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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Bryan Reynolds rallies Pirates to sweep of Brewers

August 4, 2022, 8:23 PM

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Bryan Reynolds ripped an RBI double in the 10th inning and scored on a wild pitch as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-4 win on Thursday.

After Milwaukee scored in the top of the 10th, Reynolds doubled into the right-field corner to score automatic runner Tucupita Marcano. Pittsburgh loaded the bases on two intentional walks and, with Michael Chavis at bat, Reynolds scored on a wild pitch by Matt Bush (2-2).

Marcano and Ben Gamel each had an RBI single for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh starter Zach Thompson pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Duane Underwood Jr. (1-3) picked up the win despite giving up one run in the top of the 10th inning.

Mike Brosseau and Victor Caratini each homered for the Brewers.

Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

In the second, Greg Allen had a one-out base hit and went to second on Jason Delay's single. Allen advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Caratini's passed ball for a 1-0 Pirates lead.

Caratini got some redemption when he led off the third with his eighth homer of the season to forge a 1-1 tie.

Hunter Renfroe led off the fifth inning with a double and moved to third on Caratini's groundout. Brosseau followed with his fifth homer to stake Milwaukee to a 3-1 lead.

With Allen batting to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Brewers designated hitter Christian Yelich was ejected while in the dugout by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell also was tossed from the game.

Allen went on to walk, moved to third an out later on Delay's single and scored on Marcano's single. That chased Woodruff, and Gamel tied the contest at 3-3 with a single to drive in Delay.

Milwaukee took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th when Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Brewers place C Omar Narvaez (quad strain) on IL

August 4, 2022, 2:47 PM

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Milwaukee placed catcher Omar Narvaez on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left quad strain.

The Brewers recalled backstop Mario Feliciano from Triple-A Nashville ahead of their afternoon game at Pittsburgh.

Narvaez, 30, is batting .237 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 60 games this season.

An All-Star in 2021, Narvaez is a career .263 hitter with 51 homers and 186 RBIs in 576 games with the Chicago White Sox (2016-18), Seattle Mariners (2019) and Brewers.

Feliciano, 23, made his MLB debut with Milwaukee last season and walked and scored a run in his only plate appearance. He is batting .288 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 58 games this season at Nashville.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates pursue surprising sweep of first-place Brewers

August 4, 2022, 6:48 AM

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In what surely seemed improbable coming into the series, the Pittsburgh Pirates will go for a three-game sweep of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Before the set between the National League Central rivals started on Tuesday, the last-place Pirates had lost seven consecutive games, while the first-place Brewers were 7-2 since the All-Star break. However, Pittsburgh came from behind in the first two games of the series, 5-3 on Tuesday and 8-7 in a walk-off on Wednesday.

"This is just kind of how the season has been, just back and forth and just answering punches," Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds, who hit the winning homer leading off the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday, told AT&T Sportsnet.

"Just no quit. Situational hitting. Playing defense. Pitching. Just all of it, really."

That kind of doggedness has worked at times for Pittsburgh, but not most of the time. It has in this matchup.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, is looking to shake off back-to-back disappointing results.

"The season provides challenges, and the games have provided challenges for us the past two nights," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We've got to get back at it (Thursday)."

Both teams are working through their closer situation.

On Monday, Milwaukee traded Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres with the idea of elevating Devin Williams from setup man to the ninth-inning role. However, Williams gave up Reynolds' blast on Wednesday to take the loss after not being scored on in 30 consecutive outings dating back to mid-May.

"I think Devin's in a good place," Counsell said. "No concerns."

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh put All-Star closer David Bednar on the injured list because of back pain. A day earlier, in a save situation, the Pirates instead used Wil Crowe in the ninth inning, and manager Derek Shelton revealed that Bednar had a lower back issue.

Crowe pitched the final 1 1/3 innings on Wednesday for the win.

In the series finale, Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.55 ERA) is slated to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Zach Thompson (3-8, 5.09).

Woodruff is coming off a win Friday at Boston, where he gave up one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, with nine strikeouts and two walks. He blanked the Red Sox on one hit through five innings.

"From the second on, I was just able to get ahead. That's the biggest thing," Woodruff said. "If I can just get ahead and mix it up a little bit ... typically it leads to a good night."

Since coming off the IL in late June, Woodruff is 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA in six starts.

