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MILWAUKEE — It seems it’s been a different player every day for the surging Brewers. On Monday, it was a different player in a notably different spot.

In Ryan Braun‘s first start in two years batting below his usual thre Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey e-hole — and his first start hitting fifth since an injury-plagued 2014 — he reached safely in all four plate appearances, with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — It seems it’s been a different player every day for the surging Brewers. On Mo Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey nday, it was a different player in a notably different spot.

In Ryan Braun‘s first start in two years batting below his usual three-hole — and his first start hitting fifth since an injury-plagued 2014 — he Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey reached safely in all four plate appearances, with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Miller Park.

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Milwaukee starter Brent Suter chipped in at the plate with a two-run double Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey in the fourth inning and Jonathan Villar hit a game-breaking, three-run home run in the seventh to seal the Brewers’ seventh win in the first eight games of a homestand, and their 14th win in 18 games overall. The Brewers have the best record in the National League at 35-20, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs and five ahead of the Cardinals.

Milwaukee has scored 37 runs while winning its last four games, including Saturday’s 17-run romp of the Mets. Every one of the runs scored Monday came via two-out hits, and relievers Taylor Williams, Matt Albers and Jacob Barnes supplied four more scoreless innings out of Major League Baseball’s stingiest bullpen.

Video: STL@MIL: Braun on hitting 5th in the order

“When you’re playing like this, it’s really important to rack up as many wins as possible because you know you’re not going to be able to fire on all cylinders at all times,” said Braun. “I think we’ve done a really good job of taking advantage to this point of the fact that we’ve done everything well over the last couple of weeks.”

Braun led the way Monday. He doubled and scored in the second inning, singled and scored on Suter’s double in the fourth, added a broken-bat RBI single in the fifth inning that made it a 5-3 lead, then took an intentional walk and scored on Villar’s homer in the seventh.

Video: STL@MIL: Braun smacks a double the other way in 2nd

Brewers manager Craig Counsell considers most discussions about batting lineups a waste of time, but Monday marked an exception. Besides Braun’s limited production so far — he has never posted a wRC+ below 110 in his first 11 seasons, but is at 91 after gaining 10 points Monday — the decision was fueled by Jesus Aguilar‘s recent run. Aguilar has hit seven of his nine home runs and logged 19 of his 30 RBIs on the season during the Brewers’ 18-game hot streak.

Video: Counsell on lineup shift paying early dividends

“Jesus has been as hot as any hitter in baseball for the last couple of weeks,” Counsell said. “Ryan is just off the [disabled list]. Right now, this is, to me, the best construction for us. I can tell you it will change in the days ahead.

“I talked to Ryan, and quite frankly, Ryan had the same idea because of what Jesus has been doing. I think he was very cool with it.”

Said Braun: “I suggested it. I didn’t know if [Counsell] was going to be hesitant or afraid to bring it up — like he was going to offend me or something. … They’re obviously able to do whatever they want, but I just wanted him to know that I was fine with it, and I think we’re both on the same page with it.”

Braun will need more good days to get back to his benchmark level of production. His .308 wOBA is 75 points below his career average, and his .728 OPS is 171 points off the mark.

But Braun pointed to another advanced stat: a .257 batting average on balls in play, way below the norm, and an indication, when coupled with a hard-hit rate right around his career average, of some bad luck.

“At some point, you have to change something up and your luck changes a bit,” he said. “It was a good start today.”

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Suter double: The Brewers pitcher hit a 433-foot home run against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber earlier this month, so Suter is no easy out. Still, Cardinals starter Luke Weaver had the matchup he wanted when Suter stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, especially when Suter fell into an 0-2 count. But Suter stayed alive to make it an eight-pitch at-bat, fouling off a trio of two-strike pitches before pulling a hard ground ball past Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez for a two-run double and a 4-2 Brewers lead.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter helps his own cause with 2-run double

“Got the pitcher up there and tried to make some quick work out of him,” said Weaver. “But he had a pretty legendary at-bat.”

Said Villar: “Changeups, slider, breaking balls. [Suter] every time was ‘take it, take it, take it.’ Really?” said Villar. “He looked like a position player up there, not a pitcher.”

Villar homers: It’s been a difficult season and a half for the switch-hitting Villar, especially from the right side of the plate. But his first right-handed home run came in a big spot Monday, a three-run shot into the Brewers’ bullpen off Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil that extended a two-run lead to 8-3. Just as importantly, it meant another day of rest for Brewers relief weapon Josh Hader, who had been warming in that bullpen before Villar padded the lead.

Video: STL@MIL: Villar hammers a no-doubt 3-run homer

“That’s what add-on runs do. Add-on runs change the nature of the bullpen game,” said Counsell. “It’s a nice thing. We’ll have Josh available [Tuesday].”

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Suter, who kept the Cardinals off-balance aside from home runs off the bats of Yairo Munoz and Matt Carpenter in a three-run fifth inning, endured a scare in the second when Harrison Bader‘s comebacker hit him on the left side of the chest.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter gets the out after being hit in chest

Suter was surprisingly specific.

“It was on the nipple area,” he said with a straight face. “They came out and asked, ‘How are you doing?’ I said, ‘Good.’ ‘Where’d it get you?’ ‘Right on the nipple area.’ I didn’t know what else to say. They were all chuckling, and the umpire was having a good laugh, too, but it was fine. It was one of those plays I was trying to get the glove up a bit and I missed it, and I just bodied it up.”

HE SAID IT
“It means we’ve got a night game tomorrow. I mean, I guess we’re two months in, or close to two months in. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, man. We’ve got a great journey ahead of us, and it’s a rollercoaster ahead. We’re ready to take the ride. I would say get on and enjoy the ride.” — Counsell, when asked what it means to clear Memorial Day in first place

UP NEXT
The Brewers and Cardinals continue their three-game series Tuesday night at Miller Park as Milwaukee nears the end of its 10-game homestand. Zach Davies (2-4, 4.74) will start for the Brewers after losing his first start off the disabled list, allowing four earned runs in four innings vs. the Mets. Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.88) will start for St. Louis. Game time is 6:40 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 — “Don’t look at the standings until Memorial Day,” they say. If any of the Brewers looked Monday morning, they no doubt liked what they saw.

Besides reaching that traditional milestone on the Major League calendar, the Brewers crossed the mathematical one-third point of the regular season with Sunday’s 8-7 win over the Mets at Miller Park. Here’s a statistical look at where they stood after playing 33.3 percent of the schedule:

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MILWAUKEE — “Don’t look at the standings until Memorial Day,” they say. If any of the Brewers looked Monday morning, they no doubt liked what they saw.

