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MILWAUKEE — With Friday’s news of a setback for right-hander Zach Davies just as left-hander Brent Suter hit the disabled list, starting pitching is at a premium for the Brewers while GM David Stearns weighs adding reinforcements.

In other words, Milwaukee needs performances from the likes of rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta. And despite another shaky beginning and some bullpen trouble behind him in a 5-4 win over the Braves at Miller Park, Peralta delivered.

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MILWAUKEE — With Friday’s news of a setback for right-hander Zach Davies just as left-hander Brent Suter hit the disabled list, starting pitching is at a premium for the Brewers while GM David Stearns weighs adding reinforcements.

In other words, Milwaukee needs performances from the likes of rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta. And despite another shaky beginning and some bullpen trouble behind him in a 5-4 win over the Braves at Miller Park, Peralta delivered.

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“It’s the best, man. It’s what we preach, what we talk about — guys stepping up,” said Suter, who is sidelined by a forearm strain. “It’s awesome to watch, and I’m so proud of Freddy. We’re deep. We’ve got a lot of guys who buy right into our clubhouse.”

Video: ATL@MIL: Counsell on Peralta, bullpen in win

Said reliever Dan Jennings, who played a pivotal role in Peralta’s wake: “They just keep bringing guys up when we need [them], and they keep producing. It’s such a unique thing. I don’t think everybody has that.”

That depth was on display all night. Tyler Saladino hit a two-run home run and Jesus Aguilar followed four batters later with a three-run blast off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the third, and Peralta pitched six quality innings for his second victory in as many starts in front of the home fans before Jennings authored a brilliant escape in the seventh. Only Aguilar was on the Opening Day roster, and he was the third-string first baseman.

Video: ATL@MIL: Aguilar launches a 3-run homer to center

Now they are all central players for a Brewers team that improved to 5-0 on the homestand, moved a season-high 18 games over .500 at 53-35 and once again denied Atlanta a spot in the National League’s 50-win club, of which Milwaukee remains the lone member.

“When you get on a little streak like this it’s going to take everybody on your pitching staff, but our starters are certainly doing a heck of a job,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Freddy is one of those guys, man. He keeps delivering.”

Peralta’s start conjured bad memories of six days earlier in Cincinnati, where he fell into a 3-0 hole before recording his first out, and needed 43 pitches to navigate the opening inning. This time, a walk, an Ozzie Albies double and second baseman Brad Miller‘s error mishandling the throw back to the infield gave the Braves a 1-0 advantage after Peralta had recorded an out, and he needed 30 pitches to get through the frame.

But Peralta found smooth sailing from there, giving Milwaukee six innings of three-hit, one-run ball. He walked three but tallied six strikeouts, giving the 22-year-old 46 strikeouts in his 33 2/3 innings.

“[In Cincinnati] it was because I was a little bit excited in the first inning and I was feeling really good. Today, I was too fast,” Peralta said. “After that, everything was really good.”

The Brewers rewarded him by doing what they do best: Hitting dingers. Foltynewicz did not allow a baserunner in the first Custom Rams Jersey  two innings, but Manny Pina singled off shortstop Dansby Swanson‘s glove leading off the third and Saladino followed with his first home run off the disabled list for a 2-1 lead.

Video: ATL@MIL: Saladino crushes a 2-run home run to left 

Four batters later, Aguilar smashed a 433-foot, three-run shot that left his bat at 108 mph, according to Statcast™. It was the 20th of his breakthrough season, and he joined Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (22 home runs) and Washington’s Bryce Harper (21 and the Dodgers’ Max Muncy (20) at the 20-homer plateau in the NL.

“Every game, it’s usually I get in that mess and I get out of it,” said Foltynewicz, a strong All-Star candidate. “Not this time around.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Jennings’ jam: The Braves climbed back into the game with three runs in the seventh off Milwaukee reliever Jacob Barnes, and Jennings took over with runners at second and third, no outs and the Brewers trying to hold a one-run lead. He retired all three men he faced, finishing with a groundout from the dangerous Albies. Jennings has inherited 23 runners this season, and only five have scored.

Video: ATL@MIL: Jennings retires Albies to end jam in 7th

Asked whether it was his most satisfying outing in a Brewers uniform, Jennings said, “Oh, for sure. That’s just a big win in general. To get [five] consecutive wins this close to the All-Star break, you just want to keep the momentum going.”

Jeffress’ jam: An inning later, the trouble was partly of Jeffress’ own making, as he walked Kurt Suzuki following a one-out single to put the tying runner in scoring position. Jeffress got out of trouble by getting the ground ball he was looking for from Johan Camargo to the shortstop Saladino, who started a slick double play. Forty-two appearances into his season, Jeffress has a 1.05 ERA.

Video: ATL@MIL: Jeffress escapes jam with double play in 8th

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Eric Thames turned back the clock to his days as an everyday outfielder to help end Peralta’s long first inning with a diving catch in the right-field corner to rob Suzuki with a runner aboard. The Brewers have been playing Thames in the outfield in part because Lorenzo Cain remains on the DL, and in part  Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale because they want both Aguilar’s and Thames’ bats in the lineup.

