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In a bunched-up National League Central, a crossroads is coming.

Ahead sits a crucial six-week stretch that will push the season past its halfway point and bring it to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Buyers and sellers will be defined. Pretenders and contenders will separate. And in a division where four teams still have a legitimate chance to earn a postseason berth, key decisions will surface.

In a bunched-up National League Central, a crossroads is coming.

Ahead sits a crucial six-week stretch that will push the season past its halfway point and bring it to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Buyers and sellers will be defined. Pretenders and contenders will separate. And in a division where four teams still have a legitimate chance to earn a postseason berth, key decisions will surface.

Here is a look at a few of them, as MLB.com has identified one pressing question that each NL Central club will seek to answer before the end of next month:

BREWERS
The question: Could Jimmy Nelson be the boost Milwaukee’s rotation needs?

After watching the Brewers swing a deal for Christian Yelich in January, most everyone expected the club to follow up by adding a front-line starter. That splash never came, and it leaves Milwaukee in a spot where it again must assess whether its starting depth is sufficient.

Thus far, it’s been Jhoulys Chacin and Junior Guerra anchoring a rotation that has been around league average in most statistical categories. Getting Zach Davies off the disabled list should provide a boost, and the Brewers see potential in rookie Freddy Peralta. But they still lack an ace.

Nelson isn’t exactly that, but if he can avoid another setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery, Milwaukee may be more content to stand pat with what it has. Nelson’s rehab hit some s Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap nags this spring, and he hasn’t yet resumed throwing off the mound. The Brewers can use the next few weeks to asses Nelson’s progress and better project the potential impact he may have in the second half. If it isn’t deemed to be enough, their search for rotation help may again heat up.

CARDINALS
The question: Does St. Louis have enough on offense?

Sound familiar? It should, as this is the same question the Cardinals were trying to address months ago. Marcell Ozuna was supposed to play a big role in answering it, but even as he’s come alive this month, the pieces around him haven’t exactly fallen into place.

Video: Marcell Ozuna is named the NL Player of the Week

The club ranks in the league’s bottom half in runs scored, and the offense leans too heavily on the long ball. Dramatic first-half struggles from Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong have complicated lineup construction. Injuries to Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong haven’t helped, either.

But Molina is back, DeJong is on the mend and others (namely Matt Carpenter and Ozuna) have recently provided production more consistent with their career norms. With middle-of-the-order bats like Manny Machado and Mike Moustakas expected to be dangled as trade options in the coming weeks, St. Louis will have to assess whether it will gamble on this current unit coming around, or if the club is willing to part with prized prospects to acquire another big bat. The latter would be a particularly bold move for a team that is often hesitant to give up long-term assets for a short-term fix. The Cards would be more inclined to do so if they can first close the gap with the Brewers and Cubs.

CUBS
The question: What will Yu do?

Yu Darvish was supposed to be the missing piece the defending division champs needed, but he has spent as much time on the DL as he has the active roster this year. First, it was the flu. Now, it’s a right triceps injury.

Yes, Mike Montgomery has done an exceptional job filling in during Darvish’s absence. But there’s a reason the Cubs committed $126 million to Darvish this offseason. Getting him back — and the Cubs are optimistic they will before the All-Star break — would give Chicago even more flexibility in how it can deploy its arms. The Cubs could give Tyler Chatwood time to pause and address his command troubles. They could consider temporarily transitioning to a six-man rotation. Or (and this seems likeliest), they could make one of baseball’s best bullpens even more formidable by adding Montgomery to it.

Video: LAD@CHC: Montgomery tosses 6 innings of 1-run ball

For a club with few glaring needs, sliding Darvish back into the rotation may be the biggest move the Cubs make in July. Of course, they’ll only get a boost if he’s better than his first impression and can stay healthy. Darvish has a 4.95 ERA, three quality starts and a 1.425 WHIP in eight games. The Cubs need better.

PIRATES
The question: Will the Bucs be buyers or sellers?

In dealing away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole last offseason, the Pirates cast themselves into what most folks thought would be another rebuild. Then they raced out to an 11-4 start to the season, forcing many to reevaluate whether they had undersold Pittsburgh’s potential. That answer is still unclear.

The Bucs have been a streaky team so far, and not for the better as of late. A recent 9-19 stretch — one complicated by a leaky bullpen — has dropped the Pirates into fourth place in the division. If they’re still treading around or below the .500 mark at this time next month, Pittsburgh will likely listen to trade offers on veteran players nearing free agency. That may put Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, David Freese and/or Francisco Cervelli on the move. But if the next six weeks go more like the first few did, general manager Neal Huntington may be inclined to hold onto his assets and even add a complementary piece or two.

So what has to go right for the Pirates to push themselves into buying consideration? Their inexperienced rotation will need to hold up. The Bucs’ young relievers will need to step up. Their lineup will need to show that its early production was no fluke. And Pittsburgh would probably need to leapfrog at least one team ahead of it in the division.

REDS
The question: Will Cincinnati’s carousel of outfielders finally prove fruitful?

There was sound logic behind the Reds’ decision to enter the season rotating four outfielders through three outfield spots. They believed that such a system would help keep everyone fresh and maximize the varying skill sets offered by Scott Schebler, Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Jesse Winker. Instead, the club has been handcuffed by inconsistent production from all four. Currently, Cincinnati ranks last in the NL in outfielder batting average and slugging percentage.

