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DENVER — Dominican-born Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta‘s parents have never seen him pitch professionally. That was supposed to change Saturday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

How about a Major League debut on Sunday at Coors Field instead?

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DENVER — Dominican-born Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta‘s parents have never seen him pitch professionally. That was supposed to change Saturday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

How about a Major League debut on Sunday at Coors Field instead?

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When Brewers starter Chase Anderson was scratched from his Saturday start with an illness, the Brewers bumped Brent Suter up a day to pitch a 4-0 loss to the Rockies and summoned the entire Peralta family to Denver, where the 21-year-old right-hander will become the youngest Brewers starting pitcher since Yovani Gallardo in 2007.

“At first, I didn’t really believe it,” Peralta said. “But after a while, I thought,  Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ‘It’s true. I’m here, and we’ve got to go.'”

Anderson was still feeling lousy late Saturday, so the Brewers placed him o Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey n the 10-day disabled list. They optioned reliever Alec Asher back to Colorado Springs after only one day with the team and recalled a fresh relief option in Jorge Lopez, along with Peralta.

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Peralta’s father, Pedro, and mother, Octavia, will be at the game, along with Peralta’s girlfriend.

“They came last night with a purpose, to see me pitch [Saturday],” Peralta said. “When it was time to stretch and they didn’t see me out there, they were kind of worried. They didn’t know where I was. They didn’t know what to think. When I called and told them the news, they couldn’t hold it in. They were emotional, crying. It was awesome.”

Peralta, who was one of three teenage pitchers acquired in a trade with the Mariners for Adam Lind at the 2015 Winter Meetings, was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a Pacific Coast League-leading 46 strikeouts at Colorado Springs.

The Brewers will backdate Anderson’s DL stint to Wednesday or Thursday.

“I don’t know what it came from,” said Anderson. “Maybe something I ate. I don’t know, honestly.”

After a sleepless night, Anderson alerted assistant athletic trainer Dave Yeager at about 1:30 p.m. local time that he was sick. The Brewers made it official about two hours before the game that Suter would start instead.

He saw a Rockies doctor, then retreated to his hotel room with lots of bottled water and Pedialyte.

“Basically, t Custom Blue Jays Jersey his comes down to we did not believe Chase was going to be able to pitch [Sunday],” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re essentially skipping a start.”

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DENVER — The Brewers’ “high-wire act” was back, this time at high altitude.

That’s how manager Craig Counsell described his club amid a series of improbable comebacks earlier this season, and it was apt as the Brewers overcame a six-run deficit to win a Coors Field special on Friday. Hernan Perez‘s single off Rockies cl Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey oser Wade Davis with two outs in the ninth inning extended the game for Manny Pina‘s tying two-run home run, and Travis Shaw delivered a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th for an 11-10 win.

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DENVER — The Brewers’ “high-wire act” was back, this time at high altitude.

That’s how manager Craig Counsell described his club amid a series of improbable comebacks earlier this season, and it was apt as the Brewers overcame a six-run deficit to win a Coors Field special on Friday. Hernan Perez‘s single off Rockies closer Wade Davis with two outs in the ninth inning extended the game for Manny Pina‘s tying two-run home run, and Travis Shaw delivered a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th for an 11-10 win.

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It was the Brewers’ first comeback victory from down six runs since last year on Mother’s Day, when Pina’s three-run home run in the eighth inning beat the Mets. To find a comeback like this on the road, one has to go all the way back to July 2, 2011, at Minnesota, when the Brewers overcame a 7-0 deficit for an 8-7 win.

“I mean, what a game, right?” Shaw said. “Four hours and 20 minutes. We’re down 9-3. It’s a testament to the bullpen once again … and offensively, we just chipped away. We gave ourselves a chance.

“Offensively, we haven’t been very good this year, consistently, throughout the game. It’s nice to finally step up offensively for a full nine innings. Especially in a park like this — 9-3 is not like 9-3 somewhere else.”

Video: MIL@COL: Counsell on the huge comeback victory

Shaw entered the series in a 5-for-50 funk, but is 6-for-11 with three runs scored and four RBIs in two games against the Rockies. He tallied three hits and three RBIs on Friday, beginning with a booming home run in the third inning.

The teams combined to score in nine of the game’s first 12 half-innings before the respective relief corps took control beginning with a scoreless seventh. The Rockies carried a 10-8 lead into the ninth for Davis, who last faced the Brewers while with the Cubs last Sept. 23 at Miller Park, when Orlando Arcia hit a tying home run in the ninth and Shaw hit a walk-off, two-run shot in the 10th.

Davis was 32-for-32 in save chances before that game. He was 14-for-15 for the Rockies before Friday.

This time, it was Pina who got Davis, albeit barely. Pina’s homer traveled a Statcast-projected 371 feet, just enough to catch the top of the wall above the out of town scoreboard and bounce into the seats for his second and third RBIs of the night.

“When I hit it, I said, ‘That ball has to go,'” Pina said.

Video: MIL@COL: Pina smashes a 2-run game-tying homer in 9th

Yes, the Brewers remembered doing the same to Davis last September.

“When he came in to pitch, Hernan Perez said, ‘You remember us? Remember us from last year?'” Pina said. “That’s part of us. Be positive every inning, no matter if you are six runs down, seven runs down. Everybody is connected, everybody is positive.”