Besides reaching that traditional milestone on the Major League calendar, the Brewers crossed the mathematical one-third point of the regular season with Sunday’s 8-7 win over the Mets at Miller Park. Here’s a statistical look at where they stood after playing 33.3 percent of the schedule:

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• At 34-20, the Brewers matched the Astros for the third-best record in MLB, they have the best record in the National League. It’s also the best record on the morning of Memorial Day in Brewers history, and marks the sixth time in 50 seasons as a franchise — though the third time in the past five years — that the team was in first place.

• Milwaukee ranked fifth in the NL with a 3.47 ERA, fueled by baseball’s best bullpen. Brewers relievers were first in MLB with a 2.49 ERA and 10.24 strikeouts per nine innings entering Monday, and second to the D-backs with a 1.12 WHIP.

• Leading that relief corps was l Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey eft-hander Josh Hader and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. One really good measure of their value is RE24, a statistic that measures a player’s impact on run expectancy in context — giving Jeffress credit, for example, for his bases-loaded escapes. Jeffress’ 17.38 RE24 is best among Major League relievers, and Hader was third at 13.42. Between them, Hader and Jeffress posted a 0.76 ERA and a .101 batting average against (19-for-189) in 59 1/3 innings through the season’s first third.

Video: NYM@MIL: Jeffress on tying Brewers’ club record

• The starting rotation was below average. Brewers starters were eighth in the NL with a 1.30 WHIP, 10th with a 4.19 ERA and 14th with 7.16 K/9.

• Offensively, the Brewers were right in the middle of the NL — eighth of 15 — with 4.3 runs per game. But that figure has trended upward since May 10, when the team began a long road trip Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  at hitter-friendly Coors Field and started hitting. In their first 17 games since that date, including Saturday’s 17-run outburst against the Mets, the Brewers led the Majors with 5.65 runs per game and led the NL with 1.53 home runs per game.

• The Brewers still strike out. After setting all-time Major League records for whiffs in each of the last two seasons, the Brewers had the worst strikeout rate in MLB through their first 54 games, at 25.6 percent.

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw homers in Brewers’ 7-run 4th inning

So there was good and bad. And there’s still a lot of baseball to play.

“I think the experience that we had down the stretch last year will help with the guys that return, and then obviously you add [Christian] Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain and it’s a huge addition for the offense,” said Travis Shaw. “The bullpen’s been lights out. You have a bullpen like that, you’re pretty much in every single game. There’s a lot of differences from last year that are positive this year.”

Last call

• Injured pitchers Jimmy Nelson (right shoulder surgery) and Wade Miley (right obique) returned from layoffs to play catch in the outfield at Miller Park on Monday morning. For Nelson, it represented a restart after he took 10 days off from throwing following a checkup with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Nelson received assurances during that visit that his shoulder is healing as expected.

• First baseman Eric Thames, who was a month removed from left thumb surgery as of Monday, is scheduled to see the surgeon again Tuesday in Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  Phoenix.

“He’s played catch and has been working out in the field, but he’s not hitting yet,” Counsell said. “I think that’s the step we’re looking to take after [Tuesday]. We’ll see if we get the green light for that, but we anticipate we will.”

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 — By every conceivable measure, Josh Hader‘s results have been fantastic. But is his pace sustainable?

Brewers manager Craig Counsell believes so.

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MILWAUKEE — By every conceivable measure, Josh Hader‘s results have been fantastic. But is his pace sustainable?

Brewers manager Craig Counsell believes so.

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Counsell addressed the topic in the wake of Hader’s latest multi-inning gem in Friday’s 4-3, 10-inning win over the Mets. It was the left-hander’s 14th relief appearance of more than one inning an Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey d 12th of at least two full innings, most in the Majors on both counts, and put Hader on a pace to pitch 97 1/3 regular-season innings over 56 games, which would include 36 appearances of at least two innings.

No reliever has pitched two-plus innings that many times in a season since Mariano Rivera did so 35 times for the 1996 Yankees.

One can’t quibble with the results so far. Hader entered Saturday fifth among all National League pitchers in Fangraphs’ version of Wins Above Replacement and 12th with 62 strikeouts, even though he’s a reliever.

“Every time he’s pitched two innings, he’s had two days’ rest,” Counsell said. “And he hasn’t been up [warming in the bullpen] at all. And the pitches have always been in a certain range.

“There’s no exact formula to that stuff. We’re trying to be consistent with it, with all the guys. We look at it every day and make our judgements and make our determinations. Sometimes you have to say he’s not available. It’s just the way it is. That’s why you have an eight-man bullpen — they have to share the load.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Hader strikes out 6 for final 6 outs

They have shared the load. Jeremy Jeffress entered Saturday on pace for 81 appearances, which would be third most in franchise history behind Ken Sanders (83 in 1971) and Ray King (82 in 2001). Lefty Dan Jennings was on pace for 75 games before Saturday’s contest, and Matt Albers 62. Taylor Williams was on pace for 50 games an Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale d 53 innings in his second full season back from Tommy John surgery.

Video: NYM@MIL: Jeffress retires Rosario, escapes jam in 9th

Those projections look sustainable to Counsell, especially with closer Corey Knebel and veteran left-hander Boone Logan back from the disabled list to Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey help carry the relief load, as well as a group of young pitchers with options shuttling back and forth between Milwaukee and the Minor Leagues with fresh arms. Adrian Houser, summoned Friday, is currently in that spot.

“Yeah, I am [comfortable with the current usage],” Counsell said. “Looking back on last year, I probably had more concerns last year as to where we were at. I do feel really good about it this year.”

Last call
• Houser, whose return to the Major Leagues on Friday might have been overshadowed by a series of other roster moves that included shortstop Orlando Arcia‘s demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs, did not enter the season expecting to be part of the Brewers’ bullpen shuttle in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.

“I figured, if anything, it wouldn’t be until later in the year,” Houser said. “Just because they wanted to make sure I was staying healthy. It’s been real exciting to get a couple of calls here.”

• Houser had good things to say about Double-A Biloxi teammate Corey Ray, the former first-round Draft pick who reached safely four more times in Friday’s win at Mobile and entered Saturday with a .263/.352/.495 slash line and 26 extra-base hits, 20 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 47 games. Ray, the Brewers’ No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, enters Saturday leading the Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Southern League in extra-base hits and total bases (94), tied for the league lead in steals and among the leaders in doubles (tied for second with 15) and runs (tied for third, 33).

• Right-hander Luis Ortiz, Milwaukee’s No. 4 prospect, returned Thursday fr Tomas Plekanec Jersey om a month-long stint on the Double-A disabled list for a left hamstring injury and surrendered five earned runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings at Mobile.