The biggest conundrum may be what to do with Hamilton. His elite defensive ability will always be an asset, but he’s not been on base enough to take advantage of his speed. Hamilton is just a little over a year away from free agency, and if he’s not deemed part of the Reds’ long-term plan, the club may reach a point where they quit prioritizing his playing time.

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The other possibility is that the club could try to deal the center fielder. Duvall could also be on the trade block. What sort of value either might have on the market will be shaped whether either can find his way out of a first-half funk.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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PITTSBURGH — Where in the world is Domingo Santana? On Wednesday, before the finale vs. the Pirates was postponed by rain, he was placed for the sixth straight time on the Brewers’ bench, a place Santana rarely found himself a year ago while hitting 30 home runs as Milwaukee’s regular right fielder.

Santana has been a victim of a drop in power production — the 25-year-old entered Wednesday with a .358 slugging percentage and on pace for seven home runs on the season — in addition to Eric Thames, who returned last week from a long  Ty Montgomery Jersey stint on the DL for a thumb injury. Santana has been the odd man out in a mix of players manning the outfield spots and first base.

PITTSBURGH — Where in the world is Domingo Santana? On Wednesday, before the finale vs. the Pirates was postponed by rain, he was placed for the sixth straight time on the Brewers’ bench, a place Santana rarely found himself a year ago while hitting 30 home runs as Milwaukee’s regular right fielder.

Santana has been a victim of a drop in power production — the 25-year-old entered Wednesday with a .358 slugging percentage and on pace for seven home runs on the season — in addition to Eric Thames, who returned last week from a long stint on the DL for a thumb injury. Santana has been the odd man out in a mix of players manning the outfield spots and first base.

“Look, I acknowledge we’re in a difficult spot with Domingo,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I also think we’re talking about the spots of Thames, [Jesus] Aguilar, [Christian] Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain.

“Right now, there’s just not a spot  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap for Domingo. That’s just where we’re at right now, and that can change pretty fast.”

Counsell also mentioned the other player in that outfield/first base mix, Ryan Braun. He was away from the team Wednesday for treatment on his troublesome right thumb, but even then Santana couldn’t crack the lineup.

Santana, asked a Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap bout the situation, said, “I don’t know what to say.” He declined further comment.

Santana does have a Minor League option remaining, so the Brewers could send him to Triple-A Colorado Springs to get regular at-bats if Braun returns healthy from his treatment and the other players in that rotation remain healthy. But Counsell gave no indication the Brewers were considering such a demotion.

“Right now, it’s better for him to help here,” Counsell said.

“We have other players playing well, and that’s what’s making it tough,” he added. “Those guys are going to play because they’re doing a really good job. The power is down [for Santana].”

Miller time?
Thursday marks the first day the Brewers can consider calling up infielder Brad Miller, the veteran acquired from the Rays in a June 10 trade and immediately optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. By rule, an optioned player must spend 10 days in the Minor Leagues before he can be called up, unless he is replacing an injured player.

Video: Rays receive Choi, Brewers receive Miller in trade

Despite their lack of middle infield production, particularly at shortstop, there were no indications that the Brewers planned to promote Miller.

He has been reacclimating himself to shortstop after mostly playing first base for the Rays this season, committing three errors with the SkySox including two in his debut. In Miller’s first 23 plate appearances in the Brewers organization, he posted a .263/.348/.421 slash line, including his first home run on Sunday.

“We’re talking about it, but look, we’re seeing if he can improve in some ways down there as well,” said Brewers assistant general manager Matt Arnold, who came to Milwaukee from the Rays front office.

Asked what the Triple-A reports say about Miller’s defense so far, Arnold said, “A couple of errors, but a couple of really good plays, too. He has made some plays that don’t show up in the box score. The reports on him have been really positive so far.”

In the Majors, meanwhile, shortstop Orlando Arcia remains mired in a miserable offensive slump. He was briefly demoted to the Minor Leagues before his replacement, Tyler Saladino, sprained his ankle. Saladino is weeks away from being healthy, and another potential option, prospect Mauricio Dubon, is out for the year following knee surgery.

To date, Arcia’s defense has kept him in the lineup most days.

“We know it’s in there, and [Arcia] is still such a young player,” Arnold said. “It’s tricky to learn at the Major League level, especially when your team is really trying to compete. At the same time, there are a couple of plays that he makes every night Randall Cobb Jersey  that nobody else makes, right? It’s unbelievable what he can do there. We’re thrilled with his production on that side.”

Albers still shut down
Eight days into his stint on the 10-day disabled list for a right shoulder injury, reliever Matt Albers said he was feeling improvement but has yet to resume playing catch. Until he does, Albers and the Brewers will be unable to craft a schedule for rehab outings.

“I’m not going to put a timetable on it now,” Albers said. “I don’t want to disappoint myself, or get to a point where I’m pushing past where I should be.”

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 — Orlando Arcia is 4-for- Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap 24 with seven strikeouts since June 10, but that’s not why he wasn’t starting at shortstop on Thursday against the Cardinals.

Eric Sogard, who hadn’t started since June 10 in Philadelphia, was in the lineup at short in an effort to pile up the left-handed hitters against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.