Starting pitchers Brandon Woodruff for the Brewers and Chad Bettis for the Rockies were each charged with seven earned runs, with Woodruff making his return from Triple-A Colorado Springs. It represented an opportunity for the rookie to conquer the Rockies and Coors Field, along with the chance to seize a spot in a rotation missing injured starters Zach Davies (shoulder) and Wade Miley (oblique). But a promising start yielded to a disastrous second turn through the Rockies’ batting order, and an early Brewers lead turned into a deep deficit. The Rockies erased a 3-1 Brewers lead with a three-run third inning against Woodruff, then added five runs against Woodruff and reliever Jacob Barnes in the fourth to extend the advantage to 9-3.

“He needs to command the first pitch,” said Pina of Woodruff. “When he commands the first pitch, he’s much better.”

Video: MIL@COL: Woodruff K’s Iannetta to strand a runner

The Brewers swung their way back into the game with a season-high 17 hits, and the bullpen took control beginning with Dan Jennings‘ appearance in the sixth. Jennings, Boone Logan, Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader (sixth save) combined to rec Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey ord the final 13 outs without yielding a run. Extra credit went to Logan and Hader, who navigated the heart of the lineu Custom Blue Jays Jersey p.

“This is a team comeback win as much as anything,” Counsell said. “You come back from a big deficit like that, there’s a lot of guys who did something right tonight. I’m happy the offense had a night that they kind of carried it, but we also had some good performances down in the bullpen again to keep us in it.”

Video: MIL@COL: Hader K’s Gonzalez to earn the save in 10th

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Slick slide: The Brewers scored in five of their first six innings, but their best frame was a four-run sixth. It included RBIs from four players, including Lorenzo Cain, who cut Colorado’s lead to 9-7 with a double for one of his three hits, advancing to third on the throw home and narrowly avoiding a tag with a slick slide. Cain’s contortions proved critical, because Cain wound up scoring on Christian Yelich‘s groundout to bring the Brewers all the way back to within one run.

Video: MIL@COL: Cain rips an RBI double down the line

“Then the game is totally flipped. Down one [run] at Coors Field, you kind of feel like you’re even and you have to play it like that,” Counsell said. “The problem was it was the sixth inning and we were through some pitchers already. The [bullpen] guys did a nice job … and tonight was a night our offense didn’t give in.”

HE SAID IT
“You’re always ready to go, no matter what, you’ve got to prepare for the  Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey game to swing to your situation. Unfortunately, I didn’t Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap get the job done. I felt comfortable with everything today. It was a game we should’ve won, and just a bad pitch that cost us the game, ultimately.” — Davis

UP NEXT
Chase Anderson will try to keep the ball in the yard Saturday when he makes his sixth career start at Coors Field. Anderson, who has a 6.66 ERA at the park in his previous outings, has surrendered 10 home runs in his first 45 1/3 innings this season compared to 14 home runs in 141 1/3 innings in all of 2017. Lefty Kyle Freeland starts for Colorado at 7:10 p.m. CT.

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


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DENVER — Jeremy Jeffress doesn’t think of himself as a veteran, though it’s been a dozen years since the Brewers made him a first-round Draft pick and launched a career filled with dramatic ups and d Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey owns. Yet, for his relative youth (at age 30) and many setbacks — including suspensions for marijuana use — Jeffress reached a longevity milestone in what manager Craig Counsell c Custom Blue Jays Jersey alled arguably the sharpest outing of Jeffress’ career — a 14-pitch, three-strikeout save against the Rockies on Thursday.

Two hundred appearances as a Brewer.

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DENVER — Jeremy Jeffress doesn’t think of himself as a veteran, though it’s been a dozen years since the Brewers made him a first-round Draft pick and launched a career filled with dramatic ups and downs. Yet, for his relative youth (at age 30) and many setbacks — including suspensions for marijuana Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey use — Jeffress reached a longevity milestone in what manager Craig Counsell called arguably the sharpest outing of Jeffress’ career — a 14-pitch, three-strikeout save against the Rockies on Thursday.

Two hundred appearances as a Brewer.

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It does not sound like a huge number, but only 25 others have pitched in that many games in a Brewers uniform. If Jeffress can somehow maintain his current pace of 85 appearances this season, he would climb into the franchise’s top 10 all-time.

“Very few relievers have 10-year careers with teams,” Counsell said.

Jeffress is on year six with the Brewers, including a September callup in 2010, before he was traded to the Royals in a package of young players that December for Zack Greinke. Jeffress struggled in stints with the Royals and Blue Jays, then came back to the Brewers and thrived, before he was traded again to the Rangers and struggled there, too. Then, agent Joshua Kusnick helped orchestrate a trade back to the Brewers last July.

And once again, Jeffress has thrived with Milwaukee.

All told, Jeffress went 15-3 with a 2.33 ERA and 30 saves in his first 200 games as a Brewer, including a 0.43 ERA and a .132 opponents’ average in his first 20 games of 2018. He added another scoreless inning — and another victory — in the Brewers’ come-from-behind, 11-10 win over the Rockies on Friday.

Compare that to his 4.76 ERA and one save in 91 Major League appearances for his other teams.

“Never quit,” Jeffress said when asked the meaning of 200 games as a Brewer.

What is it about being with this particular team that seems to bring out his best?

“It’s a comfortability with the front office. That’s No. 1,” Jeffress said. “When I was drafted, [former Brewers GM] Doug Melvin took me under his wing and never let go. Even when I was traded, we kept in contact and talked through my agent. Whenever I’ve been here, I feel like I belong here.

“I always kept in touch with [Brewers director of psychological services] Matt Krug, who wanted to be sure the off-the-field stuff was going well. They’ve been good, man. Yeah, I’ve had slip-ups in the past, but the Brewers have always known the kind of person I was. That’s the biggest thing.”