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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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Playing in his second full season, Anderson Tejeda’s power is starting to show in earnest.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Playing in his second full season, Anderson Tejeda’s power is starting to Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale show in earnest.

Tejeda, the Rangers’ No. 12 prospect, launched a pair of two-run homers and collected a season-high four hits on Sunday as he helped to power Class A Advanced Down East past Frederick, 11-4. He also hit a double and scored a career-best four runs in the contest, finishing 4-for-5 at the plate.

The multi-homer performance was Tejeda’s second in 284 career games. He previously accomplished the feat on Aug. 28, 2016, as a member of Class A Short Season Spokane in the Northwest League.

What’s more, Tejeda’s now gone deep three times in his past two games to push his season total to eight home runs in 48 games for the Wood Ducks. It’s the same total the 20-year-old shortstop posted last season over 115 games in the Class A South Atlantic League, and two shy of the career-high mark he established across three levels in 2016.

Altogether, Tejeda has produced a .270/.337/.492 batting line with 22 extra-base hits and a Carolina League-leading 41 RBIs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 19 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins’ No. 1) went deep in his first two at-bats in Game 1 of  Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Class A Cedar Rapids’ doubleheader, marking his first career multi-homer game. The 18-year-old shortstop hit a solo shot in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third to finish 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He followed in the nightcap with a 1-for-3 effort that included a walk-off sacrifice fly. Lewis, the 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick, is hitting .303 on the season, with a .757 OPS, three home runs and 13 steals through 36 games.

Watch: Lewis homers again

&# Tomas Plekanec Jersey 8226; No. 31 overall prospect Luis Urias (Padres’ No. 3) started the scoring for Triple-A El Paso with a first-inning solo shot, his fifth home run of the season. The 20-year-old second baseman, in addition to slashing .290/.406/.444 through 45 games, is now one home run shy of matching the career-high total he posted over 123 games in 2016.

Watch: Urias cracks homer

• No. 52 overall prospect Kolby Allard (Braves’ No. 6) lowered his Triple-A ERA to 2.09, the second-best mark in the International League, behind seven innings of two-run ball in a win for Triple-A Gwinnett. The 20-year-old left-hander allowed two hits while striking out and walking two apiece and throwing 58 of his 87 pitches for strikes. He ranks second in the circuit with 56 innings pitched and has completed at least six frames in six straight starts.

Video: Top Prospects: Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves

• No. 55 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels’ No. 1) blasted a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for Class A Advanced Inland Empire to spoil Rancho Cucamonga’s attempt at a combined no-hitter. The homer was Adell’s second in six games since joining the 66ers, and he’s now gone deep eight times in 31 games on the season.

Watch: Adell knocks two-run shot

Brewers No. 17 prospect Jake Gatewood went 3-for-5 with three run-scoring hits, as his solo home runs in the sixth and eighth innings and RBI single in the ninth proved to be the difference in Double-A Biloxi’s 6-3 win over Mobile. The 22-year-old first baseman has homered three times in his past three games and nine times on the season, tying him for second in the Southern League. On the mound for the Shuckers, Trey Supak carried a no-hit bid for 3 2/3 frames before completing five innings of two-run ball to earn the win in his Double-A debut. The 21-year-old righty was promoted to Biloxi after ranking second in the Carolina League with a 1.76 ERA in 51 innings (nine starts).

Watch: Gatewood crushes second homer

Mariners No. 21 prospect Chase De Jong struck out eight in eight innings, both season highs, as Double-A Arkansas defeated Frisco, 6-2. He allowed five hits, including a two-run home run in the eighth inning, before completing t Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey he frame. De Jong issued one walk and generated seven ground-ball outs while throwing 70 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

Nationals No. 8 prospect Wil Crowe improve to 6-0 in his ninth outing for Class A Advanced Potomac, firing six scoreless innings to lead the P-Nats past Winston-Salem, 4-0. He allowed five hits, issued one walk and registered five strikeouts. The 2017 second-rounder has been solid in his first full season, posting a 2.54 ERA with 44 strikeouts and a .223 batting average against in 49 2/3 innings to go along with an unblemished record.

Video: Top Prospects: Wil Crowe, RHP, Nationals

Orioles No. 7 prospect Keegan Akin mixed two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts over season-high seven scoreless innings to pace Double-A Bowie in a 4-0 shutout of Binghamton. It was Akin’s second double-digit strikeout performance this season after he previously fanned 12 batters on May 1. The 23-year-old lefty has pitched to a 2.97 ERA in his first Double-A campaign, striking out 63 in 57 2/3 innings spanning 10 starts.

Watch: Akin records 10th strikeout

Phillies No. 12 prospect Enyel De Los Santos proved tough to square up, but struggled with his control, allowing one earned run on one hit with five walks and seven strikeouts in a loss for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 22-year-old righty is pacing the International League with a 1.40 ERA through 51 1/3 innings (nine starts) during which he’s limited hitters to a .194 average while compiling 56 strikeouts and 20 walks.

White Sox No. 18 prospect Luis Gonzalez filled out the box score by going 2-for-2 with a game-opening home run, a double, two walks and four runs scored out of the leadoff spot in Class A Kannapolis’ Game 1 doubleheader win over West Virginia. The 22-year-old outfielder would add a triple in the nightcap, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. A 2017 third-rounder out of New Mexico, Gonzalez is slashing .337/.393/.558 with 22 extra-base hits in his first full season.

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MILWAUKEE — It was the Brewers’ bats to the rescue for Chase Anderson on Saturday.

Anderson surrendered three runs in a 42-pitch marathon of a first inning, and the Brewers answered right back with three in the bottom half. Anderson was bit by season-long trouble with the home run leading off each of the next two innings, and the Brewers answered again. And again. And again.

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MILWAUKEE — It was the Brewers’ bats to the rescue for Chase Anderson on Saturday.

Anderson surrendered three runs in a 42-pitch marathon of a first inning, and the Brewers answered right back with three in the bottom half. Anderson was bit by season-long trouble with the home run leading off each of the next two innings, and the Brewers answered again. And again. And again.

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They kept answering, all the way to their highest run total in eight years in a 17-6 win at Miller Park.

By the time third-base coach Ed Sedar stopped waving runners home, the Brewers were 13 games over .500 for the first time this season at a National League-best 33-20. It was their fifth victory in six games on the current homestand and 12th in their last 16 games overall.

