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NEW YORK — The Brewers arrived at Citi Field with a perfect record in one-run games and limped home after a pair of one-run losses. “Limped” being the operative word, considering they shivered through Sunday’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Mets with a depleted bench further strained by Eric Thames‘ early exit with a groin injury.

The decisive blow came from Wilmer Flores, who famously shed tears at shortstop on the night he thought he’d been traded to the Brewers in 2015. He beat his almost-team with a home run off Matt Albers with two out in the ninth to settle the rubber game of the series.

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NEW YORK — The Brewers arrived at Citi Field with a perfect record in one-run games and limped home after a pair of one-run losses. “Limped” being the operative word, considering they shivered through Sunday’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Mets with a depleted bench further strained by Eric Thames‘ early exit with a groin injury.

The decisive blow came from Wilmer Flores, who famously shed tears at shortstop on the night he thought he’d been traded to the Brewers in 2015. He beat his almost-team with a home run off Matt Albers with two out in the ninth to settle the rubber game of the series.

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After winning their first five one-run games, a pair of one-run losses to the 12-2 Mets handed the Brewers their first road series defeat in three tries. Milwaukee is 8-8 heading into a week-long homestand against the last-place Reds and Marlins.

“It seems we play a close game every night,” said Albers, who was a strike away from forcing extra innings when Flores connected. “I think we’re OK with it. We feed off that energy.”

Video: MIL@NYM: Flores delivers walk-off win with HR in 9th

Albers had retired Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier to open the ninth before putting Flores in an 0-2 count. After just missing the strike zone with a sinker, Albers came back with another, but he left it up in the zone, and Flores hit it into the seats in left-center field.

Flores is the Mets’ Mr. Walk-off. He has won seven games with walk-off RBIs, including three home runs.

Did he head to the plate thinking “homer?”

“Yeah, definitely,” Flores said. “I knew when [Albers] tries to go away, he can leave the ball over the middle.”

The Brewers made Noah Syndergaard work during a 29-pitch first inning highlighted by Lorenzo Cain‘s 10-pitch walk, but the Mets ace was sharp after that. He struck out eight consecutive batters during one dominant stretch from the second inning through the fourth before Hernan Perez‘s single leading off the fifth gave Milwaukee its first hit.

An inning later, Perez also gave the Brewers their first lead, when he hit a grounder to shortstop that produced Amed Rosario‘s two-run error. The advantage was short-lived, as Brandon Nimmo homered off Brewers reliever Taylor Williams four pitches into the bottom of the inning. Nimmo finished a double shy of the cycle.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who had just been ejected in the top of the fifth inning, expressed surprise that Nimmo’s homer — that any baseball, really — carried through the cold. As the Mets prepared to hit in the bottom of the ninth, manager Mickey Callaway said he was thinking, “Win it and we get to get warm.”

Video: MIL@NYM: Counsell ejected for arguing after Bandy’s K

In other words, it was not the type of day one wanted to tangle with Syndergaard.

“Good luck,” Brewers cleanup hitter Travis Shaw said. “Freakin’ wiffle balls at 98 miles an hour. [And] his changeup’s disgusting.”

Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin remained winless and without a quality start after four outings. He needed 85 pitches for four innings, and allowed a run on five hits and three walks. Nimmo scored the run in the first inning after reaching on an inf Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness ield single that glanced off Chacin’s glove.

“I know I can throw better and get deep into the game,” Chacin said. “Always, for some reason, April is tough for me. I don’t know why. I’m trying to keep working and trying to get better. I think my slider was good today, and I threw more today.”

Video: MIL@NYM: Counsell on being ejected, walk-off loss

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
First chance: There was a lot going on as the Brewers mounted their first threat in the fifth inning, but the moment that mattered was Chacin being left in to bat against Syndergaard with a runner at third and two out in a 1-0 game. He grounded out on a sensational play by Rosario, then yielded to reliever Williams in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Braun, who exited Saturday’s game with back tightness and did not start on Sunday, had been on deck for Chacin’s spot, but he retreated to the dugout just as Counsell was ejected for arguing a called third strike against Jett Bandy.

“Ryan was going to hit if we got into what I thought was a better offensive [situation] — man on third, less than two outs, or if we had first and third there,” Counsell said. “At that point, you’re planning on, ‘Is something different going to come up later in the game?’ and protecting yourself later in the game.”

Video: MIL@NYM: Rosario robs Chacin with stellar defense

For the lead: The Brewers finally broke through in the sixth after Jesus Aguilar, Thames’ replacement, hit a one-out single to chase Syndergaard in favor of reliever Robert Gsellman. Cain walked and Domingo Santana loaded the bases with a two-out single. Perez followed with a grounder to the hole at shortstop, and this time Ro Bart Starr Jersey sario couldn’t make the play. It was ruled a straight error after Rosario made a sliding stop and bounced his throw past Flores at first as two Brewers runs scored for a brief 2-1 lead.