Video: ATL@MIL: Thames lays out to make a spectacular catch

“That was awesome, man,” Peralta said. “When I saw the contact, I just looked and I knew it was almost on the line but he would catch it. I don’t know why, but when I saw him sliding and everything, I was like, ‘Oh my God.'”

HE SAID IT
“[Peralta] is such a happy kid that I don’t think the moments affect him too much. Playing behind him and you watch him go about it, he trusts his stuff and he’s not afraid to go right after guys. It’s a sneaky confidence that you feel when you’re out there.” — Saladino

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Braves had nothing to lose when they challenged a critical out at second base in the ninth inning, after Manny Pina threw out Swanson trying to steal. It was Pina’s second caught-stealing of the game.

Did the Brewers catch a break on the play?

Video: ATL@MIL: Pina nabs Swanson for crucial out in 9th

“I don’t know. Maybe,” Counsell said. “But at this point, I think we can agree it’s hard to figure out what they’re going to do.”

UP NEXT
Back from Triple-A Colorado Springs after a short stay there, right-hander Aaron Wilkerson will make his first Brewers start this season on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CT in place of injured lefty Brent Suter. Wilkerson made two starts for Milwaukee late last season, but his only big league action in 2018 came Sunday at Cincinnati, where he surrendered five runs in his first inning of work before settling in to deliver two more scoreless frames. Veteran Anibal Sanchez will start for Atlanta.

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 — Brewers left-hander Brent Suter made an unexpected trip to the 10-day disabled list Friday with a forearm strain and won’t start as scheduled on Saturday against the Braves. Right-hander Aaron Wilkerson was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will start that game instead.

Suter said he developed tightness near his left elbow in the first inning of his most recent outing against the Twins on Monday, when he lasted five innings and surrendered five earned runs on nine hits. He told the team’s athletic trainers and underwent treatment, but the discomfort lingered and he was unable to throw his between-starts bullpen session.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers left-hander Brent Suter made an unexpected trip  Custom Women’s Rams Jersey to the 10-day disabled list Friday with a forearm strain and won’t start as scheduled on Saturday against the Braves. Right-hander Aaron Wilkerson was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will start that game instead.

Suter said he developed tightness near his left elbow in the first inning of his most recent outing against the Twins on Monday, when he lasted five innings and surrendered five earned runs on nine hits. He told the team’s athletic trainers and underwent treatment, but the discomfort lingered and he was unable to throw his between-starts bullpen session.

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“We saw the doc and he was like, ‘Let’s just skip a start,'” Suter said. “Disappointment, for sure. But I’ll try to come back stronger. Our team is gelling so well right now that you want to be a part of it.”

Suter aims to rejoin the rotation in Pittsburgh during the Brewers’ final series before the All-Star break, but the club will be cautious. Forearm strains have been known to lead to more serious elbow injuries.

Initial tests, however, indicate the ligaments in Suter’s elbow are sound, he said.

“You’re always cautious when a pitcher has a forearm injury, but at this point it’s a minor injury,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I think it’s important we don’t let it become something big. That’s why we’re putting him on the DL.”

Suter is 8-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 16 starts and two relief appearances covering 93 1/3 innings.

His replacement, Wilkerson, made two big league starts for the Brewers last season and was briefly in the bullpen last weekend in Cincinnati. He allowed five runs in his first inning of work in a loss to the Reds, then bounced back to pitch two more scoreless innings and was sent back to Triple-A.

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For the SkySox this season,  Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale Wilkerson has a 2.08 ERA in 34 2/3 innings.

“I’ll tell you, as we’re mapping out this n Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey ext week, especially with that doubleheader [on July 14 in Pittsburgh], there are going to be a lot of guys involved,” Counsell said. “We’re going to need pitching help, for sure.”

More back woes for Davies
Right-hander Zach Davies, whose comeback from a right shoulder injury was scuttled by lower back pain, had another setback in a throwing session and will be further delayed, Counsell said.

“The first part of his throwing went well, and then he felt it at some point at the end of his session,” Counsell said. “We’re going to have to take a more conservative route with him and just get him back to pain-free.

“It wasn’t something minor — a spasm, so to speak. It’s probably something a little more that we’re going to have to get out of there.”

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 — Lorenzo Cain returned from the disabled list, Ryan Braun and Manny Pina hit the DL and the Brewers promoted top pitching prospect Corbin Burnes amid a flurry of roster moves on Sunday.

It was a week’s worth of transactions packed into one busy morning:

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MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain returned from the disabled list, Ryan Braun and Manny Pina hit the DL and the Brewers promoted top pitching prospect Corbin Burnes amid a flurry of roster moves on Sunday.

