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MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar had his run in June. Now it looks like Eric Thames‘ turn to power the Brewers’ offense.

Thames connected on Tuesday for his third home run in six games, a laser beam to Miller Park’s short porch in right field that gave Milwaukee the only runs of a 2-0 win over the Twins in which Junior Guerra, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel combined on a two-hit shutout.

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MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar had his run in June. Now it looks like Eric Thames‘ turn to power the Brewers’ offense.

Thames connected on Tuesday for his third home run in six games, a laser beam to Miller Park’s short porch in right field that gave Milwaukee the only runs of a 2-0 win over the Twins in which Junior Guerra, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel combined on a two-hit shutout.

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Video: MIN@MIL: Knebel strikes out the side for the save

Thanks to that combination of power hitting and power pitching, the Brewers (50-35) became the first National League team to reach the 50-win plateau, and remained one game ahead of the Cubs in the NL Central.

“Right before the break, 50 is a great number,” Thames said. “I know the goal number is 90 for every playoff-bound team, so we just have to keep going.”

The Twins were one swing away from making it a very different kind of game in the top of the first inning, when Guerra loaded the bases with one out and was in danger of becoming the fourth Brewers pitcher to surrender a grand slam in as many days. But Guerra escaped, then combined with Hader and Knebel to hold Minnesota scoreless on one more hit — Eddie Rosario‘s one-out single in the fifth — the rest of the day.

Video: MIN@MIL: Guerra tosses five shutout innings vs. Twins

Hader followed Guerra with three hitless innings and Knebel struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

“It was definitely big, especially after two walks, being able to put a zero up there,” said Guerra. “Walks are very lethal, especially for a starter, and I was able to get some outs.”

Of handing it over to Hader and Knebel from there, Guerra said, “I don’t know what the numbers say, but I think it’s the best bullpen out there. You feel very confident that you can give them the ball and they’re going to put zeros on the board.”

Video: MIN@MIL: Hader completes 8th by retiring Kepler

All the Brewers needed was a run-scoring hit of their own. It came from Thames, whose 12th home run came off former Brewers pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi with one out in the fifth inning and represented the third of Milwaukee’s four hits.

Recent callup Nate Orf started the inning with a pinch-hit walk and logged his first career stolen base before scoring his first MLB run on Thames’ homer.

Video: MIN@MIL: Orf collects first career stolen base

After taking a few weeks to find his footing in the wake of a long stint on the disabled list for surgery on his left thumb, Thames is hitting .295/.392/.568 with three homers and nine RBIs over his last dozen games.

Only Aguilar (five homers and 10 RBIs) has been a bigger threat for the Brewers in that stretch.

“The pain of watching everybody go deep when I was hurt and then coming back and thinking, ‘I’m going to hit,’ and guys are nibbling and pitching around me or fishing me with some stuff — it’s just one of those things,” said Thames. “You’ve got to get a good pitch to hit and drive it, get on base if you can. Hitting in front of [Aguilar], that’s always what you want to do, get on base.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
When Twins second baseman Willians Astudillo connected with Guerra’s two-out pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning, Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton wasn’t worried about a grand slam. But he did think the baseball had a chance to find the gap for a run-scoring extra-base hit.

Broxton had a 36-percent catch probability on the play, according to Statcast™, but Broxton covered 98 feet in 5.1 seconds for his third four-star catch in his past five games.

Video: MIN@MIL: Broxton runs down fly ball to escape 1st

“Balls in the gap like that, I never know if I’m going t Customized Falcons Jersey o get there until I get there,” Broxton said. “I just put my head down — I knew he got it pretty well — and took off running. I got close to it and knew I had a chance.”

SOUND SMART
Joe Mauer wore his first baseman’s mitt, of course, though he didn’t need it. Mauer did not record a single putout or assist in Tuesday’s game, making him the first MLB first baseman to go unused since Edwin Encarnacion for the Blue Jays in Baltimore in August 2012. It marked the first time in Twins history that a first baseman went empty-handed.

“Jake Odorizzi. Strikeouts and a bunch of fly balls,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “There are pitchers in the game right now who have changed where the batted ball is going by where they’re pitching in the strike zone.”

HE SAID IT
“You can ask every team in the league. He’s dominating, primarily with one pitch. I think he’s just kind of a combination of being able to hide the ball and good carry on his fastball. Doesn’t seem to get many down in the zone, pretty much plays the top and you either miss it or you foul it or you pop it up. It’s just tough to square up.” — Twins manager Paul Molitor, on Hader

UP NEXT
Texan Chase Anderson gets the ball on Independence Day for the Brewers as they finish a three-game series against the Twins at Miller Park. It will be Milwaukee’s first look at terrific Twins right-hander Jose Berrios, who is making his second straight start against an NL Central opponent after allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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MILWAUKEE — When Gabriel Moya struck out Eric Sogard to conclude the eighth inning in the Twins’ 2-0 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park on Tuesday, Joe Mauer trotted off the field doing something that hadn’t been done in six years.