SOUND SMART
The 42-degree temperature at first pitch was fitting for Jackie Robinson Day. Players from all teams wore Robinson’s No. 42 as a tribute to the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier 71 years ago on Sunday. More >

Video: Craig Counsell on meaning of Jackie Robinson Day

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Perez had some fun with the Mets’ faithful throughout the game, jawing with fans in the left-field seats and teaming with shortstop Orlando Arcia on a Joey Votto-style deke after Perez caught the final out of the third near the foul line. He faked like he was going to toss the ball into the stands before flipping it to Arcia instead, and Arcia did the same. Fans appropriately booed both players as they laughed their way to the dugout. More >

Video: MIL@NYM: Perez, Arcia have some fun with Mets fans

“It was all in fun,” Perez said.

UP NEXT
The Brewers hope to get Christian Yelich (oblique), Braun (back) and Manny Pina (calf) back from injuries at some point during a seven-game homestand that begins at 6:40 p.m. CT on Monday, when left-hander Brent Suter starts against Reds righty Luis Castillo in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey 2001. Follow h Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 im on Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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NEW YORK — How badly did their injury-depleted bench hamstring the Brewers in the fifth inning of a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Mets on Sunday? Not much, insisted manager Craig Counsell, and he’d had plenty of time in his office to think about it.

Counsell was ejected for the first time this season amid an eventful half inning, which began and ended with his club trailing, 1-0. It started with Hernan Perez singling for the Brewers’ first hit off Mets ace Noah Syndergaard, and moving to third with one out on a hit-and-run groundout and a stolen base.

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NEW YORK — How badly did their injury-depleted bench hamstring the Brewers in the fifth inning of a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Mets on Sunday? Not much, insisted manager Craig Counsell, and he’d had plenty of time in his office to think about it.

Counsell was ejected for the first time this season amid an eventful half inning, which began and ended with his club trailing, 1-0. It started with Hernan Perez singling for the Brewers’ first hit off Mets ace Noah Syndergaard, and moving to third with one out on a hit-and-run groundout and a stolen base.

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With Eric Thames already out of the game with a left groin injury and Eric Sogard the only fully healthy player left on the bench, Ryan Braun stepped into the on-deck circle instead of starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. That was notable in itself, because Braun had exited Saturday’s game with back tightness.

Video: MIL@NYM: Thames exits early after injury at the dish

Meanwhile, Brewers catcher Jett Bandy was called out on a low third strike. Bandy began jawing with home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, drawing an urgent response from Counsell and third-base coach Ed Sedar, aware that Bandy was the club’s only healthy catcher. Manny Pina was sidelined for the fourth straight game by a troublesome calf.

Bandy was spared an ejection, but not Counsell.

“I was just trying to make sure Jett didn’t get ejected,” Counsell said. “I don’t think I did a lot to get ejected, frankly. I walked out of the dugout and said something pretty innocent. [Wendelstedt] said, ‘If you leave the dugout, you get ejected.’ You know, fine. If they want to eject me,  Bart Starr Jersey that’s fine.”

While that was happening, Braun returned to the dugout and Chacin emerged to hit. Chacin managed to put the ball in play against Syndergaard, but Mets shortstop Amed Rosario made a terrific play to his right to retire Chacin and end the inning.

Video: MIL@NYM: Rosario robs Chacin with stellar defense

“That could have been one run for us to win the game,” Chacin said. “They’re playing really well right now. They’re making those plays right now.”

For a few innings, it appeared that Braun may have just been a decoy. But he did eventually pinch-hit and was retired on a flyout with the bases empty to end the eighth.

Why did Counsell — and bench coach Pat Murphy, who took over the managerial duties — call Braun back with a chance to potentially tie the game?

“Ryan was going to hit if we got into what I thought was a better offensive [opportunity] — man on third, less than two outs, or if we had first and third there,” Counsell said. “At that point, you’re planning on, ‘Is something different going to come up later in the game?’ and Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness protecting yourself later in the game. The way Syndergaard was pitching, to me it’s not a great offensive situation. Maybe we tie the game. Chacin hit a ball hard, it didn’t work out.

“It’s not like I felt like we left a huge run-scoring opportunity on the table there. You’d love it to work out where Braun comes up [later in the game] with men on base. It didn’t. I still think I have to plan on w http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey hat could happen later in the game more than that situation, with still 13 outs left in the game.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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NEW YORK — If it were August or September in a pennant race, perhaps outfielder Christian Yelich would come off the Brewers’ disabled list Sunday on the first day he’s eligible to return from a right oblique injury. And maybe Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 catcher Manny Pina would return to the lineup after missing three starts with a sore calf.

It is not August or September. It is April, and forecasters are expecting Sunday to be a cold and wet day at Citi Field. So the Brewers will opt against activating Yelich and are likely to keep Pina on the bench. Milwaukee Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness will reassess both players’ availability when the team returns to the domed comfort of Miller Park on Monday for the start of a weeklong homestand.

