Brewers build big lead, hang on to edge Nats

Brewers build big lead, hang on to edge Nats

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers jumped on Gio Gonzalez for six runs in the first three innings Saturday, and the Nationals' comeback fell just short as Milwaukee handed Washington its seventh consecutive loss, 6-5, on Negro League Tribute Day at Miller Park.

Chris Carter opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the first inning and the Brewers tacked on one run in the second and two more in the third off Gonzalez, whose struggles continued as he gave up all six runs on six hits in just three innings.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. He covered the Brewers on Saturday.

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Once again, Crew strikes early off Nats starter

Club scores six runs off Gonzalez, starting with Carter's three-run HR

Once again, Crew strikes early off Nats starter

MILWAUKEE -- Facing Max Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez in the first two games of their series against the Nationals at Miller Park this weekend, the Brewers knew they had their work cut out for them.

Nobody would have faulted the Milwaukee hitters for struggling to produce runs, as most offenses have done against the two starters that both rank in the top 10 in the Majors in wins since 2010.

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Top pick Ray signs, lauds 'first-class' Brewers

Louisville outfielder takes BP with Carter, will start career at Class A Brevard County

Top pick Ray signs, lauds 'first-class' Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The first leg of Corey Ray's cross-country tour kicked off Saturday at Miller Park as the Brewers rolled out a red-carpet treatment for the first-round Draft pick out of the University of Louisville.

Ray, taken by Milwaukee at No. 5, signed with the club and took batting practice, met the team and held a news conference before the Brewers took on the Nationals. The 21-year-old outfielder will attend the ceremony announcing the Golden Spikes Award winner -- he's one of four finalists -- on Thursday in Los Angeles, before beginning his professional career with high Class A affiliate Brevard County.

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Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.. Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers aim for three-game sweep of Nats

Brewers aim for three-game sweep of Nats

The series finale between the Nationals and Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park will feature the pitching staff that strikes out the most batters against the team that goes down on strikes most often. The Nationals will look to avoid the three-game sweep and their eighth straight loss without ace Stephen Strasburg, however, who was scratched after Saturday's game.

Tanner Roark will get the nod in place of Strasburg, who also missed a start Monday with the same issue, an upper back strain. Roark has made 15 starts with a 3.18 ERA for a Washington staff that leads the league in strikeouts and strikeout percentage.

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Nieuwenhuis' HR breaks tie in win over Nats

Nieuwenhuis' HR breaks tie in win over Nats

MILWAUKEE -- Max Scherzer was far from perfect in his return to Miller Park, burned by early walks and late home runs as the Brewers powered their way to a 5-3 win over Scherzer's slumping Nationals on Friday, pushing ahead on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' sixth-inning homer.

Washington's losing streak reached six behind Scherzer, the ace right-hander who settled for a one-hit shutout at Miller Park last June after carrying a perfect game into the seventh. Friday's outing was decidedly different. Scherzer walked three batters ahead of Aaron Hill's two-run single in the first, grooved a slider for Keon Broxton's first Major League home run in the fifth, and picked a bad time to take a little off a fastball to Nieuwenhuis, who hit it 427 feet (per Statcast™) for his go-ahead, two-run home run.

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Brewers' big HRs come from unlikely sources

Broxton belts first of career, then Nieuwenhuis finally solves Scherzer

Brewers' big HRs come from unlikely sources

MILWAUKEE -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis spoke for many hitters who have found themselves overpowered by Nationals ace Max Scherzer -- a noted bully to hitters across the league.

"That guy's eaten my lunch more than a few times," said Nieuwenhuis, who struck out in each of his first seven career plate appearances against Scherzer.

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Capuano, Santana have long roads ahead

Brewers reliever 4-8 weeks from returning; outfielder yet to resume baseball activities

Capuano, Santana have long roads ahead

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever Chris Capuano (left elbow soreness) and outfielder Domingo Santana (right elbow soreness) both have a ways to go before nearing returns from the 15-day disabled list.

Capuano underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed a flexor strain in his left elbow and is four to eight weeks away from returning. Santana has not resumed baseball activities since beginning his second DL stint of the season June 10 and is unlikely to return until after the All-Star break.

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Brewers hope to move with Class A Manatees

MILWAUKEE -- After the Brewers extended their affiliation with Double-A Biloxi through 2020, farm director Tom Flanagan expressed optimism about striking a similar agreement with the team's advanced Class A club, which will be on the move later this year.

The Brevard County Manatees will have a new name before they begin playing home games at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., in 2017. The Brewers' current player development contract (PDC) with that franchise ends at the end of this season.

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Clear mind has Lucroy living in moment, and thriving

A candidate to be dealt by Brewers, catcher has learned to filter distractions

Clear mind has Lucroy living in moment, and thriving

MILWAUKEE -- Having hit the reset button with three days off and two others as the Brewers' designated hitter, catcher Jonathan Lucroy will be back behind the plate on Friday at Miller Park to begin his stretch drive toward uncertainty. Will he still wear a Brewers uniform at the close of business on Aug. 1, the day of the non-waiver Trade Deadline? Or will the trade rumors that have swirled around Lucroy for months finally carry him elsewhere?