Mauer played all eight innings at first base — and never recorded a putout or assist, making him the first MLB first baseman to go unused since Edwin Encarnacion for the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Aug. 25, 2012. Furthermore, the Twins didn’t record a single assist as a team, the first time that has happened since the Yankees accomplished the feat against the Red Sox on September 2, 2014.

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MILWAUKEE Custom Cardinals Jersey  — When Gabriel Moya struck out Eric Sogard to conclude the eighth inning in the Twins’ 2-0 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park on Tuesday, Joe Mauer trotted off the field doing something that hadn’t been done in six years.

Mauer played all eight innings at first base — and never recorded a putout or assist, making him the first MLB first baseman to go unused since Edwin Encarnacion for the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Aug. 25, 2012. Furthermore, the Twins didn’t record a single assist as a team, the first time that has happened since the Yankees accomplished the feat against the Red Sox on September 2, 2014.

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It’s the sixth time in the past 20 years and the first time in Twins history that there was an entire game in which one of the first basemen had zero putouts and zero assists.

“It’s pretty unbelievable to be a part of something like that,” Mauer said.

Jake Odorizzi hurled five innings of two-run ball and struck out nine Brewers. He also induced five flyouts. In relief of Odorizzi, Ryan Pressly (three strikeouts in one inning) and Moya (four strikeouts and two flyouts over two innings) also never  Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey gave Mauer a chance for a play.

Customized Falcons Jersey ideo: MIN@MIL: Pressly fans Broxton, K’s the side in 6th

“I was made known of that fact that there wasn’t a ground ball, which is a baseball oddity,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “Can’t really explain that, other than the Odorizzi we know is a fly ball guy.”

Brewers manager Craig Counsell kept his credit for the oddity to Odorizzi’s ability to challenge Brewers hitters for the second time this season. He threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run when the teams met in May.

“Jake Odorizzi. Strikeouts and a bunch of fly balls,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “There are pitchers in the game right now who have changed where the batted ball is going by where they’re pitching in the strike zone. He’s challenging hitters up out of the strike zone. We’ve seen most pitchers [in the past] challenge batters down and below the strike zone. He’s a guy who does the opposite and today the results were kind of extreme.”

Video: MIN@MIL: Odorizzi strikes out Braun to end 1st

The Brewers are one of the least likely clubs to accomplish the feat. Entering Tuesday’s game, the Brewers had the third-lowest fly ball percentage (32.0) in the Majors, the third-highest ground ball percentage (46.9), and the sixth-highest strikeout rate (24.0). Milwaukee usually strikes out or records outs on the ground — but that wasn’t the case against the Twins.

Ironically, Jesus Aguilar didn’t have too many opportunities for putouts either at first base for the Brewers. Aguilar’s first play was an unassisted putout of Bobby Wilson to end the fourth inning. The Twins only grounded out four more times in the loss.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MILWAUKEE — Nate Orf had no idea what was coming.

Orf had just recorded his first career hit, a solo home run that would ultimately be the difference in 3-2 win over the Twins, and was still catching his breath after getting his first taste of the Brewers’ “home run gauntlet.”

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MILWAUKEE — Nate Orf had no idea what was coming.

Orf had just recorded his first career hit Custom Cardinals Jersey , a solo home run that would ultimately be the difference in 3-2 win over the Twins, and was still catching his breath after getting his first taste of the Brewers’ “home run gauntlet.”

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The next thing Orf knew, he was being lifted into the air by teammates Jesus Aguilar and Man Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ny Pina, while the Miller Park crowd of 36,700 showered him with applause.

“I didn’t even think about it,” Orf said. “I was just pumped that I got a hit. They picked me up, and that’s when I noticed they wanted a curtain call. Next thing I know, I’m in front of all the fans on their shoulders.

“It was awesome. It just s Customized Falcons Jersey hows what kind of guys we have here, everyone is rooting for each other. That’s one of those moments I just wanted to embrace. Look at the crowd, and give them some respect.”

It’s just another chapter in what’s been a surreal week for Orf, who is in the big leagues for the first time after an unlikely path to the Majors that began when he signed with Milwaukee for $500 as an undrafted free agent back in 2013.

“[Orf has] gone through everything,” Counsell said. “I’m glad it happened that way.”

Orf was batting .307 with six home runs and 39 RBIs at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. He earned his first big league callup Monday, as the Brewers try to find some kind of offensive solution at shortstop while Orlando Arcia works out of a funk down in the Minors.

With Tyler Saladino likely back soon after a lengthy stay on the disabled list, Orf knows there’s no guarantee he’s sticking around for the long term. So in the meantime, he’s trying to make his moments count.

“You’re never guaranteed a day in the big leagues,” Orf said. “You have to stay humble through it all. … I just have to continue with that attitude as many days as I get.”