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NEW YORK — If it were August or September in a pennant race, perhaps outfielder Christian Yelich would come off the Brewers’ disabled list Sunday on the first day he’s eligible to return from a right oblique injury. And maybe catcher Manny Pina would return to the lineup after missing three starts with a sore calf.

It is not August or September. It is April, and forecasters are expecting Sunday to be a cold and wet day at Citi Field. So the Brewers will opt against activating Yelich and are likely to keep Pina on the bench. Milwaukee will reassess both players’ availability when the team returns to the domed comfort of Miller Park on Monday for the start of a weeklon Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green g homestand.

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“For both of them, let’s get them at 100 percent before we put them back out there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “In both their cases, I want to put it behind them. That’s the goal. At a different point in the season, at the end of the season, we would be considering something different here.”

Counsell stressed the decision did not indicate setbacks for the team’s regular left fielder and catcher. Yelich took 70 more swings in the batting cage Saturday before playing catch with his manager, who reported that, “this is the best he’s felt.”

Video: MIL@STL: Pina knocks two-single to right-center field

Later, Pina, who is available in an emergency as he works back to full strength, ran the bases during batting practice.

“This is a point in the season where, to me, it’s so much more beneficial to put these things behind them in the rearview mirror,” Counsell said.

Injury report
• If Mother Nature and left-hander Bart Starr Jersey  Boone Logan’s strained triceps cooperate, Logan might throw his first bullpen session on Sunday. He has been sidelined since exiting a Spring Training game March 21.

• Catcher Stephen Vogt, sidelined by a strained right shoulder injury, threw at 90 feet with “no issues at all” and is hoping to move to 120 feet after the team returns home. Once he can comfortably throw from that distance, approximately the distance from home plate to second base, Vogt would be ready for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson moved to 150 feet in his flat-ground throwing program earlier in the week as he inches back from shoulder surgery. Once he settles in at that distance, Nelson will work offspeed pitches on flat ground. After that, the next step is getting on a mound.

On Arcia’s struggles
It was a matter of matchups that slick-fielding shortstop Orlando Arcia found himself on the bench for the start of Saturday’s game, but Counsell did acknowledge that Brewers coaches are working with Arcia to quiet his swing amid Arcia’s early-season slump. Through Friday’s 0-for-3 against the Mets, Arcia had a .159/.213/.182 slash line through 44 plate appearances

Maybe those discussions paid off in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Mets. Arcia hit an insurance home run in the ninth inning, his first of the season.

Video: MIL@NYM: Arcia crushes first homer of the season

“I think he’s getting stuck off-balance a little bit,” Counsell said before the game. “We’re talking to him and trying some things about getting his foot down quicker and letting his very good hands work for him a little better. It’s not a different message a lot of hitters hear from time to time when you start struggling. You’re putting yourself kind of i http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey n bad positions so that the best traits that you have — good hands or strength — aren’t allowed to work.”

Webb claimed
The Padres on Saturday claimed left-handed reliever Tyler Webb off waivers from the Brewers. He was designated for assignment on April 7 to clear a 40-man roster spot for J.J. Hoover, who has since been designated for assignment as well.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.


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NEW YORK — As Chase Anderson took the mound on a chilly, windy Saturday night at Citi Field, Brewers starters had covered 70 innings this season and Brewers relievers, 60. Even with an extra man and sometimes two in the bullpen, and analytics driving some of those decisions, it seemed an unsustainable ratio.

Anderson has been the exception, and he remained so against the Mets, denying baseball’s hottest team a hit until the fifth inning and becoming the first Brewers starting pitcher to work into the seventh in a 5-1 Brewers win. Jonathan Villar and Jett Bandy homered off the Mets’ Matt Harvey and Orlando Arcia added another home run in the ninth to snap New York’s nine-game winning streak.

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NEW YORK — As Chase Anderson took the mound on a chilly, windy Saturday night at Citi Field, Brewers starters had covered 70 innings this season and Brewers relievers, 60. Even with an extra man and sometimes two in the bullpen, and analytics driving some of those decisions, it seemed an unsustainable ratio.

Anderson has been the exception, and he remained so against the Mets, denying baseball’s hottest team a hit until the fifth inning and becoming the first Brewers starting pitcher to work into the seventh in a 5-1 Brewers win. Jonathan Villar and Jett Bandy homered off the Mets’ Matt Harvey and Orlando Arcia added another home run in the ninth to snap New York’s nine-game winning streak.

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It was Anderson’s third quality start in four outings. The Brewers’ other pitchers have one quality start between them — in 11 other games.

“We can look back at a pretty long track record of success of him being that guy now,” said Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who had to leave the game in the fifth inning when his back tightened. “He’s really pi http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey tched like an ace.”

That’s not an overstatement. Since July 25, 2016, when Anderson started getting results from a new curveball grip, he is 18-6 with a 2. Bart Starr Jersey 76 ERA in 225 1/3 innings. Four qualif Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 ying pitchers have a better ERA since that date: Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer and Kyle Hendricks.

