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MILWAUKEE — “There’s ups and downs to the ride,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday afternoon of his high-flying Brewers, and, boy, he wasn’t kidding.

Counsell’s club plummeted back to earth in a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals, with St. Louis hitting as many home runs — three — as Milwaukee’s batters tallied hits. The Brewers came within seven outs of adding to their Major League-leading nine shutout losses on a night their starting pitcher, Zach Davies, fell into a four-run deficit in the second inning.

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MILWAUKEE — “There’s ups and downs to the ride,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday afternoon of his high-flying Brewers, and, boy, he wasn’t kidding.

Counsell’s club plummeted back to earth in a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals, with St. Louis hitting as many home runs — three — as Milwaukee’s batters tallied hits. The Brewers came within seven outs of adding to their Major League-leading nine shutout losses on a night their starting pitcher, Zach Davies, fell into a four-run deficit in the second inning.

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When they hit, the Brewers really hit. When they don’t, they really don’t.

“It seems like that, but I think we hit tonight,” Hernan Perez said. “I think some of the guys hit the ball hard, but right to somebody. I think we had a good game today. [Michael Wacha] was good today.”

The Brewers did hit plenty of baseballs hard against Cardinals starter Wacha, with no hits to show for it until Perez blooped a single to center field in the fifth inning, and no runs until Jonathan Villar‘s pinch-hit RBI double off Sam Tuivailala with two outs in the seventh.

Video: STL@MIL: Villar lines an RBI double to right field

The result was a departure for a club that had won 14 of its past 18 games while leading MLB in scoring in that stretch. The Brewers had scored at least eight runs in each of the three preceding games, including a 17-run rout of the Mets on Saturday in which nine Brewers players had at least one hit and at least one RBI. They scored eight more runs Sunday to finish a series win over the Mets, then greeted the Cardinals with eight more runs on Monday afternoon.

Wacha would have none of that on Tuesday while holding the Brewers to one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings, despite four walks and a series of loud outs. Until Francisco Pena smashed a 108.2 mph (according to Statcast™) home run off Dan Jennings in the eighth, three of the four outcomes with the highest exit velocities belonged to Brewers hitters against Wacha — lineouts for Ryan Braun in the second inning, Jesus Aguilar in the fourth and Travis Shaw in the fifth.

Video: STL@MIL: Ozuna robs Aguilar with a tough diving grab

“The balls we did hit hard to the outfield, they caught,” Counsell said. “That kind of led to a tough offensive day.”

It was just as tough a day for Davies, whose ERA inflated to 5.23 after he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings, with three walks (one intentional) and four strikeouts. Four of those runs scored in the second inning, when Harrison Bader led off with a home run and the Cardinals added on with a series of soft hits and Matt Carpenter‘s bases-loaded walk.

Video: STL@MIL: Bader belts a solo homer to left-center

In his first two starts since spending three-plus weeks on the disabled list with a right rotator cuff injury, Davies has yielded nine earned runs on 14 hits in nine innings. He spoke of some soreness from falling on that shoulder while deflecting a comebacker last week against the Mets.

“Everything hasn’t felt great the last couple games starting back,” he said, “but you’re at the top level, you’ve got to find it some time.”

Said Counsell of the state of Davies’ shoulder: “We’ll look at it. I don’t think that’s the reason that’s causing any of this. We’ll continue to certainly be careful with that and look at it.”

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Davies’ outing and facing Wacha

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Seeing-eye single: The most damaging of the Cardinals’ soft hits in the second inning belonged to Jedd Gyorko, who followed Carpenter’s run-scoring walk with a ground ball that rolled right between Perez and Brewers shortstop Tyle Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey r Saladino for two runs and a 4-0 lead. Was it bad Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  luck, or a Milwaukee mistake?

“Maybe they could have kept it in the infield, but I don’t think there was an out to be had on the play,” Counsell said. “It was a slowly hit ball up the middle. Perez was just on the other side of the bag. When you’re shifting, that ball is kind of the problem ball that can cause the infielders to pause. But there was no out on that play, at all.”

Video: STL@MIL: Gyorko plates 2 with a single to center

Cain called out in seventh: The Brewers put a rally together in the seventh,  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey when Villar greeted Tuivailala with a run-scoring double that left runners at second and third and two outs in a 5-1 game. Lorenzo Cain batted next, and had words for plate umpire Cory Blaser after being called out on a 2-2 fastball.

“We put together some good at-bats and had the top of the order up,” Counsell said. “I thought the ball was a little bit inside to LoCain. That was about it.”

