Chase paces Crew with 6th straight quality start

Chase paces Crew with 6th straight quality start

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson logged his sixth straight quality start and Travis Shaw homered and drove in three runs in a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park.

The Ivan Nova vs. Anderson matchup pitted the fifth- and sixth-best ERAs in the National League against each other, but it took both starters an inning to settle in. They combined to throw 54 pitches in a 35-minute first inning that saw the Brewers take a 2-1 lead. Eric Thames snapped an 0-for-15 funk with an RBI single before Shaw hit a solo home run off Nova, who needed 30 pitches to navigate his half of the frame. That was out of character for a pitcher who entered the day leading MLB's qualifying starters at 13.2 pitches per inning.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Thursday.

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.

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Arcia's gem among Crew's top game-enders

Yount's layout, Gomez's grab, quirky DP round out list of win-sealing plays

Arcia's gem among Crew's top game-enders

MILWAUKEE -- What's better: A walk-off home run or some walk-off robbery?

The Brewers were still buzzing Thursday morning after shortstop Orlando Arcia and first baseman Eric Thames combined for the latter in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Pirates. Arcia's daring spin and throw to Thames' soft-handed scoop prompted another question. What are the best game-ending defensive plays in Brewers history?

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Domingo delivers late 2-run HR to beat Bucs

Domingo delivers late 2-run HR to beat Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana's two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Brewers their first lead, and Orlando Arcia made it stand in the ninth with one of the sweetest game-ending plays you'll ever see.

Arcia's daring play finished the Brewers' 4-3 win over the Pirates on Wednesday at Miller Park, decided by Santana's opposite-field homer off Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson that barely stayed fair in the the Brewers' three-run seventh. As it left his bat, Santana wasn't sure to which side of the foul pole it would sail.

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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.

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Arcia's sensational play seals Brewers win

Shortstop robs Jaso of potential game-tying hit in ninth inning

Arcia's sensational play seals Brewers win

MILWAUKEE -- If Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia wins the Gold Glove Award, which his coaches and teammates are already lobbying for, this may be the play that leads his highlight reel.

The situation: Two outs in the ninth inning at Miller Park on Wednesday night, the tying runner at second base for the Pirates. Brewers closer Corey Knebel was battling hard after Adam Frazier worked an eight-pitch at-bat for a single, and Josh Harrison coaxed nine more pitches before striking out. Frazier moved to second on a wild pitch, and John Jaso sent a grounder up the middle that Knebel thought would tie the game.

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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.

Knebel ties Aroldis' K's record to start season

Brewers closer has struck out a batter in all 37 appearances

Knebel ties Aroldis' K's record to start season

MILWAUKEE -- Corey Knebel has been reluctant to talk about his strikeout streak while it is in the works, but he made an exception for a night. When you tie a flamethrower like Aroldis Chapman in any category, it is worth saying a few words.

Knebel notched a nine-pitch strikeout of Josh Harrison on the way to his 11th save in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Pirates at Miller Park, giving the Brewers' closer at least one whiff in all 37 of his appearances this season. That matches Chapman for the longest such streak for a reliever to start a season in the modern era.

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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.

Injured duo Braun, Villar to start rehab games

Pair could join Brewers next Tuesday on road vs. Reds

Injured duo Braun, Villar to start rehab games

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun is ready to make another attempt at escaping the 10-day disabled list.

Braun, who has been bothered by a strained left calf since the start of May, is scheduled to report to Class A Wisconsin on Thursday along with second baseman Jonathan Villar (lower back) to begin a Minor League rehab assignment, weather permitting. If those games go well, Braun and Villar could rejoin the Brewers as soon as Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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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.

Top pick Hiura signs, won't need surgery

Brewers announce signing of first-rounder Wednesday

Top pick Hiura signs, won't need surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Keston Hiura's professional career began Wednesday with great news for the Brewers' first-round Draft pick and his new team: He won't need elbow surgery.

"That was a big relief," said Hiura, a second baseman who was the consensus top college bat in this year's Draft but was limited to designated hitter duty during his junior season at UC Irvine over concerns about a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

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Freese congratulates Brewers fan after catch

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Freese congratulates Brewers fan after catch

It's been a good week for Brewers fans in the stands. On Father's Day, one dad ruled supreme over all others with a great catch on a second-deck foul ball and basked in well-deserved glory.

During Wednesday night's Pirates-Brewers game at Miller Park, a fan decked in a slick throwback Robin Yount jersey made a play the Brewers' Hall of Fame legend would be proud of -- making a great grab on a popup off the bat of Travis Shaw. It was such a solid play, Pirates third baseman David Freese gave the fan a congratulatory fist/glove-bump as a result. 

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Franklin hits HR, but Davies struggles in loss

Franklin hits HR, but Davies struggles in loss

MILWAUKEE -- Chad Kuhl picked up a bat before he threw his first pitch. That's never a bad thing for a starting pitcher.

