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MILWAUKEE — If it was not the best outing by a Brewers starting pitcher this season, it was the most imperative. Chase Anderson needed a night like this. So did his team.

Snapping the Brewers’ seven-game skid against the Cubs, Anderson pitched seven stellar innings while allowing just one dribbler of a hit in a 4-0 win Tuesday, making Milwaukee the first National League team to reach 40 victories.

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MILWAUKEE — If it was not the best outing by a Brewers starting pitcher this season, it was the most imperative. Chase Anderson needed a night like this. So did his team.

Snapping the Brewers’ seven-game skid against the Cubs, Anderson pitched seven stellar innings while allowing just one dribbler of a hit in a 4-0 win Tuesday, making Milwaukee the first National League team to reach 40 victories.

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With their first shutout victory over the Cubs at Miller Park in four years, the Brewers (40-27) moved back atop the NL Central, a half-game ahead of Chicago (38-26).

“We know our record against the Cubs this year isn’t great head to head, but every game counts. Shoot, we have 40 wins now,” Anderson said.

Travis Shaw provided the run support with a pair of two-run doubles off Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood, the second coming in the third inning after Lorenzo Cain‘s heads-up baserunning helped foil a Chicago rundown. Anderson did the rest, throwing 107 pitches — a season-high for the bullpen-fueled Brewers — and retiring the final 17 batters he faced after Willson Contreras tapped an infield single along the third-base line in the second inning.

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Anderson walked two and struck out six in his first scoreless start since Opening Day, when he allowed only one hit in an extra-inning win at San Diego. It had been a roller coaster since then for the right-hander, who followed a 2.86 ERA in March and April with a 7.08 ERA in May, and had surrendered six earned runs in his first 10 innings of June.

Tuesday was more like the Anderson of 2017, when he posted a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts and earned his Opening Day assignment. And it came at just the right time, with reliever Matt Albers landing on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, Josh Hader unavailable after 35 pitches the night before, and Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel also a day removed from pitching in Monday’s series-opening, 11-inning loss.

“It was humid out there. It felt like I was back home playing summer ball in Texas,” Anderson said. “My arm has been feeling pretty good overall. Tonight was the best I felt since I came back off the DL [for an illness]. It’s good to know that it’s still in the tank.”

With Tuesday’s effort, Anderson lowered his career ERA against the Cubs to 2.91 in 57 2/3 innings, including 1.35 in 20 innings over three starts this season.

“It was Chase getting back to what we saw last year,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “You could tell right away that his fastball, specifically, had a different gear tonight. Just by the hitters’ swings.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Counsell on Cain’s baserunning, Anderson

The radar gun concurred. Anderson struck out Anthony Rizzo to end the first inning with a 95.7-mph fastball — Anderson’s fastest pitch all season.

Taylor Williams and Jacob Barnes completed the two-hitter, giving the Brewers a chance to win the series on Wednesday afternoon behind Jhoulys Chacin. They are 11-3 when he takes the mound.

“Obviously we haven’t had a whole lot of success against [the Cubs],” said Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich, “but we really have played a lot of close games and they’ve made plays and pitches when they needed to make them to win those games. It’s not like we’ve been blown out by 10 runs every single game.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Early lead: Anderson said it was the early lead that allowed him to settle into his best start in weeks. Brewers hitters provided it in the first inning, when Eric Thames singled in the first at-bat of his first start off the disabled list to spark a rally that led to Shaw’s two-run double off a 3-0 pitch from Chatwood.

“We’re pretty good when we score first,” Shaw said. “Once we got ahead, [Anderson] attacked the hitters and got ahead  Custom Mariners Jersey of everybody. He was pretty dominant.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Shaw knocks in all 4 Brewers runs in win

The Rundown: Cain’s brilliant baserunning led to Shaw’s other big hit. With Yelich caught off second base in a third-inning rundown on Cain’s grounder up the middle, Cain stopped short of second base and noticed that Cubs defenders had vacated first. So he motioned for Yelich to get back to the bag, and it worked. With everyone safe, Shaw had two more runners to drive home with his second double of the night.

“You talk about seeing the court, seeing the floor, as a basketball analogy,” Counsell said. “That’s seeing the field and understanding what’s happening. I tip my cap to that. That was incredible.” More >

Video: CHC@MIL: Cain, Yelich on heads-up baserunning play

SOUND SMART
To find the last time the Brewers limited the Cubs to two or fewer hits in a home game, you have to go back to County Stadium. It was July 1, 2000, when Jeff D’Amico pitched eight scoreless innings and Curt Leskanic worked a hitless ninth in a 4-0 Brewers win.

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With their high-leverage bullpen arms in need of a day off, Counsell sent Anderson back to the mound at 99 pitches to begin the seventh inning against the Cubs’ 2-3-4 hitters. The first two made hard contact, Kris Bryant on a flyout to deep left field and Rizzo on a lineout to first baseman Thames, before Thames made a diving play of a Ben Zobrist bouncer to end Anderson’s outing. It was Thames’ biggest test of his first start back from left thumb surgery, an injury he suffered on a similar play.

Video: CHC@MIL: Thames makes an outstanding backhanded stop

UP NEXT
Chacin will face the Cubs for the first time in a Brewers uniform when the teams conclude their series at 1:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Chacin is 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA over his past 11 starts, and the Brewers are 11-3 when he takes the mound, but he happened to not pitch Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey  in either of the teams’ four-game series in April. He has a 3.82 ERA in seven career games (six starts) against the Cubs for other clubs. Left-hander Mike Montgomery starts for Chicago.