Video: STL@MIL: Tuivailala K’s Cain, strands a pair in 7th

SALADINO EXITS, HEADED TO DL
Saladino left the game in the third inning with a sprained left ankle after rolling it on an out at second base. X-rays were negative, but Counsell indicated after the game that the Brewers would make a roster move as early as Wednesday, with recently demoted Orlando Arcia one of the candidates to take that spot.
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Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. CT contest between the Cardinals and Brewers will be telecast exclusively on Facebook, marking the second time the teams have matched up on the platform this season. Former All-Star Brewers closer Dan Plesac will be part of the broadcast team calling the game. Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA) will start for the Brewers after allowing two earned runs in his last start vs. the Mets. The Cardinals will send Alex Reyes to the mound for Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey the first time since 2016 after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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 — With Miller Park as a backdrop, the Brewers took batting practice off a tee at Helfaer Field on Tuesday morning.

Except these Brewers weren’t the ones in first place in the National League with 35 wins. These were the Brewers’ wives, who are preparing for the first Brewers-Cubs Softball Challenge.

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MILWAUKEE — With Miller Park as a backdrop, the Brewers took batting practice off a tee at Helfaer Field on Tuesday morning.

Except these Brewers weren’t the ones in first place in the National League with 35 wins. These were the Brewers’ wives, who are preparing for the first Brewers-Cubs Softball Challenge.

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Benefiting RBI Softball programs in Milwaukee and Chicago, spouses of Brewers and Cubs players will be facing off in a softball game on June 12 at Helfaer Field. Fans can support the cause by purchasing a Wives Softball Challenge ticket package at brewers.com/themenights. The package includes entry to the softball game and a Loge Outfield Box ticket to that night’s game against the Cubs at Miller Park.

Even better: The Major Leaguers will be coaching their wives as the two franchises take their rivalry to a new level.

“It’s always fun to have an opposing team that have you have a little bit of a rivalry with,” said Anna Anderson, wife of Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. “The guys always go into every game competitive and wanting to beat people, but there’s something about that border rivalry and a team that is that close.”

The Brewers’ wives held their first practice for the game Tuesday. They split up into two groups of infielders and outfielders, with each player having the opportunity to step into the box and work on their hitting with a coach from the Brewers’ RBI Baseball team.

And while some of the wives are no strangers to a baseball diamond after watching their husbands play 162-plus games each year, several of them were foreign to the finer points of the game.

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“Some of us have never touched a softball, some of us have,” said Danielle Knebel, wife of Brewers right-hander Corey Knebel. “J Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ust trying to figure out where we should all be, touching the ball, hitting and infielding. The basics.”

Knebel looked at home on the field and shagged several balls in the outfield at Helfaer, a youth baseball field where the dimensions are only 200 feet to the center-field wall.

Anderson faced a learning curve, but parental duties in her day-to-day life have helped prepare her.

“[Softball] is not my cup of tea,” Anderson said. “But I do play catch and hit balls with [my 18-month-old son] Hunter off his tee, so I do practice.”

Video: STL@MIL: Wives on Brewers-Cubs Softball Challenge

Brewers and Cubs players are planning to be in attendance at the game and either coach bases or switch roles and cheer on their spouses from the stands.

Many women have put their lives on hold — Anderson worked in real estate in Dallas for 10 years and planned on running a company — to sacrifice for their husbands’ careers, so the opportunity to take the field is meaningful.

“I tell myself that my job every day is to make it as easy as possible for [Chase] to be successful on the field, no matter what that means,” Anderson said. “We’ve definitely had to put his career first for now, but baseball has such a short shelf life.

“I know there will come a day when he’ll be right behind me helping me accomplish my dreams and whatever that looks like.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Danielle Knebel on wives’ softball game

But on the field, it will certainly be all about the rivalry between the two clubs, who finished first and second in the NL Central in 2017.

“We always get to see our guys perform, so it’s nice that we get to take it out here on this field against them,” Knebel said. “It’s exciting, but we’re taking it kind of seriously, because we are not going to lose.”

At the game, Brewers commentators will provide play-by-play commentary, Bernie Brewer will make an appearance and children will race in miniature versions of the Johnsonville Famous Racing Sausages.

The Brewers’ wives will also raffle off gift baskets, autographed memorabilia and more to benefit RBI Softball.

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Geoff Jenkins, the Brewers’ top pick in the 1995 Draft, is among the 21 former Major League All-Stars scheduled to represent clubs on Monday for the first day of Major League Baseball’s three-day Draft, MLB announced.