“We were relentless on offense today,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who was playing for the team the last time it scored as much in a game — an 18-1 win at Wrigley Field in August 2010. “There were tough at-bats all the way through.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Counsell on dominant offense, Anderson

Christian Yelich gave the Brewers their first lead with a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Lorenzo Cain reached five times, while Yelich, Jesus Aguilar and Hernan Perez drove in three runs apiece and Erik Kratz homered in his Brewers debut. Milwaukee tallied a season-high 19 hits at the expense of Mets starter Jason Vargas and four relievers.

Those hitters had company. Nine players scored at least once and drove in at least one run, a franchise record. Milwaukee surpassed its season high for runs and hits during a game-breaking seven-run seventh inning.

Video: NYM@MIL: Yelich legs out an RBI triple to right field

All those runs helped wash away a troubling start for Anderson, the latest Brewers pitcher to encounter struggles in the wake of an Opening Day start.

“It was early,” said Yelich. “We hadn’t even come to bat yet. The way we feel as a team right now, it was just chip away. W Tomas Plekanec Jersey e didn’t necessarily think we had to get all three back there in the first, but chip away, and we felt that as the game unfolded, we would be able to be in it at the end.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Yelich on offensive surge in 17-6 win

Said Mets left-hander Vargas: “They weren’t ready to lay down at all. They were ready to come right back. I didn’t think I made many bad pitches.”

Anderson, meanwhile, cited a mechanical issue he described as fixable to explain his 80-pitch, three-inning slog. His long first inning was filled mostly with close misses and soft hits, but the ensuing home runs in the second and third are a problem — Anderson has allowed 13 this season in 55 innings on the way to a 4.42 ERA. The right-hander was removed after 3 2/3 innings, having allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks.

During his breakthrough in 2017, Anderson allowed 14 home runs in 141 1/3 innings with a 2.74 ERA, and he was rewarded in the offseason with a contract extension.

“I was battling a couple of [mechanical] issues with the ‘break’ in my hands. I couldn’t get on top of pitches,” Anderson said. “I’ll get it right. I’m not really worried about it.”

Of the Brewers’ offense, Anderson said, “It’s dangerous. Shoot, if we can continue just to score three, four, five runs a game, I know this pitching staff can give our team a chance to win.”

On Saturday, they scored a lot more than that.

Video: NYM@MIL: Aguilar rips a 2-run single to center

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Brand new ballgame: The Mets had a 3-0 lead before many of the 37,258 fans had found their seats, but Yelich and Braun took walks from Vargas in the bottom of the first inning before the Brewers evened the score through Travis Shaw‘s RBI single and Perez’s two-run double.

“It was ballgame for us from then on, really,” said Counsell. “The fact that we got right back in it, you felt like you made it a game.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Perez rips a 2-run double down the line

First impression: Kratz, acquired from the Yankees on Friday for future considerations, became the 27th player to homer in his Brewers debut. His first Major League home run since 2016 came with two outs in the fifth inning and Milwaukee leading by a single run. After Kratz extended the frame, it turned into a three-run inning.

“I’m sure the game didn’t start off the way he wanted to, either, trying to get Chase through that first inning,” Counsell said. “The home run, that was a big spot. Two outs, nobody on, nothing going on. We go from zero to a three-spot right there pretty fast.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Kratz clobbers a solo home run to left field

SOUND SMART
Kratz, at 37 years, 345 days old, became the most “seasoned” Brewers player since the final game of Counsell’s playing career. Counsell was 41 years, 38 days old for his final regular-season game in September 2011.

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Brewers reliever Dan Jennings had an eventful fifth inning. With a runner aboard and one out, he started Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez with a 69-mph fastball for a called strike. Gonzalez appeared as if he couldn’t believe it.

“Somebody yelled, ‘Step off!’ I think the runner was dancing off [first base],” Jennings said. “It was right as I was lifting my leg, so rather than balk, I decided I would rather take a 1-0 count. It didn’t really work out that way.

“[The strike] was a total accident. I tried not to laugh, and I looked back at [shortstop Tyler] Saladino and he was cracking up so hard. I was like, ‘Can’t we at least act like I meant to do that?'”

Video: NYM@MIL: Jennings tosses 69-mph pitch to avoid balk

Then, in the bottom of the inning, he singled for his second hit this season in three at-bats. Jennings was a good hitter in high school in Des Moines, Iowa, “but that was a long time ago,” he said. He wound up scoring on Yelich’s two-run double.

“You have to give ‘Murph’ credit on that one,” said Jennings, referring to bench coach Pat Murphy. “He goes, ‘If [Kratz] hits a homer, you’re hitting. Not two seconds later, he hit a homer. Otherwise, [pinch-hitter Domingo Santana] was going up. … Cain was mad at me because I took his bat to the plate. I didn’t expect to hit.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Yelich ropes a 2-run double to left field

HE SAID IT
“Maybe. I mean, it’s rare when you’re in those opportunities. It’s so hard to do. A lot of things have to go right to be even in that position, and a lot Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale of guys were having fun with it on the bench, for sure.” — Yelich, asked whether he was thinking about the cycle during his final at-bat in the seventh that saw him ground out after a few big hacks

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Amid the Brewers’ big rally in the seventh inning, Perez was initially called out at first base after Jose Reyes bobbled his ground ball, but it required only 25 seconds to overturn th Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey at call. Milwaukee made the most of that out, using it to score the final three of their seven runs in the frame.

UP NEXT
In Jhoulys Chacin, the Brewers will send their most consistent starting pitcher to the mound for the start of Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. CT series finale against the Mets. Chacin is 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his last eight starts, and the team is 8-3 this season when he takes the mound. He’ll work opposite Mets starter Zack Wheeler, the right-hander who nearly became a Brewer in July 2015 before Mets officials nixed the teams’ trade.

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MILWAUKEE — Early in the Brewers’ 8-7 win on Sunday, after the Mets had rattled off five singles against Jhoulys Chacin in a four-run second inning Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey  that dropped Milwaukee into an early deficit for the second straight day, big first baseman Jesus Aguilar found Chacin in the dugout for a few prophetic words.

“He told me, ‘Don’t worry. Keep it there, and we’re going to come back,'” said Chacin.

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MILWAUKEE — Early in the Brewers’ 8-7 win on Sunday, after the Mets had rattled off five singles against Jhoulys Chacin in a four-run second inning that dropped Milwaukee into an early deficit for the secon Tomas Plekanec Jersey d straight day, big first baseman Jesus Aguilar found Chacin in the dugout for a few prophetic words.

“He told me, ‘Don’t worry. Keep it there, and we’re going to come back,'” said Chacin.

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“That’s true,” said Aguilar. “I said, ‘Hold it right there. Don’t worry about the hitting because we’re hitting good, and we’re going to be back. We’re going to win this game.’ That’s what I said to him.”

