LEADING OFF: Braves & Astros can clinch, MadBum in SanFran
Phillies Braves Baseball Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (27) gestures towards the Braves' dugout after hitting a two-run double in the seventh inning of a baseball game Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. Ian Anderson (8-5, 3.60 ERA) pitches for the Braves — the right-hander has no decisions and a 3.09 ERA in four starts against Philadelphia this year. Harper, who had reached base in 23 straight games before Wednesday, is 0 for 7 with five strikeouts. Lance McCullers Jr. (12-5, 3.17 ERA) starts the series finale for the Astros, who have lost five of their last six games. Franco matched the mark with three hits Wednesday night as Tampa Bay beat Houston 7-0 to clinch home-field advantage through the AL Championship Series.wftv.com
Punch out: Brewers reliever Devin Williams breaks hand after hitting wall
(Aaron Gash/Associated Press, file)ST. LOUIS — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams will likely miss the playoffs after he fractured his right hand after hitting a wall in frustration, team officials said. Williams said he punched a wall with his pitching hand, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. “After our celebration, I went out to have a few drinks and on my way home I was a little frustrated, upset, and I punched a wall,” Williams told reporters. Huge blow to the Brewers: Devin Williams fractured his pitch hand after punching a wall, he told media today. And when you say the role, don’t think about the regular season is what I guess I would say.wftv.com
Cards' 17-game winning streak ends with 4-0 loss to Brewers
Brewers Cardinals Baseball St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas sits in the dugout after being removed during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS — (AP) — The Cardinals' team-record 17-game winning streak ended when Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer that backed Adrian Houser and led the Milwaukee Brewers over St. Louis 4-0 on Wednesday night. St. Louis was given a standing ovation after the defeat by the crowd of 35,283. St. Louis is 21-7 in September, tying the 1930 and 1942 Cardinals for most wins in the month. Anderson gave up six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of a 10-2 loss to St. Louis on Sept. 22.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Brewers' Williams punches wall, breaks hand
Brewers Cubs Baseball Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Chicago. The Milwaukee Brewers won the first game of a split doubleheader 4-2. The main setup man for All-Star closer Josh Hader, the 27-year-old Williams is 8-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 58 games this season. Williams hurt himself on the day the Brewers clinched the NL Central crown. That’s how it happened.”Williams apologized to the Brewers and their fans for the circumstances that led to his injury.wftv.com
KO'd: Devin Williams hits wall, breaks hand; out of playoffs
Brewers Giants Baseball Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams, right, meets on the mound with catcher Luke Maile during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)ST. LOUIS — (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams fractured his throwing hand when he punched a wall after his team celebrated its NL Central title, likely knocking him out for the entire postseason. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said before the Brewers' Wednesday night game with the St. Louis Cardinals that Williams' injury likely will require surgery. Last year as a rookie, Williams went 4-1 with an 0.33 ERA in 22 appearances while striking out 53 batters in 27 innings, and opponents batted .090 against him. I think at that point, he recognized that he had hurt himself.”Stearns said Williams then notified the Brewers’ medical staff.wftv.com
Brewers score 10 in 8th, beat Cubs 14-4 for 6th straight win
Cubs Brewers Baseball Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames tosses his bat after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers earned their sixth straight win by producing their biggest inning since manager Craig Counsell's playing days. “That was a good day also.”Avisaíl García homered and drove in three runs for the Brewers. That was impressive.”Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom each hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who have lost four straight. UP NEXTRHP Zach Davies (5-4, 4.31 ERA) pitches for the Cubs and RHP Brandon Woodruff (6-3, 1.89) starts for the Brewers on Tuesday night.wftv.com
Freeman among trio of Braves on All-MLB first team
Freeman easily won the NL MVP award Thursday, Nov. 12, topping off a trying year that saw him become so ill with COVID-19 he prayed please dont take me. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)NEW YORK – National League MVP Freddie Freeman was one of three Atlanta Braves selected to the All-MLB first team on Wednesday night. San Diego had two players on the top team: shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and third baseman Manny Machado. AL MVP José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox was the first baseman on the second team, which also included Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto, Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Indians third baseman José Ramírez.