It was a week’s worth of transactions packed into one busy morning:

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• Cain (left groin) activated from the 10-day DL
• Braun placed on the 10-day DL with a back strain
• Pina placed on the 10-day DL with a left biceps strain
• Burnes selected from Triple-A Colorado Springs
• Catcher Jacob Nottingham recalled from Triple-A
• Infielder Nate Orf recalled from Triple-A
• Pitcher Aaron Wilkerson optioned to Triple-A
• Pitcher Mike Zagurski designated for assignment

“I don’t know that I’ve been in a situation where you make [this many] moves in a day and feel completely comfortable with what’s coming back to replace it,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “Getting ‘LoCain’ back is a huge boost for this club.”

Cain had been on the DL with a left groin strain but passed a final test on Saturday, just before Braun was scratched with tightness in his back and right side.

“Today was just the combination of a lot of circumstances. It all just came to one day,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Wilkerson was sent back down to Triple-A after an effective start on Saturday against the Braves, and Zagurski was designated for assignment to make room for Burnes, the 23-year-old ranked second on MLB Pipeline’s top Brewers prospects behind second baseman Keston Hiura, and No. 56 in the Top 100.

Video: ATL@MIL: Wilkerson strikes out Swanson in the 4th

Zagurski, a 35-year-old journeyman left-hander, was ineffective in two Brewers appearances, including Saturday when he yielded back-to-back RBI triples to left-handed hitters Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis in a three-run eighth inning that sealed Milwaukee’s 5-1 loss.

When a player’s contract is designated for assignment — often abbreviated “DFA” — that player is immediately removed from his club’s 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers. Zagurski was effective in Triple-A, and the Brewers hope to Custom Rams Jersey  keep him in the organization, Counsell said.

Timing played role in Braun, Pina moves
The pending All-Star break, which is one week away, played a role in the Brewers’ decisions to place Braun and Pina on the 10-day DL with injuries that might have been treated as day-to-day matters in a different segment of the schedule.

Braun said the issue was related to a bout of back tightness last week while the Brewers were in Cincinnati.

“Counsell talked to me after the game yesterday, and where we’re at as a team and the timing of it, the fact that I’ve been dealing with this for a while now, we just felt like it was the right thing to do,” Braun said. “I irritated it a little bit again the other day to the point where it’s painful to swing.

“I’ve played through these intercostal-type things plenty of times, but once it gets to that point, you have to shut it down. Sometimes it’s two days, sometimes it’s 10 days. You just don’t know.”

Video: ATL@MIL: Brewers make multiple roster moves

Pina said he felt biceps pain on a swing in his second at-bat against the Braves on Friday. He managed to stay in the game before undergoing an MRI on Saturday morning that confirmed a muscle strain.

“There was some debate whether we needed [the DL], but it’s close enough with the All-Star break that we can just get him good for the second half, and he’ll be active after the break,” Counsell said. “It’s not a bad injury, but it’s enough that DL time is required, especially with a catcher.” 

Erik Kratz and Nottingham are expected to share starts over the next week. Nottingham, MLB Pipeline’s No. 25 Brewers prospect, made his Major League debut in April and played in three games, including two starts.

Burnes set for MLB debut
The Brewers see Burnes as a starter long term, but they recently shifted him to relief at Triple-A to give him experience in that role in the event of a callup. He will be used out of the bullpen.

Like left-hander Josh Hader last year and right-hander Brandon Woodruff this year, it can take some time for prospects accustomed to the routine of starting games to adjust to the bullpen. Of his six relief appearances for the SkySox, Burnes allowed seven total runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in two of them, and pitched scoreless ball in the other four. His three most recent outings were scoreless.

“We had shortened his length in between appearances and amended his p Custom Los Angeles Rams Women’s Jersey rep time,” Counsell said. “When you call down there, how fast can you get ready? And that’s a big issue, when you’re starting and you have this use at the time, or the phone rings and it’s two hitters later. That’s the biggest adjustment those guys make. We feel like we got through that and he handled it very well.”

Last call
• Left-hander W Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale ade Miley will rejoin the Brewers on Monday in Miami and is an option to fill the next opening in the starting rotation on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Miley, on the 60-day DL with a right oblique strain, pitched four scoreless innings on 57 pitches in his latest rehab start for Double-A Biloxi on Saturday and is eligible to come off the DL beginning Monday.

• Woodruff’s most recent start for the SkySox was cut short after four innings on Monday, and he did not pitch  Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey again before the Triple-A schedule reached its All-Star break on Sunday night. That was by design, according to Stearns.

“There’s nothing up with him. He’s fine,” Stearns said. “We got the Triple-A All-Star break coming up, managing innings. We’ve got a lot of [Major League] innings coming this week, and we’re likely going to need a couple of pitchers to cover those innings. We want to make sure we’re giving ourselves flexibility.” 

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 — Craig Counsell predicted back in Spring Training that relief ace Josh Hader was so talented and versatile that a spot would arise in most every game that called for his services. Answer every time, and Hader’s arm would be dragging when the Brewers needed him most.

In a 5-1 loss to the Braves on Saturday at Miller Park, that spot arose in the eighth inning. Milwaukee trailed by a run and had Hader warmed up in the bullpen in the event the Brewers tied the game or took a lead in the seventh. They did not, so Hader remained in the ‘pen while Atlanta put the game away with a trio of insurance runs off recent callups Mike Zagurski and Jorge Lopez.