Video: MIL@COL: Jeffress strikes out the side for the save

That’s just the start of what has led to his recent success. Besides Melvin, former assistant GM Gord Ash was instrumental in bringing Jeffress back the first time in 2014. Teammate Francisco Rodriguez installed the “all for one” mindset that has governed the Brewers’ bullpen since his departure. Another Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap teammate, Junior Guerra, plus pitching coach Derek Johnson and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, have helped Jeffress harness the split-fingered fastball, the weapon behind his most recent success.

And the new baseball operations regime led by David Stearns and Matt Arnold were the ones who brought Jeffress back a second time, first via trade, and then by signing him to an incentive-laden, option-heavy extension last winter to avoid arbitration and a potential non-tender.

“My body feels great,” Jeffress said. “Everybody in the bullpen right now shares the same mindset, and that takes the stress off your mind. That’s why you get tired, when you’re always stressed out.”

A good bit of trivia: The Brewers’ all-time leader in pitching appearances is Dan Plesac, who worked in 365 games for Milwaukee from 1986-92.

Suter to start
He went from the starting rotation to the bullpen when the Brewers activated Wade Miley from the disabled list. Now, Brent Suter is rejoining the rotation in the wake of Miley’s latest setback, a strained right oblique that could keep him on the DL for 6-8 weeks.

Suter will start Sunday against the Rockies, Counsell confirmed.

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“I feel like it’s a good opportunity to help the team out,” Suter said. “Part of [having success while bouncing between roles] is just practice; I’ve done it a lot the last four years. Another part is that I don’t have to change too much of my routine. … The way I pitch, nothing really changes between starting or relieving. I just try to be as efficient as possible.”

Video: CLE@MIL: Suter crushes 433-foot homer to center field

Starting will give Suter a chance to hit. He smashed an unlikely, 433-foot home run off Indians ace and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber while working emergency relief for Miley on Tuesday at Miller Park. Suter’s solo shot accounted for the decisive run in a 3-2 Brewers win.

Phillips optioned
To make room for Friday’s starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff‘s ascent from Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Brewers optioned outfielder Brett Phillips back to Triple-A. Phillips was 1-for-7 with five strikeouts in his latest stint with the big league club, and will get to resume regular playing time with the SkySox.

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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DENVER — The Brewers’ bullpen, already second best in the Major Leagues, was further fortified Thursday, when the team reinstated veteran left-hander Boone Logan from the disabled list for the start of a four-game series against the Rockies at Coors Fie Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ld.

Logan faced one batter in his Brewers debut in Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Rockies, allowing a single to David Dahl before Matt Albers, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress recorded Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey  the final 11 outs without allowing a hit.

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DENVER — The Brewers’ bullpen, already second best in the Major Leagues, was further fortified Thursday, when the team reinstated veteran left-hander Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap Boone Logan from the disabled list for the start of a four-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Logan faced one batter in his Brewers debut in Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Rockies, allowing a single to David Dahl Custom Blue Jays Jersey  before Matt Albers, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress recorded the final 11 outs without allowing a hit.

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Logan signed a one-year free-agent deal in January, but he strained his left triceps during the final week of Spring Training, and he began the regular season on the DL. Logan has held left-handed hitters to a .672 OPS in 12 big league seasons.

Milwaukee optioned Jorge Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear a roster spot.

“Thinking back, it’s been since July that I’ve been in a big league game,” said Logan, whose 2017 season with the Indians ended early because of a significant lat injury. “I’m so ready to get back to it.”

With Logan and All-Star closer Knebel, who was activated from the DL on Wednesday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell entered Thursday night with nine relievers, including four left-handers: Electric 24-year-old Josh Hader, veterans Dan Jennings and Logan, plus swingman Brent Suter — though Suter threw 82 pitches in emergency relief Tuesday against the Indians and is ticketed to rejoin the rotation on Sunday if the Brewers can get that far without using him.

Milwaukee’s relief unit entered Thursday with a 2.61 ERA. Only Arizona had a better bullpen ERA, at 2.45.

“That’s probably the reason they didn’t rush me up,” Logan joked.

Asked whether these are the best bullpen options he’s had since taking over as Brewers manager, Counsell said, “We’ve been pretty good this year already, and we were pretty good at the end of last year, too. It’s a spot we’re probably healthiest. … Hopefully we keep putting them in good spots.”

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MILWAUKEE — “A sense of humor and a good bullpen.” That’s how Whitey Herzog once described the keys to being a good Major League manager.

It helps to have a Brent Suter or two at your disposal, too.

MILWAUKEE — “A sense of humor and a good bullpen.” That’s how Whitey Herzog Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey once described the keys to being a good Major League manager.

It helps to have a Brent Suter or two at your disposal, too.

Suter has been one of the Brewers’ unsung heroes over the past three seasons, bouncing between Triple-A and the Majors, and the bullpen and the starting rotation. Like the day last June in St. Louis, when pitching prospect Brandon Woodruff injured his hamstring warming up for Game 1 of a doubleheader and Suter started on five minutes’ notice. He pitched into the fifth inning, and while Milwaukee lost that game, Suter helped preserve the pitching staff so they could win the nightcap.

This week at Miller Park, Suter turned a similar trick against the Indians after the Brewers lost starter Wade Miley to an oblique injury after one out. Suter took over, made a highlight-reel defensive play, crushed a 433-foot home run to dead center field off reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for the decisive run of a 3-2 win, and just as importantly, pitched through the end of the fifth inning.

“It’s a crazy night, but at the same time that’s what I’m there for,” Suter said.