Aguilar was right.

It took not one, but two Brewers comebacks, but Aguilar was right.

Propelling the Brewers past the mathematical one-third mark of the regular season to the traditional Memorial Day benchmark with the best record in the National League, Aguilar hit a tying, three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning and drove in Milwaukee’s first four runs to fuel one of those comebacks, then took a key two-out walk to aid another in a four-run seventh inning that pushed the team over the top.

Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar delivered the run-scoring hits in that decisive rally to send the Brewers to their fifth consecutive series victory. They are 13-4 in that stretch and 34-20 overall, best in the NL.

Aguilar, who began the season as Milwaukee’s third-string first baseman but has seized the position in the wake of injuries to Eric Thames and Ryan Braun, has had an offensive resurgence in that stretch. During the team’s 17-game hot streak, Aguilar is batting .302 with seven of his nine home runs and 19 of his 30 RBIs on the season.

Video: NYM@MIL Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale : Aguilar drives in Cain with game’s first run

Just like the Brewers’ three-run first inning Saturday after the Mets had jumped to an early 3-0 lead on Chase Anderson, Aguilar’s answer in the third inning on Sunday was like hitting the reset button.

“It was a whole new ballgame,” manager Craig Counsell said.

Chacin limited the Mets to one more run while pitching into the seventh, when Asdrubal Cabrera greeted Boone Logan with a home run that gave the Mets a 6-4 lead.

Once again, the Brewers mounted a comeback. With starter Zack Wheeler out of the game in the bottom of the seventh and relievers Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald in his stead, Aguilar kept a threat alive with a two-out walk before Shaw, Santana and Villar delivered successive run-scoring hits. Shaw’s single made it a one-run game, Santana’s two-run double gave the Brewers the lead, and Villar’s double provided insurance.

Video: NYM@MIL: Shaw brings home Yelich with 2-out single

Relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel closed it out, with Jeffress matching a franchise record with his 23rd consecutive appearance without being charged with a run, and Knebel rebounding from Devin Mesoraco‘s leadoff homer in the ninth to log his fourth save.

The Brewers have a three-game lead on second-place St. Louis entering a three-game series between those National League Central rivals beginning Monday afternoon at Miller Park.

“This isn’t a fluke,” said Shaw, who has reached safely in 13 straight games with a .418 on-base percentage. “I think we have some staying power this year. I’m excited to see what happens over the summer. There’s still a long way to go, but I think we’re all pleased with where we are right now.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Chacin, Aguilar on guaranteed comeback

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Catching a break: It was a little thing, but Aguilar admitted the Brewers caught a break when home-plate umpire Rob Drake called ball 4 on Gsellman’s 3-1 fastball to Aguilar in the decisive seventh. The Brewers capitalized, starting with Shaw’s run-scoring single off Blevins and following with Santana’s go-ahead double off the end of his bat against Sewald.

Video: NYM@MIL: Santana flicks go-ahead 2-run double into RF

“For me, it was a strike,” Aguilar said. “I was kind of surprised. It was a little bit down, but still a good pitch. But he called it a ball. I’ll take it. When I was hitting, I was trying to bring up Travis with somebody on base. Then Santana, all the guys tried to make good things [happen].”

“That’s definitely a big pitch,” said Gsellman. “I needed that, but he didn’t give it to me. I let it be known.”

Knebel closes it: Counsell believes his bullpen is best with Knebel pitching in the traditional closer’s role, which is why the Brewers abandoned their committee approach when Knebel returned from a month-long absence for a hamstring injury. But Knebel, who suffered a blown save in Friday’s extra-innings Brewers win, was shaky for the second straight appearance on Sunday. Mesoraco hit his second pitch for a solo home run to straightaway center field, and two batters later, Knebel walked Amed Rosario with one out to put the tying runner on base. But he recovered to strike out Cabrera and Michael Conforto to end the game.

Video: NYM@MIL: Knebel fans Conforto to lock down the save

“That was important for Corey, for sure,” said Counsell. “He needed that. He had a little adversity with the walk and the home run, but he came back and got two really good, really tough hitters that he made good pitches to.”

SOUND SMART
Jeffress’ numbers are like something out of a video game, starting with his 0.32 ERA and .085 opponents’ average after 28 innings. Sunday marked his 23rd consecutive appearance without being charged a run, matching a single-season franchise record shared by Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford (both in 2013) and Doug Jones (1997).

Video: NYM@MIL: Jeffress on tying Brewers’ club record

What has keyed Jeffress’ success this season?

“Have fun,” he said. “I love smiling. I love having fun. That’s the best thing. When I wake up in the morning, I know I’m coming to the park and having fun.”

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Chacin needed every out he could get in the Mets’ 10-batter second inning, and shortstop Eric Sogard provided a big one when he scaled the tarp to catch Wilmer Flores‘ foul popup for the second out of the inning with the bases loaded. Jay Bruce promptly ended the threat with a flyout to the warning track in left-center field.

Video: NYM@MIL: Sogard makes awesome grab on top of the tarp

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Chacin was solid after that long second inning, with one exception. He grooved a 1-2 fastball to Conforto in the fifth inning and Conforto hit it to dead center field for what initially was ruled a tie-breaking home run. The umpires reviewed the play, however, and determined the baseball had hit the yellow line atop the wall and bounced back into play. Conforto eventually scored anyway, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead.

Video: NYM@MIL: Conforto’s homers gets overturned to double

UP NEXT
The Cardinals took two of three from the Brewers at Miller Park in April before the Brewers took two of three from the Cardinals in St. Louis. Milwaukee will try to reclaim home-field advantage when the rivals meet again for a three-game series that begins with an afternoon affair on Memorial Day. Left-hander Brent Suter starts opposite Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver at 1:10 p.m. CT on Monday.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Even at No. 9 overall, Brewers officials were not sure when the 2017 Draft began whether Keston Hiura would be on the board for their pick.

This year, at No. 21 overall, projecting is even more difficult.

M Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey ILWAUKEE — Even at No. 9 overall, Brewers officials were not sure when the 2017 Draft began whether Keston Hiura would be on the board for their pick.

This year, at No. 21 overall, projecting is even more difficult.

“At this point,” said Brewers amateur scouting director Tod Johnson, “everyone is just throwing darts and trying to figure it out.”

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It’s a challenge Johnson relishes, considering Draft order is based upon teams’ Major League records in the preceding season.

“I would much rather have had a very successful year last year and be picking at 21 than the opposite,” he said. “It’s harder, and you have to manage it differently, and your expectations have to be adjusted accordingly. But hopefully, next year we’ll pick even later.”