Brewers' Williams, Mariners CF Lewis win Rookie of the Year
The center fielder for the Seattle Mariners won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday night, and Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams took home the NL honor. “It’s just a great first step for me and being in that category, it’s just really special,” Lewis said. “I don’t really think that saves are the end-all be-all,” Williams said on a conference call during a vacation in Jamaica. Lewis batted just .147 in September, and Robert hit .136 with 32 strikeouts in 23 games in the final month. This season, Williams teamed with closer Josh Hader to form a shutdown tandem at the back end of the Brewers’ bullpen.
Mookie Betts, Jacob deGrom in the mix for historic NL awards
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts could become the second player to win the MVP award in each league, and New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is in the running for his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award. Betts, Freddie Freeman and Manny Machado are the top finishers for NL MVP in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. DeGrom, Trevor Bauer and Yu Darvish are the finalists in the NL Cy Young race. Betts, who won the 2018 AL MVP award with Boston, helped the Dodgers win the World Series last week for the first time since 1988. Frank Robinson is the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, accomplishing the feat in 1961 with Cincinnati and 1966 for Baltimore.
Kershaw Ks 13 as Dodgers eliminate Brewers 3-0
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, high-fives Justin Turner after the team's 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball series Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Los Angeles. Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, showed none of the fallibility that's plagued his postseason career. Only two of the Dodgers' nine hitters didn't strike out during that span; five of the Brewers didn't. As if the Brewers didn't have enough injuries already, catcher Jacob Nottingham got hurt and left the game in the sixth. Dodgers: Open the NL Division Series on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.
Seager homers, Dodgers beat Brewers 4-2 in playoff opener
The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers' powerful lineup went mostly quiet against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI and Corey Seager homered in the Dodgers' 4-2 victory in the opener of their NL playoff Wednesday night. The eight-time NL West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen game for the Brewers and can wrap up the best-of-three series Thursday. “A walk is just as good as a hit sometimes, which we showed in the first inning,” Seager said.
Lots of unfamiliar territory in 2020 baseball playoffs
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts flies out to right field during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. Welcome to the first round of the 2020 playoffs, a class with an unusual amount of homework — and precious little room for error. After the pandemic-shortened regular season was limited to regional play, seven of the eight wild-card series involve teams that haven't played any meaningful games against each other since last year. “It’s like the old days, man, when you played a team you’ve never played before. That means a lot of video and scouting work before the AL playoffs begin Tuesday and the NL postseason starts Wednesday.
Sogard bails out Hader, lifts Brewers with 1st walkoff HR
Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Sogard celebrates after hitting a walk off two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE Eric Sogard bailed out All-Star closer Josh Hader by hitting his first career walkoff home run, a two-run shot that lifted the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 on Saturday night. Something you probably wont see again out of Hader, kind of a fluke thing," Sogard said. Entering Saturday, the left-handed Hader was 7-for-7 in save opportunities and had not allowed a run or a hit all season. UP NEXTPirates LHP Steven Brault (0-1, 4.80 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-2, 3.19 ERA) in game three of the four-game series.
Arcia, Hiura power Brewers over Cubs 6-5
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader signals with catcher Manny Pina (9) after a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Chicago (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO Keston Hiura and Orlando Arcia homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Sunday for their third straight win against the NL Central leaders. The Cubs struck out 53 times during the four-game set. Brewers starter Josh Lindblom also struggled, allowing five runs in five-plus innings. In the fifth, Urias led off with a triple and Arcia followed with a two-run homer to put the Brewers on top 5-3. HOMECOMINGBefore traveling to Minnesota for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night, the Brewers were planning to return home Sunday night.