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


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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers activated slugger Eric Thames from the disabled list on Monday for the start of a three-game showdown with the division-rival Cubs at Miller Park.

Thames wasn’t in the starting lineup for the opener because Milwaukee faced Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana, but the big league bench sure beats the six weeks he spent rehabbing from left thumb surgery. Thames spent most of that time at the construction site that is Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers activated slugger Eric Thames from the disabled list on Monday for the start of a three-game showdown with the division-rival Cubs at Miller Park.

Thames wasn’t in the starting lineup for the opener because Milwaukee faced Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana, but the big league bench sure beats the six weeks he spent rehabbing from left thumb surgery. Thames spent most of that time at the construction site that is Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.

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“It felt like an eternity,” Thames said. “It’s lonely. At the complex, those guys who are going through Tommy John surgery are out there 18 months grinding in the rehab stuff. For me, six weeks was an eternity.

“It’s one of those things where you kind of keep it in perspective — stay healthy, stay on the field, stay in the dugout with the guys. That’s where the fun is.”

Thames is a good bet to rejoin the Brewers’ lineup on Tuesday against Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Thames posted a .976 OPS with seven home runs in his first 22 games before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb while diving for a ground ball on April 24 at Kansas City, an injury that required surgery.

Video: CIN@MIL: Thames belts seventh home run in the 3rd

To clear a roster spot, Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey  the Brewers optioned Sunday’s starter, Brandon Woodruff, back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Milwaukee won’t need a fifth starter again until next week in Pittsburgh.

With Thames back in action, the Brewers finally have the corner-outfield and first-base logjam that was so fretted about by outside observers in Spring Training. Counsell will juggle Thames, Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Braun at first base and some combination of Christian Yelich, Domingo Santana, Braun and Thames at the corner-outfield spots.

“It’s baseball. You never really know what’s going to happen,” Thames said. “Trades, no trades, what’s going to happen with the lineups. You just have to show up ready to play. That’s all you can do.”

He was just happy to be back.

“I would say it was like being in solitary,” Thames said. “You’d go to the field, do your rehab, take care of your business and go back home. I saw Avengers, like, five times. “Deadpool,” six times. That’s all I could do. Netflix. I couldn’t play video games, so that hurt me a lot. I couldn’t really work out. I couldn’t swing.

“For me, I was dying. To come back on that flight [from a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs], I’m on two hours of sleep right now, but I’m feeling good. It’s all the energy from seeing my friends and everything. I’m pumped.”

No timetable for Miller
Brad Miller, the infielder acquired in the Sunday night trade that sent first baseman Ji-Man Choi to the Rays, is expected to join Colorado Springs on Tuesday and will spend some time reacclimating himself to second base and shortstop.

“He hasn’t played there in a little while, so we’ll see how it goes and we’ll make an evaluation,” Brewers general  Houston Astros Custom Jersey manager David Stearns said.

Miller hit 30 home runs for the Rays in 2016 but has slashed .219/.325/.366 in 581 Major League plate appearances over the past two seasons. He mostly manned first base in 2018 before Tampa Bay designated him for assignment last week.

Video: Rays receive Choi, Brewers receive Miller in trade

The Rays are paying most of what remains on Miller’s $4.5 million salary for this season, making the trade essentially a financial wash for the Brewers. Choi, whose go-ahead grand slam fueled Saturday’s 12-3 win in Philadelphia, was fourth on Milwaukee’s depth chart at first base with Thames’ return from the DL, and the Brewers have no more Interleague road games left on the regular-season schedule.

“Look, it always feels weird trading a guy who just hit a grand slam that helped us win a game. I understand that. It’s strange,” said Counsell. “But if you understand the depth picture, and I think it’s pretty easy to see, especially with Eric coming back here and the lack of DH games moving forward, it’s a better fit, probably for Ji-Man [with the Rays], than it is here.”

Miller has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

Last call
Brewers infielder Nick Franklin remains in extended spring training rehabbing his right quad injury, Stearns said. Franklin has been unable so far to get Custom Mariners Jersey  comfortable enough to begin a rehab assignment.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Journeyman catcher Erik Kratz‘s surprising power surge continued Monday against a pitcher who has given the Brewers more trouble than any other in recent seasons.

Kratz ended Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana‘s streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings against the Brewers by connecting for a solo home run in the third inning of Milwaukee’s 7-2, 11-inning loss at Miller Park. After hitting one home run in 117 Major League plate appearances over the past three seasons, Kratz hit three in his first 23 pl Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey ate appearances with the Brewers.

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MILWAUKEE — Journeyman catcher Erik Kratz‘s surprising power surge continued Monday against a pitcher who has given the Brewers more trouble than any other in recent seasons.

Kratz ended Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana‘s streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings against the Brewers by connecting for a solo home run in the third inning of Milwaukee’s 7-2, 11-inning loss at Miller  Custom Mariners Jersey Park. After hitting one home run in 117 Major League plate appearances over the past three seasons, Kratz hit three in his first 23 plate appearances with the Brewers.

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Mil Houston Astros Custom Jersey waukee acquired him from the Yankees for future considerations on May 25, hoping for an upgrade over slumping backup catcher Jett Bandy. Kratz, who turns 38 on Friday, has provided just that, notching hits in each of his first six Brewers starts, including home runs in his debut on May 26 against the Mets and June 2 against the White Sox.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Give Ryan Braun extra credit for his leaping, warning-track catch in the Brewers’ 7-2, 11-inning loss to the Cubs on Monday at Miller Park.

One point for the catch itself. Another point for the post-catch troll Houston Astros Custom Jersey  job.