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MILWAUKEE — Craig Counsell predicted back in Spring Training that relief ace Josh Hader was so talented and versatile that a spot would arise in most every game that called for his services. Answer every time, and Hader’s arm would be dragging when the Brewers needed him most.

In a 5-1 loss to the Braves on Saturday at Miller Park, that spot arose in the eighth inning. Milwaukee trailed by a run and had Hader warmed up in the bullpen in the event the Brewers tied the game or took a lead in the seventh. They did not, so Hader remained in the ‘pen while Atlanta put the game away with a trio of insurance runs off recent callups Mike Zagurski and Jorge Lopez.

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The loss snapped Milwaukee’s five-game winning streak and resurrected a common question: why won’t the Brewers pitch Hader when they are behind in a close game?

“You’re not going  Custom Los Angeles Rams Women’s Jersey to have him when you want him, and you’re going to run out of games,” Counsell said. “He can’t pitch 90 games. It’s just not going to work. If anybody thinks it’s going to work, show me how. It’s pretty simple: he’s going to pitch if it’s tied. He’s not going to pitch if we’re losing.

“There are circumstances when he will pitch if we’re losing, but a lo Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale t of other stuff has to be lined up. … Today just wasn’t one of those days.”

The Brewers being unable grab a lead had much to do with veteran right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who bucked his 6.37 ERA in eight previous starts against the Brewers by setting a season high with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 quality innings.

Sanchez carried a shutout into the seventh, when Brad Miller‘s line drive single off Sanchez’s hip drove in the Brewers’ first run. It represented their first hit since the opening inning.

“When he’s dotting like that, it’s tough,” said Eric Thames, whose leadoff single was one of Milwaukee’s four hits. “You want to be aggressive, but he did a good job of keeping the ball away from our barrels.”

Miller’s hit made it 2-1, but the Brewers missed their chance to get Hader into the game when when Tyler Saladino grounded out against reliever Dan Winkler. The Braves tacked on three runs in an eighth inning, highlighted by back-to-back RBI triples by Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis off the left-hander Zagurski.

Video: ATL@MIL: Markakis adds to lead with a triple to right

Wilkerson, another callup from Triple-A Colorado Springs, who started in place of injured left-hander Brent Suter, had similar trouble in the top of the first. Five straight Braves batters reached safely with one out, including Johan Camargo with a two-run single. Wilkerson retired the final two men he faced in the inning to strand the bases loaded and begin a stretch in which he retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced.

Over the five innings of his first 2018 start in the Majors, Wilkerson was charged with two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

“He gave up three ground balls that first inning,” Counsell said. “He did his job, for sure. Five good innings. He kept us in the game.”

Video: ATL@MIL: Wilkerson strikes out Swanson in the 4th

Freeman finished a home run shy of the cycle for the Braves, who improved to 50-38 and joined the 53-39 Brewers as the National League’s only 50-win teams.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
In hindsight, the Brewers’ best chance to get to Sanchez was in the very first inning, when Thames led off with a single and Jesus Aguilar was hit by a pitch with one out. Travis Shaw followed with what looked like a single to right field but turned into a rare 9-6 fielder’s choice because Aguilar had to briefly hold between first and second base to see if the baseball would drop. When it did, right fielder Markakis threw to second base for an out.

Instead of having the bases loaded with one out, the Brewers had runners at the corners with two outs, and Hernan Perez took a called strike three to end the threat. Shaw ended up being the first of 19 retired in a row by Sanchez.

Video: ATL@MIL: Markakis cuts down Aguilar in the 1st

“Tough read for Jesus,” Thames said. “It’s one of those things where it would have been a different ballgame if that fell and it was bases loaded. But it happens. [Sanchez] was locating everything so well.”

“That was our opportunity against Sanchez, for sure,” Counsell said.

HE SAID IT
“[The Brewers] are such a good ballclub, and they just keep coming at you and coming at you. They’re so deep player-wise. I think every run you can add on is huge against a team like this. That is a great club. They have done a great job here of putting together a really strong, deep team.” — Braves manager Brian Snitker

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Just as Sanchez’s opening inning turned on one close play, so did Wilkerson’s. Braves leadoff man Ender Inciarte flew out before Ozzie Albies grounded out to the right side of the infield, with Wilkerson covering the bag. But the Braves challenged that call at first base, and it was overturned, starting a streak of five batters reaching base (three singles and two walks), and left Wilkerson in a 2-0 deficit.

Video: ATL@MIL: Albies safe at first on overturned call

“That play Albies beats out, it’s a different inning if [Wilkerson] starts with two out and nobody on,” Counsell said. “He did a nice job. He had to work hard to get through that first inning, but he got pretty locked in after that.”

“I felt like I was in position to get there,” Wil Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey kerson said of the play with Albies. “I got my steps mixed up a little bit, and trying to judge who wa Custom Rams Jersey s throwing and fielding the ball. It was another little key factor there that turned that first inning.”