Video: MIL@NYM: Counsell on excellent pitching in 5-1 win

Justin Verlander is right behind Anderson at 2.87 — though Verlander deserves extra credit for logging about 100 more innings and winning a World Series ring.

“I want to be that guy who can stop it if we’re going through a long losing streak, or be the guy to even out a series,” Anderson said. “I think the guys in here respect that and have seen what I’ve done last season. I really respec Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness t the guys in here.”

The Brewers’ homer-happy offense gave Anderson an early lead. With a 20 mph wind whipping in from right field, Villar went the other way for an opposite-field, three-run homer that hugged the left-field foul pole in the second inning, and Bandy pulled a solo homer to left field in the fourth. For both players, it was their first home run of the season. It was Bandy’s first since last May 26.

Video: MIL@NYM: Counsell, Anderson talk Brewers’ pitching

Anderson faced little resistance until the fifth inning, when a two-out walk preceded Amed Rosario‘s infield single up the middle, cut off by Brewers shortstop Eric Sogard but a clean hit. Anderson stranded both runners by striking out Jose Lobaton, and didn’t allow a run until a hit batsman set-up Yoenis Cespedes‘ bloop RBI single to right field in the sixth.

Anderson allowed that lone run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Brewers manager Craig Counsell tapped his bullpen after 87 Anderson pitches, and Anderson was rewarded with his first victory when Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader covered the final 2 2/3 innings.

“Overall, my goal was to not get those guys — Jeremy and  Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green Hader — in the game,” Anderson said. “I guess watching Hader pitch is OK. It’s decently fun. He just blows doors off people.”

Video: MIL@NYM: Hader retires Bruce to earn a six-out save

Hader struck out the first five batters he faced and retired all six for his first Major League save. He kept the baseball as a souvenir.

“That’s awesome,” Hader said. “I guess there’s no better feeling than closing out the game and getting the high-fives from the team and ‘Bandy Man.'”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bullpen call: Even Anderso Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 n admitted being a bit surprised when Counsell called for Jeffress with one out in the seventh inning, nobody on base and Todd Frazier — 0-for-10 lifetime against Anderson, including a flyout and a walk in his first two plate appearances Saturday — due to bat for the third time. Counsell simply said he thought the Jeffress-Frazier matchup was “excellent” for the Brewers, and he stood by the decision after Frazier snuck a single through the hole at second base. Jeffress rebounded by inducing a Rosaio double play to end the inning.

“Obviously, I want to stay in the game, because when you’re rolling like that it’s nice,” Anderson said. “I never second-guess what he’s doing over there. He’s a great manager and he’s leading this team in the right direction. We’re trying to win the game. I understand that.”

Fair ball: How Villar’s home run stayed fair was anybody’s guess after the game. Maybe the wind was swirling more than the American flags atop the stadium indicated. In the dugout, Counsell was “shocked.” So was Villar, who couldn’t believe he had given the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Video: MIL@NYM: Villar lifts a three-run homer to left

“I saw the ball acting like a two-seamer, and I’m running but I never thought that ball would stay straight,” Villar said. “I hit it and I go, ‘Come on, ball!'”

SOUND SMART
Anderson’s gem came one day shy of the 31st anniversary of the only no-hitter in Brewers history, Juan Nieves’ five-walk tightrope act in Baltimore on April 15, 1987, for Milwaukee’s “Team Streak.” And Anderson, who took bids of his own into the eighth inning in each of his first two Brewers seasons, pointed out another coincidence.

Video: 4/15/87: Juan Nieves tosses first Brewers no-hitter

When he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 the D-backs last May, it ended on a single up the middle off Sogard’s glove. Saturday’s ended on a single up the middle to Sogard.

The batters? Nick Ahmed of the D-backs and Rosario of the Mets.

“Ahmed and Amed,” Anderson said.

GAME INSIDE THE GAME
Anderson debuted a subtle change to his delivery on Saturday, holding his hands higher and closer to his chest.

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UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin will take the mound for his fourth start of the season on Sunday against the Mets seeking his first victory. He enters the day with a 6.59 ERA and has yet to make a quality start, not the kind of beginning the Brewers envisioned when they signed Chacin to a two-year deal before Christmas. The Mets will counter with Noah Syndergaard, who is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts against Milwaukee. Game time is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT.

 

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NEW YORK — So much for the talk of the Brewers having too many outfielders.

Continuing Milwaukee’s snake-bitten start to the season, longtime left fi Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 elder Ryan Braun exited Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Mets in the middle of the fifth inning with back tig Bart Starr Jersey htness. Braun, who has long required regular maintenance on his back and underwent surgery for a herniated disc in October 2015, had just singled and stolen second base in the top of the inning, but was replaced by Hernan Perez on defense when the Brewers took the field.

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NEW YORK — So much for the talk of the Brewers having too many outfielders.