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MILWAUKEE — Give Ryan Braun extra credit for his leaping, warning-track catch in the Brewers’ 7-2, 11-inning loss to the Cubs on Monday at Miller Park.

One point for the catch itself. Another point for the post-catch troll job.

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Braun held the crowd — a mixture of Cubs and Brewers fans — in suspense after leaping for Willson Contreras‘ two-out fly ball to left field in the sixth inning of a one-run game, shrugging his shoulders as if the baseball had eluded his glove and tied the game. He then started trotting back to the dugout with the baseball in hand, Milwaukee’s 2-1 lead intact for at least another inning.

“I was just having fun with it,” Braun said. “As a hitter, that’s so frustrating. It’s kind of an emotional moment, and Willson obviously hit it pretty good. He thought he had a homer.”

Contreras offered a round of applause.

It was Braun’s second highlight-worthy catch of the night, and the Brewers’ second defensive gem of that inning. In the fourth, Braun dove to catch Anthony Rizzo‘s sinking line  Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey drive for the first out, and in the sixth, shortstop Orlando Arcia was shifted to the perfect position to catch Rizzo’s line d Custom Astros Jersey rive and throw to first base to double up Kris Bryant following a leadoff walk.

Up next was Contreras, who nearly provided the tying home run, only to see Braun pull it back.

Video: CHC@MIL: Braun dives to make a sensational catch

Both times Braun was able to help out Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra, who finished the night with six innings of one-run ball.

“I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Braun said. “I feel like I’ve been playing defense at a pretty high level, both in the outfield and at first base. It was a big moment in the game. Junior was pitching incredibly, so it was nice to pick him up right there.”

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

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

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

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The Oakland A’s future battery of left-hander Jesus Luzardo and catcher Sean Murphy took center stage Monday in Double-A Midland’s 7-1 win against Frisco.

Luzardo, Oakland’s No. 2 prospect (No. 31 overall), paced the RockHounds on the mound as he carried a no-hit bid into the fourth inning before completing five scoreless innings. It was the first scoreless performance in nine Double-A starts for the 20-year-old, who, for a second straight start, allowed exactly three hits while striking out eight and issuing zero walks.

Promoted to Midland in late April after three dominant starts for Class  Custom Mariners Jersey A Advanced Stockton, Luzardo has pitched to a 3.80 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP with 54 strikeouts and 11 walks over 42 2/3 innings in the Texas League. He’s compiled 79 strikeouts and 16 walks in 57 1/3 frames between the two stops, all while logging a 3.14 ERA and holding hitters to a .215 clip.

Murphy supported Luzardo’s strong effort with a two-run homer in the third inning, his sixth homer of the season and second in his past three games. The A’s No. 6 prospect (No. 93 overall) finished the game 1-for-4 at the plate, also reaching once via a walk and scoring two runs in the victory.

Murphy, 23, has built upon his breakout 2017 campaign this season by hitting .321/.369/.546 with six homers, 22 doubles and 30 RBIs in 49 games. He’s been especially hot of late, too, tallying knocks in nine of his last 10 games while hitting .359 with 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

• No. 49 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays’ No. 4) hit a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 11th inning to help power Class A Advanced Charlotte past Dunedin, 8-6. It was the second double of the game and 15th of the season for the 20-year-old outfielder, who ranks among the Florida State League leaders with a .330 average (fourth), 71 hits (third), 15 doubles (tied-second), 109 total bases (second) and 38 RBIs (tied-fifth).

• No. 53 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels’ No. 1) kicked off a multihit night at the plate for Class A Advanced Inland Empire with a two-run homer in his first at-bat. The 19-year-old outfielder, a first-round pick a year ago, has hit 11 homers in 44 games this season and has four multihit games in his past six contests. Brandon Marsh (Angels’ No. 4, No. 94 overall) also had a strong game, tallying multiple hits including his first California League triple as well as three RBIs.

• No. 62 overall prospect Monte Harrison (Marlins’ No. 1) had struck out in three of his first four at-bats before he delivered a walk-off, three-run homer that helped Double-A Jacksonville sink Biloxi, 6-5. It was a much-needed hit for the 22-year-old outfielder, who’s hitting just .135 (5-for-37) with 20 strikeouts in 10 games this month.

Harrison hits walk-off homer

• No. 80 overall prospect Carter Kieboom (Nationals’ No. 3) collected two hits in back-to-back games as Class A Advanced Potomac swept Salem in a doubleheader. The 20-year-old shortstop went 2-for-4 in the opener and then added a solo shot as part of another 2-for-4 performance in the nightcap. The home run was Kieboom’s 11th of the year, and he’s now slashing .303/.392/.504 through 58 games after a 4-for-8, two-walk showing on Monday.

Brewers No. 18 prospect Kodi Medeiros made an impact on both sides of the ball for Double-A Biloxi, only to see the Shuckers’ bullpen blow a late lead and lose to Jacksonville, 6-5. The 22-year-old lefty permitted one earned run on four hits and matched a pair of season highs by striking out eight batters in six innings. At the plate, Medeiros made his first career hit (in his 10th career at-bat) count, blasting a tape-measure grand slam to right field in the fifth inning. What’s more, Medeiros’ slam came on the heels of a Jake Gatewood (No. 17) inside-the-park home run, his Southern League-leading 12th homer of the season.

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Cardinals No. 12 pr Custom Astros Jersey ospect Edmundo Sosa‘s pair of solo home runs wasn’t enough to keep Double-A Springfield from falling to Tulsa, 6-3. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate, marking Sosa’s second four-hit performance in his past six games. Overall, the 22-year-old infielder is hitting .283/.321/.452 with seven homers through 56 games.