Here’s a look at the players in the National League Central who deserve more notice:

Brewers LHP Suter
Why you should know about him:
Where to start? Suter is a former 31st-round Draft pick out of Harvard who gets it done with a fastball that rarely tops 85 mph. Teammates call him “The Raptor” because of his odd running style. He’s the fastest-working pitcher in Major League Baseball. And he gets outs. In 140 1/3 innings over the past three years Suter owns a 3.78 ERA while making 22 starts and 22 relief appearances. He’s proof that a pitcher does not necessarily need a power fastball to survive.

Why you don’t: For some of the reasons above. Suter doesn’t wow scouts and does not rack up strikeouts like Milwaukee’s most notable left-hander, Josh Hader. But he has provided value in bouncing between roles for Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

What they’re saying: “When your starter leaves after getting one out in the game, it’s a potential disaster, and a multiple day kind of event. The way Brent handled it, it’s not really a factor at all for us.” — Counsell, on Suter’s emergency work against the Indians

Video: CLE@MIL: Suter crushes 433-foot homer to center field

Cardinals RHP Bud Norris
Why you should know about him:
Because Norris entered Thursday’s game in San Diego 7-for-7 in save chances in place of Greg Holland with a 2.60 ERA over 17 games with 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings and an 11.5 strikeout-to-walk rate. The Cards used Norris a lot early, and he was tied for second in the Majors in appearances before a triceps issue slowed him down this week. Norris has become manager Mike Matheny’s most trusted reliever, and came at a bargain, having signed a sneaky one-year, $3 million deal in spring.

Why you don’t: Because Holland is supposed to be the closer, and he’s the one making $14 million. But Holland has not been effective this season (5.78 ERA, 2.036 WHIP entering Thursday), one reason the Cardinals’ bullpen has been in a state of flux.

What they’re saying: “His stuff just looks different coming in in the late innings. It’s amazing how Bud has come in in big situations. He’s one of those guys that are pretty rare right now who you can go to for four or five outs, and he figures out a way to get it done. What an addition to our club he’s been.” — Matheny

Video: CHC@STL: Norris retires Bryant to record the save

Cubs C Victor Caratini
Why you should know about him:
Because Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been singing the 24-year-old switch-hitter’s praises all spring. They chose Caratini over more the more experienced (and Yu Darvish-connected) Chris Gimenez and have used him not only to spell starting catcher Willson Contreras, but also first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who already endured a stint on the 10-day disabled list for back soreness. Caratini garnered starts at both positions this week against the Marlins, including an eventful game at catcher on Tuesday in which he drove home the tying and go-ahead runs in a Cubs win.

Why you don’t: Because backup catchers rarely grab headlines, especially when he plays on a start-studded roster like the Cubs’.

What they’re saying: “Victor is sharp. When he’s not playing, he’s studying. He’s in [coach Mike] Borzello’s back pocket all the time. He showed that in Spring Training. The kid is a big league ballplayer. When he does something good out there, please don’t be surprised. He’s going to keep getting better.” — Maddon

Video: MIA@CHC: Caratini plates Bryant with a forceout

Pirates 3B Colin Moran
Why you should know about him:
Acquired from the Astros in the Gerrit Cole trade, Moran, in his first full Major League season, has been a steady performer for a Bucs offense that ranks second among NL clubs in runs scored. He had a big moment Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox, hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the Pirates’ second straight come-from-behind win.

Why you don’t: Because Cole has dominated so much of the coverage looking back at that Astros-Bucs trade thanks to a dominant start for Houston. It’s deserved. Including nine more strikeouts in Wednesday’s sweep-clinching Astros win over the A’s, Cole leads the Majors with 86 whiffs this season. But Moran, more quietly, is contributing to the Pirates being tied with the Brewers for second place.

What they’re saying: “He was a big unknown to me. Nobody knew what he was going to be like with a full season under his belt. … With a full season, Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey new team, the way he goes about his business, it’s so calm, cool and [collected], it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome to be his teammate. It’s awesome to see what he’s doing.” — Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer

Video: PIT@CWS: Moran belts a two-run go-ahead homer

Reds LHP Amir Garrett
Why you should know about him:
On a team that’s struggled with pitching, Garrett has been a beacon of success from the bullpen with a 1.83 ERA in 17 appearances. The left-hander has notched more strik Custom Blue Jays Jersey eouts (22) than he has allowed hits (15) and walks (six) combined. He began the season with eight scoreless appearances and stranded his first nine inherited baserunners before allowing one to score in Tuesday’s win over the Mets.

Why you don’t: Garrett has been a starter most of his pro career, but he has been used primarily as a middle reliever of late — a thankless role. Interim manager Jim Riggleman recently said he would like to utilize Garrett in Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap higher-leverage situations and didn’t rule out moving Garrett back into the ro Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey tation.

What they’re saying: “The more he can get out there to repeat that delivery, I think he’s going to be that much better.” — Riggleman

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DENVER — Off the top of his head in the wake of the Brewers’ 5-2 win over the Rockies, Lorenzo Cain guessed that he’d swung at three first pitches leading off road games before Thursday.

Statcast™ says … he was exactly right.

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DENVER — Off the top of his head in the wake of the Brewers’ 5-2 win over the Rockies, Lorenzo Cain guessed that he’d swung at three first pitches leading off road games before Thursday.

Statcast™ says … he was exactly right.

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On this night at Coors Field, Cain decided to make it four.

“I rarely ever swing at the first pitch,” he said. “I was in here getting dressed and it was, like, 6:30. I yelled out to [Josh] Hader, ‘Hey Hader, I’m swinging at the first pitch today.’ Yeah, I announced it.”