Andrew Wagner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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MILWAUKEE — After missing nearly a week with a sore back, Christian Yelich was back in the Brewers’ starting lineup for Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Twins at Miller Park.

Yelich has been everything the Brewers had hoped for when they sent a package including top prospect Lewis Brinson to the Marlins in January in order to acquire the former Gold Glove Award winner and Silver Slugger Award winner.

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MILWAUKEE — After missing nearly a week with a sore back, Christian Yelich was back in the Brewers’ starting lineup for Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Twins at Miller Park.

Yelich has been everything the Brewers had hoped for when they sent a package including top prospect Lewis Brinson to the Marlins in January in order to acquire the former Gold Glove Award winner and Silver Slugger Award winner.

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Yelich finished 1-for-4 and is batting .288 with 11 home runs, 34 RBIs and 10 stolen bases this season, and he is second on the team (among qualifiers) with a .362 on-base percentage.

“Christian’s biggest strength is that he’s a solid, all-around baseball player,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He adds in every area of the game. Those guys [like Yelich], you don’t know how they’re Custom Cardinals Jersey  going to help you that day, and I think he helps us in a lot of different areas.

Video: MIN@MIL: Yelich robs Mauer of hit in return to action

“The first thing you think of, though, is he’s a good hitter. He’s a solid, consistent presence for us. You miss that.”

Counsell said that he thought Yelich “got over the hump” in his rehab process on Monday. The outfielder got his first taste of action Tuesday afternoon, taking over in left field for the ninth inning of the Brewers’ 2-0 victory over Minnesota.

“I’ve been trying to get back in there,” Yelich said. “I feel ready to go, and we felt like today was a good day to give it a try.”

While Yelich is back, the Brewers will still be without center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who’s been out since June 24 with a strained left groin.

Cain was eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but instead, he went through another full workout on the field.

“We’re close, we’re just not there yet [with Cain],” Counsell said. “We have to get over that last hurdle where there’s no sign of it for him, and we’re just not there yet.

“The fact that he’s on the field, that he’s running the bases … I think that’s a pretty good sign that he’s doing well. We just have to take one more step, but there’s no timeframe in that.”

Ryan Braun has also missed games with a bad back recently, and he was not in the starting lineup Wednesday. He pinch-hit for Jeremy Jeffress in the bottom of the eighth, and he played left field for the top of the ninth, shifting Yelich over to right. 

Sore thumb for top prospect

Keston Hiura, the Brewe Customized Falcons Jersey rs’ No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was out of Double-A Biloxi’s lineup again Wednesday as he deals with a mild strain of his left thumb.

The injury happened last Friday, when Hiura was running to first base and bumped his thumb into the first baseman’s glove. He remained in the game, but the thumb got sore as the game went on, and he has been out since.

Hiura is expected to miss a few more games, but he doesn’t appear headed to the disabled list, Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan said in an email to MLB.com.

Milwaukee’s first-round selection (No. 9 overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft, Hiura earned a promotion to Double-A Biloxi on June 1 after batting .320 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 50 games for Class A Advanced Carolina.

In 24 games with Biloxi, Hiura is batting .326 (30-for-92) with 11 doubles and an .891 OPS.

Andrew Wagner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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MILWAUKEE — There was no shortage of heroes — or fireworks — as the Brewers celebrated Independence Day Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

The day began with Milwaukee players honoring veterans of the Armed Services, featured a trio of solo home runs — including the first of Nate Orf‘s career — and a game-saving grab by Keon Broxton, and it ended with a 3-2 victory over the Twins.

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MILWAUKEE — There was no shortage of heroes — or fireworks — as the Brewers celebrated Independence Day Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

The day began with Milwaukee players honoring veterans of the Armed Services, featured a trio of solo home runs — including the first of Nate Orf‘s career — and a game-saving grab by Keon Broxton, and it ended with a 3-2 victory over the Twins.

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Video: MIN@MIL: Brewers recognize Honor Flight Veterans

“From the seventh inning on, there were a lot of [momentum] swings, and most of them went in our favor,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose team swept its seventh series of the season.

Travis Shaw got things started with a solo home run off Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios to open the second inning. It was Shaw’s first home since he took Cleveland’s Cody Allen deep on June 5.

Since then, Shaw had been scuffling, in part because of a sore right wrist that had kept him out of four games over the last month. Counsell noted before the game that Shaw had been putting together good at-bats, and he was confident that the third baseman’s power numbers would return.

“[Shaw has] been watching a lot of video, looking for adjustments to make,” Counsell said. “He made a little adjustment, and it really paid off for him today.”

Chase Anderson made Shaw’s home run hold up through the sixth inning. Anderson only allowed one Minnesota runner into scoring position all day, and two hits in all before Brian Dozier led off the seventh with a double to left.