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Marlins No. 3 prospect Jorge Guzman racked up a season-best 10 strikeouts and worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings as he lowered his ERA to 1.91 for Class A Advanced Jupiter. The 22-year-old flamethrower allowed three hits and walks apiece while throwing 53 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Acquired from the Yankees in the offseason Giancarlo Stanton trade, Guzman has struggled with his control so far this season, issuing 29 walks in 42 1/3 innings, but also has yet to allow more than three earned runs or five hits in any of his nine starts.

Orioles No. 9 prospect Alex Wells was lights-out in his best and longest start of the season for Class A Advanced Frederick. The 21-year-old left-hander allowed three hits and faced two over the minimum for eight innings, striking out a season-high nine batters and generating another eight outs on the ground. Of Wells’ 85 pitches, 65 were thrown for strikes.

Phillies No. 28 prospect Connor Seabold went the distance for the first time in his career, tossing nine innings of one-run, three-hit ball in Class A Advanced Clearwater’s 4-1 win over Tampa. The 22-year-old righty issued one walk and struck out nine, matching his career-best mark. Seabold retired 11 of the final 12 batters and faced two over the minimum in the outing, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes. 2017 first-rounder Adam Haseley (No. 3) went 1-for-5 as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Yankees No. 14 prospect Deivi Garcia matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in his season debut for Class A Charleston. The electric 19-year-old righty allowed two earned runs on four hits over five innings in what was his second start of the season. Garcia actually made his season debut with Class A Advanced Tampa on June 5, racking up seven strikeouts and allowing just two hits in 4 2/3 one-run frames. Pitching at three levels in 2017, Garcia compiled a 3.30 ERA with 85 strikeouts and 19 walks in 60 innings.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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PHILADELPHIA — Whatever magic came over the Brewers when they scored 12 runs in consecutive games on Friday and Saturday for the sixth time in franchise history dissipated in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey  Bank Park.

The Brewers mustered two runs off Phillies starter Zach Eflin — who matched a career-high nine strikeouts — when they loaded the bases in the fifth, but the situation forced Brewers manager Craig Counsell to hit for starter Brandon Woodruff for the sake of run production. In the bottom half of the inning, Woodruff’s replacement, Dan Jennings, gave the lead back to the Phillies and the advantage didn’t shift again.

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PHILADELPHIA — Whatever magic came over the Brewers when they scored 12 runs in consecutive games on Friday and Saturday for the sixth time in franchise history dissipated in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The Brewers mustered two runs off Phillies starter Zach Eflin — who matched a career-high nine strikeouts — when they loaded the bases in the fifth, but the situation forced Brewers manager Craig Counsell to hit for starter Brandon Woodruff for the sake of run production. In the bottom half of the inning, Woodruff’s replacement, Dan Jennings, gave the lead back to the Phillies and the advantage didn’t shift again.

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Video: MIL@PHI: Cain singles to left to tie the game

“[Woodruff was] throwing the ball really good,” Counsell said. “It’s a big scoring opportunity. There’s a threat of rain, so we made a call to try to score runs that inning.

“It didn’t work. I would do it again.”

Video: MIL@PHI: Yelich draws a bases-loaded walk for a run

That decision took root when Ryan Braun‘s double led off the fifth inning. Eflin hit the next two batters. Before Lorenzo Cain singled with a comebacker off Eflin’s right hand and Christian Yelich worked a seven-pitch walk to get Milwaukee on the board, the Brewers’ need for offense forced Counsell to pinch-hit for Woodruff.

Video: MIL@PHI: Cain singles to left to tie the game

“That was the right choice,” Woodruff said. He had thrown 67 pitches at that point.

With Jennings pitching the bottom half of the fifth, the Phillies, too, loaded the bases.

“It was the right matchup,” Counsell said. “It’s just one of those days where it didn’t work.”

The decisive inning began with Jennings allowing a leadoff single to J.P. Crawford, the only hit of the inning. Andrew Knapp reached on an error when Travis Shaw booted a grounder at third base and advanced to second when Jesus Aguilar threw too late to try to get Crawford at thi Custom Astros Jersey rd on Eflin’s sacrifice bunt. Crawford, Knapp and Eflin scored thanks to a walk, sac fly and fielder’s choice, respectively, from the top of the Phillies batting order.

All of this came after Woodruff sent a first-inning pickoff attempt into foul territory, allowing Cesar Hernandez, who had singled to open the inning, to advance to third. Hernandez would then score on a groundout.

Video: MIL@PHI: Jennings ends jam with big strikeout

“We gave them their runs today, certainly,” Counsell said.

Despite the loss, the Brewers leave Philadelphia having salvaged a road trip that started grim. They dropped two of three against the White Sox before being swept in two games by the Indians. Another loss could have meant the division lead they’ve held since May 18 would be no more. But after 27 runs scored and two wins here, they return home with a big series on the horizon. The Cubs will visit Miller Park Monday night just a half-game back and holding a 7-1 record against the Brewers this year.

“We just gotta go in there and try to do the same thing,” Aguilar said. “Be aggressive in the strike zone. Try to play the same game, you know? It’s not a big difference.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Seeing pitches: Counsell talked after Saturday’s game about the effect of taking pitches and how it can affect a pitcher down the line. Eflin, though, did not seem fazed by facing eight batters in the fifth inning. He struck out Aguilar looking to leave the bases loaded that frame and worked a clean sixth inning with three straight Ks.

