ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty got an extra day of rest and a chance to pitch against Milwaukee, and took advantage of both. Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Friday night. “As the season goes on, whether you are facing a team for the first time or for the third time, there’s adjustments made on both sides,” Flaherty said. “Whoever I’m out there
CHICAGO — It’s purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs. A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday. Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 to strengthen its hold on the NL Central. The Cubs bounced back nicely from their 7-0 loss in the opener of the two-game series, improving to 9-4 against the Brewers this year.
CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson’s chances of returning this season. Nelson had shoulder surgery last September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. It was a tough conclusion to a breakout year for the right-hander, who went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts. The 29-year-old Nelson has been working out, but he is running out of time. “Jimmy pitching for us this year is unlikely,” manager Craig
CHICAGO — Ryan Braun supplied the power at the plate and Jhoulys Chacin dominated on the mound to give the Milwaukee Brewers the lift they needed to tighten the NL Central race. Braun hit two of Milwaukee’s four homers, Chacin struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings and the Brewers cut into Chicago’s division lead with a 7-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. Lorenzo Cain homered on Jose Quintana’s second pitch . Braun hit two-run drives in the first and
ATLANTA — As he watched hitter after hitter reach base for Milwaukee, Brian Snitker felt like his Braves were always behind. Way behind. Instead, Atlanta stayed close despite being outhit 19-9 and took advantage of Ozzie Albies’ tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to beat the Brewers 8-7 on Sunday. “I’m so proud of the way the guys fought today,” said Snitker, the Braves’ manager. “At one point of the game I felt like we were about eight runs
MILWAUKEE — Hunter Renfroe’s power surge is a welcome sight for the San Diego Padres. Not so much for the Milwaukee Brewers. Renfroe’s grand slam keyed a six-run rally that stunned the Brewers and gave the Padres an 8-4 victory on Thursday. Renfroe hit a home run for the fourth straight game, a blast into the left-field bleachers off Brewers reliever Joakim Soria. San Diego entered the ninth inning trailing 4-2, but rallied against Brewers closer Corey Knebel and Soria.
WASHINGTON — The ball cleared the center field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698. It could have been a scene from a playoff game. That it was merely the All-Star Home Run Derby mattered not to Harper or the Washington Nationals fans, who were thrilled to see their hometown hero deliver the night’s final longball Monday. In the