The Pirates spotted Kuhl a six-run lead before he took the mound in Pittsburgh's 7-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park. Jose Osuna hit a three-run home run to punctuate Pittsburgh's six-run first inning, and Andrew McCutchen stayed hot with a homer and three RBIs for the second straight night, as the Pirates piled up the sort of clutch hits that eluded the Brewers.

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Hader adjusting well to bullpen transition

Brewers' top pitching prospect makes first Miller Park appearance Tuesday

Hader adjusting well to bullpen transition

MILWAUKEE -- Top Brewers pitching prospect Josh Hader worked two scoreless, hitless innings in his Miller Park debut for a historical footnote to a 7-3 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

In his fourth scoreless appearance since a promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Hader -- the Brewers' No. 3 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com -- walked a batter, hit another, struck out two and reached 96.6 mph with his fastball, according to Statcast™. Hader's first batter of the night, Adam Frazier, became his first strikeout victim in front of the home fans.

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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.

Brewers ink Wilhelmsen to Minors deal

Brewers ink Wilhelmsen to Minors deal

MILWAUKEE -- Fourteen years after he last threw pitch in the Brewers organization, Tom Wilhelmsen is back.

Two sources said the Brewers signed the hard-throwing righty reliever to a Minor League contract after he was released by the D-backs on Monday, reuniting Wilhelmsen with the organization that drafted him out of high school in 2002. Wilhelmsen is expected to join Triple-A Colorado Springs in New Orleans on Thursday for the start of a four-game series.

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Harrison homers twice in All-Star Game

Harrison homers twice in All-Star Game

The ball was flying out of the yard for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, as Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all hit home runs to power the Cubs past Omaha, 6-4.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 84 on the Top 100, was the last of the trio to join the home-run party, though it was his two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning which ultimately proved the difference in the victory. It was the second homer in three games and ninth of the season for Candelario, who's slashed .268/.357/.521 with 33 extra-base hits (21 doubles) and 40 RBIs in 60 games.

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Shaw homers, but Crew drops opener to Bucs

Shaw homers, but Crew drops opener to Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen has long been a Brewers-killer, and Gerrit Cole is becoming one.

McCutchen's two-run shot in the sixth inning was his 29th career homer against Milwaukee, and he drove in three runs in the Pirates' 8-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Monday, as Pittsburgh pulled away late to back Cole's second straight seven-inning gem. The Pirates tacked on four more runs in the seventh to win for the seventh time in their last eight games in Milwaukee.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Monday.

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Peralta's struggles give Brewers relief dilemma

Peralta's struggles give Brewers relief dilemma

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers starter-turned-reliever Wily Peralta is "frustrated" with his poor results out of the bullpen. From the sound of it, he is not alone.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell minced no words in assessing Peralta's performance after the right-hander surrendered four runs in the seventh inning of Monday's 8-1 loss to the Pirates. Peralta's ERA since being bumped from the starting rotation ticked up to 10.54, and he has a 2.20 WHIP in nine appearances out of the 'pen.

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Villar nears rehab games; Feliz becomes FA

Villar nears rehab games; Feliz becomes FA

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar, on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back injury, participated in a series of hitting, fielding and running drills Monday at Miller Park and suddenly is on the brink of a Minor League rehab assignment.

"I feel good. One-hundred percent," Villar said.

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Crew expects to sign top pick Hiura soon

Second-round selection Lemons says he's agreed to terms with Brewers

Crew expects to sign top pick Hiura soon

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are optimistic they'll seal a deal with first-round Draft pick Keston Hiura in the coming days, and three other picks within the first five rounds are signing, too.

Asked whether the Brewers would introduce Hiura before Thursday's homestand finale, general manager David Stearns said, "There's a chance. We try to let those guys meet [the media]. They get a chance to come and take [batting practice]. He's very well spoken, really enjoys baseball and I think is eager to get his pro career started."

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Thames' power not translating into ASG votes

Brewers' first baseman is NL leader in home runs

Thames' power not translating into ASG votes

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are hanging onto first place thanks in part to Eric Thames' recent power surge, but that has yet to translate into success at the All-Star Game ballot box. Thames was outside the top five vote-getters among National League first basemen as of Monday's update from Major League Baseball.

The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman led the way with more than 1.4 million votes, followed by Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs, Freddie Freeman of the Braves and Joey Votto of the Reds.

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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.

Brewers draftee slams Oregon St. into semis

Third-round pick Harrison leads Beavers in rout of LSU

Brewers draftee slams Oregon St. into semis

Brewers third-round Draft pick KJ Harrison hit a grand slam to pace No. 1 Oregon State's 13-1 second-round win over No. 4 LSU in the College World Series on Monday, catapulting the top-seeded Beavers into the national semifinals.

Oregon State used 10 hits to run away from LSU and force the Tigers into an elimination game Wednesday against Florida State.