The 2018 Draft will take place on June 4-6, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, June 4. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at noon ET.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying. Here’s how the Draft is shaping up for the Brewers, who have three picks on Day 1:

In about 50 words
The Brewers will have to do more with less in this Draft. It’s the result of being competitive last season and just as competitive during the offseason, since signing free agent Lorenzo Cain cost not only Cain’s $80 million, but forced the Brewers to forfeit their third-round pick.

The scoop
The Brewers have three selections on Day 1 — Nos. 21, 60 and 73 overall — then don’t pick again until No. 125 overall on Day 2. Compare that to last year, when their first four picks were Nos. 9, 34, 46 and 84.

In addition to lower picks, it means a lower pool of money to sign players. More on that later.

“It’s a different dynamic as far as the group of players you’re looking at [for the first-round pick],” Johnson said. “Last year at this time, we had a fairly tight list of guys we were considering. Now it’s much bigger than that. There’s a lot less certainty right now about who is going to be there.”

Video: Draft Report: Shane McClanahan, College pitcher

First-round buzz
MLB.com’s most recent Mock Draft linked the Brewers to University of South Florida left-hander Shane McClanahan, who can touch 100 mph with his fastball and has a plus changeup. But locally, the first-round buzz is all about Waukesha’s Jarred Kelenic, who has a chance to become the first Wisconsin player ever drafted among the top 10 overall picks.

The left-handed-hitting outfielder graduated one semester early from Waukesha West High School so he could focus all of his energy on prepping for the Draft.

“He’s a great kid. I’ve spent some time with him,” Johnson said. “He was around the ballpark with Team USA last summer. I went down and saw him a couple of times with the Hitters’ Baseball program down in Racine that he plays with. Good kid. Good player.

“He’s going to be drafted [high]. I don’t know where he’s going to go. I can’t say for sure that he’s going to be there at 21 or not. But yeah, I am very comfortable saying he is going to be a first-rounder.”

If Kelenic is available at No. 21, would local sentimentality creep into the decision?

“We work hard to make the decision on objective factors, without that emotional piece of it,” Johnson said. “So we would evaluate him as a player the same way we would evaluate anyone else. Would it be a great story? Sure, it would be a fantastic story.”

Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club’s selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team’s selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

Any team going up to 5 percent over its allotted pool will be taxed on the overage.

This year, the Brewers have $6,611,900 to spend in the first 10 rounds, the sixth-smallest pool of MLB’s 30 teams. That includes a $3,013,600 value assigned to the 21st overall pick.

“That changes the dynamic of how we manage things, certainly,” Johnson said. “We took Tristen Lutz at 34 last year [in Competitive Balance Round A] and ended up having to pay him a little over slot. We were able to do that because we had those additional resources. Now this year, we don’t even have that pick; we slipped back to Comp B.

“So from 21-60, we’re going to watch a lot of guys we like quite a bit go off the board.”

Shopping list
Get used to hearing this phrase a lot: best player available. Financial considerations make things more complicated than that, but it’s still the premise that drives decisions in baseball’s volatile Draft.

Analytics are a big part of the Brewers’ process under Johnson, but Brewers scouts still play a vital role. They were in Milwaukee for regional meetings from May 6-10, an opportunity to pitch prospective players to Johnson, GM David Stearns and other club executives.

“That’s really the opportunity for the area scouts to discuss players in their area in-depth, in front of myself and all of our national supervisors,” Johnson said. “That helps us in the decision-making process.”

Trend watch
You won’t find one looking at recent first-round and supplemental first-round Brewers selections. They range from polished college players (Hiura in 2017 and left-hander Nathan Kirby in ’15) to raw but toolsy high schoolers (Kodi Medeiros in 2014) to all points in between. Corey Ray was a toolsy college player when he went fifth overall to the Brewers in 2016. Trent Grisham was a more polished high school hitter in ’15. It’s a mix, which makes predicting which direction the team will go in the first round a real challenge.

Rising fast
Ray disappointed at the plate in his first two professional seasons, but now appears on the rise in Double-A in his age-23 season. The Brewers’ No. 6 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, entered the weekend with a .263/.352/.495 slash line and 26 extra-base hits, 20 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 47 games for Biloxi, leading the Southern League in extra-base hits and total bases (94), tied for the league lead in steals and among the leaders in doubles (tied for second with 15) and runs (tied for third with 33).

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

Cinderella story
Left-hander Cam Roegner, a Beloit, Wis., native drafted in the 22nd round in 2016, has not allowed a run in his last 28 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Carolina and is 6-1 record with a 0.68 ERA. Like Brewers lefty starter Brent Suter, Roegner does not wow scouts with raw stuff — he has 37 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings — but his ERA leads the Minors.

In the show
Josh Hader might be the best reliever in baseball right now, but he wasn’t drafted until the 19th round in 2012 by his home-state Orioles. He was traded twice, first from Baltimore to Houston for Bud Norris in 2013, then from Houston to Milwaukee with fellow prospects Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips Tomas Plekanec Jersey and Adrian Houser for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers in 2015. Hader’s rise is a reminder that developing players — particularly pitchers — takes time. Plus, it’s a reminder that there are gems beyond the top few rounds.

Video: MIL@MIN: Hader strikes out 6 for final 6 outs

The Brewers’ recent top picks
2017: Hiura (Advanced Class A Carol Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey ina)
2016: Ray (Double-A Biloxi)
2015: Grisham (Double-A Biloxi)
2014: Medeiros (Double-A Biloxi)
2013: None (forfeited to sign free agent Kyle Lohse)

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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

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Ariel Jurado made quick work of the opposition as he led Double-A Frisco to a 2-0 win over Arkansas on Friday night.

The Rangers’ No. 19 prospect used just 86 pitches, 63 strikes, as he spun the first complete game of his career. Jurado, who has given up one earned run or fewer in four of his past five starts, gave up six hits, walked none and struck out one.

Strikeouts haven’t been a big part of Jurado’s season — he’s fanned just 19 in 44 innings — but that hasn’t seemed to matter as he has a 2.05 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Other top prospect performances from Friday’ Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey s action:

• The Blue Jays’ dynamic duo of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays’ No. 1, No. 2 overall) and Bo Bichette (Blue Jays’ No. 2, No. 11 overall) struck again, going a combined 6-for-8 with six RBIs for Double-A New Hampshire. Additionally, the two hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning.

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• No. 25 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez (Phillies’ No. 1) notched a ca Tomas Plekanec Jersey reer-high 10 strikeouts in another solid start for Class A Advanced Clearwater. Sanchez didn’t issue a walk for the first time this season and gave up one run on three hits over six innings. The right-hander has a 2.95 ERA through seven starts and has given up one earned run or fewer in three straight starts.

