Brewers' 3 homers negated by Giants' big 6th

Brewers' 3 homers negated by Giants' big 6th

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hit a trio of home runs off Tim Lincecum, but Lincecum's Giants responded with a barrage of base hits for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-4 win at Miller Park on Monday.

Trailing, 4-1, entering the decisive sixth, San Francisco sent 12 men to the plate against four Brewers pitchers during a rally that featured seven hits, two walks and two errors charged to Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez. The first six hits of the inning were singles, including Andrew Susac's tying hit off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse and Gregor Blanco's pinch-hit, go-ahead single on the first pitch from reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

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Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

Brewers slugger's shot tracked at 474 feet, clears left-field bleachers

Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's fifth-inning home run vs. the Giants sailed clear out of Miller Park on Monday, conjuring memories of Russell Branyan against Greg Maddux and Sammy Sosa in the All-Star Home Run Derby more than a decade ago.

Braun's two-run homer left the bat at 113 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 474 feet, over the bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines Miller Park. It was the most prodigious home run by a right-handed hitter in the 15-year history of Miller Park and the fourth-longest home run by any batter. Branyan holds the record with his 480-foot shot off future Hall of Famer Maddux on July 27, 2004, and Prince Fielder hit a pair of 475-footers during his Brewers tenure.

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Davis nearly loses HR for not touching plate

After Brewers challenge, replay review restores long ball

Davis nearly loses HR for not touching plate

MILWAUKEE -- A mere formality nearly turned into a few tense moments Monday for Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, who endured a replay review of more than three minutes before his first-inning home run went on the scoreboard at Miller Park.

Davis had connected against Giants starter Tim Lincecum for a homer to right field that by all appearances gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead. But the Giants appealed at home plate, where umpire Will Little called Davis out, ruling he'd missed home plate after circling the bases. The Brewers challenged that ruling, and the call was overturned after a three-minute, 15-second review.

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Memorial Day especially moving for Lucroy

Brewers catcher dedicates time to support military endeavors

MILWAUKEE -- Every branch of the U.S. military was represented at Miller Park on Monday as the Brewers and Giants paused before the start of the Memorial Day matchup for a moment of silence in recognition of those who lost their lives in service to the country.

The ceremony carried extra meaning this year for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Last fall, Lucroy volunteered for a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with 88 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who traveled from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.

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Brewers mulling options if Peralta can't start

Blazek or Minor League callup could replace injured right-hander

Brewers mulling options if Peralta can't start

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials were discussing contingency plans Monday in the event Wily Peralta is unable to make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Giants. Peralta was pulled from his Friday start in Atlanta after experiencing tightness in his left rib cage.

A Brewers physician examined Peralta on Monday morning at Miller Park as the team returned from a 10-day road trip. Meanwhile, manager Craig Counsell discussed his other options, including reliever Michael Blazek, a right-hander who "stretched out" in Spring Training as a starting pitcher before an Opening Day assignment to the bullpen.

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Counsell 'confident' Lucroy will return soon

X-ray on Brewers catcher's toe likely prelude to Minor League rehab stint

Counsell 'confident' Lucroy will return soon

MILWAUKEE -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy on Monday morning underwent another scheduled X-ray on his fractured left toe, the result of which would help the Brewers set a plan for an imminent Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

Manager Craig Counsell envisioned a timetable that gets Lucroy enough at-bats in Minor League games in the coming days to facilitate a return to the big league lineup during the Brewers' next road trip, which takes the team to St. Louis, Minnesota and Pittsburgh from June 1-10.

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Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

"It's all about the pitching," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "You get a good pitching performance, and you're in the game and you can do some stuff offensively to score runs."

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Offense stifled with Braun, Aramis resting

Braves' Foltynewicz holds Brewers to sac fly, impresses Counsell

Offense stifled with Braun, Aramis resting

ATLANTA -- Resting two of your most potent bats is always a risk. It's an even greater risk when you have the lowest team batting average in the National League.