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MILWAUKEE — Orlando Arcia is 4-for-24 with seven strikeouts since June 10, but that’s not why he wasn’t starting at shortstop on Thursday against the Cardinals.

Eric Sogard, who hadn’t started since June 10 in Philadelphia, was in the lineup at short in an effort to pile up the left-handed hitters against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.

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“It’s a matchup that we’ve had success when putting lefties in the lineup against him,” Counsell said. “We’re just looking to have left-handers in the lineup tonight, that’s the big thing.”

Sogard is 11-for-83 (.133) this season, spending part of the year in Triple-A Colorado Springs. Overall against Martinez, the Brewers’ lefties aren’t much better: they’re hitting .148 (4-for-27) with seven strikeouts in two games this season. The right-handers are a touch higher (.158).

Tyler Saladino, whose grip on the shortstop position in late May caused a demotion for Arcia to work on his hitting, is progressing from a left ankle injury suffered against the Cardinals on May 29. Saladino took ground balls and batting practice and ran the bases at “about 50 percent,” according to Counsell.

“We’re not 100 percent, don’t have a rehab date in sight,” Counsell said. “But we’re getting on the field.”

Milwaukee added shortstop depth when it acquired Brad Miller from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ji-Man Choi on June 10. Miller is currently in Triple-A.

Peralta’s Miller Park debut
Rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta has made three starts with the Brewers in 2018 — all on the road. Peralta, currently in the Major Leagues due to DL stints for Zach Davies, Wade Miley and Jimmy Nelson, was slated to make his Miller Park debut on Sunday in the series finale against the Cardinals, but Wednesday’s postponement in Pittsburgh changed those plans.

The Brewers pushed each starter back a day after the cancellation. Counsell announced Peralta will follow suit and make his first start in Milwaukee next Tuesday in the first of a two-game set versus Kansas City.

After striking out 13 in 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball against the Rockies in his Major League debut on May 13, Peralta made one more start before returning to Triple-A Colorado Springs. With Davies sidelined, Peralta hurled six shutout innings against the Pirates on Tuesday, and will be rewarded with a stay in the rotation — for now.

Video: MIL@COL: Peralta strikes out 13 over 5 2/3 in debut

Counsell said Davies (right shoulder) is making progress after pitching 1 2/3 innings (31 pitches)  Randall Cobb Jersey and allowing two runs and three hits in his first rehab outing in Triple-A on Tuesday. Davies will make at least three rehab starts before returning.

“Everything went well,” Counsell said. “He’s just back here [in Milwaukee] between starts. He’ll increase it, 50-60 pitches next time out, and just keep going. All positive signs and now he just has to build himself back up.”

Brewers honoring Davey Nelson
The Brewers are honoring the late Davey Nelson this weekend at Miller Park. Nelson, who passed away on April 22 at the age of 73, was a former Major League All-Star infielder, Brewers coach and FOX Sports Wisconsin analyst, as well as a friend to everyone in the organization.

“Honestly, that guy was the most humbling, gracious guy I’ve ever met,” said Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress. “He was like a dad to me. Every time he saw me out of the clubhouse we would stop and talk for a little bit.”

Brewers players and coaches will wear a “Nellie” memorial patch on their jersey sleeve during the four-game series against the Cardinals, and the FOX Sports Wisconsin stage in Miller Park’s right-field corner will permanently be renamed “Nellie’s Corner” on Saturday. A private celebration of Nelson’s life will also take place on Saturday prior to the game.

“I’m glad we’re doing that,” Counsell said. “Davey impacted everybody here. When you came across him, you had a better day.”

Counsell actually credits Nelson to improving his baserunning skills, saying Nelson encouraged him to start stealing bases during his playing career with the Brewers.

Several Brewers players will also be participating in the 10th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic in Kohler, Wis., on Monday — a Brewers’ off-day.

“He always did this tournament to benefit the community,” Jeffress said, “and that’s what we’re here for: to have fun playing baseball, but to also benefit people who are less fortunate and can’t do the stuff that we can. He was a great guy to everybody, and this will be phenomenal this weekend.”

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


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MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun is back with the Brewers after he underwent cryotherapy on his troublesome right thumb in Los Angeles on Wednesday, a procedure he’s occasionally undergone since 2014 to relieve nerve pain. He didn’t miss any action, as the Brewers’ finale with the Pirates  Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale was postponed by rain.

Manager Craig Counsell believed it was the fifth time Braun has required the procedure, and the first time this year. Counsell says he will take it day to day with his 34-year-old left fielder.

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MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun is back with the Brewers after he underwent cryotherapy on his troublesome right thumb in Los Angeles on Wednesday, a procedure he’s occasionally undergone since 2014 to relieve nerve pain. He didn’t miss any action, as the Brewers’ finale wit Ty Montgomery Jersey h the Pirates was postponed by rain.

Manager Craig Counsell believed it was the fifth time Braun has required the procedure, and the first time this year. Counsell says he will take it day to day with his 34-year-old left fielder.

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“He’s back, and he’s doing fine,” Counsell said. “He’ll kind of take it easy today, hopefully, but he’s available if we need him.”

Braun, who is slashing just .236/.290/.429 this season despite a high percentage of high contact, developed discomfort in recent days that was not abating with on-site treatment.

Eric Thames was in the starting lineup in left field on Thursday in the series opener against the Cardinals.