Woodruff is 6-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 career games against Pittsburgh, 12 of them starts.

Thompson originally was projected to start Wednesday, but he was pushed back a day as the Pirates went with a bullpen game. He is looking to break out of a rough patch. Thompson has given up seven runs in each of his past two starts following a stretch in which he allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of 11 starts.

On July 28, the Philadelphia Phillies strafed him for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked none and fanned four.

Against the Brewers, Thompson is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three career starts, all of them this season. He gave up six runs in four innings on April 18 in a 6-1 loss, then yielded two runs in 4 2/3 innings on both July 3 and July 9, losing the former game and taking a no-decision in the latter.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

Brewers DFA Dinelson Lamet 2 days after acquiring him

August 3, 2022, 9:21 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers activated All-Star pitcher Freddy Peralta from the 60-day injured list and designated newly acquired right-hander Dinelson Lamet for assignment among a slew of moves Wednesday.

The Lamet move is curious, given that the Brewers just acquired him Monday in the trade that sent Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres.

"Dinelson has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance out the deal," Brewers president of operations David Stearns said. "As subsequent transactions played out, the roster fit became a little tougher. We are hopeful we will be able to keep him in our system."

The Brewers acquired righties Matt Bush and Trevor Rosenthal on Tuesday ahead of the trade deadline.

Bush was added to the roster Wednesday. The club also recalled infielder Keston Hiura from Triple-A Nashville.

In addition to Lamet, catcher Pedro Severino was also designated for assignment. The Brewers also optioned Peter Strzelecki to Nashville.

Peralta, 26, hasn't pitched since May 22. He suffered a posterior strain in his right shoulder and has been on the IL since.

In eight starts this season, Peralta was 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. In five seasons with the Brewers he is 29-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 106 appearances (58 starts). He made the All-Star team in 2021.

Lamet, 30, is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. Since making his debut with the Padres in 2017, he is 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA in 82 games (56 starts), while struggling with elbow issues in 2021.

Bush, 36, is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 40 games (five starts) with the Texas Rangers this season. The Brewers acquired him Tuesday in exchange for infielder Mark Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly.

Hiura, who turned 26 on Tuesday, is batting .238 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs in 43 games for the Brewers this season.

Severino, 29, was batting .222 in eight games this season, his first in Milwaukee. He's a career .235 hitter with 33 home runs and 134 RBIs for Washington (2015-18), Baltimore (2019-21) and the Brewers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates place RHP David Bednar (back) on 15-day IL

August 3, 2022, 8:11 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates placed All-Star closer David Bednar on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with inflammation in his lower back.

The 27-year-old right-hander is 3-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 40 relief appearances this season. He has struck out 63 batters and walked 14 in 46 2/3 innings.

The Pirates also designated first baseman/designated hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment and recalled infielder Tucupita Marcano and right-hander Yohan Ramirez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Tsutsugo, 30, batted .171 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 50 games this season. He is a career .197 hitter with 18 homers and 75 RBIs in 182 games with the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pirates.

Marcano, 22, is batting .229 with two homers and five RBIs in 22 games this season with Pittsburgh.

Ramirez, 27, was acquired in a July 8 trade with Cleveland. He is 1-0 with a 6.97 ERA in eight relief appearances in 2022 with the Seattle Mariners and Guardians.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates reinstate RHP Chase De Jong from injured list

August 2, 2022, 8:08 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated right-hander Chase De Jong from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday.

The Pirates also recalled right-hander Colin Holderman from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned right-hander Johan Oviedo to Indianapolis and assigned infielder Malcom Nunez to Double-A Altoona.

Oviedo and Nunez were acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in a trade for left-hander Jose Quintana and right-hander Chris Stratton.

De Jong, 31, landed on the IL on July 19 with tendinitis in his left knee. He is 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

Holderman, 26, is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA in 15 relief appearances this season with the Pirates. He made his MLB debut on May 15.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

Brewers acquire RHP Matt Bush from Rangers

August 2, 2022, 4:27 AM

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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers on Monday in exchange for infielder Mark Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly.

Bush, 36, joins a Milwaukee bullpen that lost Josh Hader on Monday afternoon, as the Brewers traded him to the San Diego Padres ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. (ET) trade deadline. In 40 games (five starts) with the Rangers this season, Bush went 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA.