What did his teammates say?

“‘Go ahead! Why not?'” Cain said.

Now, there is a chance Cain was just messing with reporters. But he told this story with a straight face after stepping into the batter’s box 10 minutes after his alleged proclamation and hitting that very first pitch from Rockies right-hander German Marquez for a leadoff home run, the first of Cain’s two RBIs and the first of the Brewers’ 12 hits in a needed offensive breakthrough.

Video: MIL@COL: Cain hits opposite-field RBI single in 5th

Hernan Perez hit a two-run single amid a three-run rally in the fifth inning, Travis Shaw emerged from a 5-for-50 funk with three hits and Cain reached safely four times before manager Craig Counsell’s recently fortified bullpen held the Rockies scoreless over the final four innings. Brewers batters went without a hit over the same span, but they still finished one hit shy of their season high as a team.

Video: MIL@COL: Perez drives in two with a single to center

When he connected against Marquez, Cain became the sixth player this season to homer on the first pitch in the top of the first inning. The other first-pitch strikes came from the Cubs’ Ian Happ on March 29 at Miami (the very first pitch of the Major League season), the Twins’ Brian Dozier on April 1 at Baltimore, the Cardinals’ Dexter Fowler on April 3 in Milwaukee (when Fowler and Tommy Pham went back-to-back to begin a Chase Anderson start), the Blue Jays’ Steve Pearce on April 8 at Texas and the Braves’ Ozzie Albies on April 29 at Philadelphia.

The last Brewers player who homered on the first pitch of a game was Jonathan Villar, who connected against the Rangers’ Cole Hamels on Sept. 28, 2016, at Texas.

Video: MIL@TEX: Villar hits a leadoff home run to center

It was the Brewers’ first leadoff home run this season. Cain’s other leadoff launch came June 25, 2014, for the Royals at home against the Dodgers.

“I wasn’t even down there [in the bullpen] yet,” said Jeremy Jeffress, who eventually completed the Brewers’ dominant relief by striking out the side in the ninth inning for this third save.

Video: MIL@COL: Jeffress strikes out the side for the save

Jeffress emerged from the shower and saw the Brewers already had a 1-0 lead.

“Ambush,” Jeffress said.

Is it the start of a new philosophy for the veteran center fielder? Maybe. Maybe not.

“Now it’s in the back of their heads,” Cain said. “‘He might swing, he might not.’ I might be back to my normal self [Friday]. You never know. I can always change my mind when I get here.”

The Brewers have won five straight Jhoulys Chacin starts after the right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. After Boone Logan surrendered a ground-ball single in his Brewers debut, fellow relievers Matt Albers, Corey Knebel and Jeffress (third save) covered the final 11 outs without yielding a hit.

Video: MIL@COL: Knebel retires LeMahieu with a strikeout

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Pitchers who rake: Two days after Brent Suter homered off Corey Kluber, here was another improbable feat for a Brewers pitcher: Chacin legging out an infield hit on a 60.6-mph (according to Statcast™) grounder to third base with two outs in the fifth inning. Coming after other Brewers hits that left bats at 106.5 mph, 96.4 mph and 102.9 mph, Chacin’s slow roller proved pivotal because it extended the inning for Cain’s scorching RBI single — 102.9 mph off the bat — off first baseman Ian Desmond‘s glove to give the Brewers a 5-1 lead.

Video: MIL@COL: Chacin hits infield single to extend inning

Welcome, and welcome back: Protecting a 5-2 lead, Counsell tapped his fully healthy bullpen after Chacin issued a one-out walk in the sixth inning. First up was left-hander Logan, fresh off the disabled list for his Brewers debut against David Dahl, who got enough of a slider at the bottom of the strike zone to ground it past first base for a single. Next out of the bullpen was Albers, who had not pitched since Friday and needed the work. He walked the first man he faced to load the bases, before inducing a 5-2-3 double play from Gerardo Parra to end the threat.

“Even to get out of that inning just giving up one [run], I would be fine,” Albers said. “That was a big spot, obviously. We’ve got the lead, our starter’s coming out. Boone came in and did his job, but the ball got through the hole. &#82 Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey 30; I always know you’re one pitch away when you’re a ground-ball guy.”

Video: MIL@COL: Albers escapes bases-loaded jam in the 6th

HE SAID IT
“I say it all the time: If I’m rolling, I feel like everybody else is Custom Blue Jays Jersey rolling. That’s why I’m trying to get on base as much as possible. I know if I get on base for these guys, it gets them going. I’m trying to be that spark.” — Cain

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
One of the Brewers’ hits nearly came off the board in the fourth inning, when Christian Yelich legged out an infield single. The Rockies challenged, and Coors Field fans sounded as if they believed the call would be overturned. Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey But it stood, and Yelich had his lone hit of the night.

Video: MIL@COL: Yelich reaches first safely, call stands

UP NEXT
With Zach Davies still sidelined by a sore shoulder, the Brewers will recall right-hander Brandon Woodruff to start Friday’s 7:40 p.m. CT game against the Rockies. Pitching at altitude will be familiar to  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey the 25-year-old veteran of Triple-A Colorado Springs, as will pitching  Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap in the Majors. This is Woodruff’s third di Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey fferent stint with the Brewers in a regular season just entering its seventh week. Chad Bettis starts for Colorado.

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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DENVER — The Brewers will recall right-hander Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Friday’s game against the Rockies in the spot injured Zach Davies had hoped to fill. Davies, on the 10-day DL with right rotator cuff irritation, cut short a bullpen session at Miller Park on Wednesday after about 10 pitches because his shoulder “didn’t feel right.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Davies was not scheduled for further tests, signaling that the Brewers agree with his assessment that his injury is relatively minor.