Video: MIN@MIL: Anderson holds Custom Cardinals Jersey  Twins to 1 run over 6 1/3

Dozier moved to third on Eduardo Escobar‘s chopper to first, and Counsell went to the bullpen, summoning right-hander Jeremy Jeffress.

“[Anderson] was pitching very, very well, but it was so tight — a one-run game,” Counsell said. “It was also very hot, extremely hot on the field.”

Jorge Polanco dropped a bloop single into shallow left, tying the game at 1 before Jeffress worked out of the inning, and Milwaukee got the run back quickly when Brad Miller opened the seventh with a solo home run off Berrios, who’d only allowed three hits — including the Shaw homer — through his first six innings of work.

Video: MIN@MIL: Miller clubs go-ahead solo homer in the 7th

The crowd was still stirring from Miller’s home run when Orf came to the plate with one out. The infielder h Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey ad narrowly missed a grand slam in his big league debut Monday, and he was still in search of his first big league hit when Berrios hung a 2-2 slider that Orf dropped just over the fence in the left-field corner to make it a 3-1 game.

“[For Orf] to get [his first hit] that way in a big spot in the game [is special],” Counsell said. “Brad obviously gave us a lead with a big swing [before that]. That’s as happy as you’ll see our dugout, for sure.”

 Video: Must C Curtain Call: Orf hoisted up after 1st hit, HR

Jeffress kept the Twins off the board in the eighth, and Corey Knebel took over for the ninth, getting a quick out when Eddie Rosario flied out to left. Dozier followed and ripped a 1-0 fastball to center that Broxton pulled back over the wall to take away a sure home run.

Escobar followed with a solo shot of his own, cutting the deficit to one, but Knebel escaped and earned his 10th save of the year when Max Kepler flied out to right.

“[Knebel] was going through the same three hitters who led off the ninth yesterday,” Counsell said. “Those are good hitters.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
An inning after Shaw put Milwaukee on the board, the Brewers threatened to break the game open against Berrios in the third. After Broxton reached on an error by Dozier to lead off the inning, he took second with his second stolen base of the season, and Eric Thames followed with a one-out walk.

Video: MIN@MIL: Kepler throws out Thames, call stands in 3rd

Christian Yelich came up a and hit a drive to deep right that Kepler hauled in at the wall. Broxton tagged up and easily reached third, while Kepler made a spot-on throw to shortstop Polanco, who applied the tag as Thames slid into second. Umpire Doug Eddings, who drew the ire of fans with a missed call in the series opener, called Thames out. Counsell challenged, but after a review of 1 minute and 36 seconds, the call stood and th Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform e threat was over.

SOUND SMART
Orf became the 10th player in Brewers history to hit a home run for his first big league hit and the first since right-handed pitcher Tyler Cravy did it against Pittsburgh on Aug. 27, 2016.

HE SAID IT
“I didn’t even think about it. I was just pumped that I got a hit. They picked me up, and that’s when I noticed they wanted a curtain call. Next thing I know, I’m in front of all the fans on their shoulders. It was awesome.” — Orf, on teammates Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina putting him on their shoulders for a curtain call after his first career home run

UP NEXT
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 3.71 ERA) gets the start Thursday when the Brewers open a four-game series with the National League East-leading Braves at Miller Park. Chacin has been Milwaukee’s most consistent starter this season, leading the staff with 18 starts and 97 innings of work.  Customized Falcons Jersey He’ll face off against Atlanta lefty Max Fried (1-2, 2.55 ERA), who struck out 11 over 4 2/3 scoreless innings after he returned to the big leagues for the first time in a month his last time out.

Andrew Wagner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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MILWAUKEE — Keon Broxton waited all season to get back to the big leagues. And with Milwaukee’s outfield close to full health again, he knows his stay could be short, so he’s making the most of what could be a limited opportunity.

Broxton made the highlight reel again Wednesday, reaching an arm’s length over the wall in the ninth inning to rob Twins second baseman  Custom Cardinals Jersey Brian Dozi Customized Falcons Jersey er of a certain home run in the Brewers’ 3-2, sweep-clinching victory.

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MILWAUKEE — Keon Broxton waited all season to get back to the big leagues. And with Milwaukee’s outfield close to full health again, he knows his stay could be short, so he’s making the most of what could be a limited opportunity.

Broxton made the highlight reel again Wednesday, reaching an arm’s length over the wall in the ninth inning to rob Twins second baseman Brian Dozier of a certain home run in the Brewers’ 3-2, sweep-clinching victory.

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“That was incredible,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

The 28-year-old hit 20 home runs and stole 21 bases for the Brewers in 2017, but has spent this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs after the team added Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich during the winter, creating a log jam in the outfield.

Broxton finally joined the team on June 26 when Cain was placed on the disabled list, and quickly made an impression. He reached base four times, homered twice, scored three times and drove in four in a victory Friday at Cincinnati — a game in which he also turned a baserunning blunder into a scoring opportunity — then capped it all off with a diving grab to rob Scooter Gennett in the ninth inning.

Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton rips 2 HRs, steals a run, robs a hit

A few days later, he crashed into the wall at Great American Ball Park to take extra bases away from Scott Schebler, then, in the series opener Monday, reached over the wall to pull back a Joe Mauer home run.

“He’s making a play a day,” Counsell said. “Sometimes it feels like you’re exaggerating, but he’s really making a play a day.”

Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton’s makes 41% probability catch

Wednesday’s catch, though, migh Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform t have been his most impressive, because of the effort required and the eventual impact on the game’s outcome.

“Dozier hit more of a line drive than a pop fly, so I had minimum time to get back there to the wall,” Broxton said. “I got back there, I saw it was still pretty high, I had to jump higher than I usually had to — so yeah, that was definitely one of the best that I’ve ever made.”

It turned out to be a crucial play, too, as Eduardo Escobar followed with a home run to right, drawing the Twins within a run before closer Corey Knebel got out of the inning and earned his 10th save of the season.

Video: MIN@MIL: Knebel retires Kepler to record the save

“It was fun, that was a fun play to make right there, and to especially help out the pitcher,” Broxton said. “My big thing is just watching the pitcher’s reaction after that happened. That’s my satisfaction. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I could be in position to make it.”

Broxton also inadvertently stole the spotlight from teammate Nate Orf, who recorded his first big league hit an inning earlier with a home run to left. Orf had played alongside Broxton at Colorado Springs until his own call-up this weekend, and didn’t mind sh Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey aring the spotlight.

Video: Must C Curtain Call: Orf hoisted up after 1st hit, HR

“That was amazing,” Orf said. “I’ve watched him do athletic stuff and make plays all year. To see him do it at that moment … that was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen. But in the ninth inning, to get the team the win, that was just awesome.”

Andrew Wagner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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CINCINNATI — It wasn’t exactly the clean escape choreographed by Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich a few weeks earlier against the Cubs, but the result was similar for Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton Customized Falcons Jersey  in Friday’s 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

The Brewers were happy to take a free run, any way they could get it.

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CINCINNATI — It wasn’t exactly the clean escape choreographed by Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich a few weeks earlier against the Cubs, but the result was similar for Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton in Friday’s 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

The Brewers were happy to take a free run, any way they could get it.

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“When you do something to help the team win, no matter what it is, it makes you happy,” said Arcia. “It makes everyone happy.”

The Brewers were nursing a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning with Broxton at third base and Arcia at second after the duo pulled off a double steal with one out. On the next pitch, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart threw down to third and had Broxton picked off, but Broxton and Arcia remained in a rund Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform own long enough to draw a throw to second base.

That gave Broxton a chance to break for home and score for a 3-1 lead.

“That play is on Arcia,” said manager Craig Counsell. “Arcia made that play happen, for sure.”

Arcia was out on the play, but it was still reminiscent of a bit of baserunning magic by Cain and Yelich back on June 12 against the Cubs, when the duo’s escape on a similar play led to two runs in a 4-0 win.

Video: Must C Crafty: Baserunning helps pad Crew’s lead

“Keon caused a little traffic jam, but there’s no question Arcia’s paying attention to the game against the Cubs when Cain does it, and he did the same exact thing,” Counsell said. “It turned out a little bit different, but it disrupted their rundown, obviously. At the time it was a huge run to make it 3-1.”

Said Arcia: “Right there I was just thinking to be as close to third as I can, just in case Broxton got tagged out, I could make it to third without being tagged out. Then once he made it safe to third, I was just trying to make it safe to second, make something happen.”

It worked. When the Reds ran Broxton all the way back to third base, their only play was to try to retire Arcia.

That was the opening Broxton needed to score.

“You know what? That play, I take full resp Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey onsibility for that play,” said Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman. “I’m the manager of the club. When we do not execute a rundown correctly, which has happened to us a couple of times, that’s on the manager to make sure it doesn’t happen, and it did happen. It’s the second or third time it’s happened, and we’ve got to clean that up.”

What went wrong?

“I don’t want to get into specifics of it,” Riggleman said. “What’s supposed to happen is I’m supposed to make it more clear to them what they’re supposed to do there. We will do that.”

The Brewers, meanwhile, will wait for a spot to pull off the play again.

“That was a wild one,” said Broxton. “It was high adrenaline, and it was fun. I’m glad it worked out.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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CINCINNATI — What might have been Brewers starter Zach Davies‘ final Minor League rehab start was cut short Friday, reportedly by a lower back ailment.

Davies was knocked around to the tune of six earned runs on 10 hits in three innings for Class A Wisconsin. He exited after 48 pitches, well short of the 80 pitches or seven innings expected, and did not address the media. Brewers manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Davies would not rejoin the team Saturday in Cincinnati, as originally planned.