Continuing Milwaukee’s snake-bitten start to the season, longtime left fielder Ryan Braun exited Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Mets in the middle of the fifth inning with back tightness. Braun, who has long required regular maintenance on his back and underwent surgery for a herniated disc in October 2015, had just singled and stolen second base in the top of the inning, but was replaced by Hernan Perez on defense when the Brewers took the field.

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Braun is questionable for Sunday’s scheduled series finale against Noah Syndergaard and the Mets.

“I irritated my back a little bit in the game [Friday]. I was kind of a ‘maybe’ coming into today and then it just locked up on me a little bit,” Brau Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green n said. “So we’ll just see how it is. It was locked up the whole game.”

Then why was he stealing bases?

“Because I was instructed to,” Braun said. “It was sore before I stole the base.”

Braun’s exit came a day after center fielder Lorenzo Cain returned from a two-day absence for a minor left quad injury and banged legs with right fielder Domingo Santana while they converged on a fly ball. Cain and Santana were both a bit banged up but were able to play on Saturday.

The team’s other outfielder, Christian Yelich, remained on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique inju http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey ry. He is eligible for reinstatement on Sunda Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness y, but the Brewers will wait until sometime in their coming homestand to make that roster move.

Throughout Spring Training, manager Craig Counsell faced questions about how he would spread at-bats between Braun, Cain, Santana and Yelich, all of whom warrant regular playing time. Playing Braun at first base against left-handers was one solution, but after starting Milwaukee’s first two games of the season there, Braun has not been back, partly because he’s been needed in the outfield with Yelich out.

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


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Thoughts on getting Josh Hader stretched out and transitioned into a starter? If Craig Counsell isn’t Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey For Sale keen on that idea, would he be willing to let him work the eighth and ninth to close out games?
— @jaredlinden on Twitter

Here’s one way to think about Hader: In the role he’s in now — this ultra-flexible, use-by-choice sort of role in which it is equally possible he pitches two or three innings in the middle of a game as he is called upon against Anthony Rizzo or Joey Votto to start the ninth, Counsell and the Brewers essentially get to pick who Hader pitches against. They have control.

Thoughts on getting Josh Hader stretched out and transitioned into a starter? If Craig Counsell isn’t keen on that idea, would he be willing to let him work the eighth and ninth to close out games?
— @jaredlinden on Twitter

Here’s one way to think about Hader: In the role he’s in now — thi Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap s ultra-flexible, use-by-choice sort of role in which it is equally possible he pitches two or three innings in the middle of a game as he is called upon against Anthony Rizzo or Joey Votto to start the ninth, Counsell and the Brewers essentially get to pick who Hader pitches against. They have control.

If you start Hader, you lose control over who he faces. The other team chooses. If you make him the closer, you lose control, because now the game itself helps dictate when he pitches, and which portion of the opponents’ lineup he draws.

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Could Hader succeed as a starter or a closer? Sure, if he can harness that changeup. But at this stage of his development, Milwaukee wants control of when and against whom it uses Hader. After an entire offseason of a room full of analysts crunching this question, the Brewers have decided that is the way to squeeze maximum value, for now, out of an electric arm.

Tweet from @Jon_Stocks_IT: Theory of ���High Leverage Relievers��� is foolish. If Hader is your best reliable P why is he not SP or C? Dodgers don���t use Kershaw or Jansen in that fashion. Why do the Brewers continue to sell us this role? Give me 190-200IP of Hader vs 80-100. Kluber > Miller.

You are assuming Hader equals Corey Kluber as a starter. That’s a heck of a leap. The way they’re looking at it now is two-pitch Hader impacting 60-70 games is better than two-pitch Hader making 25-30 starts. If he becomes three-pitch Hader, now we’re talking.

So maybe Hader will move back to a starting role at some point. But if the Brewers were going to do that now, they wou Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ld have already done it.

Tweet from @Sthoms105: It seems that the team has been using a short leash with players and therefore they aren���t afraid of sending guys down or cutting them. Do you expect that to keep happening until things start clicking?

I think it might happen after things start clicking. If we’ve learned anything about the Brewers of David Stearns and Counsell, it’s that they place tremendous value on flexibility. That means both positional flexibility and roster flexibility.

There’s a group of pitchers with options — Brent Suter, Junior Guerra, Brandon Woodruff, Taylor Williams, Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, Aaron Wilkerson when he gets healthy, maybe even guys like Jacob Barnes and Zach Davies if performance and need dictate — who can be freely moved back and forth between the Majors and Minors. Because Milwaukee is among the analytically minded clubs who make liberal use of its bullpen once a starting pitcher has completed his second turn through a lineup, shuttling players back and forth is one way to keep a fresh ‘pen.

For those players, it can be a real physical and mental challenge. Bu Custom Orioles Jersey t if you can get players to buy into it the way Suter did early last season, it can be a useful strategy.

Tweet from @IgnitorKid: Should I be worried about Ryan Braun?