Video: MIL@PHI: Eflin ends frame with a big strikeout

Down to the wire: The Phillies entrusted Seranthony Dominguez with protecting a two-run lead. He easily navigated the bottom third of the Brewers’ lineup in the seventh inning. He met trouble in the eighth after Braun plated Yelich with a single, but stabbed a Jonathan Villar comebacker and halted the Brewers from tying the game.

In the ninth, the Brewers brewed a rally against Luis Garcia when Domingo Santana knocked a pinch-hit single and Cain followed with a double. With runners on first and third, though, Yelich grounded out to a shifted Hernandez in shallow right field. The game ended.

“We gave ourselves a shot,” Counsell said. “The ball Villar hits, I think if it gets by [Dominguez], it’s up the middle, and having Yelly up with second and third, we’ll take that every single time.”

SOUND SMART
Braun went 2-for-4 Sunday to finish the series 6-for-12 with a double, triple, two home runs and seven RBIs after entering the weekend hitting .188 with one home run since the start of May. There’s a reason Braun said Citizens Bank Park is one of his favorite places to play.

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The Phillies had a man on second base when Nick Williams lined a shot to shallow center field. Braun’s pursuit appeared to be too late until he made a diving grab to secure the ball just before it hit the turf. The catch saved a run.

Video: MIL@PIT: Braun’s diving catch in left ends the frame

HE SAID IT
“Today was probably I’d say my best start up here as far as locating and having good rhythm and using the offspeed and throwing that over for strikes. It was a good day.” — Woodruff, who finished with one hit and one unearned run in four innings pitched

UP NEXT
The Brewers return to Miller Park Monday at 7:10 p.m. CT for a three-game series against the Cubs, who have won seven of the eight games between the two teams this season. Junior Guerra (3-4, 2.83 ERA) faces Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.20 ERA). Quintana blanked the Brewers over seven innings during a 3-0 Cubs win on April 28.

Joe Bloss is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.


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PHILADELPHIA — A day after he hit a pinch-hit grand slam to ignite the Brewers’ offense in Saturday’s win over the Phi Houston Astros Custom Jersey llies, Ji-Man Choi was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and then traded to the Rays on Sunday for Brad Mi Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey ller in a move the Brewers hope will help shore up their middle infield.

The Rays also sent cash to Milwaukee for Miller, 28, who was hitting .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs over 48 games this year, including 38 starts, before he was designated for assignment on Thursday. He’s a career .240 hitter over parts of six Major League seasons spent with Seattle and Tampa Bay, including a 30-homer season for the Rays in 2016.

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PHILADELPHIA — A day after he hit a pinch-hit grand slam to ignite the Brewers’ offense in Saturday’s win over the Phillies, Ji-Man Choi was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and then traded to the Rays on Sunday for Brad Miller in a move the Brewers hope will help shore up their middle infield.

The Rays also sent cash to Milwaukee for Miller, 28, who was hitting .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs over 48 games this year, including 38 starts, before he was designated for assignment on Thursday. He’s a career .240 hitter over parts of six Major League seasons spent with Seattle and Tampa Bay, including a 30-homer season for the Rays in 2016.

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The Brewers immediately optioned Miller to Colorado Springs. Eventually, he has a chance to contribute at shortstop, where Orlando Arcia has struggled mightily on offense and was demoted to the Minors earlier this season, and second base, where Jonathan Villar hasn’t quite returned to the form he showed during his breakout 2016.

“At this point, we thought Miller’s positional versatility and infield experience would prove beneficial,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “He will go to Triple-A, and I’m confident that he will be ready to help when a need arises.”

Video: TB@WSH: Miller rips a 2-run pinch-hit double

Brandon Woodruff, the Brewers’ starter for the series-finale defeat at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, immediately replaced Choi on the 25-man roster.

Choi was recalled at the beginning of the month, primarily to serve as a designated hitter for the Brewers’ road Interleague series against the White Sox and Indians. He collected just one hit in 13 at-bats and struck out seven ti Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey mes during those series. Choi reached base safely in each of the two at-bats in Philadelphia, though, including Saturday’s game-changing grand slam. But he was the odd man out with Eric Thames expected to return this week from a six-week absence following thumb surgery.

Video: MIL@PHI: Choi belts a go-ahead grand slam to left

Woodruff could be sent back down to the Minor Leagues if Thames is ready to be activated from the disabled list for Monday’s homestand opener against the Cubs. The Brewers won’t need a fifth starter until June 19 in Pittsburgh because of an off-day on Thursday.

“He’ll play one more game today.” Counsell said of Thames. “If he gets through that healthy, he’ll be back [Monday].”

Thames, who has been on the DL since April 25 with a torn ligament in his left thumb, went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and three runs scored in a rehab appearance with Colorado Springs in Sacramento on Saturday night. He’s played both outfield and first base during his rehab assignment, which ended with a start in left field on Sunday.

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Shaw being held accountable
Travis Shaw grounded out to Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game and didn’t run hard to first base. Morgan’s throw was off and Shaw would have likely been safe had he run out the play. The Brewers led by five runs at the time.

Shaw didn’t take the field at third base in the bottom of the inning, but he did start Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies.

“This is something Travis and I have discussed,” Counsell said Sunday morning. “It’s really, to me, it’s kind of a thing that Travis knows about, and I feel like I’m holding Travis accountable for something that he wants to be held accountable for. That’s all it is.

“We’re to the point as a team where we’ve got to make sure the small details aren’t the ones that beat us.”

Joe Bloss is a reporter to MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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

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

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Dunn, the Mets’ No. 3 prospect, was stellar in his Double-A debut, allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings to pace Binghamton in a 6-0 shutout of Trenton. He issued four walks, hit one batter and struck out nine in the outing, throwing 57 of his season-high 98 pitches for strikes.