On when Braun can be expected back in the lineup, Counsell said, “It’s just one of those things where if he feels good, but we’ll just make sure today.”

Braun first experienced severe pain at the base of his thumb in 2014, the year he returned from a PED suspension and endured a drastic drop in power production, with just 19 home runs in 580 plate appearances. That worked out to one homer every 30.5 plate appearances, after he hit one every 20.4 plate appearances in the previous six seasons. Cryotherapy helped significantly beginning in 2015.

In the procedure, a specialist injects a needle into the base of Braun’s thumb to freeze the nerve.

Dr. Vernon Williams, who performed Braun’s first cryotherapy, told the Brewers that the procedur Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap e can be repeated safely as long as it is not done more frequently than every three to four months, perhaps throughout the remainder of Braun’s playing career if symptoms persist.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. 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 — Statcast™ didn’t catch the launch angle of Ryan Braun‘s helmet when he threw it skyward Friday after the latest of his very  Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap loud outs.

But the tracking service has provided plenty of other data to help Braun cope with one of the most maddening stretches of his 12-year Major League career.

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MILWAUKEE — Statcast™ didn’t catch the launch angle of Ryan Braun‘s helmet when he threw it skyward Friday after the latest of his very loud outs.

But the tracking service has provided plenty of other data to help Braun cope with one of the most maddening stretches of his 12-year Major League career.

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“I’ve thought about deciding, ‘I’m just going to pull everything,’ or doing something else different. I’ve thought about it,” Braun said Saturday morning, before he singled twice in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies. “But I have a long track record of success that tells me if I continue to do this, over time the hits will start falling.

“It’s definitely tough. It’s been a really long time of literally one or two lineouts a game, every single game.”

Statcast™ backs up Braun’s assertion. He’s the Brewers’ king of tough luck by a metric called expected weighted on-base average, a variation of the useful wOBA that uses exit velocity and launch angle in an effort to calculate what a player should be producing based on the nature of his balls in play.

Through Friday, when Braun went 0-for-4 while hitting three of those outs 110.1 mph, 103.2 mph and 116.3 mph, according to Statcast™, his wOBA was .313 and his xwOBA was .359. That -.046 deficit suggested Braun was the Brewers’ unluckiest hitter, and among the 50 unluckiest hitters in the Majors with at least 100 balls in play.

(The Blue Jays’ Kendrys Morales had the dubious distinction of leading the Majors with a -.105 difference.)

Statcast™ has an expected version of batting average, too. It says Braun should be hitting .280, when instead he entered Saturday hitting .239. The 41 point difference placed Braun among MLB’s 25 unluckiest hitters with at least 100 balls in play.

Braun points to other numbers as well. He is swinging at the lowest percentage of pitches outside the strike zone in five years. His percentage of soft contact is its lowest in three years.

Club officials have looked at this and other data in a search for answers. Besides hitting coaches Darnell Coles and Jason Lane, Braun has had conversations with Brewers advance scouts Brian Powalish and Walker McKinven, and Major League video coordinator August Sandri.

“Patting him on the back and saying you hit it hard gets hollow. You want some results,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “That’s frustrating, but there’s really nothing you can say. Hitting the ball hard, ultimately, he’ll end up producing results.” 

Finally, a hit fell in the fifth inning of Saturda Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap y’s game against the Phillies, when Braun lined a sharp single to right field, 97.4 mph off the bat. When he is going well, he often stings the ball to the opposite field.

Braun celebrated by stealing second base, giving him 200 steals in his career. But he was stranded there.

“We have enough analytic data now, and Statcast™ data, and we have guys who tell me what I should be hitting based on normal luck,” Braun said. “It is a part of the game, and I’m sure at some point in my career I’ve been lucky and didn’t realize how fortu Ty Montgomery Jersey nate I was to be lucky. But now I’ve been incredibly unlucky over a large sample size. They’ve looked at it. They’ve looked at ideas, concepts. Does it make sense to change something?”

So far, the answer is no.

“I’ve hit .300 many times in this league, and I’m swinging the bat at least as well now as I have at any point,” Braun said. “To continually do that and look up and be hitting .240 is not easy, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. … If it does even out, then I should hit .450 in the second half.”

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 — For the Brewers’ offense right now, it’s boom or bust — there isn’t much of an in-between. Take the last six games: 1 run, 13, 1, 9, 0, 3.

Add Thursday night’s series opener with the Cardinals to the boom category, as the Brewers teed off on two-time All-Star Carlos Martinez and Brent Suter delivered a strong outing in an 11-3 win at Miller Park. Milwaukee has sole possession again of first place in the NL Central with its National League-best 44th win.

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MILWAUKEE — For the Brewers’ offense right now, it’s boom or bust — there isn’t much of an in-between. Take the last six games: 1 run, 13, 1, 9, 0, 3.

Add Thursday night’s series opener with the Cardinals to the boom category, as the Brewers teed off on two-time All-Star Carlos Martinez and Brent Suter delivered a strong outing in an 11-3 win at Miller Park. Milwaukee has sole possession again of first place in the NL Central with its National League-best 44th win.

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“You take the 11-run nights. It’s what you do,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “If you can take advantage of some mistakes, take advantage of pitches and put a big number up there on some nights, for sure that’s good. But it’s not really reflective of the next day.”