• No. 52 overall prospect Keston Hiura (Brewers’ No. 1) hit a walk-off three-run homer as part of a 2-for-5, three-RBI game for Class A Advanced Carolina Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey . Hiura, who was hitting .185 on April 25, has been hot recently. The 2017 first-round Draft pick has hits in eight of his past nine games, including eight multihit efforts, and he is now batting .292.

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• No. 55 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers’ No. 3) struggled in the fifth, giving up a run on two hits and two walks before being lifted, but he still put together a solid outing for Class A Advanced Lakeland. Faedo, who gave up one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, set a season-high with seven strikeouts and has given up one run over 11 2/3 innings since being tagged for eight runs in two innings on May 11.

Astros’ No. 6 prospect Cionel Perez spun just 4 2/3 innings, but that was just enough time for him to match his career best with 10 strikeouts for Double-A Corpus Christi. The lefty, who surrendered one run on three hits, struck out at least one in each inning and has 47 strikeouts through 38 1/3 innings.

Braves’ No. 18 prospect Drew Waters extended his hitting streak to seven games and pushed his average up to .281 as he went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer for Class A Rome. Waters, who has five homers this season, also matched his career high with four RBIs.

• Indians’ prospects Willi Castro (No. 5) and Shane Bieber (No. 8) each had memorable nights. While  Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey Bieber threw a seven-inning no-hitter and extended his scoreless streak to 20 2/3 innings for Triple-A Columbus, Castro did it all for Double-A Akron. The 21-year-old shortstop hit a trio of doubles and finished 4-for-5 with five RBIs.

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Mets’ No. 4 prospect Peter Alonso continues to torch Eastern League pitching as he hit his 13th homer of the year for Double-A Binghamton. Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale Alonso, who is hitting .346, went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his second homer in the past three days.

Nationals’ No. 6 prospect Luis Garcia turned in his second four-hit game of the season and has seven hits in his last eight at-bats after going 4-for-4 for Class A Hagerstown. Garcia also reached base via a walk, doubled and drove in two runs.

Orioles’ No. 26 prospect Matthias Dietz extended his scoreless innings streak to 17 innings as he fired seven scoreless frames for Class A Delmarva. The 22-year-old right-hander threw 57 of his 74 pitches for strikes, didn’t issue a walk and yielded just three hits.

• Tigers’ No. 10 prospect Christin Stewart hit his International League-leading 12th homer of the season for Triple-A Toledo. Stewart hit a two-out solo blast in the first and then finished 2-for-5.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich were in the dugout a few minutes before Friday’s game against the Mets when Yelich called Shaw’s shot against Mets ace Noah Syndergaard.

“You’re going to take him deep tonight,” Yelich predicted.

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MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich were in the dugout a few minutes before Friday’s game against the Mets when Yelich called Shaw’s shot against Mets ace Noah Syndergaard.

“You’re going to take him deep tonight,” Yelich predicted.

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He was right.

But did Yelich predict the walk-off walk nine innings later?

“No, he didn’t call that one,” Shaw said, smiling. “He was in my way, though.”

Before Shaw could seal a 10-inning, 4-3 win at Miller Park with a winning, five-pitch walk from wild Mets reliever AJ Ramos, he had to motion Yelich to take a step one way or the other from his position off second base. Ramos’ first pitch to Shaw had disappeared in Yelich’s white uniform.

That matter of positioning settled, Shaw was able to put the finishing touches on a three-hit, three-RBI night when he bailed out Brewers closer Corey Knebel after a blown save in the ninth. It began with Shaw’s team-leading 13th home run off Syndergaard in the second inning and ended with the Brewers’ first walk-off walk since Rickie Weeks took one against the Astros in 2010.

Video: NYM@MIL: Shaw drives a solo home run to center field

Ramos spiked a 3-1 fastball in front of home plate to score Eric Sogard, fresh up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, who’d sparked the Brewers’ winning rally with a single to end an 0-for-28 drought in the Major Leagues.

It was Shaw’s second career walk-off plate appearance. The other was his two-run home run off the Cubs’ Wade Davis last September.

“He’s never out of control, never in a panic,” said Sogard. “With that swing, he can handle any pitch. It’s really impressive. He got the job done a Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale nd didn’t even need to swing tonight.”

Shaw got the job done after Knebel could not.

Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra needed just 72 pitches for six quality innings, and left-hander Josh Hader added four more strikeouts to his ledger in two scoreless frames before Knebel took the mound Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey  seeking his third save in five days.

Video: NYM@MIL: Hader strikes out Cabrera, side in the 8th

He retired the first two men he faced on eight pitches before issuing back-to-back walks to Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco. That extended the inning for Jose Bautista to ground a tying single through the left side of the infield.

Another walk to pinch-hitter Luis Guillorme loaded the bases and prompted Brewers manager Craig Counsell to lift Knebel in favor of Jeremy Jeffress, who escaped that jam, then pitched the 10th for his 22nd consecutive scoreless appearance.

Video: NYM@MIL: Jeffress retires Rosario, escapes jam in 9th

“I just lost it tonight. That was it,” Knebel said. “Everyone has them. I’ve had them plenty of times. I know exactly what to do. Get over it, be ready for tomorrow.”

Knebel’s lapse of command spared Mets ace Syndergaard his first loss in his four starts against Milwaukee. He entered the night with a 0.49 ERA in three previous starts, but Shaw put the Brewers on the board with a solo home run to straightaway center field leading off the second inning, and Yelich and Shaw delivered run-scoring singles in the third.

Before the Mets’ rally in the ninth it appeared that would be enough to make a winner of Guerra, who gave up solo home runs to Amed Rosario in the third inning and Conforto in the fourth but never let the Mets mount a multi-batter rally.

Their 11th win in 14 games pushed the Brewers back to 12 games over .500 at 32-20, three games better than the second-place Pirates in the National League Central.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Double trouble: An inning before they won it, Shaw put the Brewers in position to win in regulation when he punched a shift-beating double past third base to lead off the bottom of the ninth. But three batters later, after the Mets intentionally walked Ryan Braun to face Manny Pina instead, Shaw was doubled off second base on Pina’s lineout to left field.

Video: NYM@MIL: Nimmo snags liner, doubles off Shaw in 9th

“I’m not very fast, so I’ve got to get going on balls like that,” Shaw joked. “It’s a bad read. I thought the ball hung up.”