Dunn induced key ground-ball double plays to end the third and fourth innings and recorded another to erase a leadoff walk in the seventh. He retired nine of the final 11 batters, five on strikeouts.

The seven-inning outing was Dunn’s second in as many starts and matched his season high. In his final start for Class A Advanced St. Lucie on June 4, Dunn set a career high with 10 strikeouts while allowing two hits and one walk over seven scoreless frames.

Watch: Dunn’s ninth strikeout

Dunn, a 2016 first- Custom Astros Jersey round pick out of Boston College, earned a promotion to Double-A after posting a 2.36 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings (nine starts) for St. Lucie. He owns a 2.05 ERA between the two levels, with 60 strikeouts and 19 walks in 52 2/3 innings.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday:

No. 9 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays’ No. 2) filled out the box score by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three stolen bases in Double-A New Hampshire’s 7-5 win over Bowie. It was the fourth multi-hit effort in the past six games for the 20-year-old shortstop, who’s hitting .285/.359/.438 with 24 extra-base hits and 20 steals in 60 games on the season.

Watch: Bichette notches third hit

• No. 17 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres’ No. 2) returned from the disabled list to fire two hitless innings with a walk and three strikeouts in Class A Fort Wayne’s 15-0 rout of Lansing. The 19-year-old lefty threw 36 pitches, 24 for strikes, after missing the past month due to a blister on his left middle finger. It marked Gore’s second trip to the disabled list for the issue this season. Pacing the TinCaps at the plate was Esteury Ruiz (No. 10), who scored a career-high five runs and went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and four RBIs.

Video: Top Prospects: MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Padres

• No. 80 overall prospect Carter Kieboom (Nationals’ No. 3) connected on his 10th home run, hitting a solo blast before finishing 2-for-5 in Class A Advanced Potomac’s win over Lynchburg. The 20-year-old shortstop has been on a tear since the start of May and owns a .351 average with four homers and four RBIs over his past 10 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Carter Kieboom, SS, Nationals

Braves No. 24 prospect Freddy Tarnok posted three more scoreless innings in relief for Class A Rome to lower his ERA to 0.88. The 2017 third-rounder allowed two hits, struck out four and did not issue a walk for a second straight outing. He’s fanned 43 batters in 30 2/3 innings (14 starts) this season while holding hitters to a .170 average.

Brewers No. 6 prospect Corey Ray reached base in all five of his plate appearances out of the leadoff spot, as he finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base in Double-A Biloxi’s 11-4 win over Jacksonville. Lucas Erceg (No. 3) also had a big game, going 2-for-5 with his fifth home run, and Jake Gatewood (No. 17) finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

Freddy Peralta (Brewers’ No. 9 prospect) posted a Minors season-high 11 strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Peralta allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk in the outing while finding the strike zone with 66 of his 91 pitches. The 22-year-old righty has racked up at least eight strikeouts in three of his four starts since returning from the Major Leagues. Brett Phillips (No. 5) hit a solo home run and collected three hits to snap an 0-for-13 skid at the plate.

Video: Top Prospects: Freddy Peralta, RHP, Brewers

Blue Jays No. 10 prospect Sean Reid-Foley went the distance for t Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey he first time in his career in his fourth start for Triple-A Buffalo. The 22-year-old right-hander accomplished the feat in Game 1 of a doubleheader, as he worked seven innings of one-run ball in which he allowed three hits and struck out nine to lead the Bisons past Columbus, 9-1. Danny Jansen (No. 6) blasted a three-run homer, his fifth, in the victory, and Anthony Alford (No. 3), Reese McGuire (No. 14) and Rowdy Tellez (No. 15) all collected multiple hits.

Video: Top Prospects: Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Blue Jays

Dodgers No. 11 prospect Edwin Rios had a monster game for Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a double and five RBIs in a loss against Fresno. The 24-year-old first baseman is hitting .365/.411/.635 with three home runs and seven multi-hit performances in 13 games this season.

Giants No. 3 prospect Steven Duggar put a bow on his 4-for-5 night with a walk-off single in Triple-A Sacramento’s 3-2 win over Colorado Springs. Duggar’s other three hits were doubles, marking his second three-double, four-hit game of the season for the River Cats. The 24-year-old outfielder has collected 19 hits while improving his average from .254 to .288 during his current 10-game hitting streak.

Video: Top Prospects: Steven Duggar, OF, Giants

Phillies No. 5 prospect Jhailyn Ortiz accounted for all the offense in Class A Lakewood’s 2-0 win over Greensboro. Collecting multiple hits for a third straight game, the 19-year-old outfielder went 3-for-5 with a solo home, a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. He’s posted a .363 average with three homers and five doubles in 21 games since returning from the disabled list on May 21.

Video: Top Prospects: Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, Phillies

Rockies No. 25 prospect Chad Spanberger connected on a three-run homer for Class A Asheville, his second homer in as many days and sixth in his past 10 games. The 22-year-old first baseman’s 16 home runs rank second in the South Atlantic League, where he’s slashing .329/.366/.635 with a circuit-best 51 RBIs through 57 games.

Tigers No. 29 prospect Spencer Turnbull fired a four-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in Double-A Erie’s 6-0 win over Reading. The right-hander faced four batters over the minimum in the performance, throwing 80 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes. It was the first career shutout of the 25-year-old’s career as well as his second complete game. He’s pitched to a 4.29 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 28 walks in 63 innings (12 starts) this season. Catcher Jake Rogers (No. 4) supported his battery-mate’s dominance by going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer — his fourth — and three runs scored.