And, early on, the Brewers definitely took advantage of Martinez, who entered the night with a 2.73 ERA. They grabbed the lead in the first on a bizarre play that saw Cards left fielder Marcell Ozuna climb the wall, seemingly prepared to rob Jesus Aguilar of a home run, but the ball actually bounced off the lower half of the wall and ended up being a two-run double. By the time there was one out in the fourth inning, every Brewer (except the scuffling Eric Sogard and the pitcher, Suter) had a base knock — and catcher Manny Pina had two extra-base hits (six total in his last 10 games).

Video: STL@MIL: Pina crushes a solo homer to left-center

The Brewers forced Martinez out after four as his ERA ballooned to 3.24 with seven runs allowed (five earned). Milwaukee had five extra-base hits, including a leadoff homer in the fourth by Pina, but “boom” nights don’t happen without being opportunistic of a few gift runs, and the Cardinals provided six of those.

Lorenzo Cain hit a grounder to Matt Carpenter at third with one out in the fourth. Carpenter couldn’t make the backhanded stop and was charged with an error. Cain scored on Travis Shaw‘s double, and Shaw advanced home on a pair of wild pitches — scoring on a ball that slipped out of Martinez’s hand and ended up halfway up the third-base line.

Video: STL@MIL: Shaw plates Cain with opposite-field double

“I don’t know if his cleat got stuck. I’m not sure,” Counsell said of the wild pitch. “It wasn Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap ‘t an injury or anything. I thought his cleat might have gotten stuck. That’s as far as I saw.”

Video: STL@MIL: Shaw scores on Martinez’s wacky wild pitch

Eric Thames extended the Brewers’ lead with a bases-clearing triple — his first of 2018 — in the seventh inning, all unearned runs after an error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko earlier in the frame. Thames scored on another error by Gyorko, the sixth unearned run of the game charged to the Cardinals.

But Suter didn’t need all of the insurance his offense provided him. After Carpenter drilled an 86.4-mph fastball down the middle of the plate to center for a home run on the first pitch of the game, Suter settled in by getting soft contact, and retired the next 12 Cardinals he faced.

“Not that I just laid it in there, but it kind of fired me up,” Suter said. “It was like, ‘OK, they’re coming out swinging. I have to locate better and come out with that much more conviction on my early pitches.’ After that, I was able to get some early outs and keep them off the bases.”

Suter picked up his team-high eighth win of the season, exiting after seven innings of two-run, two-hit ball, while striking out five.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter holds Cards to 2 runs over 7 innings

On matching a career high with seven innings pitched for the second straight start, Suter said: “The efficiency was there and just being able to fight through any kind of fatigue and being able to make pitches late. It’s something I trained for in the offseason, so to see it be able to come to fruition the last couple starts feels good.”

Taylor Williams and Dan Jennings both struggled finishing the game in relief of Suter. Williams stranded the bases loaded in the eighth, and Jennings allowed three hits and a run in the ninth.

Cain (right hamstring) was replaced by Domingo Santana after the fourth inning for precautionary reasons, but Counsell said he expects him to be in the lineup tomorrow. Cain was 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI.

Video: STL@MIL: Cain drives in Thames to pad Brewers’ lead

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Aguilar’s home run?: Aguilar nearly had a home run in the first inning — or at least that’s what Ozuna thought. Aguilar hit a fly ball to deep left-center, and Ozuna attempted to scale the wall as if to rob a home run, but the ball caromed off the base of the wall and went for a two-run double for the Brewers, pushing them ahead for good.

“I kind of hit it good, until I saw Ozuna jump,” Aguilar said. “But I thought I got lucky on that play.”

Probably more important, though, was the Brewers’ success against Martinez in that first inning. Entering the game as a team with a .192 average (10-for-52) with one RBI over two games against Martinez this season, Milwaukee went 3-for-6 with two RBIs in the first frame alone.

“[Martinez is] a familiar foe, for sure,” Counsell said. “We just took advantage of an off-night for him. It was good that we did. Some guys had good at-bats, we kept the pressure on him and were able to get him out after four innings.”

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell discusses Suter, bats in 11-3 win

Thames’ triple: Like Aguilar’s near home run in the first, Thames almost connected for his third hom Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale e run in his last two games at Miller Park in the seventh, but instead settled for a bases-clearing triple after Tommy Pham kept the ball in the ballpark with a leaping effort at the center-field wall. Thames’ three RBIs gave the Brewers at least nine runs for the third time in their last seven games.

Video: STL@MIL: Thames clears the bases with a triple

SOUND SMART
After his first-inning double, Aguilar has multiple RBIs in each of his last four starts, one game shy of Jeromy Burnitz’s club record in 1999. Aguilar is the 16th Brewer to accomplish the feat, and the first since Adam Lind in 2015.

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Aguilar didn’t just help the Brewers’ effort on offense in the series opener against the Cardinals, but he made a slick diving play on Harrison Bader‘s liner to end the second inning. With the shift on, Aguilar dove to his right and made the catch, making it six Cardinals in a row retired for Suter.

“I felt like a really good player,” Aguilar said. “I just try to go there and give 100 percent, especially with Suter pitching because he has a lot of energy.”