After being selected first overall in the 2004 MLB Draft by San Diego, Bush has spent all five of his major league seasons with Texas. In 180 career appearances (five starts), he is 12-7 with a 3.34 ERA and has recorded 188 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings of work.

Mathias, who turns 28 on Tuesday, appeared in 16 games for the Brewers in 2020 and has appeared in six this season. He is batting .231 with one homer and eight RBIs during his limited time in the majors.

Kelly, 22, has not made his major league debut. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA this season at Class-A Wisconsin.

The Rangers will add Mathias to the 40-man roster, while Kelly will join one of Texas' minor league affiliates sometime this week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Cards acquire LHP Jose Quintana from Pirates

August 2, 2022, 3:58 AM

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Left-hander Jose Quintana was acquired by the Cardinals from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, filling a hole in the St. Louis rotation.

Reliever Chris Stratton also is joining the Cardinals, while the Pirates will receive right-hander Johan Oviedo and minor league corner infielder Malcom Nunez.

The major leagues' trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

Quintana, 33, figures to provide solid rotation depth at a low cost, as he is on a one-year, $2 million contract. He will be a free agent after the season.

He will take the rotation spot of Steven Matz, who tore his left MCL on July 23. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matz is unlikely to return this year.

Quintana is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts this year. He has struck out 89 and walked 31 in 103 innings. Over his past two starts, Quintana threw a combined 12 2/3 scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Quintana has pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2012-17), Chicago Cubs (2017-20), Los Angeles Angels (2021), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Pittsburgh (2022). He made his only All-Star team in 2016 when he went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA.

Stratton, 31, is 5-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 40 appearances (one start) this year. He spent time with the Giants (2016-18) and Angels (2019) before joining the Pirates in 2019.

Oviedo, 24, started the season with Triple-A Memphis but was recalled to the Cardinals in early June. He went 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 appearances (one start) with the big-league club this year.

In 85 games with Double-A Springfield this season, Nunez, 21, hit .255 with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. He has yet to appear in a major league game.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

Reports: Padres acquire Brewers closer Josh Hader

August 1, 2022, 5:46 PM

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The San Diego Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Brewers are receiving left-handed closer Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - lefty Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz -- in exchange.

Hader made his fourth All-Star team this season and leads the majors with 29 saves. He is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 37 appearances, with 59 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 innings.

The 28-year-old left-hander is 17-17 with 125 saves and a 2.48 ERA in 269 relief appearances since making his MLB debut with Milwaukee in 2017.

Rogers, 31, ranks second behind Hader with 28 saves. He is 1-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 42 games with 48 strikeouts and nine walks in 41 1/3 innings.

An All-Star in 2021, Rogers spent his first six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He owns a career record of 18-23 with 78 saves and a 3.29 ERA.

Lamet, 30, is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. Since making his debut with the Padres in 2017, he is 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA in 82 games (56 starts), while struggling with elbow issues in 2021.

Gasser, 23, was a second-round pick by San Diego in 2021. He is 4-9 with a 4.18 ERA in 18 starts this year at Class-A Fort Wayne.

Ruiz, 23, made his Padres debut on July 12. He batted .222 with two RBIs in 14 games with San Diego. He hit .333 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs in 77 games across Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso.

--Field Level Media

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Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta set to return this week

July 31, 2022, 7:19 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers will be getting a boost to the starting rotation right around Tuesday's trade deadline when right-hander Freddy Peralta is activated from the 60-day injured list after being out due to a shoulder injury.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Sunday that there remains a chance that Peralta could return as a reliever, but that his role has not been solidified.

The actual return date for Peralta has not been set but will come at some point in the upcoming three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates that starts Tuesday.

Peralta, 26, last pitched May 22 and has been out ever since with a posterior strain in his right shoulder.

In eight starts this season, Peralta was 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. In five seasons with the Brewers he is 29-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 106 appearances (58 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Pirates move Jake Marisnick (toe) to IL, reinstate Bryan Reynolds

July 25, 2022, 10:49 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates moved outfielder Jake Marisnick onto the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right big toe and reinstated outfielder Bryan Reynolds from the IL on Monday ahead of their series opener at the Chicago Cubs.