I asked our MLB.com statistical guru Mike Petriello to take a look at Ryan Braun‘s numbers so far, and he had the same first reaction I did: Small sample alert!

So with the vital understanding that 46 plate appearance is way too small a sample to draw any conclusions, here’s some of what Petriello found:

• The most notable thing is lack  Women’s Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Baltimore Orioles Home White Jersey of contact. Braun has struck out in 28 percent of his plate appearances so far after 18 percent last year and 18 percent in his career. He’s doing a better job of not chasing (31 percent chase rate is down from 38 percent in each of the last two years), but he’s also swinging at fewer strikes (zone swing rate down from 70 percent to 64 percent) and making contact with slightly fewer pitches in the zone (84 percent down from 88 percent).

• When Braun does make contact, his hard-hit rate of 33 percent is down from 44 percent in 2017. And he hasn’t had many high-value hits robbed; Braun had one lineout that carried a 73 percent hit probability, but that’s the only out above 55 percent.

• Braun’s pull rate is 48 percent, up from 38 percent last year, 36 percent the year before and 31 percent in 2015. Maybe that’s a sign of a player aging into his 30s. Maybe it means nothing because we are 13 games into the season.

Give Braun a chance to get to 100 at-bats before you get worried.

Tweet from @mattdawson84: Keston Hiura injury update?

From the desk of Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan: “Keston Hiura was hit by Custom MLB Jersey For Sale  a pitch on his left shoulder in the doubleheader on Sunday, and it tightened up on him and had some residual soreness. Now that it has resolved he should be back in there DH’ing fo Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap r the Mudcats [Thursday] night.”

Hiura has been limited to DH duty in the early going, because he came down with some elbow soreness late in Spring Training after playing catch-up at second base. Remember, he didn’t play the field in the Minors until the fall instructional league because of a pre-existing elbow injury they worried might need surgery. Hiura avoided going under the knife, and it sounds like the Brewers believe he will pull through this latest period of soreness with some more time off from throwing.

Tweet from @I3rAziL: Will you ever consider changing your twitter picture?

Never. Ever.

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


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

The prized gem of the Cincinnati Reds’ 2017 Draft class Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap was on full display earlier this week as Hunter Greene (No. 2 overall pick) captured headlines with his impressive season debut for Class A Dayton. On Thursday, however, it was Jeter Downs, the club’s second-overa Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ll pick (No. 32 overall), who opened eyes as he delivered a Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey For Sale walk-off single to lead the Dragons past Lake County, 10-9.

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

The prized gem of the Cincinnati Reds’ 2017 Draft class was on full display earlier this week as Hunter Greene (No. 2 overall pick) captured headlines with his impressive season debut for Class A Dayton. On Thursday, Custom Orioles Jersey however, it was Jeter Downs, the club’s second-overal Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap l pick (No. 32 overall), who opened eyes as he delivered a walk-off single to lead the Dragons past Lake County, 10-9.

Watch: Downs lines walk-off single

Downs, Cincinnati’s No. 7 prospect, atoned for a costly error in the top of ninth with his game-winning hit. It capped a 4-for-6 night at the plate for the 19-year-old shortstop, who had hit a leadoff home run, his first of Custom MLB Jersey For Sale the season, as well as a pair of infield singles earlier in the game.

Stuart Fairchild (No. 11) also swung the bat well for Dayton, as the 2017 second-rounder connected on his second home run, a two-out, two-run shot in the third inning, in a 3-for-5 performance. The 22-year-old outfielder also doubled in the contest while pacing the Dragons’ offense with two runs.

It marked the second multi-hit game this season for both Downs and Fairchild. Through eight games, they’re batting .314 and .333, respectively.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday

No. 20 overall prospect Royce Lewis’ (Twins’ No. 1) three-run home run put Class A Cedar Rapids on the board and ignited a late rally that saw the Kernels score nine times over the final four innings to defeat Peoria, 9-5. The 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick finished 2-for-5 at the plate in his second multihit game this season. Lewis’ home run, meanwhile, was his first.

Lewis goes yard

No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals’ No. 2) and Luis Garcia (No. 6) combined for five hits and four runs scored, though it wasn’t enough to keep Class A Hagerstown from falling to Greensboro, 10-9, in 10 innings. Soto, 19, improved his average to .393 with a 1-for-3 game that included a two-run double and three walks, while the 17-year-old Garcia went 4-for-6 with his first stolen base.

No. 31 overall prospect Mike Soroka (Braves’ No. 3) received a no-decision, but was sharp in his second start for Triple-A Gwinnett in a 7-6, 14-inning loss against Rochester. The 20-year-old righty allowed two earned runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight and generating another eight outs on the ground, while throwing 55 of his 78 pitches for strikes. Altogether, Soroka has pitched to a 1.69 ERA with 13 strikeouts and one walk in 10 2/3 innings (two starts) for the Stripers.

