6/5-6/8: vs. San Francisco Giants

Record: 2-2

Results: 7-2 L, 5-2 W, 6-3 W, 9-5 L

Star of the Series: Eric Sogard (7-for-13 (.538), 3 RBI)

Just as in the Dodgers series, many Brewers fans would have likely been happy with a split against the San Francisco Giants in this series. However, with the combination of Milwaukee in first place, the Giants coming in near the bottom of the NL West and the Crew avoiding Madison Bumgarner (injury), a series win was definitely within reach and easier to come by than usual against this team. Junior Guerra had another solid start since his return in game one, only allowing 1 earned run over 5 innings. However, the bullpen let the game slip away, as 5 runs over the final two innings sealed the Crew’s fate in the 7-2 loss. That same bullpen also left fans at Miller Park with a scare the next night, as the Giants scored two runs in the 9th inning off of Carlos Torres and had runners on first and second with nobody out before Corey Knebel came in and finished the job.

6/9-6/11: @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Record: 1-2

Results: 8-6 W, 3-2 L, 11-1 L

Star of the Series: Hernan Perez (3-for-11 (.273), 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB)

Exactly two weeks after the Diamondbacks came to town in late May, Milwaukee traveled to Chase Field for a weekend 3-game set in Phoenix. Playing in one of the best hitter’s parks in MLB, the Brewers were relatively shut down. After an 8-run, 14-hit performance in game 1, they tallied a total of 3 runs and 6 hits in the next two games behind pitching gems by Arizona starters Zack Godley and Robbie Ray. Hernan Perez added two home runs to his season total, which now stands at 9. The bullpen also continued to struggle, giving up 9 hits and 10 runs in just 2 innings on Sunday. However, this series provided a glimpse into the future, as both top pitching prospect Josh Hader and top hitting prospect Lewis Brinson made their much anticipated Major League debuts.

NL Central Standings Update (as of 6/12/17)

  1. Milwaukee Brewers: 33-31
  2. Chicago Cubs: 31-31 1 GB
  3. Louis Cardinals: 29-32 2.5 GB
  4. Cincinnati Reds: 29-33 3 GB
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates: 28-35 4.5 GB


6/5: Boston Red sox trade SS Yeison Coca to Brewers; Placed 3B Travis Shaw on paternity list; Recalled CF Brett Phillips from AAA Colorado Springs

6/7: Activated 3B Travis Shaw from paternity list; Placed Matt Garza on 10-day DL (chest contusion)

6/8: Optioned CF Brett Phillips to AAA Colorado Springs; Recalled RHP Paolo Espino from AAA Colorado Springs

6/9: Placed 3B Travis Shaw on bereavement list; Brett Phillips assigned to Milwaukee from AAA Colorado Springs; Recalled LHP Josh Hader from AAA Colorado Springs; Optioned RHP Paolo Espino to AAA Colorado Springs

6/10: Recalled OF Lewis Brinson from AAA Colorado Springs; Placed 2B Jonathan Villar on 10-day DL (lower back strain)