UP NEXT
Junior Guerra (5-5, 2.87 ERA) takes the mound Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee’s final home game before the All-Star break, as the Brewers finish their four-game series against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. CT. Guerra has a 3.24 ERA in his last six starts and pitched five shutout innings in a win over the Twins last time out. Lefty Sean Newcomb (8-3,  Custom Women’s Rams Jersey 3.10) starts for Atlanta.

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 — Relief ace Josh Hader, outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and first baseman Jesus Aguilar are headed to the All-Star Game for the Brewers.

Aguilar made the National League roster on Wednesday when it was announced he won the Camping World Final Vote, which determined the final All-Star roster spot in each league via fan balloting.

MILWAUKEE — Relief ace Josh Hader, outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and first baseman Jesus Aguilar are headed to the All-Star Game for the Brewers.

Aguilar made the National League roster on Wednesday when it was announced he won the Camping World Final Vote, which determined the final All-Star roster spot in each league via fan balloting.

“We’ve got the best record in the National League, so we should have some All-Stars,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Sunday’s 10-3 win over the Braves at Miller Park. “That means we have guys having big years, and we earned a bunch of guys on the team. There should be more.”

Cain is a second-time All-Star, having played for the American League in 2015. Hader and Yelich made the cut for the first time, and Aguilar would be a first-time All-Star, too.

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All three were voted onto the team via the Player Ballot.

“I’m going to just try to enjoy it as much as I can,” Yelich said. “I’ve been to one before as a fan, I think that was 2010 [in Anaheim] right after I got drafted. It’s one thing to make it to the big leagues, but it’s another thing to make it to an All-Star Game. It’s a pretty cool honor and an experience you should appreciate and take in.”

Added Cain: “It’s a great experience. Everybody should get a chance.”

For Hader, the Midsummer Classic is close to home. He grew up in Millersville, Md., a half-hour drive from Nationals Park.

Video: Cain discusses 2nd all-star selection

“It’s definite Custom Los Angeles Rams Women’s Jersey ly special,” Hader said. “Last year, I was able to play in front of my family and friends in D.C., but to go back there for the All-Star Game, words just really can’t describe it.”

One can’t quibble with any of the Brewers’ selections, particularly Hader, the 24-year-old left-hander in his first full season as a reliever who has flourished in the role. Entering Sunday’s series finale against the Braves, Hader led Major League relievers with a 50.9 percent strikeout rate, putting him on pace to join Aroldis Chapman (52.5 percent in 2014) and Craig Kimbrel (50.2 percent in ’12) among the only pitchers in Major League history to pitch more than a handful of innings in a season and strike out more than half of the batters they faced.

“It’s extraordinary,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “He’s surpassed all of our expectations, and I had pretty high expectations coming into  Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale this year on what he could accomplish. He’s teaching us how valuable a bullpen person can be.” 

If Cain and Yelich have not surpassed expectations, they certainly have met them since the Brewers acquired both outfielders within 24 hours in late January. Cain came via the richest free-agent contract in Brewers history, a five-year, $80 million deal. Yelich came via a trade with the Marlins for four premium prospects, including Lewis Brinson.

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Cain just returned to the Brewers’ lineup on Sunday after a stint on the disabled list for a groin strain. He entered Selection Sunday fourth in the NL with a .394 on-base percentage, and despite missing a dozen games during his DL stint, led NL position players at 3.9 Wins Above Replacement.

“He’s done everything we could’ve asked him to do,” Stearns said. “What everyone sees him do on the field is impactful, and who he is when he’s off the field has added a very nice dimension to our club. He’s been great, I’m really happy we have him.”

It marks the first time since 2014 and the eighth time in the last 13 years that the Brewers have at least three All-Stars. The Brewers earned their selections by going 54-36 in their first 90 games for the NL’s best record.

“It’s nice to represent Milwaukee in something like the All-Star Game,” Cain said, “but there’s still a long way to go.”

Video: Craig Counsell talks about All-Star Game hopes

On Tuesday, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

Video: MIN@MIL: Hader throws three hitless frames, K’s two

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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 — Two more Jesus Aguilar home runs helped the Brewers roll the Braves on Sunday afternoon and finish off a sensational first half at Miller Park.

With a 10-3 victory, the Brewers have won 28 of their past 40 home games after a 2-6 start to the season at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Two more Jesus Aguilar home runs helped the Brewers roll the Braves on Sunday afternoon and finish off a sensational first half at Miller Park.

With a 10-3 victory, the Brewers have won 28 of their past 40 home games after a 2-6 start to the season at Miller Park.

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“We played very well on this homestand,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s a 6-1 homestand in the middle of this stretch with no days off and a bunch of games. To do that, it’s about contributions from a lot of guys. A lot of guys doing good things.”

Milwaukee concluded its pre-All-Star break home slate with a 30-18 record behind four homers, including Aguilar’s third multi-homer game of the season. It upped his season total to 22 — all of which have come since April 21.