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MILWAUKEE — “These three games are not going to determine the division,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said in the dugout at Miller Park on Monday afternoon, projecting calm before his team put the National League’s best record on the line.

On the other hand, Counsell added of the Cubs, “This is the team you have to beat.”

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MILWAUKEE — “These three games are not going to determine the division,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said in the dugout at Miller Park on Monday afternoon, projecting calm before his team put the National League’s best record on the line.

On the other hand, Counsell added of the Cubs, “This is the team you have to beat.”

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The Brewers have beaten many teams this season, but not the Cubs, not with any consistency, and not on Monday night. Josh Hader yielded the tying run in the eighth inning and Anthony Rizzo hit Matt Albers‘ first pitch of the 11th into the right-field bleachers to start a five-run  Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey Chicago outburst, sending the Brewers toward a 7-2 loss and their eighth defeat in nine games against the Cubs this season, including seven in a row.

Rizzo’s first Miller Park home run since 2016 pushed the Cubs (38-25) into first place in the NL Central for the first time since M Custom Astros Jersey ay 1, and past the Brewers for the best record in the NL.

The 39-27 Brewers, who had held the division’s top spot since May 17, are one-half game back of Chicago.

“There’s a reason they’ve had the success they had,” said Ryan Braun, who made his mark on the game defensively. “They do all the little things well. They don’t make mistakes. We still have to get better at some of those things, I think, to consistently play as good of baseball as they do, and obviously, they have experience playing good teams in big situations.”

For the first seven innings, the Brewers did the little things just as well. In an entertaining opener to the teams’ last series before mid-August, Erik Kratz and Jonathan Villar homered off Brewers nemesis Jose Quintana, and Braun made a pair of highlight-reel catches, including a leaping grab at the left-field wall to rob Willson Contreras of a potential home run in the sixth inning. The play preserved a 2-1 lead into the eighth.

• Kratz goes deep for third HR in six games

Video: CHC@MIL: Kratz opens the scoring with a solo homer

That advantage slipped away from lights-out lefty Hader, who ended a nine-appearance scoreless streak that dated back to May 5. Ben Zobrist walked and took second on a flyout when Villar bobbled the throw back to the infield. Left-handed hitters were 2-for-36 with 23 strikeouts against Hader before Jason Heyward bucked those numbers with a run-scoring single that tied the game at 2-2.

“I left it over the plate,” Hader said. “I was trying to go away with it, and he did what he had to do with it.”

Ditto for Albers against Rizzo in the 11th. Albers anticipated a first-pitch swing from Rizzo and wanted a changeup up and in.

Instead, it was right down the middle.

“That one is definitely on me,” said Albers, who has allowed runs in three of his first four outings in June. “We’re right there every game. It’s not like [the Cubs] are taking it to us. We just have to keep battling and we’ll be there.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Albers, Counsell on Brewers 11-inning loss

The Cubs denied Brewers starter Junior Guerra a victory following his fourth straight quality start. He surrendered a single run on five hits in six innings of a duel with Quintana, who extended his scoreless streak against the Brewers to 26 innings over parts of five starts before Kratz connected with a changeup for a solo home run and a 1-0 lead in the third.

Video: CHC@MIL: Guerra holds Cubs to 1 run over 6 innings

Villar’s solo homer in the fifth reclaimed the lead, but it didn’t last.

“I don’t think there’s any sense of panic with whatever happens,” Rizzo said. “They have a guy [Hader] who is unhittable come in the game, and we somehow scratch a run off him and no one is fazed. We’re grinding at-bats out and it’s an organization-wide mentality of not giving up. We do a good job of that.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Villar’s drop: Zobrist, after reaching via a leadoff walk in the eighth, broke for second when Albert Almora Jr. flew out to Lorenzo Cain in center field. The throw beat Zobrist to second base but one-hopped to Villar, who couldn’t hang on. That put Zobrist in scoring position for Heyward’s game-tying hit.

“[Shortstop Orlando] Arcia was crying loud, ‘Tag, tag, tag!’ because I think [Zobrist] is close to the base,” Villar said. “Arcia is yelling and I tried taking the ball too quick. That situation, when you see the guy is coming, I tried to tag him quick, but I missed the ball.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Zobrist aggressively takes second in the 8th

Knebel vs. Schwarber: The Cubs had a chance for a big inning when Rizzo worked a two-out walk from Hader later in the eighth, and Brewers closer Corey Knebel took over for only his second appearance this month and missed the strike zone with his first six pitches. With the bases loaded, Knebel recovered from being down 2-0 against Kyle Schwarber and induced a groundout into the shift, ending the inning with the game tied.

“I give him a ton of credit for finding it and making a pitch when he had to make a pitch,” Counsell said. “Look, I’d love to get Corey out there and get him in a little bit of a rhythm. … We’ve just been in one of those weird stretches. We’ll get him in a rhythm. He still came out and had a good ninth inning.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Knebel gets out of a bases-loaded jam in 8th

SOUND SMART
Monday marked the Brewers’ first loss when Hader appears in a game. They were 21-0 entering the day.

“Josh has bee Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey n so incredible that it’s impossible to continue to be as great as he has been,” Braun said. “Even he, every once in a while, is going to give up a hit.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Heyward hits game-tying RBI single in 8th

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Give Braun one point for the catch itself, and another for the post-catch troll job after his leaping grab robbed Contreras of a potential home run to end the sixth inning with Milwaukee clinging to a one-run lead. Braun held the crowd in suspense for a moment before trotting back to the dugout with the baseball in hand.

“I was just having fun with it,” Braun said. “As a hitter, that’s so frustrating, it’s kind of an emotional moment, and Willson obviously hit it pretty good. He thought he had a homer. It was just having fun.”

