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
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 — 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
MILWAUKEE — Jonathan Schoop responded to a tense situation in the biggest way possible. Schoop hit a grand slam after Ryan Braun was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, and Milwaukee beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Sunday, completing a series sweep and preserving the Brewers’ lead in the NL wild-card race. Milwaukee moved within two games of the Cubs in the NL Central heading into a three-game series that opens tonight at Wrigley Field. In the sixth, Madison Bumgarner hit
MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich beat out a throw at first to narrowly avoid a double play that allowed the winning run to score in the ninth. Game over, but the jubilant Yelich kept going — and turned across the outfield — before the rest of the happy Milwaukee Brewers finally caught up with him in short left. Yelich’s fielder’s choice with the bases loaded in the ninth allowed Keon Broxton to score from third, and the Brewers opened an important three-game series
CINCINNATI — Junior Guerra might have pitched himself out of the Milwaukee Brewers’ rotation as they continue their August slide. Jose Peraza started Guerra’s rough outing with a two-run homer, and the Cincinnati Reds withstood Christian Yelich’s first multihomer game for a 9-7 victory Tuesday night. Since trailing the Cubs by a game on Aug. 4, Milwaukee has gone 8-11 and slid to third in the NL Central. Guerra (6-9) has been stuck in his own slump, going 0-4 in