Video: ATL@MIL: Aguilar, Counsell discuss win over Braves

It was just another day at the ballpark for Aguilar, who has made crushing baseballs his thing in 2018, even though he didn’t start consecutive games until May 1-2 against the Reds.

“[Aguilar’s] awesome,” Christian Yelich said. “He’s a great teammate. He has an unbelievable story, and he’s taken advantage of his opportunities. It’s great to see and it’s easy to root for guys like that. I think every guy in that clubhouse is really happy for him and what he’s doing for us because he’s a big reason we’re at where we’re at. His swing is so short and he’s so strong that he can leave the ballpark to any part of the field on any pitch. He’s been winning ballgames by himself, pretty much.”

Both of Aguilar’s blasts Sunday came with two strikes. The first one was in the seventh inning off Braves reliever Sam Freeman toward right field, while the second was a three-run shot in the eighth, courtesy of right-hander Evan Phillips and a 96-mph fastball that he drove down the left-field line.

While the fact that 12 of his 22 homers have come with two strikes this season seems like it warrants certain adjustments, Aguilar said he doesn’t change his approach when down in the count.

“See the ball. Just hit the ball,” Aguilar said. “I don’t care what pitch or what you want to or like to throw. I’ve just got to see the ball and hit it over right field.”

Aguilar helped out his pitcher, Junior Guerra, in the field, too. The first baseman started two double plays, which aided Guerra in hurling six innings of one-run ball en route to his seventh quality start of 2018.

Video: ATL@MIL: Guerra allows 1 run over 6 strong innings

The bullpen finished the job for the final three frames, and Counsell didn’t even have to use his top relief arms — Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel. Dan Jennings and Taylor Williams each threw a shutout inning, while Jacob Barnes surrendered two runs in the ninth.

“I’ve been telling [Hader] all day, ‘OK, it’s your turn,'” Jennings said. “But I like to joke with him. He’s thrown a lot of innings this year, and we like to go back and forth a little bit. Sometimes it’s fun when he throws a few innings one day, and I know he’s down and out  Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale the next, and I know I can hopefully take over.”

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Cain’s double play: Guerra issued a leadoff walk to Ender Inciarte to open the third inning, and Ozzie Albies followed with a flyout to Cain in center. Cain, in his first appearance since June 23, threw out a tagging Inciarte at second base. The call was confirmed via replay after a Braves challenge.

While Cain helping out his pitcher was critical, seeing Cain — who was activated from a stint on the disabled list with a groin strain on Sunday morning — make the play and show that he’s healthy may have been even more important. Keon Broxton replaced Cain as a defensive substitution in the ninth inning, but the healthy Cain said he wants to play a full nine innings Monday in Miami.

“I was a little rusty out there, a little out of shape,” Cain said. “Overall, a good day. I got winded on a few sprints out there, but a good day overall. I just want to continue to play. As long as I feel good, I’ll be out there.” More >

Video: ATL@MIL: Braves challenge Cain nabbing Inciarte

Perez goes yard: While Aguilar’s two homers take the headlines, Hernan Perez broke open the game by capping the five-run third inning with a three-run homer to straightaway center. After Jonathan Villar, Yelich and Cain started the inning with singles and Aguilar drew a walk, Travis Shaw hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Villar for the game’s first run. That set the table for Perez, who hit his sixth homer of the season.

With Ryan Braun on the DL and Eric Thames a liability versus left-handed starters, Perez is the Brewers’ ul Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey timate utilityman. Perez has played every position on the diamond except for catcher this season, and his homer off starter Sean Newcomb was his second of the series.

Video: ATL@MIL: Brewers score 5 runs in the 3rd inning

SOUND SMART
The Braves finished four homerless games in Milwaukee. They’re the first visitors in Miller Park history not to go deep over a four-game series, and it’s the first time the visitors haven’t homered in Milwaukee since the Tigers in 1993.

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Thames didn’t get the start against the left-handed Newcomb, but he did pinch-hit. Thames batted for Williams to lead off the eighth inning and deposited a 464-foot homer to right field for his first career pinch-hit homer. It was the ninth-longest home run in the Major Leagues this season, per Statcast™. More >

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HE SAID IT
“It’s awesome for the fans to support us as they are right now. We’re winning and the fans are feeling the energy as we are. To have the series we had against this team, which is the top contender in the [National League], to take three from those guys is a huge thing, especially against their ace. We just have to keep rolling with it in Miami and Pittsburgh and go to the All-Star Game on a high note.” — Thames, on the Brewers’ first half at Miller Park

UP NEXT
The Brewers start an eight-game road trip to end the season’s first half in Miami at 6:10 p.m. CT on Monday. Right-hander Chase Anderson (6-6, 3.99 ERA) gets the nod for Milwaukee after a strong start (6 1/3 innings, one run) last Wednesday against the Twins. Righty Jose Urena (2-9, 4.18 ERA) goes for the Marlins as Miami looks to avenge a four-game April sweep at the hands of the Brewers.