That's the risk Brewers manager Craig Counsell took when he rested right fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez for Sunday's series finale against the Braves at Turner Field.

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Brewers left to ponder potential double play

Nelson nearly escapes 6th-inning jam on H. Gomez's diving attempt

Brewers left to ponder potential double play

ATLANTA -- Baseball is a game of inches. When things aren't going your way, every ball seems to be just inches away from you.

The certainly came up inches short in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, as Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 decision to the Braves at Turner Field in the finale of a four-game series.

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Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

Smith strikes out side in 8th; Jeffress, Knebel, Broxton also hold steady

Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

ATLANTA -- Saturday afternoon's loss will be pinned on the Brewers' bullpen, but the relief unit still put in a tremendous day at Turner Field.

"Every guy that went out there did his job," said manager Craig Counsell following the 3-2, 11-inning loss. "[Will Smith] was great. I think he got five outs, [Jeremy Jeffress] got four. Corey Knebel came in in a tough spot, against some good hitters and went through the 3-4-5 [hitters]. It was great to see. [Jonathan Broxton] did his job in a tough spot. We were just one out away."

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Rallies turned away by double-play ball

Rallies turned away by double-play ball

ATLANTA -- Entering Saturday's game against the Braves, the Brewers had hit into 29 double plays. That total was fifth-lowest in the National League.

Unfortunately for Milwaukee, the Brew Crew hit into a pair of twin killings -- one on an unintentional swing resulting in a perfect one-bounce comebacker, the other on a very much intentional swing that nearly took Atlanta's first baseman into right field. Both helped the Braves come away with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.

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Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller bounced back from a rocky first inning and the Braves' bullpen held off the Brewers long enough for Jace Peterson to give Atlanta a walk-off single for a 3-2, 11-inning win Saturday.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

Brewers optimistic one day after righty leaves start with side pain

Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

ATLANTA -- It takes a lot to keep Wily Peralta from making a scheduled start. He made 32 in each of his first two full Major League seasons.

Peralta and the Brewers are optimistic that the pain he felt in his left side in the fourth inning Friday night won't keep him from his next one.

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Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

Slugger smacks 11th homer, his fifth of Brewers' 8-game road swing

Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

ATLANTA -- The Brewers have seen their share of misfortune at the plate this season. But at times -- like in an 11-0 romp Friday night against the Braves -- they've managed some offensive magic.

If they can just mix in some pretty good, semi-magical nights once in a while in this seemingly feast-or-famine season, they could make some headway.

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Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

Brewers' clubhouse calmer day after heated exchange in Atlanta

Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

ATLANTA -- Brewers reliever Will Smith is not trying to dodge justice in his appeal of the eight-game suspension Major League Baseball handed down Friday. He knows, technically, that he broke a longstanding rule that prohibits pitchers from using foreign substances. He admits it.

Smith just thinks his particular crime doesn't fit that kind of time.

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Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

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Peralta pulled early with left side injury

Right-hander replaced after 4 innings with Crew carrying big lead

Peralta pulled early with left side injury

ATLANTA -- Brewers starter Wily Peralta was cruising along in the fourth inning Friday night against the Atlanta Braves -- something he hasn't done much this season -- when he felt tightness in his left side.

So as much as he wanted to stay in a game that was almost a certain win for him, Peralta deferred to the Milwaukee brain trust in deciding that caution was probably the best course of action. He left after four innings in the Brewers' 11-0 win.

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Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

Smith tossed, four pitchers used during Atlanta's wild seven-run surge

Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

ATLANTA -- Everything was going so well for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Turner Field. Or as right as things seem to go in a season where so much has gone wrong already.

And then came the seventh inning.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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Garza solid before rough 7th as Crew falls

Garza solid before rough 7th as Crew falls

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran produced his finest start of the season and the Braves rolled to a 10-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday night courtesy of a seven-run seventh inning that included Brewers left-handed reliever Will Smith being ejected for a foreign substance.

