 2011 MVP, Braun is on pace to best his career averages in each one of those categories.

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Rough night as Crew drops nightcap vs. Cubs

Rough night as Crew drops nightcap vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jason Hammel continued his stingy ways, and got some stellar help from his defense, including daredevil first baseman Anthony Rizzo, as the Cubs beat the Brewers, 4-1, on Tuesday night to sweep the doubleheader. Chicago won Tuesday's first game at Wrigley Field, 4-0.

Javier Baez smacked a two-run homer, and Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant each hit RBI singles for the Cubs, who held the Brewers scoreless for more than 17 innings over the two games before Hernan Perez hit a solo home run off Travis Wood with two outs in the ninth inning of the nightcap.

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Quiet Crew bats unable to back Garza in Game 1

Quiet Crew bats unable to back Garza in Game 1

CHICAGO -- Cubs starting pitchers have been on a roll this month, and Trevor Cahill kept it going on Tuesday afternoon. The right-hander threw five shutout innings, drove in a run on a successful bunt, and showed some nifty footwork on a play at first in the Cubs' 4-0 win over the Brewers in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Addison Russell hit a first-inning sacrifice fly to back Cahill, who was making his first start since April 26, 2015. They helped the Cubs improve to a Major League-best 21-8 since the All-Star break. Chicago's starting pitchers now are 9-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 13 games in August.

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Nottingham among top prospect performers Monday

Pirates' No. 14 prospect hits walk-off grand slam; Reds' No. 2 hurls seven scoreless frames

Nottingham among top prospect performers Monday

Two top prospects shined in a wild Triple-A contest in Indianapolis on Monday night. Reds No. 2 prospect Amir Garrett threw seven scoreless innings in Louisville's 5-2 loss to Indianapolis. Garrett, baseball's No. 52 overall prospect, gave up six hits while walking two and fanning five.

He lowered his ERA to 3.24 in nine games (eight starts) for Louisville this season.

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Braun backs Peralta with 6 RBIs in Crew's win

Braun backs Peralta with 6 RBIs in Crew's win

MILWAUKEE -- A rejuvenated Wily Peralta didn't need much run support, but Ryan Braun provided more than enough with six RBIs as the Brewers avoided a sweep by beating the Reds, 7-3, on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Peralta, making his second start since returning to Milwaukee following a mid-June demotion to the Minors, lit up the radar gun by throwing in the upper 90s and worked through the Reds' order for six innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out five. Over his last two starts, Peralta has given up three runs and eight hits over 12 innings.

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Maldonado, Pina catching on fast for Crew

Brewers' 2 backstops providing pop since Lucroy trade

Maldonado, Pina catching on fast for Crew

MILWAUKEE -- It would be unfair to ask the Brewers' catching contingent of Martin Maldonado and Manny Pina to produce like Jonathan Lucroy, but the two backstops have more than held their own since the Crew traded away the two-time All-Star at the Trade Deadline.

Lucroy ranks second among all catchers in WAR since 2012, according to Fangraphs. Maldonado has a career OPS under .640. Pina entered the season with 17 career plate appearances.

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