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CINCINNATI — What might have been Brewers starter Zach Davies‘ final Minor League rehab start was cut short Friday, reportedly by a lower back ailment.

Davies was knocked around to the tune of six earned runs on 10 hits in three innings for Class A Wisconsin. He exited after 48 pitches, well short of the 80 pitches or seven innings expected, and did not address the media. Brewers manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Davies would not rejoin the team Saturday in Cincinnati, as originally planned.

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The Brewers were more optimistic, meanwhile, on left-hander Wade Miley, who began his rehab assignment Thursday. He’s not eligible for reinstatement until July 9, about three weeks before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Add those moving pieces to the factors that Milwaukee GM David Stearns must consider, as he weighs whether to trade for a starter to bolster the Brewers’ postseason hopes.

“If we Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ‘re going t Custom Cardinals Jersey o go and add to this starting staff, we’re going to want it to be somebody who can really impact the team,” Stearns told reporters on hand for Davies’ outing in Grand Chute, Wis. “We think we have really good depth in our starting rotation, so for us to go out and trade some young talent to acquire a starting pitcher, it’s not going to be just to add to that depth. It’s going to be a guy who we think can help lead the rotation.”

There are options in the trade market for teams willing to pay a high price in prospects. The Mets have said they would listen to offers on Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who certainly qualify as No. 1 starters. The Rangers’ Cole Hamels is another. Stearns conceded the club faces some tricky calls in the days and weeks to come.

“We are going to have some options, and that’s a really good place for a Major League team to be in the middle of the summer,” Stearns said. “Assuming everyone stays healthy, we’re going to have some decisions to make, and those are good decisions to have to go through at this point.”

Draft update
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reported that Brewers ninth-round Draft pick Arbet Cipion signed for $138,200, leaving first-rounder Brice Turang as Milwaukee’s only unsigned selection from the first 10 rounds. The Brewers selected the prep shortstop from California at No. 21 overall.

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The deadline for Turang to decide whether to sign with the Brewers or take his scholarship to LSU is July 6, and now the financial landscape is in focus.

According to data compiled by Mayo and fellow MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, the Brewers have spent $2,928,800 so far of their $6,611,900 pool, which included the $3,013,600 assigned to the 21st overall pick. That means they can go about $670,000 over slot to land Turang without paying any penalty for exceeding their pool.

If teams exceed their pool by 0-5 percent, they pay a 75 percent tax on the overage, but don’t surrender future picks. So, the Brewers conceivably could go as high as $4 million to dissuade Turang from going to LSU and not be penalized in next year’s Draft. But if Milwaukee signs any players from Rounds 11-40 to bonuses in excess of $125,000, that overage counts against the pool. Such deals remain a possibility, and would affect the amount available to Turang.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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CINCINNATI — The shorthanded Brewers skirted disaster for as long as they could Saturday, but in the seventh inning, disaster finally stuck.

With outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun down with injuries, and relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader off-limits for the day, the depleted Brewers yielded eight Reds runs before recording an out in the decisive seventh inning of a 12-3 loss at Great Ameri Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform can Ball Park, a go-ahead outburst punctuated by power-hitting pitcher Michael Lorenzen‘s pinch-hit grand slam.

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CINCINNATI — The shorthanded Brewers skirted disaster for as long as they could Saturday, but in the seventh inning, disaster finally stuck.

With outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun down with injuries, and relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader off-limits for the day, the depleted Brewers yielded eight Reds runs before recording an out in the decisive seventh inning of a 12-3 loss at Great American Ball Park, a go-ahead outburst punctuated by power-hitting pitcher Michael Lorenzen‘s pinch-hit grand slam.

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For the second time this season, Brewers manager Craig Counsell found himself on the wrong end of a score so lopsided, he sent a position player to the mound. Catcher Erik Kratz drew the assignment this time.

“We were kind of squeaking by for six innings there, then we put ourselves in a pretty good spot,” said Counsell. “But give them credit — they kept swinging the bats.”

Video: MIL@CIN: Counsell on the bullpen in the loss to Reds

Kratz was forced into his third career pitching appearance after 35-year-old left-hander Mike Zagurski didn’t retire any of the four hitters he faced in his first big league outing in five years, and Jacob Barnes surrendered a grand slam to Lorenzen — a no-doubter to left field that made it 10-3.

The quick strike turned a close game that the Brewers mostly led, into a blowout. Eric Thames continued his torment of the Reds with a home run in the first inning, and Jonathan Villar and Kratz delivered RBIs for a 3-1 lead in the sixth.

Video: MIL@CIN: Villar hits an opposite-field RBI double

Brewers pitching, meanwhile, held the line. The Reds loaded the bases with no outs against Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning and Taylor Williams in the sixth, but came away with a lone run each time.

Video: MIL@CIN: Chacin gets Votto to flyout, strands a pair

In the seventh, however, with high-leverage relief aces Jeffress and Hader down, and left-hander Dan Jennings in need of a day off himself, Cincinnati finally hit it big against Williams, Zagurski and Barnes.

