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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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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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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Lohse looks to put Brewers back in win column

Lohse looks to put Brewers back in win column

Clayton Richard will be added to the Cubs' roster as they look to complete a four-game sweep of the Brewers, who will turn to Kyle Lohse, in Sunday's series finale at Miller Park.

Richard, who last pitched with the Cubs on July 20 against the Reds, will make his third start (fourth appearance) with Chicago this season. He'll fill in for the newly acquired Dan Haren, who started on Thursday for the Marlins.

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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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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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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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Brewers' offense hits rough patch on road

Milwaukee falls in third shutout loss of seven-game road trip

Brewers' offense hits rough patch on road

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers finished their road trip with a whimper Wednesday, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. Milwaukee was shut out three times while going 2-5 in Phoenix and San Francisco, and batted .128 (6-for-47) in the clutch.

"We would love to be more consistent. We would love to score five runs every day," said right fielder Ryan Braun, who was 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five runners on base. "Unfortunately, the game doesn't work that way."

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Peralta, Parra lead Brewers to win over Giants

Peralta, Parra lead Brewers to win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gerardo Parra finished a homer short of a cycle and Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh inning in his first start in over two months as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped the San Francisco Giants' six-game win streak with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Peralta, who had not pitched since May 22 because of a strained left oblique, showed no signs of rust as he shut down a Giants lineup that averaged more than six runs per game over its previous 13 contests. Peralta limited San Francisco to four hits through the first six frames before allowing a double and two runs in the seventh.

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Parra ups trade value with another big game

Brewers outfielder notches three hits, scores three runs, makes great catch

Parra ups trade value with another big game

SAN FRANCISCO -- At Miller Park on Tuesday, general manager Doug Melvin gathered his staff for another long day of work leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Two thousand miles away at AT&T Park, Gerardo Parra did his part to make Melvin's groundwork pay dividends.

The Brewers' top trade chip enjoyed another banner night, scoring three runs while finishing a home run shy of the cycle and making a highlight-reel catch to help extinguish the Giants' best rally in the Brewers' 5-2 win. The better Parra plays, the more likely it is he'll be wearing a different uniform by the end of the week.

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Peralta stays calm in stellar first start off DL

Brewers right-hander hurls six shutout innings before two runs score

Peralta stays calm in stellar first start off DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- After spending the past two months on the disabled list, Brewers starter Wily Peralta would have been forgiven Tuesday if he took the mound wearing some rust.

Instead, the right-hander delivered one of his best starts of an abbreviated season, pitching into the seventh inning of a 5-2 win at AT&T Park that snapped San Francisco's six-game winning streak.

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Brewers' rotation a credit to farm system

Brewers' rotation a credit to farm system

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wily Peralta's return from a two-month stint on the disabled list Tuesday gave the Brewers four homegrown players in the current -- albeit six-man -- starting rotation, a notable development considering the common perception that Milwaukee does a poor job developing pitchers.

Besides Peralta, who signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, the Brewers' current rotation includes Mike Fiers (22nd-round Draft pick in 2009), Jimmy Nelson (second round, 2010) and Taylor Jungmann (first round, 2011). Tyler Cravy (17th round, 2009) and Tyler Wagner (fourth round, 2012) also started games this season for Milwaukee and are back in the Minors.

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Lucroy named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Lucroy named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Lohse loses as Brewers' tempers flare

Lohse loses as Brewers' tempers flare

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games and cut their National League West deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to a half-game.

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Frustrated Gomez, Counsell get tossed

After outfielder's ejection, Brewers manager earns first career booting

Frustrated Gomez, Counsell get tossed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and manager Craig Counsell were ejected during a ninth inning Monday with no runs but a heavy dose of drama in the waning moments of a 4-2 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

Gomez led off with a single under first baseman Brandon Belt's glove and attempted a steal of second base, despite the Brewers trailing by two runs. The initial call was safe, but the Giants challenged and won to the dismay of Gomez, who spiked his helmet and was ejected. When Counsell argued that the punishment did not fit the crime, he was ejected, too -- marking the first time in 17 years as a Major League player or manager that Counsell was sent to the showers.

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Lohse improves, will stay in Brewers' rotation

Right-hander allows four runs while pitching into seventh inning

Lohse improves, will stay in Brewers' rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Wily Peralta due off the disabled list Tuesday and the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming three days after that, what's next for Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse?

"He'll make his next start," manager Craig Counsell said after Lohse became the first Major Leaguer to 12 losses and the Brewers fell to the Giants, 4-2, on Monday at AT&T Park.

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Brewers still think trade market open

Brewers still think trade market open

SAN FRANCISCO -- From a distance, Monday looked like a challenging day for the Brewers on the trade front. The Angels and Mets made deals with potential implications for Milwaukee, while Brewers first baseman Adam Lind remained sidelined by a stiff back. Still, general manager Doug Melvin expressed continued confidence about being active before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"Sometimes it depends on how teams react emotionally," Melvin said. "When the competition does something, do they have to react?"

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Lineup hits cold stretch at end of red-hot July

Brewers handed 1st back-to-back shutouts this season

Lineup hits cold stretch at end of red-hot July

PHOENIX -- After being shut out for the second straight day in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the D-backs, the Brewers' red-hot July is threatening to end with a deep freeze.

After going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Brewers were hitless in their last 19 at-bats in the clutch. In losing consecutive shutouts over the weekend for the first time since April 2013, the Brewers went 0-for-16 in those situations.

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