After Christian Bethancourt chased Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza with a go-ahead single in the seventh, Smith entered and promptly hit Pedro Ciriaco with a pitch to load the bases. When Smith touched the substance on his right forearm after throwing the next pitch to Jace Peterson, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got the attention of crew chief Jim Joyce, who quickly ejected Smith after touching the substance, which Smith said was sunscreen and rosin that he forgot to remove after warming up quickly in the bullpen.

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Lohse continues resurgence with solid effort

Lohse continues resurgence with solid effort

DETROIT -- For the first time this season, the Brewers' choice for Opening Day is working on a streak of quality starts.

Five days after breezing through eight innings against the Mets, Kyle Lohse practiced damage control for six innings against the Tigers, giving the Brewers a chance to tie the game late in what became a 5-2 loss at Comerica Park. The Brewers missed a chance to sweep a series for the first time this season, but that was no fault of Lohse.

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Brewers come up short of Motown sweep

Brewers come up short of Motown sweep

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos awakened a Tigers offense that had been dormant all series with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning, breaking open a pitching duel and helping Detroit avoid a series sweep to the Brewers with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

"It was trending like some of the recent games for about seven innings," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's exactly what we were talking about, somebody to step up."

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Two-out hits sting Broxton in bumpy eighth

Two-out hits sting Broxton in bumpy eighth

DETROIT -- New Brewers manager Craig Counsell has shrugged off veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton's early-season statistics as a mere "slump," an annoyance that appeared headed for a correction when Broxton touched 98 mph while holding a one-run lead in Monday's series-opening win against the Tigers.

On Wednesday, the Tigers pushed Broxton back into the slump, as four consecutive runners reached base with two outs in the eighth inning of what had been a tie game. The fourth was Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who punched the bases-clearing triple that beat the Brewers, 5-2, and dashed Milwaukee's hope for a series sweep.

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Sardinas turning heads since callup

Part of rich prospect crop at shortstop, 22-year-old drawing comparisons to Alcides

Sardinas turning heads since callup

DETROIT -- A discussion of baseball instincts with longtime Brewers coach Mike Guerrero began with Luis Sardinas, the barely-22-year-old who has opened eyes during his debut week with the Major League club. Eventually, the talk turned to another young shortstop who once similarly impressed.

"The guy that we signed and we knew he was going to be real good was Alcides Escobar," said Guerrero, whose father, Epy, signed Escobar in 2003. "He came from Venezuela, we brought him to extended spring [camp] and we thought, 'OK, let's leave him in the Arizona League.' And we didn't, because he developed so quick. His baseball instincts were so good that we sent him to [advanced Rookie-level] Helena, and at [17], he held his own at Helena.

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Brewers rack up back-to-back-to-back jacks

Braun, Lind, Ramirez take Tigers' Sanchez deep in 6-run third inning

Brewers rack up back-to-back-to-back jacks

DETROIT -- A squeeze bunt with two outs put the Brewers on the scoreboard and sparked a home run derby as Milwaukee cruised to an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez augmented Carlos Gomez's run-scoring bunt by hitting three consecutive home runs off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez for a six-run third inning. They were the Brewers' first back-to-back-to-back home runs since Aug. 27, 2012, at Wrigley Field, when Braun and Ramirez were followed by Corey Hart.

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Wrecking Crew: 3-homer 3rd backs Nelson

Wrecking Crew: 3-homer 3rd backs Nelson

DETROIT -- What began as a pitching duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jimmy Nelson became a Brewers runaway with three consecutive home runs in a nine-pitch span off Sanchez, sending Milwaukee to a second straight win over the Tigers with an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Sanchez retired six of the Brewers' first seven hitters, the lone exception a Gerardo Parra walk, before he began to wobble. Martin Maldonado's third-inning drive died at the warning track in center field, but Carlos Gomez's two-out bunt single and another Parra walk extended the inning for the middle of Milwaukee's order to pounce. Ryan Braun drove a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole, Adam Lind sent a solo homer into the right-field seats, then Aramis Ramirez did the same to left for his second home run in as many nights.

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