Slump snapped: Sogard’s last hit in a Major League game was a second-inning single on April 17 in Cincinnati. Recalled from the Minors on Friday after the Brewers demoted starting shortstop Orlando Arcia, Sogard entered as part of a seventh-inning double switch and struck out looking his first time up, extending his hitless streak to 28 at-bats. With one out in the 10th against Robert Gsellman, Sogard singled to start the Brewers’ winning rally.

“I think he was the guy I was looking for after the ballgame,” said Counsell. “That he helped us win a ballgame makes him feel good, and on his first night back.”

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Domingo Santana struck out in a key spot in the ninth inning but came through defensively in the top of the 10th. He fired a perfect strike to second base to deny the Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera from stretching a single to a double. That play helped Jeffress pull within one scoreless appearance of John Axford‘s franchise-record 23 in a row in 2013.

Video: NYM@MIL: Santana nabs Cabrera at second base

HE SAID IT
“It’s definitely the new baseball that we’re playing. You just get outs and get to the bullpen. The bullpen has been pretty successful, so as long as it keeps working we’ve got to keep going at it.” — Guerra, on being pulled in favor of the Hader-Knebel duo

Video: NYM@MIL: Guerra strikes out Syndergaard swinging

UP NEXT
The Brewers and Mets return to Miller Park for the third game of their four-game series Saturday afternoon when Chase Anderson (4-3, 3.86) gets the start Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey for the Crew at 3:10 p.m. CT. Anderson threw six solid innings of two-run ball Monday versus the D-backs, his first start since May 6. Saturday is the sixth game of the Brewers’ 10-game homestand, which will conclude with a series against the Cardinals beginning Monday. Jason Vargas (1-3, 9.87) will get the nod for Mickey Callaway’s club.

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


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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers demoted slumping shortstop Orlando Arcia to the Minor Leagues on Friday, stunning some of the 23-year-old’s teammates amid a flurry of transactions that also produced a change at catcher.

Arcia was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs while a similarly slumping player, backup catcher Jett Bandy, was designated for assignment. The team acquired veteran catcher Erik Kratz from the Yankees for a player to be named or cash to replace Bandy, and recalled Eric Sogard for Arcia’s spot.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers demoted slumping shortstop Orlando Arcia to the Minor Leagues on Friday, stunning some of the 23-year-old’s teammates amid a flurry of transactions that also produced a change at catcher.

Arcia was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs while a similarly slumping player, backup catcher Jett Band Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey y, was designated for assignment. The team acquired veteran catcher Erik Kratz from the Yankees for a player to be named or cash to replace Bandy, and recalled Eric Sogard for Arcia’s spot.

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The Brewers also continued to cycle relievers between the Minors and Majors in an ongoing effort to have as many fresh arms on hand as possible, sending down Jorge Lopez and calling up Adrian Houser in a swap of right-handers.

The boldest of those moves was demoting Arcia, the former top prospect who was a cornerstone of the franchise’s brief rebuilding period. He continued to rate in advanced metrics as one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball, but was hitless in his last 15 at-bats and had two hits in his last 29 at-bats, falling to .194/.233/.273 in 146 plate appearances this season.

Of players with at least 100 plate appearances in the Majors, Arcia was fifth worst with 35 wRC+ and a .225 wOBA.

“There were no good results coming out of the [batter’s] box,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “I believe that we’re our best team when he’s playing shortstop, but he’s got to provide something on the offensive end.

“We know he’s continued to do it on the defensive end, but he can do better on the offensive end. He’s shown that to us. He’s shown us a lot better. This is an attempt to just get back to that a little bit, or get back close to that. I think he will. It’s never good news or fun news to deliver, but I think in the long run this is the best thing for him and for us.”

Video: MIA@MIL: Arcia homers, goes back-to-back with Braun

Arcia was quiet but professional, Counsell said, while receiving the news Thursday night in the wake of a 5-0 loss to the Mets. It was Milwaukee’s Major League-leading ninth shutout loss this season.

Teammates were surprised.

“Everybody, we’re kind of like, ‘Why?'” said first baseman Jesus Aguilar. “But we don’t [make] decisions here. We’re moving forward, and we hope he’s going to be here in 10 days.”

Asked how Arcia’s absence would impact the Brewers’ lively clubhouse and dugout culture, Aguilar said, “A lot. I think it’s going to be a lot different. We’re a unit, a family, but it’s going to be tough, especially with those two guys, Bandy and Arcia.”

Said Manny Pina: “It’s kind of quiet in the clubhous Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale e.”

Brewers GM David Stearns said clubhouse chemistry “is always a consideration” when teams make sweeping changes, but spoke highly of what he believes Sogard and Kratz will bring.

Added Counsell, “Players are aware that there [are] performance expectations on them. They live with it every day. It’s challenging. It doesn’t change that Orlando is not part of this. He’s got to get himself straightened out. He’s still part of this. That hasn’t changed one bit.”

Sogard was demoted himself earlier this season after a 6-for-60 start, and didn’t fare much better at hitter-friendly Colorado Springs, slashing .229/.255/.313. He will fill a complementary role for the Brewers to Tyler Saladino, who has been terrific at shortstop while beginning his Brewers career with a 190 wRC+ in his first 35 plate appearances.

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Kratz turns 38 next month, and while he has produced at the plate in the Minor Leagues — especially in the last two seasons for the Indians’ and Yankees’ top affiliates — he has not done much in the Majors in very limited duty in recent seasons.

But the Brewers deemed it time to move on from Bandy, 28, who hit .188/.268/.266 this season and had a .608 OPS in 259 plate appearances for the Brewers over the past two years. With Stephen Vogt out for the year with a shoulder injury and Bandy struggling, the Brewers have had a hard time finding a productive complement to Pina.

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“There’s a possibility that he stays in the organization, but the possibility of it being more final is certainly there with Jett’s departure,” Counsell said.

The team had high hopes that Bandy could be its everyday catcher when it traded Martin Maldonado and a Minor League pitcher to the Angels for then-26-year-old Bandy in December 2016, but while Maldonado went on to win the American League Gold Glove Award in ’17, Bandy struggled.

Now the job belongs to Kratz, whom the Brewers tried to sign to a Minor League deal during the offseason, according to Stearns. Kratz began his Brewers career by catching a Brent Suter bullpen.

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“It’s a challenge, no doubt,” Kratz said of joining a team at midseason. “It’s not the first time I’ve done it. I know one time I came midseason and got to the field at 6:30, so I got a five-hour jump on that this time. But it’s just something where it’s not me necessarily learning them, it’s them being comfortable with me. They need to be able to do what they do to be Tomas Plekanec Jersey successful, and they need to feel comfortable that I know them and I want what’s best for them, and that’s just time.

“That takes time. It’s not overnight, but it’s something that’s exciting for me.”

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


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