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


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The best hitter on the Brewers isn’t longtime star Ryan Braun, or 2017’s breakout sluggers Eric Thames and Travis Shaw. It’s not either of last winter’s pair of big-ticket outfield imports, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. The best hitter on this year’s Brewers was cut free a year and a half ago by Cleveland so it could add Richie Shaffer, who never appeared for the Indians and is currently hitting .164/.216/.310 in Triple-A.

This year’s best Milwaukee hitter isn’t just the best hitter on his own team. Jesus Aguilar, a virtual unknown to most baseball fans a few months ago, has legitimately been one of the most productive hitters in baseball for a first-place team. By hitting .313/.373/.625, he’s been as productive as Aaron Judge on a rate basis.

The best hitter on the Brewers isn’t longtime star Ryan Braun, or 2017’s breakout sluggers Eric Thames and Travis Shaw. It’s not either of last winter’s pair of big-ticket outfield imports, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. The best hitter on this year’s Brewers was cut free a year and a half ago by Cleveland so it could add Richie Shaffer, who never appeared for the Indians and is currently hitting .164/.216/.310 in Triple-A.

This year’s best Milwaukee hitter isn’t just the best hitter on his own team. Jesus Aguilar, a virtual unknown to most baseball fans a few months ago, has legitimately been one of the most productive hitters in baseball for a first-place team. By hitting .313/.373/.625, he’s been as productive as Aaron Judge on a rate basis.

2018’s best hitters, by wRC+, min. 200 PA

196 — Mike Trout, Angels
194 — Mookie Betts, Red Sox
174 — J.D. Martinez, Red Sox
169 — Jose Ramirez, Indians
160 — Aguilar, Brewers
160 — Judge, Yankees
153 — Francisco Lindor, Indians
153 — Freddie Freeman, Braves
(wRC+ is a park-adjusted metric where 100 is league average)

How is that possible? There are really three questions here that we need to answer, in chronological order.

1) Did Cleveland make a mistake in letting him go?
2) What’s made Aguilar this productive so far?
3) How likely is this to continue?

Video: STL@MIL: Aguilar homers to break up no-hitter in 7th

1. Should the Indians have regrets?

Sort of! But not really. Aguilar made four Minor League All-Star teams with Cleveland, in 2009 and 2013-15. He hit double-digit home runs six times, topping out with 30 in ’16, and he showed good plate discipline, with a walk rate just below 10 percent and a strikeout rate just below 20 percent. The 64 big league plate appearances he received over parts of three seasons weren’t exactly enough of a chance for him to show what he could do.

Then again, slow right-handed-hitting first basemen with limited def http://www.lovesports.us/Customized-St-Louis-Rams-Jersey ensive value aren’t exactly in high demand in baseball, and it’s not like Cleveland was hurting for production from first base and designated hitter, thanks to various combinations of Carlos Santana, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli, and Ryan Raburn. From 2015-17, Cleveland firs Men’s Los Angeles Rams Nike Elite Away White Custom NFL Football Jersey t basemen were baseball’s ninth-best hitters and Cleveland designated hitters were fourth-best.

If the Indians did err, it was in not giving Aguilar more of a chance when they had chances to give. Near the end of an 81-80 season in 2015, they spent far too much time giving DH starts to disappointing veteran Chris Johnson instead of giving younger players like Aguilar a chance. Still, it’s not like Aguilar’s positions were major weaknesses for good Cleveland teams, either.

(Besides, it’s not like Milwaukee did this perfectly either; while it wasn’t a one-for-one swap, the roster machinations that got Aguilar a spot headed into 2017 also ended up with the loss of Scooter Gennett, who went on to become a slugging star for the Reds.)

2. What is he doing so well?

Sometimes, this can get pretty complicated. Not so in Aguilar’s case, because he’s succeeding in the most 2018 way possible: he hits the ball very hard and almost never on the ground.

Of 278 hitters who have had at least 100 batted balls, Aguilar’s hard-hit rate of 46.3 percent is ranked 34th, ahead of stars like Matt Carpenter and Bryce Harper.

“The only thing I can control is trying to hit the ball hard,” Aguilar told MLB.com in May. “From there, you can’t really control what happens.”

That’s half true, because a hitter also has some control over whether he’s hitting it hard in the air or on the ground, and Aguilar is most definitely doing the latter. Of those same 278 hitters, his 30.1 percent ground-ball rate is fifth-lowest.

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As you can imagine, hitting the ball hard and in the air leads to elite production, which is how Aguilar has posted a .625 slugging percentage — fourth in baseball behind Betts, Martinez and Trout (though he’s currently a few plate appearances shy of officially qualifying for the league leaders).

But what specifically is he doing to improve over last year’s solid-but-unspectacular .265/.331/.505 season? Look to the fastballs.

Last year, Aguilar hit .242/.345/.474 with a 33-percent strikeout rate against fastballs, which was fine enough. This year, he’s managed to pull off a neat trick: he’s swinging at more of them, up to 45 percent from 43 percent, and making a ton more contact in the zone, up from 74 percent to 88 percent, which is a huge jump.