No. 56 overall prospect Keston Hiura (Brewers’ No. 1) went 3-for-5 in Class A Advanced Carolina’s extra-inning loss against Winston-Salem. One of those hits was a triple, Hiura’s first extra-base hit of the season, while the three hits marked a season high for the 2017 first-rounder (No. 9 overall), who had just one hit in his previous 15 at-bats before breaking out.

Hiura hits a triple

No. 97 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves’ No. 8) tallied a career-high five RBIs behind his first two home runs of the season in Double-A Mississippi’s loss against Biloxi. After beginning the game 0-for-2, Riley, 21, rebounded to hit two go-ahead blasts, as he connected on a three-run homer in the sixth followed by a two-run shot in the eighth inning, only to see Mississippi’s bullpen squander the lead on both occasions. He’s hitting .346 this season, with hits in all seven games for the M-Braves. On the m Custom MLB Jersey For Sale ound, right-hander Touki Toussaint (No. 11) fired five scoreless frames, allowing three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in his second start of 2018.

Riley goes yard twice

• Spoiling both Riley and Toussaint’s performance was Brewers No. 7 prospect Corey Ray, who delivered a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth inning that proved to be the difference in Biloxi’s 6-5 victory. The three-run hit capped a 3-for-5 night at the plate in which Ray plated five of the Shuckers’ six runs. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a strong start in 2018, with a .333 average and at least one hit in all seven games. He’s collected an extra-base hit in five straight, too.

D-backs No. 4 prospect Taylor Widener bounced back from a shaky season debut (also his D-backs organizational debut) to toss five innings of one-run ball in a no-decision for Double-A Jackson. Throwing 53 of his 82 pitches for strikes, the 23-year-old right-hander, acquired during December as part of a three-team trade with the Yankees and Rays, permitted as many hits as walks (three) while striking out eight.

• Class A Lake County had its share of offensive standouts in its walk-off loss against Dayton, as Indians No. 7 prospect Will Benson and Oscar Gonzalez (No. 18) both collected multiple hits including a home run. Benson’s three-run shot in the first inning put the Captains ahead early, while Gonzalez added to the lead with a solo shot in the third. The two players are batting .318 and .333 this season, respectively, and they’ve both gone deep twice in their first seven games.

Padres No. 16 prospect Josh Naylor‘s season-opening power surge continued as he upped his home-run total to five with a pair of solo shots for Double-A San Antonio. The 20-year-old first-baseman’s first-inning home run was of the inside-the-park variety, while his second homer, an eighth-inning blast over the wall in right-center field, tied the game. It was the second multi-homer performance in seven games this season for Naylor, who’s batting a robust .464 after the 3-for-4 effort.

Naylor’s inside-the-park homer

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NEW YORK — Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun hit two-run home runs and Travis Shaw added a solo shot, but the big inning Brewers manager Craig Counsell has been longing for remained elusive at Citi Field on Friday.

Lorenzo Cain ran into an ill-advised out at third base to end a budding rally in the seventh inning, and Jett Bandy tapped out to the pitcher to strand the tying a Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap nd go-ahead runners on in the eighth in a 6-5 loss to the runaway Mets.

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NEW YORK — Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun hit two-run home runs and Travis Shaw added a solo shot, but the big inning Brewers manager Craig Counsell has been longing for remained Custom Orioles Jersey  elusive at Citi Field on Friday.

Lorenzo Cain ran into an ill-advised out at third base to end a budding rally in the seventh inning, and Jett Bandy tapped out to the pitcher to strand the tying and go-ahead runners on in the eighth in a 6-5 loss to the runaway Mets.

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Those were far from the only missed opportunities or outright Brewers mistakes that contributed to the Mets’ ninth consecutive victory. Starter Zach Davies topped 100 pitches and surrendered Todd Frazier‘s first two homers as a Met without getting through the fifth inning. Reliever Dan Jennings unleashed a costly run-scoring wild pitch. Jesus Aguilar committed the Brewers’ Major League-leading 17th error. Cain and Domingo Santana made dangerous contact on what may have been a miscommunication in right-center field.

Those other issues can be cleaned up, Counsell suggested Friday afternoon. Mostly, he is eager to see more o Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ffense.

The Brewers entered the day 11th of 15 National League teams in runs scored.

“The issue right now for me is we’re not scoring enough runs. We have to score more runs,” Counsell said before a matchup against left-hander Steven Matz. “That would probably be the thing that I woul Women’s Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Baltimore Orioles Home White Jersey d be worried about the most. Not that I’m worried about it — we have some guys who just haven’t started hitting yet. We haven’t walked much, haven’t had many extra-base hits. Just, the big inning really has not been there.”

Trailing 6-4 in the seventh inning, the Brewers had something cooking thanks to Cain, who, as part of an eventful return to the lineup from missing two games with a minor left quad injury, extended the frame with a two-Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey For Sale out single. When Santana followed with another single to left field, Cain decided to try for third. It was the wrong choice, as Yoenis Cespedes made an on-target throw to end the inning with Braun d Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap ue up next.