Video: STL@MIL: Aguilar lays out to snag Bader’s line drive

HE SAID IT
“I hate that, it’s really hard for a position player to hit off another position player. I saw 59 [mph], 60, 63, and I was like, ‘No way.’ It is what it is, that’s baseball.” — Aguilar, after grounding into a double play against Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia, who made his first-career pitching appearance in the eighth inning

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Right-hander Junior Guerra (3-5, 2.89 ERA) will start for the Brewers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT in the second of their four-game set with the Cardinals at Miller Park. St. Louis  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap has proved no challenge for Guerra this season, as he has thrown 11 1/3 innings of one-run ball over two starts against them, including six shutout innings on May 30. Right-hander Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.66 ERA) starts for St. Louis.

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


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

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

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California League pitchers are learning the hard way that Jo Adell’s power is for real.

Adell, the Angels’ No Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap . 1 prospect (No. 53 overall), connected on a leadoff home run before finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs as he led Class A Advanced Inland Empire past Rancho Cucamonga, 3-1.

The homer was Adell’s fifth in his past 10 games, during which he also has collected at least three hits on five occasions while hitting an even .500 (21-for-42).

The 19-year-old outfielder has hit eight home runs in 25 games since being promoted to Inland Empire, while his season total now sits at 14 homers in 50 games including his time with Class A Burlington.

What’s more, Adell’s last four home runs have all come in the first inning — something he also did twice with Burlington.

Altogether, the 2017 No. 10 overall Draft pick owns a .318/.373/.617 slash line with 30 extra-base hits, 47 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in his first full season.

Adell blasts leadoff homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 31 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A’s No. 2) posted his second straight scoreless start, working five strong frames in Double-A Midland’s win against Frisco. The 20-year-old left-hander scattered three hits with two walks and one strikeout while throwing 45 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He’s allowed just one earned run on nine hits in 15 innings over his past three starts. Catcher Sean Murphy (A’s No. 6, No. 92 overall) helped his pitcher by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored. He’s gone deep three times in his past seven games, giving him seven homers in 53 games for the season.

Luzardo fans first batter of day

• No. 47 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers’ No. 2) wrapped up his week by notching a win in his longest start this season for Class A West Michigan. Working seven scoreless innings, the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts. Now 10 starts into his season, Manning owns a 3.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 2/3 innings. Jose Azocar (No. 17) paced the Ty Montgomery Jersey  Whitecaps’ offense by going 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. After struggling in the Florida State League to begin his season, Azocar has produced a .304/.353/.506 batting line since a demotion to West Michigan.

Manning finishes seven scoreless

• No. 74 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros’ No. 4) came off the disabled list to hit a two-run homer, his seventh, that helped power Double-A Corpus Christi to an 8-6 win over San Antonio. The 20-year-old outfielder actually hit a pair of home runs on Saturday, only to have the game canceled due to weather. Regardless, Alvarez, after finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs on Sunday, has now hit in 12 straight games dating back to April 25.

Alvarez goes yard

Blue Jays No. 17 prospect Ryan Noda stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance for Class A Lansing that included his eighth home run of the season and seventh in his past 10 games. The 2017 15th-rounder has been on a tear since the beginning of June, hitting .400/.463/.889 with eight extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 12 games.

Brewers No. 21 prospect Trey Supak was a tough-luck loser despite turning in his best Double-A start in Biloxi’s 2-1 loss against Mississippi. He allowed two runs but both were unearned as the result of his own second-inning error. Otherwise, the 22-year-old righty allowed just four hits and matched his season high with eight strikeouts over six strong innings. Keston Hiura (No. 1, No. 45 overall) had another strong game at the plate for the Shuckers as he finished 2-for-5 with a double. The 21-year-old second baseman owns a .383/.431/.550 batting line in 16 games since his June 1 promotion to the Southern League.

Dodgers No. 23 prospect Tony Gonsolin posted a career-high nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk as he completed seven innings for the second time this season in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Gonsolin allowed one earned run on four hits and generated another eight outs via ground balls, throwing 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 24-year-old righty owns a 2.97 ERA over 14 starts, with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 2/3 innings.

Giants No. 28 prospect Jason Bahr allowed one earned run on two hits (one being a solo homer) in a no-decision for Class A Augusta. He issued two walks and struck out nine in the outing to push his season total to 88, second most in the South Atlantic League, through 68 2/3 innings (13 starts). He’s pitched to a 2.75 ERA and held hitters to a .211 average in that span.

Indians No. 5 prospect Nolan Jones’ two-run home run accounted for all of Class A Lake County’s offense in a 6-2 loss against Bowling Green. Finishing 2-for-4, Jones was the lone Captains player to tally multiple hits. The 20-year-old third baseman is having a strong first full season, with a .276/.395/.442 batting line and eight home runs through 55 games. He’s been especially hot of late, too, with 17 hits and a .447 average across his past 10 contests.

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Indians No. 25 prospect Tyler Krieger hit a pair of home runs, stole two bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate for Double-A Akron. He’s homered five times this season and thrice in his past two contests after connecting on a solo shot Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder-second baseman’s batting average jumped from .210 to .229 with the five-hit performance, the second of his career.

Rays No. 26 prospect Resly Linares was lights-out for five innings as he recorded his first win of the season for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty allowed just one hit in the performance, issuing one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches in the outing, 47 for strikes.

