DENVER — The 38-year-old journeyman catcher looked to his left and spotted his Milwaukee Brewers teammates spilling out of the dugout. Erik Kratz then looked straight ahead and saw his reliever standing alone. So he took off for Josh Hader to give him, “the biggest hug. ... Because you celebrate all your celebrations. Because you never know if you’re going to get another one,” Kratz said. Wade Miley pitched masterfully into the fifth inning before turning it over to a
MILWAUKEE — Extra innings, two outs and the winning run on third in Game 1 of the playoffs. Short on playoff experience, the Milwaukee Brewers dealt for veteran Mike Moustakas over the summer to produce in just this kind of spot. Good deal. Moustakas scored Christian Yelich with a two-out single in the 10th inning, and the Brewers bounced back to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Thursday in their NL Division Series opener. After giving up two runs in the ninth that made it 2-all, the
MILWAUKEE — The bullpen day has come to October. The Milwaukee Brewers plan to open their first postseason series in seven years with a reliever. Manager Craig Counsell hadn’t decided who would go first when the Brewers host the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of the NL Division Series this afternoon. Milwaukee led the majors with a 1.98 bullpen ERA in September, so why not go straight to a great strength? “We’re going to share the outs a little bit more, but we really are
NEW YORK — Now that the regular season is finally in the books, time to bestow baseball’s biggest individual prizes. It took one extra day to sort out the playoff bracket, but these debates have been underway for weeks. Christian Yelich seems a cinch for NL MVP, but is it Mookie Betts or Boston teammate J.D. Martinez in the American League? Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award? Shohei Ohtani or Miguel Andujar for AL Rookie of the Year? With a huge second half,
MILWAUKEE — Winning seven straight games stamped the Milwaukee Brewers’ ticket to meet the Chicago Cubs and their boisterous fans at Wrigley Field. Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Brewers advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against the Cubs, putting themselves in position Sunday with an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers. Both already assured playoff spots, the Brewers (95-67) meet the Cubs on Monday afternoon in a one-game matchup for the division title. The loser
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers moved into a tie for first place in the NL Central with one game remaining in the regular season, getting two homers from MVP candidate Christian Yelich to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Saturday night and draw even with the Chicago Cubs. Yelich turned on an 0-1 pitch from left-hander Daniel Stumpf (1-5) and lined it into the second deck in right to break a 5-all tie in the seventh inning. The left-handed slugger also hit a two-run homer in the
MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a solo shot in the eighth inning that bounced off right fielder Nicholas Castellanos’ glove and over the fence, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Friday night to keep pace with the NL Central-leading Cubs. Already assured a playoff spot, the second-place Brewers (93-67) stayed one game back of Chicago after the Cubs beat St. Louis 8-4. But time is running out with just two games left in the regular season.
ST. LOUIS — The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their first playoff spot since 2011 by ensuring at least a spot in the NL wild-card game, helped Wednesday night when a rookie St. Louis pinch-runner suddenly fell on his way to the plate in a 2-1 win over the contending Cardinals. Jhoulys Chacin pitched five shutout innings and Travis Shaw hit a pair of RBI singles as the Brewers completed a three-game sweep. The Brewers (92-67) began the night a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs for
PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers used their power to put the Pittsburgh Pirates on the ropes. Some heads-up baserunning — and more than a little help from the mistake-prone home team — pushed the Brewers closer to the club’s fifth playoff berth in franchise history. Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas all hit homers and Milwaukee scored three times on one wild pitch in the sixth inning to break it open as the Brewers cruised to a 13-6 victory on Sunday.
PITTSBURGH — Milwaukee’s offense was stymied when Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory Saturday night, slowing the Brewers’ playoff push. Seeking to reach the postseason for the first time since 2011, the Brewers had their wild-card lead cut to two games over St. Louis and fell 2½ games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central with seven games left. Milwaukee never got a runner past second