• Braun leaves fans in suspense after HR robbery

Video: Must C Catches: Braun makes diving grab and robs a HR

UP NEXT
The Brewers will send right-hander Chase Anderson (4-5, 4.57 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Anderson lost both of his starts on the Brewers’ recent eight-game road trip, and he is 0-2 against Chicago this season. Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 3.86), who has 56 walks and 53 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings this season, will start for the Cubs.

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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PHILADELPHIA — After loading the bases without recording a hit and forcing Jake Arrieta out of the game, the Brewers watched Phillies reliever Luis Garcia throw five pitches, all strikes, and pin Milwaukee’s sixth-inning rally down to its last strike.

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PHILADELPHIA — After loading the bases without recording a hit and forcing Jake Arrieta out of the game, the Brewers watched Phillies reliever Luis Garcia throw five pitches, all strikes, and pin Milwaukee’s sixth-inning rally down to its last strike.

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Three straight balls and a Ji-Man Choi pinch-hit grand slam later, the Brewers had turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead during Saturday afternoon’s 12-3 win at Citizens Bank Park, holding onto first place and opening the offensive floodgates in the process.

“I think it’s a game of momentum, we just saw the momentum shift happen,” Choi said through a team translator. “People started getting on base and I was able to deliver and all the guys were able to deliver as well.”

Video: MIL@PHI: Choi, Suter and Counsell talk 12-3 victory

Choi’s first career grand slam sparked an outburst that buried the Phillies with 12 runs for the second night in a row. It was the first time since May 31 and June 1 of last year that the Phillies allowed double-digit runs in consecutive games. But for the Brewers, it was a welcome turnaround after failing to score more than five runs on a road trip that saw them drop a pair of series in Chicago and Cleveland.

“It feels really good,” Choi said, “mainly because we were down and just to come back and get that.”

The inning began with Ryan Braun reaching on catcher’s interference. Jonathan Villar walked, and Arrieta hit Erik Kratz with a pitch. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler opted for Garcia in the high-pressure situation, and he answered with a three-pitch strikeout of Orlando Arcia.

Choi’s fate appeared similar when he got behind Garcia 0-2. But he watched three balls go by and knew a fastball was coming. Choi whacked the 3-2 pitch to the opposite field, just barely sneaking it to the left-field corner with a 20 percent hit probability. The grand slam traveled just 347 feet and left the bat at 96 mph, according to Statcast™.

“That’s a really big spot in a baseball game, and it’s just a fabulous at-bat,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s the kind of at-bat where the chips are pretty stacked against you and you still come back and you produce something incredible.”

In the dugout, an aggressive barrage of high-fives met Choi, who entering Saturday had one home run and six hits on the year. He had been recalled from the Minors on June 2 to DH during recent Interleague Play, and collected just one hit and seven strikeouts in 14 at-bats.

Video: MIL@PHI: Suter strikes out Alfaro swinging

On Saturday, though, he played the hero. Starting pitcher Brent Suter — who allowed three runs in five innings before Josh Hader, Taylor Williams, Dan Jennings and Boone Logan combined to finish the game from the bullpen — said it was one of his favorite moments of the year.

“Just so happy for him,” Suter said. “It was chaotic [in the dugout]. We had bodies flying, arms going in the air. It was crazy.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
One too many: After Arrieta walked Villar to put runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, Kapler took a lengthy visit to the mound. He kept Arrieta in the game. Arrieta hit Kratz on the second pitch of the at-bat, and Kapler had seen enough. This time, he pulled his starter.

That’s when Garcia entered, striking out Arcia on three pitches, only to fall victim to Choi’s stunning grand slam in the next at-bat.

Video: MIL@PHI: Hoskins, Arrieta on loss to Brewers

Mercy: The Brewers bats’ stayed alive in the seventh. Christian Yelich singled to open the frame. A Jesus Aguilar double scored him. A Braun single scored him. A Villar home run plated two more, and the Brewers suddenly had a 10-3 lead. They’d add two more in the ninth thanks to a Phillies throwing error and a Hernan Perez single.

“It’s fun to play with, fun to watch,” Suter said. “We’ve got great swings by a lot of people today.”

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SOUND SMART
The Brewers have not lost a game in which Hader has pitched this season, amassing a 21-0 record when Hader sees action. That is a Brewers franchise record for a pitcher to start the season. Hader had not pitched since June 2, but tossed a perfect sixth frame with one strikeout. His ERA is down to 1.02.

Video: MIL@PHI: Herrera loses helmet on Hader’s strikeout

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Aguilar homered off Arrieta to open the scoring, giving the Brewers a first-inning homer for the second day in a row. Aguilar now has nine home runs in his last 23 games after just two in his first 33 games this year.

“Against a guy like [Arrieta], to take a little piece of him just right off the bat, that’s important,” Counsell said. “It tells the guy, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be tough and you gotta make pitches to this whole lineup.'”

Video: MIL@PHI: Aguilar goes opposite field for 2-run homer

HE SAID IT
“A grand slam, you need players on base, so it’s more about teammates than me. Just them getting on base and giving me that opportunity.” — Choi

UP NEXT
Brandon Woodruff (2-0, 6.05 ERA) returns to the Brewers from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the 12:35 p.m. CT series finale at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. Woodruff last pitched in the Majors on May 23 and owns an 8.49 ERA in three 2018 starts. The Phillies start Zach Eflin (2-2, 3.74 ERA), who stymied the Cubs over 7.2 one-run innings last week at Wrigley Field.

Joe Bloss is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia.


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