If you look at the heat maps, it’s easy to see what’s happening. Last year, he would go after the high heat, with limited success. (He hit .167 with a .333 slugging in the upper third of the zone against four-seam fastballs.) This year, he’s laying off the high fastballs that he can’t do much with.

Instead, he’s focusing on the outside of the plate, and that’s a great spot for him — he’s slugging .931 on the outer third against fastballs of any type. That’s not just a good number, it’s the third-highest in baseball.

3) Is this at all sustainable?

The first thing you think of when a player with limited track record comes up and starts to mash is that he’s possibly the beneficiary of fortunate luck — that balls are finding holes. We saw this with Tampa Bay’s Mallex Smith in April, when he hit .329/.391/.418 thanks to an unsustainable .406 BABIP. With a more reasonable .317 BABIP since May 1, he’s hit just .241/.306/.337 since.

We’re not going to guarantee anything with Aguilar, because baseball doesn’t work that way. We can, however, say that he’s earned just about all of his production, at least based on Statcast™ metrics.

The way we do that is to look at player’s actual production and compare it to their expected production, based on the underlying skills of exit velocity, launch angle, strikeouts and walks. (Another way to think about it is that if a batter squares up a ball in a way that’s a hit 80 percent of the time but gets an 0-for-1 due to a spectacular defensive play, we want to give him credit for hitting the ball in such a productive way.)

Looking at it that way, for example, we can say that Albert Almora Jr. may be the player most outperforming his skill, since he’s putting up a great line without any meaningful changes to his strikeouts, walks, exit velocity or launch angle, and that could be an indicator his performance may not last.

That’s not the case for Aguilar, however. Last year, his actual wOBA was .351 and his expected was .346 — basically identical. This year, his actual wOBA is .411, and his expected is .403 — or again, more or less identical.

That doesn’t guarantee anything going forward. It does suggest that what we’ve seen so far hasn’t been about good luck. Aguilar hits the ball hard, he hits it in the air and he’s got a nice Minor League track record to fall back upon. For someone who entered the spring uncertain of a job with Braun expected to be the right-handed-hitting half of a platoon with Thames, Aguilar has produced a fantastic season — and from this view, there’s little reason to think it can’t continue.

Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs.


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MILWAUKEE — Brewers fans delivered Geoff Jenkins to the All-Star Game in 2003 via the Final Vote, and did the same for Corey Hart in ’08. A decade later, can they do it again for slugging first baseman Jesus Aguilar?

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers fans delivered Geoff Jenkins to the All-Star Game in 2003 via the Final Vote, and did the same for Corey Hart in ’08. A decade later, can they do it again for slugging first baseman Jesus Aguilar?

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On the same day Aguilar smashed two more home runs in the Brewers’ 10-3 win over the Braves, he was named one of five candidates for the National League’s final roster spot. Aguilar needs votes via the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote. Balloting is also live via the MLB A Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey t Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps until 3 p.m. CT Wednesday.

The other candidates are Brandon Belt of the Giants, Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, Max Muncy of the Dodgers and Trea Turner of the host Nationals.

“You look at the pure numbers, and Jesus deserves to be an All-Star. I don’t think there’s anyone in baseball who would argue with that,” said Brewers general manager David Stearns, who plucked Aguilar off waivers from the Indians just before the start of Spring Training two years ago. “[First base] is a very good position in the National League, and through no fault of his own, he had a late start compared to some of his competitors. You look at the numbers and it’s tough to say that guy is not an All-Star.”

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The numbers are gaudy, especially considering Aguilar was on the Brewers’ roster bubble at the end of Spring Training, began the season as their third-string first baseman, did not hit his first home run until April 21 and did not start back-to-back games until May 1-2.

Now, including his two-homer afternoon against Atlanta on Sunday, Aguilar is tied with the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 22 home runs and second among qualified NL hitters to the Reds’ Eugenio Suarez with 160 Weighted Runs Created Plus and a .414 Weighted On-base Average — two of the most complete measures of offensive production.

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Arenado and Suarez are All-Stars. Aguilar needs help.

“That’s something I don’t control. It’s not me,” Aguilar said. “I’ve just got to go up there and play the right way.” 

The Brewers are on the road in Miami beginning Monday, so they will not have the benefit of promoting his candidacy in home games. But club officials were already planning a media and community blitz on Sunday, including a partnership with the Twins and American League Final Vote candidate Eddie Rosario.

Aguilar’s teammates didn’t wait for the official campaign to begin. They have been promoting Aguilar’s All-Star candidacy in interviews for weeks now, and recently began wearing T-shirts that say, “We believe in Jesus.”

“Look, he’s having an MVP season. He really is,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s having an incredible season. He’s [tied for the league lead] in home runs now. I mean, he’s certainly in the top five of offensive seasons in the National League right now. He’s been brilliant, man. He’s hitting in the middle of the order, he’s driving in runs. He’s a tough at-bat. Big spots, walk-off homers. Offensively, he’s done it all.”

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The Final Vote is not fans’ only way to weigh in. On Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in W Custom Rams Jersey ashington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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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