“These were our guys today, and we knew before the game this was who we were going to have to get through the game with,” said Counsell. “These guys can’t pitch every day. They won us the last two games, and that’s how you’ve got to play it. There’ll be more games where Josh and J.J. weren’t available, and [closer Corey Knebel] is not available. You put yourself in a position to win, and that’s all you can ask.”

The Reds tied the game against Zagurski when Thames misplayed Scooter Gennett‘s fly ball in the sun for a game-tying RBI double, and took the lead when Jesse Winker punched a go-ahead RBI single through the left side.

Video: MIL@CIN: Gennett ties the game with an RBI double

Enter Barnes, who surrendered a two-run single to Adam Duvall and another base hit, before Lorenzen, a former Cal State Fullerton outfielder, smashed a fastball for a grand slam, his second home run in as many days and his third in his last three official at-bats. Lorenzen hit a solo shot off Chase Anderson on Friday.

“[Lorenzen] swings,” said Barnes. “We knew he can hit. But it was one of those things — down a couple, bases loaded, 1-0 count, he was geared up for a fa Customized Falcons Jersey stball and it was more over the plate than I liked, obviously.”

Zagurski took the loss in a high-leverage Brewers debut.

“It was probably more out of need at the time, but that’s a situation I need to handle, and I did Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey n’t do the job,” he said. “It’s just disappointing. Hopefully we’ll get a few more in there and straighten it out a little bit.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Zagurski vs. Votto: Zagurski’s first Major League appearance since September 2013 with the Yankees began with no outs, a runner at first, with the Brewers trying to protect a one-run lead and Joey Votto due to hit. Zagurski fired a series of 94-96-mph fastballs at the outside edge of the strike zone, as Votto worked a seven-pitch walk that put the go-ahead runner on base and put the Brewers in trouble.

Video: MIL@CIN: Zagurski walks Votto in 1st 2018 appearance

“I have to make a little better pitch,” Zagurski said. “If [the umpire] is not giving me that, I need to move it on the plate a little bit more, and I didn’t do that. No ill will towards him. I have a job to do, and I didn’t do it.”

“We didn’t give ‘Z’ some easy matchups,” Counsell said. “I understand that, but that’s how it works. That’s where we were at today. He made good pitches to Votto, there’s no question. He made really good pitches and [Votto] laid off of them.”

Perez vs. Votto: Hernan Perez has made a pair of scoreless appearances as a pitcher for the Brewers, so perhaps it was not surprising when he unleashed a strong throw from right field to third base on the fly in the fourth inning to retire Votto. It was a big moment with the Brewers leading 1-0.

Video: MIL@CIN: Perez nabs Votto at 3rd with a great throw

SOUND SMART
Thames’ home run gave him 14 in 22 games against the Reds and seven home runs in his first 39 at-bats at Great American Ball Park.

The Brewers have hit a home run in 18 straight games at the venue over the past three years, matching the Reds’ own record from 2010 for any team at the ballpark.

The Brewers also set a strikeout record. They whiffed 18 times, a season high for MIlwaukee, and a Reds club-record for a nine-inning game.

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Kratz might have surrendered a pair of runs on two hits and a walk, but he also struck out one of the Reds’ best hitters when he caught Eugenio Suarez looking at a knuckleball for the first out of the inning. Kratz also pitched for the Astros and Pirates in 2016.

Video: MIL@CIN: Kratz strikes out Suarez with 59-mph pitch

“We don’t want to wear anybody else’s arms out, so if it can get some guys fresh so we can use them tomorrow or the next day, I definitely take pride in that,” Kratz said. “I’d rather catch nine and go away with high fives, but we didn’t get it today.”

HE SAID IT
“Hey, he got three more outs than I did.” — Zagurski, on Kratz’s mound work

UP NEXT
Rookie sensation Freddy Peralta will make his fifth big league start when the Brewers and Reds finish their four-game series on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. CT. Peralta has 35 strikeouts in his first 22 2/3 big league innings while holding opponents to seven hits in 74 at-bats (.093). In two of his four starts, Peralta h Custom Cardinals Jersey as used a steady diet of high fastballs to log double-digit strikeouts while yielding only one hit, making him the only rookie in the live ball era with two such outings, and the only Brewers pitcher ever to have two such outings in his career. The Reds counter with former Mets ace Matt Harvey.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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CINCINNATI — Keon Broxton announced his return to the big leagues in a big way, and he picked the perfect night.

With Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich sidelined by injuries Friday night, and Ryan Braun about to join them on the bench, Broxton was a one-man highlight reel in an 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He hit his first two big league homers of 2018, drove in four runs, scored on a circus play and made a spectacular diving catch in a victory that carried the Brewers to the mathematical midpoint of their regular season with the National League’s best record.