Marisnick's move to the IL was retroactive to Sunday. He did not play in Pittsburgh's 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins Sunday. Reporters in the Pirates' clubhouse Monday said Marisnick was seen wearing a walking boot.

It was the second time this month that the outfielders swapped places between the injured list and the active roster. On July 11, the Pirates placed Reynolds on the 10-day IL with a strained right oblique, while activating Marisnick from his stint on the 60-day IL following left thumb surgery.

Reynolds, 27, is batting .261 with 15 home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs in 83 games this season. With Pittsburgh standing at 40-56 before Monday's action, Reynolds -- a 2021 All-Star -- is viewed as a candidate to be traded before the Aug. 2 deadline.

Marinsick, 31, is in his first year with the Pirates after stints with the Marlins (2013-14), Houston Astros (2014-19), New York Mets (2020), Cubs (2021) and San Diego Padres (2021). In 31 appearances this year, he has averaged .234 at the plate with two home runs and six RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants

Brewers LHP Aaron Ashby signs five-year extension

July 23, 2022, 8:15 PM

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Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby on Saturday signed a five-year contract through the 2027 season with club options for 2028 and 2029.

Left-hander Jake McGee also inked a one-year contract on Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for either deal.

"We are very happy to reach a multi-year agreement with Aaron," said David Stearns, Brewers president of baseball operations. "Throughout his time in our organization, Aaron has demonstrated a unique combination of persistence, character and talent. He is establishing himself as one of the premier young pitchers in baseball, and we look forward to watching his continued growth and success."

Ashby, 24, owns a 2-7 record with one save and a 4.57 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) this season.

The nephew of former major-league pitcher Andy Ashby, the younger player is 5-9 with two saves and a 4.56 ERA in 31 career appearances (16 starts) with the Brewers.

McGee, 35, posted a 1-2 record with three saves and a 7.17 ERA in 24 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants this season.

He is 32-27 with 79 saves and a 3.64 ERA in 632 relief appearances over 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Giants.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Report: Mets acquire C Michael Perez from Pirates for cash

July 23, 2022, 5:12 PM

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The New York Mets acquired catcher Michael Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations on Saturday, MLB Network reported.

Perez, 29, was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Friday after batting .150 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 39 games this season.

Perez is a lifetime .175 hitter with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 159 strikeouts in 193 contests with the Tampa Bay Rays (2018-20) and Pirates.

The Mets needed catching depth with James McCann (oblique) on the injured list and Tomas Nido dealing with a bruised left hand.

It is the second straight day the two teams have swung a deal. New York acquired infielder Daniel Vogelbach from Pittsburgh on Friday in exchange for right-hander Colin Holderman.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

Mets trade for Pirates INF Daniel Vogelbach

July 23, 2022, 12:05 AM

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The New York Mets acquired infielder Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Colin Holderman on Friday.

Vogelbach, 29, is batting .228 this season with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs across 75 appearances. He primarily served as Pittsburgh's designated hitter this season, appearing in five games as a first baseman.

A career .213 hitter, Vogelbach's best season came in 2019, when he earned his first and only All-Star nod while with the Seattle Mariners. He hit 30 home runs and 76 RBIs that year while scoring 73 runs and drawing 92 walks.

Vogelbach has played 412 games for the Mariners (2016-20), Toronto Blue Jays (2020), Milwaukee Brewers (2020-21) and Pirates. He has tallied 61 homers and 165 RBIs in that time.

Holderman, 26, made his major league debut this year out of New York's bullpen. In 15 relief appearances, he went 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA, 18 strikeouts and no home runs allowed over 17 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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Brewers activate slugger Hunter Renfroe from IL

July 12, 2022, 9:46 PM

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins.

Renfroe injured his left calf against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 22 and missed the past 16 games.

Renfroe has 13 home runs and 27 RBIs but has played in just 54 games due to injuries. He is batting .247 and slugging .490.

The 30-year-old Renfroe also missed time earlier this season with a hamstring injury. He has 141 homers and 349 RBIs in 630 games with four teams. His career batting average is .238.

Milwaukee designated right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez for assignment in a corresponding move. Gonzalez was 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in four appearances (two starts) with the Brewers.

Gonzalez, 30, was with the Twins earlier this season and compiled a 7.71 ERA in two starts. He was designated for assignment in mid-June and the Brewers claimed him off waivers.

--Field Level Media