An inning later, after Shaw’s homer cut the deficit to one run, Aguilar and pinch-hitter Eric Sogard singled as Counsell and Mets counterpart Mickey Callaway made a series of moves that led to Bandy batting with two outs Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap against Robert Gsellman. The pitcher, and the Mets, won the battle.

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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NEW YORK — After a “more aggressive” round of hitting in the visitors’ batting cage at Citi Field early Friday afternoon, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich expressed optimism about escaping the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, the first day he’s eligible to return from a right oblique injury.

That’s weather permitting, of course. The forecast for Sunday’s series finale between the Brewers and Mets on Jackie Robinson Day is not looking as promising as Yelich’s health.

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NEW YORK — After a “more aggressive” round of hitting in the visitors’ batting cage at Citi Field early Friday afternoon, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich expressed optimism about escaping the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, the first day he’s eligible to return from a right oblique injury.

That’s weather permitting, of course. The forecast for Sunday’s series finale between the Brewers and Mets on Jackie Robinson Day is not looking as promising as Yelich’s health.

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“I’m improving every day,” said Yelich, who will take batting practice with the rest of the team on Saturday. “I think we’re back on track for when my little stint is up.”

Cautioned Brewers manager  Women’s Personalized Stitched Any Name Any Number Baltimore Orioles Home White Jersey Craig Counsell: “We’re making progress. We’re shooting for as fast as we can. I would say it’s possible for Sunday, but I don’t  Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey For Sale think we’re ‘for sure’ yet on Sunday.”

Yelich also played catch Friday, but th Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange at wasn’t the concern. He was hurt swinging the bat, and the decision last week to abandon hopes of avoiding the DL came after a batting-cage session similar to Friday’s.

This time, he passed the test.

“We’re doing everything that we’re supposed to do,” he said. “I’m more concerned with the hitting. Throwing is Customized Baltimore Orioles Jersey Cheap more just maintenance, keeping the feel. Hitting was the biggest obstacle to begin with, so that was the biggest concern.

“[Friday’s cage session] was really encouraging. Hopefully I continue to feel well throughout the day today and [Saturday] and keep progressing to where I need to be.”

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• Catcher Manny Pina remained on the bench because of calf tightness, but declared himself available in an emergency and said he would test his legs in running drills on Saturday before the Brewers make a decision about returning him to the starting lineup.

“I feel much better,” Pina said. “The running is the biggest thing. The squat, blocking, and reaction to throw to second base — everything is fine. Just [hurts] when I start running hard.”

Lorenzo Cain returned to action on his 32nd birthday after missing two games with a left quadriceps strain.Custom Orioles Jersey  Cain became the first player 32 or older to start a game in center field for the Brewers in six years, since Nyjer Morgan in 2012.

• Friday the 13th was a fitting day for No. 13 Brewers prospect Adrian Houser to return to the mound for Double-A Biloxi. Friday’s start against the Mississippi Braves marked Houser’s first action since he was optioned back to the Minors amid a flurry of roster moves on the Brewers’ last homestand.

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


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ST. LOUIS — The Brewers called up right-hander Junior Guerra from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals.

In addition, right-hander Jorge Lopez was recalled from C Men’s Custom Baltimore Orioles Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap olorado Springs, outfielder Brett Phillips was optioned back to Triple-A, and right-hander J.J. Hoover was designated for assignment. The Brewers’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline, Phillips had been summoned to replace the injured Christian Yelich, who is nursing an oblique strain.

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ST. LOUIS — The Brewers called up right-hander Junior Guerra from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals.

In addition, right-hander Jorge Lopez was recalled from Colorado Springs, outfielder Brett Phillips was optioned back to Triple-A, and right-hander J.J. Hoover was designated for assignment. The Brewers’ No. 6 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline, Phillips had been summoned to replace the injured Christian Yelich, who is nursing an oblique strain.

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“It’s a fresh arm today,” Brewers manager  Custom Orioles Jersey Craig Counsell said. “We put J.J. in a tough spot yesterday, and that’s unfortunate. He was up quite a bit, and he went an inning-plus. The closeness of all these games has led to a lot of this as well.”

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Guerra, the Brewers’ 2017 Opening Day starter, got the win in his 2018 debut, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings in Milwaukee’s 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday. The 33-year-old hurler went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts in ’16 but struggled last season, going 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 21 games (14 starts).

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Lopez has not given up a hit in 2 1/3 innings at Colorado Springs. Counsell said he is available to go multiple innings.

The Brewers’ bullpen has been taxed, throwing 52 2/3 innings over the first 12 games of the season. Most of that has come in high-leverage situations. In its last nine games, Milwaukee has held a multiple-run lead for just one inning.

The biggest help for the Brewers’ bullpen could come from their bats.

“I feel like we are playing certainly competitive baseball, and it’s exciting baseball, its edge of your seat baseball at times, but to make some of this stuff easier on everyone, I think scoring more runs is at the start of it for me,” Co Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange unsell said.

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