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CINCINNATI — Keon Broxton announced his return to the big leagues in a big way, and he picked the perfect night.

With Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich sidelined by injuries Friday night, and Ryan Braun about to join them on the bench, Broxton was a one-man highlight reel in an 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He hit his first two big league homers of 2018, drove in four runs, scored on a circus play and made a spectacular diving catch in a victory that carried the Brewers to the mathematical midpoint of their regular season with the National League’s best record.

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Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton drills his 1st homer of the season

Chase Anderson pitched six stellar innings, and Milwaukee (48-33) maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over the second-place Cubs in the NL Central with 81 games in the books, and 81 to go.

“I think it’s probably one of my best games ever, honestly,” said Broxton, who was promoted from the Minors over the weekend after Cain hit the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury.

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Broxton, whose infield single in Thursday’s series opener was his only hit in his first two games back with the Brewers, smacked an RBI single in the second inning and a solo home run in the fourth against Reds starter Sal Romano, then he punctuated his productive night at the plate with a two-run shot in Milwaukee’s five-run ninth.

Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton belts his 2nd home run of the game

They were Broxton’s first home runs in the Majors since last season, when he was one of MLB’s nine 20/20 players, but also posted the league’s highest strikeout rate for a team that set the all-time strikeout record for a second straight season. That led GM David Stearns to acquire outfielders Cain and Yelich in January, which led to Broxton beginning the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Now, with their outfield depleted by injuries, the Brewers need him, and Broxton’s contributions weren’t limited to the long ball. In the eighth inning he teamed with Orlando Arcia to steal a run by spoiling a Reds rundown. In the ninth, Broxton robbed Scooter Gennett with a diving catch. Arcia flashed some leather earlier on a running grab to keep a hit from dropping in the outfield in the fifth.

Video: MIL@CIN: Arcia makes a tough sliding basket grab

“That’s a great performance,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “I think it speaks to our depth again. We’ve had a couple guys come up and have games like that, where they’ve made really, really meaningful contributions. The [Ji-Man Choi] game comes to mind. [Broxton] had a heck of a game, for sure.”

Video: MIL@CIN: Counsell discusses Broxton’s stellar game

Broxton’s efforts were amplified by the fact the Brewers were without Cain and Yelich, who sat out with a stiff back. They also lost Braun in the seventh inning when he developed back stiffness of his own and had to leave the game.

Anderson moved to 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA by holding the Reds to one run on two hits — Tucker Barnhart‘s shift-beating single down the third-base line with one out in the fourth inning, and Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen‘s line-drive home run with one out in the sixth. Anderson also walked one and struck out five.

“The thing I’m most excited about is not what I did, but for [Broxton] to come up here and step in, and continue what he did last year,” Anderson said. “Obviously, he’s a big league player who was kind of out of luck in Spring Training. When we got Yelich and Cain, there wasn’t a spot for him.

Video: MIL@CIN: Anderson fans 5 over 6 innings of 1-run ball

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“To come up and do what he did tonight — just an all-around game. That’s really good for us right now. It gave us a little bit of a boost when we needed it.”

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It was still a tight game in the eighth when Broxton turned a potential baserunning mistake into a big insurance run. One pitch after he and Arcia pulled off a double steal, Broxton was nearly picked offat third base. But in a play reminiscent of an escape pulled off by Cain and Yelich against the Cubs earlier this month, Arcia and Broxton managed to extend the rundown long enough to draw a throw back to second base, which allowed Broxton to score.

Video: Must C Crafty: Broxton escape Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey s rundown to steal a run

“Keon caused a little traffic jam, but there’s no question Arcia’s paying attention to the game against the Cubs when Cain does it, and he did the same exact thing,” Counsell said. “It turned out a little bit different, but it disrupted their rundown, obviously. At the time, it was a huge run to make it 3-1.”

SOUND SMART
The Brewers have hit a home run in 17 straight games at Great American Ball Park over the past three years, tying for the second-longest streak by any team — including the Reds. The home team holds the mark for the longest such streak, with a long ball in 18 straight games in 2010.

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After the Brewers padded their lead with a five-run rally in the ninth, Broxton put the finishing touch on his career night when he dove for Gennett’s fly ball to the right-center-field gap and made a terrific diving catch. The umpires took a second look and confirmed the call.

Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton lays out for a  Custom Cardinals Jersey stellar diving catch

“Scooter’s probably going to be really mad at me,” Broxton said of his former Brewers teammate, “but he’s going to have to wear that one, I guess.”

HE SAID IT
“Look, we’ve earned this. We’ve earned where we’re at. It’s been a successful first half of the season, and now we’ve got to keep backing it up.” — Counsell

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin was the Brewers’ steadiest starting pitcher before he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park earlier this week. He’ll look to bounce back in Saturday’s 3:10 p.m. CT game against Tyler Mahle and the Reds at Great American Ball Park, where Chacin is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in five career games and four starts.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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