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Nelson picks up 'pen by going the distance

Right-hander throws Brewers' first complete game since July 2015

Nelson picks up 'pen by going the distance

MILWAUKEE -- A complete game is rare enough. A Brewers pitcher hadn't thrown one since Taylor Jungmann's Dodger Stadium dandy in July 2015. The home fans hadn't cheered one at Miller Park since Kyle Lohse went the distance against the Reds in September 2014.

But it was the context that made Jimmy Nelson's Father's Day gem something special. Nelson surrendered a lone unearned run while pitching all nine innings of Sunday's 2-1 win over the Padres, a six-hit, two-walk, 10-strikeout beauty that gave Brewers manager Craig Counsell a break from the team's bullpen issues.

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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.

Pair of HRs back Nelson's CG in finale win

Pair of HRs back Nelson's CG in finale win

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Nelson threw the Brewers' first complete game in nearly two years, and young dads Hernan Perez and Manny Pina homered for a 2-1 win over the Padres on Father's Day at Miller Park.

Nelson threw a career-high 118 pitches in his six-hit gem, allowing only one unearned run on Erick Aybar's single in a fifth-inning rally aided by two Brewers errors, including one charged to Nelson. It was a rare blemish for the 28-year-old right-hander, who walked two and struck out 10 in his first complete game since 2013 at the Double-A level.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Inbox: When will Braun be ready to return?

Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers Brewers' fans questions

Inbox: When will Braun be ready to return?

MILWAUKEE -- Happy Father's Day to Bob McCalvy and the rest of the dads out there. On behalf of misbehaved children everywhere, thank you for all of those hours playing catch in the backyard.

Let's celebrate by dipping into our mailbag:

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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.

Brewers fan dad makes great catch on foul ball

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Brewers fan dad makes great catch on foul ball

How do you celebrate Father's Day? Maybe a warm gathering of family, firing up the BBQ and turning on the ballgame is in order. Or, if you're especially dedicated, a trip to the ballpark makes for a pretty solid way to spend the day.

One dad in the stands at Sunday's Padres-Brewers game at Miller Park had perhaps the best Father's Day of all, thanks to his trusty glove that he used to great effect when Hernan Perez smashed a second-deck foul ball toward the left-field corner area. Sitting that high, some fans might not expect a chance at a souvenir ... but this guy did, and he was more than ready.

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Source: Brewers sign 8th-rounder Rose

Source: Brewers sign 8th-rounder Rose

MILWAUKEE -- Eighth-round Draft pick Jayson Rose signed with the Brewers on Sunday, and he will begin his pro career with something rare for a pitcher at the front end of his career: A plus changeup.

The Brewers have not confirmed signing Rose or any of their 40 other picks from last week's Draft, but a source confirmed Rose had passed a physical exam and signed for $164,900, which was the slot value assigned to the 234th overall pick. A 6-foot right-hander, Rose is coming off his junior year at the University of Utah.

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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 hits inside-the-park homer vs. Padres

Shortstop's 5th dinger hit off angled center-field wall; Brewers' first since 2012

Arcia hits inside-the-park homer vs. Padres

MILWAUKEE -- The fireworks at Miller Park exploded overhead before Orlando Arcia stepped on home plate, and that was quite a feat considering how swiftly he circled the bases for the Brewers' first inside-the-park home run in more than five years.

Arcia's game-tying solo homer in the third inning of what became a 7-5 loss to the Padres in 11 innings was the Brewers' first hit against rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet, who struck out six of the first seven batters he faced before the shortstop's line drive to right-center field. It hit an angled portion of the outfield wall designed by Hall of Famer Robin Yount to induce triples, but Arcia showed no signs of stopping at third.

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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.

Brewers hit 3 homers in extra-innings loss

Brewers hit 3 homers in extra-innings loss

MILWAUKEE -- Yangervis Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the 10th inning, but the Padres needed solo shots from Cory Spangenberg and Chase d'Arnaud in the 11th to outslug the Brewers, 7-5, in a second straight home run derby at Miller Park.

The teams have combined for a whopping 15 home runs in the first two games of their series to account for all but one of the 23 runs scored so far. The eight combined homers on Saturday fell one shy of the record for a game at Miller Park, a mark that hasn't been touched since Shawn Green's four-homer game for the Dodgers in May 2002.

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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.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Padres on Saturday.

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Father's Day has extra meaning for Shaw

Brewers third baseman's daughter had two open heart surgeries on June 9-10

Father's Day has extra meaning for Shaw

MILWAUKEE -- Travis Shaw had his newborn daughter in his thoughts Saturday as he donned one of the Brewers' special uniforms for Father's Day weekend. Baby Ryann remains at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin but is getting stronger by the day, Shaw said, following multiple surgeries last weekend for a congenital heart defect.

"This is obviously my first Father's Day," Shaw said, "so it means a little bit more."

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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.