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DENVER — The Brewers will recall right-hander Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Friday’s game against the Rockies in the spot injured Zach Davies had hoped to fill. Davies, on the 10-day DL with right rotator cuff irritation, cut short a bullpen session at Mill Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey er Park on Wednesday after about 10 pitches because his shoulder “didn’t feel right.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Davies was not scheduled for further tests, signaling that the Brewers agree with his assessment that his injury is relatively minor.

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“It wasn’t worse than anything I’ve had the last week, but it wasn’t where I want it to be,” Davies said. “I didn’t want Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  to continue throwing on it when I know taking a few days off would probably be best for it.

“It is disappointing because it was progressing, and you want to spend as little time on the DL as possible. My level of concern isn’t that high for it, just because everyday stuff isn’t a bother. It’s not in pain every day. It’s not something I think is going to keep me sidelined for [an extended period].”

The Brewers have another opening in their pitching rotation on Sunday, but Davies won’t be ready. Left-hander Brent Suter is tentatively slated to start that day, unless he is needed in relief before then.

Davies will take several days off before trying to throw again. He first felt discomfort in his final inning of work against the Cubs on April 29, w Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey hen he threw 95 pitches and surrendered two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field. The Brewers put him on the DL the following day in hopes he would be able to get back to work after the minimum 10 days.

“It’s going to take more time,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s why we put him on the DL, so we could take time with this if we needed more time.”

It will be Woodruff’s third stint in the Majors this season. He has a 3.86 ERA in one big league start and four relief appearances so far in 2018.

Video: TEX@MIL: Woodruff gets DeShields looking

Last call
• Counsell expects left-hander Wade Miley to miss six to eight weeks with his strained right oblique, about two weeks longer than the estimate Miley shared with reporters. Infielder Nick Franklin, who went on the DL alongside Miley on Wednesday, will be sidelined at least two weeks with his strained right quad, Counsell said.

Video: Miley on heading to the DL with an oblique injury

• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is still throwing on flat ground from 150 feet, part of his progression in working back from right shoulder surgery.

• Thursday was a bit more normal for utility man Tyler Saladino, who spent more of Wednesday than he would have liked circling above Chicago in an effort to g Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap et to Miller Park following a promotion from Triple-A. He has options remaining, meaning he’s among Custom Blue Jays Jersey  the candidates to be sent down when the team recalls Woodruff on Friday.

The Brewers had an eye on Saladino for some time before acquiring him from the White Sox for cash last month, Counsell said. That was news to the 28-year-old.

“I just kind of stay task-oriented,” Saladino said. “That’s always been my approach to things.”

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


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MILWAUKEE — Brewers left-hander Wade Miley and infielder Nick Franklin landed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday as each player awaited results of MRI scans.

Miley said after a 6-2 loss to the Indians that he expects to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right oblique after recording only one out in his Brewers home debut Tuesday. Franklin, just called up earlier in the day, strained his right quad later in the game. The Brewers activated closer Corey Knebel from the DL and called up infielder Tyler Saladino from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill those roster spots.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers left-hander Wade Miley and infielder Nick Franklin landed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday as each player awaited results of MRI scans.

Miley said after a 6-2 loss to the Indians that he expects to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right oblique after recording only one out in his Brewers home debut Tuesday. Franklin, just called up earlier in the day, strained his right quad later in the game. The Brewers activated closer Corey Knebel from the DL and called up infielder Tyler Saladino from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill those roster spots.

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Miley figures to miss “a good amount of time,” manager Craig Counsell said, a bitter pill considering Miley was hurt in his second Major League start off a stint on the DL for a groin injury. He felt discomfort on his 18th pitch, then misfired with a cutter to Michael Brantley on pitch No. 19 and had to leave the game.

Video: CLE@MIL: Miley checked by trainer, leaves game in 1st

“Just another obstacle,” Miley said. “It’s just sore. It’s not excruciating pain. I just feel like I got hit by a truck, I guess. … We’ll see. I’ve never dealt with anything like this before. Like the groin, new waters.”

In his Brewers debut last week in Cincinnati, Miley threw six innings of one-run ball and registered a win.

As of Wednesday morning, Counsell was not prepared to name Miley’s replacement in the rotation, in part because the decision depended on another injured starter. Zach Davies, who is on the DL with right rotator cuff irritation but expected to miss only one turn, threw a bullpen session Wednesday at Miller Park. If that was deemed to have went well, he said he expects to start Friday night against the Rockies.

Miley’s spot comes up again Sunday in Denver. Brent Suter is the internal candidate for that start, but the Brewers also could dip down to Triple-A Colorado Springs for a pitcher. Brandon Woodruff and top prospects Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta are among the options.

Franklin, promoted from Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, pulled up in the fourth inning after reaching first base on a fielder’s choice. He walked off with a member of the Brewers’ athletic training staff and was replaced by Jonathan Villar.

Video: CLE@MIL: Franklin exits with a leg injury in the 4th

Saladino up
It was a race to Milwaukee on Wednesday for Saladino, who homered for Triple-A Colorado Springs in Tuesday’s win at Nashville. A right-handed hitter and thrower who played parts of four seasons in the Majors with the White Sox before the Brewers claimed him off waivers last month, Saladino has a .610 OPS in 863 big league plate appearances but is extremely versatile defensively.

Saladino’s best path to playing time with the Brewers looks to be as a backup to shortstop Orlando Arcia.