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MILWAUKEE — Junior Guerra extended the Brewers’ string of solid starts, but the offense and bullpen couldn’t help out on Saturday afternoon.

Milwaukee’s on-again, off-again offense managed only one run — a Travis Shaw RBI single in the first inning — and reliever Boone Logan‘s trouble with left-handed hitters continued in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Junior Guerra extended the Brewers’ string of solid starts, but the offense and bullpen couldn’t help out on Saturday afternoon.

Milwaukee’s on-again, off-again offense managed only one run — a Travis Shaw RBI single in the first inning — and reliever Boone Logan‘s trouble with left-handed hitters continued in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies at Miller Park.

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In five games against the Phillies this season, the Brewers have won three, putting up at least 12 runs each time. In the two losses, both starts by Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin, Milwaukee has four total runs.

Video: PHI@MIL: Shaw opens the scoring with an RBI single

“He comes right after you. You have to be ready to go,” said Shaw. “If you miss a couple of pitches, you’re behind in the count, and that’s not a recipe for success. He pitched well and their bullpen pitched well.”

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But while the offense has been hot and cold, the Brewers’ starting pitching has been sharp. After Brent Suter allowed one run over seven innings on Friday night, Guerra went 5 1/3 innings with three earned runs Saturday, one of which scored after he’d left the game. Guerra has a 2.72 ERA over his last seven starts.

Video: PHI@MIL: Villar makes a nifty sliding play at second

The Phillies managed only four hits against Guerra, including solo home runs by Rhys Hoskins (a fourth-inning moonshot to left field) and Andrew Knapp (his first of 2018 in the fifth, a go-ahead shot). A sixth-inning walk to Scott Kingery came around to score on Logan’s bases-loaded walk — among the season-high 10 walks issued by Brewers pitchers.

Hoskins’ home run was the first allowed by a Brewers starter since Hoskins hit one against Suter last Saturday in Philadelphia.

Video: PHI@MIL: Yelich extends to make the catch in right

“A couple of home runs got him,” Counsell said of Guerra. “He was cruising; I thought the last couple of innings, there was a tad bit of fatigue in him. But he gave us a chance.”

Said Guerra of the sixth-inning hook after 82 pitches: “I think I felt like I could stay in the game, but it is what it is. It was a little  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap bit hot, but I felt good in the end.”

After Shaw’s run-scoring single in the first inning, the Brewers recorded four other hits against the Phillies’ staff, which included Eflin and relievers Tommy Hunter, Edubray Ramos, Seranthony Dominguez and Hector Neris. Two of them belonged to Ryan Braun, who singled twice and stole second for his 200th career stolen base in the fifth inning.

Video: PHI@MIL: Braun swipes second for 200th career steal

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The Brewers signed Logan because of his history against left-handed hitters, but he has been ineffective against them so far. It led to trouble in a sixth inning that sealed the Phillies’ win.

After Guerra issued a one-out walk in a 2-1 game, Counsell called for Logan, who surrendered a home run to lefty-hitting Odubel Herrera in the ninth inning of Friday’s 13-2 Brewers rout, to face another lefty, Nick Williams. He doubled to put Phillies runners at second and third, lifting left-handers to 9-for-22 with five extra-base hits against Logan this season.

Logan struck out Knapp for the second out of the inning and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Maikel Franco to face light-hitting third baseman J.P. Crawford, who took a full-count slider for ball four and a 3-1 Phillies lead.

Video: PHI@MIL: Crawford walks to force in run, extend lead

Philadelphia tacked on another insurance run against Logan with Cesar Hernandez‘s infield single. Logan has either been charged with a run or allowed an inherited runner to score in eight of his 16 outings.

Asked about the choice of Logan from among a relatively rested relief corps, Counsell said, “It’s a left-hander [Williams], switch-hitter who you want hitting right-handed [Knapp], the pitcher’s spot and left-hander [Crawford]. That’s a spot where we are down one in the game, and that’s a spot Boon Ty Montgomery Jersey e has got to be able to get outs in.”

Video: PHI@MIL: Hernandez plates Williams on an infield hit

How much longer will the Brewers give Logan a chance to show he get those outs?

“He’s got [10 2/3] innings, so he doesn’t have a big sample, but these are the outs we need him to get, there’s no question,” Counsell said. “This is his job, and it has to be his role to get these out Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale s. … I don’t think we can find less-tight spots, because if you’re functioning as a ‘member’ you have to be able to pitch in those spots.”

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Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA) gets the nod for the Brewers when they play their sixth game against the Phillies in 10 days at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday at Miller Park. Anderson had one his best outings of 2018 last Tuesday against the Cubs, hurling seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. The Brewers finish their six-game homestand by facing the Phillies’ Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.27).

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


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MILWAUKEE — Searching for hits from the bottom of the lineup, Brewers manager Craig Counsell penciled in a new name at shortstop on Sunday, one he might start sending to that position more: Hernan Perez.

Perez is a natural shortstop who had not played there this season. His opportunity came as Opening Day shortstop Orlando Arcia remained buried in a season-long hitting slump that left him with a .204/.238/.265 slash line entering Milwaukee’s series finale against the Phillies. Monday will mark one month since Arcia’s last extra-base hit, a stretch that included a five-day demotion to the Minors before Tyler Saladino‘s ankle injury forced a quick return.