"I learned a lesson this offseason," Lucroy said this week in an empty dugout at the Oakland Coliseum. "It was kind of an emotional roller coaster, because I heard I was being traded every other week to a different team; my agent would tell me he heard something, I would read something online and you don't know what's true and what's false.

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Brewers 'pen punctuates tough trip with big W

Brewers 'pen punctuates tough trip with big W

OAKLAND -- It was a copy of the game they played over and over throughout their swing through California. This time, the Brewers' bullpen came away a winner.

Capping a nine-game road trip on which five of the Brewers' seven losses were pinned on a relief pitcher, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg avoided a series of scares to close Wednesday's 4-2 win over the A's at the Coliseum. They covered the final two innings without closer Jeremy Jeffress, who remained unavailable because of an eye infection.

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Homers boost Crew in Guerra's strong start

Homers boost Crew in Guerra's strong start

OAKLAND -- Scooter Gennett and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in support of right-hander Junior Guerra, who strung together seven strong innings to help the Brewers split a two-game Interleague set with the A's by way of a 4-2 victory at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

Guerra's two-run performance, which included eight strikeouts, gave the Brewers a happy ending to an otherwise disappointing 2-7 road trip. He walked one and allowed five hits, including Coco Crisp's solo home run in the fourth that gave the A's a short-lived 1-0 lead.

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Brewers working toward agreement with Ray

Brewers working toward agreement with Ray

OAKLAND -- Two sources this week indicated momentum toward an agreement between the Brewers and first-round Draft pick Corey Ray, who could be signed as early as Friday when the team begins a homestand against the Nationals.

The Brewers used the fifth overall pick to select Ray, a left-handed-hitting outfielder from the University of Louisville. His signing bonus is expected to fall between $4 million and the $4,382,200 slot value assigned to the No. 5 pick.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun, Lucroy need fans' help for All-Star Game

Braun, Lucroy need fans' help for All-Star Game

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy remained on the outside looking in Wednesday when Major League Baseball released the latest round of National League All-Star team balloting figures.

The Brewers' two best hitters remained in fifth place at their respective positions, Braun with 1,045,953 votes and Lucroy with 618,896 votes. The top three outfielders and top catcher will start for the NL on July 12 in San Diego.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arcia among top prospect performers Wednesday

Nationals' No. 2 fills out stat sheet in win; top Pirates prospect unhittable once again

Arcia among top prospect performers Wednesday

Trea Turner can do it all, and he put the bulk of his skill set on display in Triple-A Syracuse's 6-4 win over Pawtucket on Wednesday. Turner, hitting .292 in 67 games, drew two walks and went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

The Nationals' No. 2 prospect (No. 9 overall) brought in a run when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, then later delivered the game's decisive blast, a two-run double in the top of the ninth.

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Brewers let A's slip away in Oakland

Brewers let A's slip away in Oakland

OAKLAND -- The A's offense emerged from a dry spell and used a three-run seventh inning, featuring a go-ahead single from Yonder Alonso and a two-run triple off the bat of Marcus Semien, to claim a 5-3 victory against the Brewers on Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series at the Coliseum.

Semien, who entered the game mired in an 0-for-15 stretch, finished with three hits and as many RBIs to ignite an offense that had totaled only five runs in its previous four games. It was just the A's fifth win of June.

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Blazek thrown right into mix in return from DL

Blazek thrown right into mix in return from DL

OAKLAND -- There was no easing Milwaukee reliever Michael Blazek back into active duty. His first appearance off the disabled list was as high-leverage as it gets, and it wound up adding to a tough California road trip for the Brewers bullpen.

Blazek inherited an A's runner at third base with nobody out in the seventh inning of a tie game, and came within an out of escape before surrendering Yonder Alonso's go-ahead single and Marcus Semien's two-run triple. Those hits sent the Brewers to a 5-3 loss at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

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Brewers use sked quirk to rest Anderson, Lucroy

Brewers use sked quirk to rest Anderson, Lucroy

OAKLAND -- This is not the way manager Craig Counsell and the Brewers would have drawn it up; three open dates in a span of eight days. But the schedule is the schedule, so Counsell opted to put those off-days to good use.

The club is skipping Chase Anderson's next start to give the right-hander a healthy break, and is likewise pumping the brakes on Jonathan Lucroy, their hard-worked catcher. Lucroy entered Tuesday having caught the second-most innings (496 2/3) in the Majors this season, trailing only the Cardinals' Yadier Molina (539 1/3 innings).

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Brewers place Perez on paternity list

Brewers place Perez on paternity list

OAKLAND -- The Brewers placed infielder Hernan Perez on the paternity list Tuesday and recalled rookie Yadiel Rivera, whose latest stint in the Majors is expected to span just two games.