Jenkins will represent the Brewers along with senior manager of baseball administration Mark Mueller. Day 1 coverage will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, with a preview show beginning at 5 p.m. CT.

The Brewers have three selections on Day 1 — Nos. 21, 60 and 73 overall.

Brewers’ first Draft pick tough to project

Programming note
Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. CT contest between the Cardinals and Brewers will be telecast exclusively on Facebook, marking the second time the teams have Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey matched up on the platform this season. Former All-Star Brewers closer Dan Plesac will be part of the broadcast team calling the game.

How to watch the Facebook Watch Game

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Beat reporter Adam McCalvy contributed to this report.


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MLB’s unique and innovative viewing experience continues today, and with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, as prized pitching prospect Alex Reyes makes his 2018 debut for the Cardinals against the Brewers at Miller Park. The 1:10 p.m. ET matinee will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook as part of a digital-only national broadcast.

Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey The finale of the three-game series featuring a pair of postseason hopefuls currently hovering at or near the top of the National League Central standings is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB’s partnership with Facebook.

MLB’s unique and innovative viewing experience continues today, and with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, as prized pitching prospect Alex Reyes makes his 2018 debut for the Cardinals against the Brewers at Miller Park. The 1:10 p.m. ET matinee will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook as part of a digital-only national broadcast.

The finale of the three-game series featuring a pair of postseason hopefuls currently hovering at or near the top of the National League Central standings is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB’s partnership with Facebook.

Fans can catch the contest at www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or by loggin Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey g on to Facebook’s MLB Live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game with play-by-play anchor Scott Braun, analysts Jason Motte and Dan Plesac and in-game reporter Jon Paul Morosi.

How to watch:
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1. Search for “MLB Live” on Facebook

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2. Or stream the game from your phone to a TV on the same WiFi network by tapping the TV icon.

Upcoming Facebook games (all times ET)
• Wednesday, June 13: LAA-SEA, 4:10 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 20: ATL-TOR, 12:37 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 27: KC-MIL, 2:10 p.m.

What to know about the Cardinals-Brewers game
After wowing the league with elite velocity and precision over his first 12 outings in 2016, Reyes is making his first appearance since the end of that season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last February. The 23-year-old is Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey the Cards’ No. 1 prospect and No. 16 overall, per MLB Pipeline.

Exercising caution, St. Louis allotted Reyes an extra month of rehab work to prepare for a return to a rotation that has already weathered attrition to Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow), and has marginal uncertainty about how it will stagger its unit once Martinez returns. Reyes has been as advertised in his Minor League rehab work, throwing 23 scoreless innings over four starts, with 44 strikeouts.

“I never had doubt in myself,” Reyes said recently. “I always told myself I’d be able to get back to where I was.”

Reyes is squaring off against right-hander Junior Guerra and an impressive Brewers club that set a franchise milestone for their best 50-game start. Guerra is coming off an effective outing against the Mets last Friday in which he manuevered through six innings on 72 pitches before manager Craig Counsell opted to turn to his bullpen, which has been arguably the Majors’ best.

These clubs are among a quartet that sit above .500 in the NL Central.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

Brewers infielder Tyler Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 Saladino injures ankle

MILWAUKEE — Brewers shortstop Tyler Saladino will be heading to the disabled list, according to manager Craig Counsell. Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey

Saladino sprained his left ankle and X-rays were negative after he was helped off the field Tuesday night during the third inning of the Brewers’ 6-1 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers shortstop Tyler Saladino will be heading to the disabled list, according to manager Craig Counsell.

Saladino sprained his left ankle and X-rays were negative after he was helped off the field Tuesday night during the third inning of the Brewers’ 6-1 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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With the bases loaded in the third, second baseman Hernan Perez fielded a chopping ground ball and flipped it to Saladino at second for the forceout as Saladino’s left ankle awkwardly twisted against the base. Medical staff helped Saladino off the field, with the Brewers trailing the Cardinals, 4-0.

Counsell said an option for replacing Saladino is to bring back Opening Day shortstop Orlando Arcia, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs last Friday amid an offensive slump.

“[Arcia is] a candidate, yeah,” Counsell said.

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Davies’ outing and facing Wacha

Arcia is 4-for-15 through four games in Triple-A but has three hits in his past eight at-bats. The Sky Sox begin a home series vs. Iowa on Wednesday.