“His name had kind of circled around upstairs and a little bit of time, and we were  Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Kevin Pillar Jersey Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey finally able to acquire him,” Counsell said. “He has a very good defensive reputation.”

Honorary Bat Girl
Nichole Kutmas, a middle school teacher from New Berlin, Wis., is the Brewers’ Honorary Bat Girl as part of Major League Baseball’s annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative this Mother’s Day. She was nominated by ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, an organization founded and grounded in Milwaukee that creates connections between breast cancer survivors and patients, families and friends who need support.

A mother of three, Kutmas was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in 2013. As one of ABCD’s professionally t Kevin Pillar Jersey Cheap rained volunteer mentors, she says she wi Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey llingly shares her story with others because, “I want people to know that cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit. In fact, if there is a reason that I was diagnosed, it must be this: so I could help others who are going through the same thing.”

Since the Brewers are on the road for Mother’s Day on Sunday, they will honor Kutmas at a home game later this season.

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


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

A trio of the White Sox top prospects led Double-A Birmingham to its third straight win as the Barons cruised past Pensacola, 16-3, on Wednesday.

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

A trio of the White Sox top prospects led Double-A Birmingham to its third straight win as the Barons cruised past Pensacola, 16-3, on Wednesday.

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Eloy Jimenez, Chicago’s No. 1 prospect (No. 4 in MLB) continued his torrid offensive stretch as he extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his ninth straight multihit effort and Seby Zavala (No. 21) went deep for the third time in as many games. On the mound, Jordan Stephens (White Sox No. 20) put together a scoreless outing for the third time in his past four starts.

Jimenez, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, has been red-hot lately and is slashing .346/.375/.704 through 20 games. Meanwhile, Stephens has been stringing together some quality starts of his own. The right-hander, who struck out eight and yielded two hits over six scoreless innings, has a 2.95 ERA through seven starts and has struck out seven or more in five of those starts.

Jimenez doubles twice

Zavala, who finished 2-for-6, hit his ninth homer of the season and appears to be heating up offensively as he’s 5-for-14 over the past three games, after going 1-for-16 in the four games prior.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday’s action:

• No. 18 overall prospect Alex Reyes (Cardinals’ No. 1) threw 43 of his 67 pitches for strikes, including two that registered 99 mph, in a strong start for Class A Advanced Palm Beach. Reyes, who was making his first start since 2016 after missing all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale walked one, struck out six and yielded four hits over 3 1/3 scoreless frames.

• No. 35 overall prospect Jack Flaherty (Cardinals’ No. 2) was lights-out for Triple-A Memphis in a win over Oklahoma City. Flaherty, who was stuck with his first loss of the year in his last outing, threw 77 of his 113 pitches for strikes as he racked up a career-high 13 strikeouts. The right-hander threw 6 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits.

• No. 48 overall prospect Adrian Morejon (Padres’ No. 6) bounced back from a rough outing in a big way with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. The lefty set a career-high with seven innings and a season-high with seven strikeouts in the outing. Morejon walked one, gave up three hits and didn’t allow a run.

• No. 53 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers’ No. 2) bounced back from his worst start of the season (five earned runs in two innings) to twirl a gem for Class A West Michigan. Manning, who threw six scoreless innings, gave up four hits and struck out eight.

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• No. 79 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins’ No. 4) hit his third homer of the season — and his first since April 18 — in Double-A Chattanooga’s win over Jackson. Gordon, who also doubled twice and finished 3-for-4, is hitting .339 through 31 games in his second go-around with the Lookouts.

• No. 94 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) set a career-high with five RBIs for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Rutherford, who finished 2-for-5, had a two-run single in the fifth and then capped his evening with a three-run, go-ahead homer in the 10th.

Astros’ No. 9 prospect J.D. Davis continued his hot streak with a 4-for-5, two-RBI effort for Triple-A Fresno. Not only is Davis in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak, he’s also hitting .450 through 25 games and has multiple hits in nine  Kevin Pillar Jersey of the 12 games during  Youth Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey his streak.

Brewers’ No. 24 prospect Zack Brown picked up his second win as he twirled his best start of the season for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old right-hander, a fifth-round Draft pick in 2016, surrendered just two hits as he worked seven scoreless innings.

Giants’ No. 2 prospect Chris Shaw turned in his second straight two-hit game for Triple-A Sacramento. Shaw, who finished 2-for-4 with a trio of RBIs, is swinging a hot bat lately as he’s 5-for-12 with a homer and six RBIs over his past three games.

Red Sox No. 9 prospect Mike Shawaryn cruised through seven scoreless innings for Double-A Portland. Shawaryn, who set a season-high with eight strikeouts, walked one and gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings

Phillies’ No. 13 prospect Enyel De Los Santos posted his third straight scoreless start (18 2/3 innings) in a win for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 22-year-old has a 0.84 ERA across six starts, but in a season full of great outings, this may have been his best. De Los Santos fired 72 of his 108 pitches for strikes, struck out six and gave up just one hit in seven innings.

Reds’ No. 4 prospect Tony Santillan lowered his ERA to 1.28 as he twirled a gem for Class A Advanced Daytona. The 21-year-old right-hander only notched a pair of strikeouts, but yielded just four hits across eight scoreless frames. Santillan gave up four runs in his last start, but has surrendered one earned run or fewer in six of his seven outings.

Rockies’ No. 25 prospect Chad Spanberger put together one of the best games of his career for Class A Asheville. Spanberger, who was picked in the sixth round of the 2017 Draft, finished 3-for-4 with six RBIs and two homers. The 22-year-old hit a solo homer in the second and a three-run blast in the seventh.