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MILWAUKEE — Searching for hits from the bottom of the lineup, Brewers manager Craig Counsell penciled in a new name at shortstop on Sunday, one he might start sending to that position more: Hernan Perez.

Perez is a natural shortstop who had not played there this season. His opportunity came as Opening Day shortstop Orlando Arcia remained buried in a season-long hitting slump that left him with a .204/.238/.265 slash line entering Milwaukee’s series finale against the Phillies. Monday will mark one month since Arcia’s last extra-base hit, a stretch that included a five-day demotion to the Minors before Tyler Saladino‘s ankle injury forced a quick return.

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“I think there will be times and matchups where we’ve got to take a chance at something a little different with trying to get some offense and sacrificing some defense,” Counsell said. “I think [Perez] has been swinging the bat pretty well, so we’ll give it a shot. He’s more than capable of it. He’ll catch the balls hit to him and make the plays.”

In Sunday’s 10-9 loss to the Phillies, Perez went 2-for-4 with a double and walk.

Arcia is fourth in the National League in Defensive Runs Above Replacement and Defensive Runs Saved, which is why Counsell and the Brewers have given him such a long opportunity to fix the mechanical habits and ball/strike recognition issues that have led to his lack of production.

Perez entered Sunday batting .324 (24-for-74) with seven extra-base hits over his last 30 games, a stretch that raised his OPS from .511 to .684.

“I’m going to tell you still that I think Arcia is the best option there and the guy that is preferable to get going and to be the guy that’s going to be out there every single day,” Counsell said. “We’ll continue to try to find ways to help Orlando get on track.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Arcia snags liner, steps on second for DP

Teams sometimes leave a player out of the lineup for several days to clear his mind or so he can put in extra work in the batting cage. Counsell was not prepared to say whether that was the idea for Arcia this time.

Nelson ‘trending in right direction’
Sunday marked one month since rehabbing right-hander Jimmy Nelson‘s check-up with the doctor who performed his shoulder surgery, and he told Milwaukee radio station 105.7 FM The Fan that “it’s trending in the right direction right now.”

There is no timetable for Nelson to throw off a mound or to return to the Brewers’ rotation, because those benchmarks all depend on his repaired right shoulder. He is currently working back toward throwing 150 feet on flat ground, the distance he was at before a shutdown period before and after a visit with Dr. Neal ElAtrrache.

“The last week or two is the best it’s gone so far,” Nelson said. “Right now, there’s a lot of good signs. It’s been responding better than it has this whole process. I’m not behind schedule or anything. I’m still on schedule or maybe even ahead of schedule. It’s just the fact I got so far ahead of schedule, whenever you get shut down for 10-12 days, everybody starts freaking out.”

Nelson said he is down 25 pounds from the start of Spring Training.

Houser joins bullpen, Lopez down
Like clockwork, Jorge Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday after pitching two innings in Saturday’s loss to the Phillies, and another right-hander, Adrian Houser, was called up to provide the bullpen a fresh arm.

All season, the Brewers have cycled a series of pitchers with Minor League options between the Minors and Majors to help protect their higher-leverage relievers.

“Every time we’ve asked them, it’s often been a multiple-inning appearance, and they’ve  Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale kind of completed the job and done it well,” Counsell said. “Lopez, Houser, Alec Asher did it, [Brandon] Woodruff’s done it. … They know what’s happening. But I also think they know they’ll b Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap e back. They’re kind of sharing a roster spot, almost.”

Davies, Miley to begin rehab assignments
Right-hander Zach Davies will begin another Minor League rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and left-hander Wade Miley will join Double-A Biloxi later in the week as both starting pitchers work back from injuries.

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Davies, in his second stint on the 10-day DL for right rotator cuff inflammation, is expected to make at least three starts in the Minors this time. Miley, who is on the 60-day DL with a strained right oblique, will probably pitch four times in the Minors, since he is not eligible for reinstatement until July 9.

Miley’s final test came Sunday morning, when he faced hitters in a simulated game.

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 — The Brewers and Phillies were accented in baby blue for Father’s Day on Sunday as part of Major League Baseball’s effort to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

That effort included the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation “Home Run Challenge,” which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite clubs in a “Team vs. Team” competition. As of Friday, more than $1.85 million had been pledged for 2018, and every dollar goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer. Since its inception, the initiative has raised nearly $50 million.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers and Phillies were accented in baby blue for Father’s Day on Sunday as part of Major League Baseball’s effort to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

That effort included the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation “Home Run Challenge,” which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite clubs in a “Team vs. Team” competition. As of Friday, more than $1.85 million had been pledged for 2018, and every dollar goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer. Since its inception, the initiative has raised nearly $50 million.

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The players swinging for the fences wore blue caps, wristbands, socks, ribbons and other accessories, including Brewers catcher Manny Pina‘s customized chest prot Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale ector. It said “Dad,” for Omar Pina, who was watching the game at home in Venezuela.

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MLB will again donate all royalty payments from the sales of specialty caps and apparel to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

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Overall, the PCF has raised more than $745 million for prostate can Ty Montgomery Jersey cer research to date, and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities, resulting in 15 FDA-approved drugs available for prostate cancer treatment.

One in nine men are predicted to be diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. For more information, please visit PCF.org.

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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