Perez traveled to Chicago following Sunday's series finale in Los Angeles to be with wife Johanna, who was expecting a daughter. The couple already has a young son, a left-handed slugger renowned at Miller Park for his epic bat flips following Nerf-ball home runs in the tunnel outside the home clubhouse following Brewers games.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Nelson's pitch metrics improving

Despite recent struggles, analysis digs deeper into pitcher's stats

Statcast: Nelson's pitch metrics improving

SAN FRANCISCO -- He's throwing more sinkers and fewer four-seamers. His most-used pitch -- the sinker -- is getting hit harder, but his slider hasn't been hit at all. Does Statcast™ provide any answers for Jimmy Nelson's June swoon?

"I don't think so. Not yet," said the Brewers' right-hander, who is back on the mound Tuesday night in Oakland. "It's not like when we get our stat pack about your next opponent, that it has a bunch of Statcast™ data in there. We don't have consistent records of the last couple of years of spin rates and other things.

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Garza deals, but bullpen can't hold lead vs. LA

Garza deals, but bullpen can't hold lead vs. LA

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal's bases-loaded walk off of Tyler Thornburg gave the Dodgers their fourth walk-off victory of the year and 2-1 comeback over the Brewers on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

Kiké Hernandez's solo homer off Will Smith in the eighth inning, a 421-foot shot, tied the game and gave the utility man his first hit in nine games. The ball landed deep in the Dodgers' bullpen, where closer Kenley Jansen caught it and began using it for warmups.

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Brewers' defense backs solid outing by Garza

All three outfielders contribute great plays as starter goes six strong

Brewers' defense backs solid outing by Garza

LOS ANGELES -- Every time Matt Garza found a hotspot in the early innings Sunday, on a scorching Dodger Stadium afternoon in his second start off the disabled list, a Brewers outfielder was there to provide relief.

Ryan Braun, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ramon Flores turned in defensive highlights in that order, helping Garza put together a promising start in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers. With those assists, Garza navigated six scoreless innings on 70 pitches before his outing was cut short by an offensive opportunity in the top of the seventh.

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Roster move a vote of confidence in Barnes

Brewers activate Blazek from disabled list, option Knebel

Roster move a vote of confidence in Barnes

LOS ANGELES -- It was a nice Father's Day gift for new dad Jacob Barnes: An extended stay in the Brewers' bullpen.

Barnes, a rookie right-hander, knew he was an option to be optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs when the Brewers activated Michael Blazek from the disabled list Sunday. Instead, the Brewers sent down a different reliever, Corey Knebel, believing Knebel will benefit from some regular work in the Minors.

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Jungmann sent to Spring Training facility to regroup

Jungmann sent to Spring Training facility to regroup

LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers are giving former first-round Draft pick Taylor Jungmann a break.

Jungmann, 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA in five Major League starts and 1-3 with a 9.87 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs, was sent recently to the team's facility in Phoenix to regroup, general manager David Stearns said Sunday.

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Rule 5 Draft pick Jones returned to Twins

Brewers unable to find a spot for rehabbing right-handed reliever

Rule 5 Draft pick Jones returned to Twins

LOS ANGELES -- Unable to see a role for rehabbing Rule 5 Draft pick Zack Jones in their big league bullpen, the Brewers on Sunday returned to the right-hander to the Twins.

Jones, a hard-thrower, was derailed in his bid to make Milwaukee's roster by a Spring Training shoulder injury. He was only about 10 days into a 30-day Minor League rehabilitation assignment when Brewers officials made the decision to send him back to Minnesota.

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Brewers jump ahead early, but can't hold lead

Brewers jump ahead early, but can't hold lead

LOS ANGELES -- It took more than an hour and a half to get through the first three innings, but the Dodgers eventually came away victors in a 10-6 slugfest against the Brewers Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. The offense was driven by strong nights from Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez.

The teams combined for 25 hits on a night when neither starter made it past the third inning. Turner cranked his third home run in two days with a three-run shot in a six-run third while Pederson, getting his first start at leadoff of the season, pulled a ball into the right-field bleachers in the sixth. Pederson's long ball moved him into second place on the Dodgers in homers with 12, between roommates Corey Seager (15) and Trayce Thompson (11).

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Dream matchup forgettable for best buddies

Neither Anderson nor Bolsinger makes it out of third inning

Dream matchup forgettable for best buddies

LOS ANGELES -- They were groomsmen in each other's weddings, but Chase Anderson and Mike Bolsinger won't be raising a glass to the memory of this night any time soon.

Boyhood friends who went on to become college rivals, big league teammates and now rivals again, they started a game opposite each other for the first time Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and produced a result that would have been forgettable were it not so remarkably odd. Neither made it out of the third inning of a 10-6 win for Bolsinger's Dodgers over Anderson's Brewers in which each starter threw precisely 73 pitches, 44 strikes.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.