Royals’ No. 2 prospect Nick Pratto continued his power surge with another homer for Class A Lexington. Pratto, who has gone deep three times in the Kevin Pillar Jersey Cheap past six games, hit an RBI single in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seven on his way to finishing 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBIs.

Yankees’ No. 14 prospect Jonathan Loaisiga continued his strong 2018 campaign with another solid start for Double-A Trenton, giving up one run on five hits over six innings. Loaisiga, who began the year with Class A Advanced Tampa, has allowed two runs or fewer in all six starts across both levels and has an impressive 38-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 30 innings.

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MILWAUKEE — They avoided being shut out for the eighth time this season. If Brewers hitters were seeking positives in their performance against the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco on Wednesday, that was the extent of it.

Carrasco was as dominant as he was efficient in a complete-game five-hitter, logging 14 strikeouts in Cleveland’s 6-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park. The Brewers settled for a two-game series split with their old American League Central rivals before hitting the road for Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota with a 21-16 record.

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MILWAUKEE — They avoided being shut out for the eighth time this season. If Brewers hitters were seeking positives in their performance against the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco on Wednesday, that was the extent of it.

Carrasco was as dominant as he was efficient in a complete-game five-hitter, logging 14 strikeouts in Cleveland’s 6-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park. The Brewers settled for a two-game series split with their old American League Central rivals before hitting the road for Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota with a 21-16 record.

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The Brewers are two games into a streak of 15 in a row against 2017 postseason teams.

“[Bench coach] Pat Murphy always says there are no Western Illinois on the schedule,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who once played for Murphy at Notre Dame. “I don’t mean to knock Western Illinois, [but] there’s no softballs on a Major League schedule.

“… You take the series as they come, and you move on. The Indians are a really good baseball team, and we faced their two best pitchers and we got a split. The Rockies have been hot, and the Diamondbacks have been one of the better teams in baseball. It’s a challenging road trip for sure.”

A day after the Brewers beat Corey Kluber with a pair of home runs, including pitcher Brent Suter‘s unlikely solo shot off the batter’s eye, Carrasco struck out 10 different batters and had at least one strikeout in each of his first seven innings before retiring the Brewers in order without a whiff during a six-pitch eighth. He singled home a run in the top of the ninth inning, then returned to the mound and completed the game on his 117th pitch.

Video: CLE@MIL: Carrasco goes the distance while fanning 14

Carrasco finished nine of his strikeouts with his nasty slider, including eight swinging strikeouts on that pitch. Four of those came during one particularly dominant stretch in the third and fourth innings, when Carrasco struck out six straight batters.

“For the first three innings, I didn’t find myself,” Carrasco said. “I went back to the dugout and talked to [catcher] Roberto [Perez] and the pitching coach. … When I went out for the fourth, we got everything working.”

Video: CLE@MIL: Shaw plates Yelich on a fielder’s choice

The Brewers’ only runs scored on Travis Shaw‘s fielder’s choice groundout in the seventh inning and Jesus Aguilar‘s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

“We were waiting to get to the ‘pen, but he was in total control from the get-go today,” Shaw said.

Video: CLE@MIL: Aguilar brings home Cain with a sac fly

Milwaukee’s scoring average slipped to 3.68 runs per game, 28th in the Major Leagues and better only than the Marlins among National League clubs.

Brewers starter Junior Guerra set a season high for a Milwaukee pitcher with nine strikeouts, but he was burned by a four-batter sequence in the fourth inning. Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley, Yonder Alonso and Tyler Naquin Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey started the frame with successive hits — three for extra-bases, including Naquin’s three-run home run off a hanging split-fingered fastball for a 4-0 Indians lead.

That flurry represented the only damage against Guerra, who surrendered two other hits plus two walks in five innings en route to losing his third Kevin Pillar Jersey Cheap straight start.

Video: CLE@MIL: Guerra strikes out Lindor to open game

“They got a little rally going, and he hung a split with guys on base,” Counsell said. “He throws that pitch with nobody on base, and maybe that’s a one-run inning and we’re right in the game. Naquin got him with some guys on base. But Junior threw the ball well. It’s one bad pitch that cost him.”

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He’s back: Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” signalled the return to action of All-Star Brewers closer Corey Knebel, who was reinstated from the disabled list Wednesday morning and took the mound for the start of the seventh inning with his team in a 4-0 hole. Francisco Lindor greeted Knebel with a 424-foot home run, but Knebel bounced back to induce three straight groundouts while topping out at 97.3 mph.

Video: Knebel, Counsell discuss closer’s return from injury

“Everything still felt good,” Knebel said. “Lindor is a good hitter, so he’s going to hit those mistakes. If I’m going to give them up, I’d rather it be like that [with the bases empty]. Everything felt good. Hamstring felt good. It was a big plus.”

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The Brewers have histo Kevin Pillar Jersey ry as a free-swinging, power-hitting team, but Carrasco was only the 19th opponent in 50 seasons of franchise history to strike out at least 14 Brewers batters in a game. The record against Milwaukee is 17 strikeouts, shared by D-backs teammates Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002.

HE SAID IT
“I’m going to get Western Illinois mail, aren’t I …” — Counsell, expressing instant regret after mentioning the Leathernecks in his postgame press conference.

UP NEXT
The Brewers begin a tough, 10-game road trip to Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota on Thursday in Denver, where Jhoulys Chacin starts against his former tea Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey m at 7:40 p.m. CT. The Brewers are 6-2 in Chacin’s starts, including four straight wins. Right-hander German Marquez pitches for the Rockies.

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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