ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas got to celebrate twice on Saturday. The St. Louis right-hander was all smiles early in the afternoon when his twins, Miles and Madelyn, were released from the hospital for the first time after being born prematurely a month ago. That good feeling continued hours later as Mikolas tossed six effective innings to push the St. Louis Cardinals into the second wild-card spot in the NL with a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. “A special day,”
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.
MILWAUKEE — Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy. Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy’s San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night. Kennedy, who was 10-0 in 16 starts at Triple-A El Paso before being called up Monday, was tagged for six runs on 11 hits in four innings. “We were trying to be aggressive within the strike zone, kind of go after him right
MILWAUKEE — San Diego rookie Franmil Reyes is getting less of a kick at the plate these days. The Padres are OK with that. Reyes homered for the second straight game and doubled in the go-ahead runs off All-Star Josh Hader as the Padres overcome an early deficit and beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-5 Tuesday night. Manuel Margot homered, tripled, singled and drove in five runs for San Diego. Reyes, called up Saturday after two earlier stints with the Padres, also added a single.
SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval had no problem legging out his first triple in more than three years. Diving into home plate moments later was another matter and could land the Giants infielder on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Right fielder Andrew McCutchen’s bruised left foot may also be an issue — yet another blow for a team already beset by injuries much of the season. Buster Posey had four hits, including a three-run double to help San Francisco