Saladino was acquired by the Brewers from the White Sox for future considerations in April. The 28-year-old infielder spent his first three seasons in Chicago and was penciled in as the Brewers’ starting shortstop after Arcia’s demotion.

“It’s unfortunate,” Counsell said. “Tyler was getting a chance to p Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey lay pretty regularly, and he was doing a nice job. It’s just one of those bad-luck things.”

In place of Saladino, Eric Sogard went 1-for-2 with a walk. Sogard was recalled from Triple-A when Arcia was sent down.

Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey When asked what Saladino’s imminent DL stint could mean for him, Sogard said he’ll be ready for whatever is asked.

“Who knows?” Sogard said. “I’m always ready to play every day, so we’ll see Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey what happens.”

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

We’re just seven weeks into the Minor League season, and already guys have matched the records for the most Prospect Team of the Week mentions in a single year by a position player and a pitcher.

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

We’re just seven weeks into the Minor League season, and already guys have matched the records for the most Prospect Team of the Week mentions in a single year by a position player and a pitcher.

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Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — heard of him? — has made the PTOW four times in 2018, all in the last five weeks. He equals A.J. Reed (2015), Kyle Schwarber (2015), Gary Sanchez (2016) and Brendan Rodgers (2017) as the only four-time honorees since we started picking the team three years ago. Guerrero also has earned PTOW acclaim three weeks in a row, something previously accomplished only by Lewis Brinson (2015).

Orioles left-hander Zac Lowther isn’t nearly as famous as Guerrero but he has been just as dominant on the mound. He’s a three-time PTOWer this year, joining Thomas Szapucki (2016) as the only pitcher to make that claim. While all of the past PTOW hitters mentioned in the preceding paragraph have reached the big leagues, Szapucki currently is recuperating from Tommy John surgery as a Mets farmhand.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here’s our complete PTOW for games of May 21-27:

C: Tom Murphy, Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A)
(Rockies’ No. 11 prospect)
.333/.429/.750, 7 G, 24 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 9 SO

No stranger to the PTOW either, Murphy made it three times in 2016 and might have taken over as the Rockies’ big league catcher last year had he not fractured his forearm in Spring Training. He homered twice last week to give him 13 in 41 games in 2018 (tied for third in the Pacific Coast League) and 43 in 192 career Triple-A contests. He’s batting .306/.375/.669 overall.

Watch: Murphy goes yard

1B: Jake Gatewood, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 17 prospect)
.375/.444/.917, 6 G, 24 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 7 SO

Gatewood batted just .167/.250/.333 in April but is hitting .309/.350/.564 in May. He tied for the Minor League lead with seven extra-base hits last week, including three doubles on Monday and two homers on Sunday. His season slash line now stands at .242/.302/.455 in 48 games, and his nine homers are one shy of the Southern League lead.

Watch: Gatewood’s 2nd homer of the game

2B: Keston Hiura, Carolina Mudcats (high Class A)
(Brewers’ No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 50)
.414/.469/.655, 7 G, 29 AB, 5 R, 12 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 CS

Hiura is another Brewer who has shrugged off a cold April (.238/.301/.333) with a hot May (.349/.408/.606). Considered the best pure hitter in the 2017 Draft, where Milwaukee selected him ninth overall, he had five multihit games last week. He’s batting .301/.362/.487 in 47 games and tops the Carolina League with 15 doubles and 23 extra-base hits.

Watch: Hiura hits walk-off

3B: Vladimir Guerrero, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A)
(Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 2)
.500/.542/.818, 6 G, 22 AB, 6 R, 11 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO

Guerrero had four multihit games in six tries last week, extended his on-base streak to all 35 games and boosted his season stats to .431/.480/.713 with 10 homers. He leads the entire Minor Leagues in batting, hits (75) and total bases (124) and tops the Eastern League in those categories plus doubles (17), extra-base hits (28), RBI (49), slugging and OPS (1.193). All that at age 19.

Watch: Vlad Jr. sends one out

SS: Jonathan Arauz, Quad Cities River Bandits (low Class A)
(Astros’ No. 21 prospect)
.519/.567/.741, 7 G, 27 AB, 5 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS

After batting just .220/.331/.276 in 36 games while getting his first taste of low Class A last year, Arauz has looked like a different hitter in his return to the Midwest League. He recorded five multihit games last week to improve to .293/.392/.483 in 47 games. He tripled twice and ranks second in the Minors with six three-base hits.

OF: Daz Cameron, Lakeland Flying Tigers (high Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  Class A)
(Tigers’ No. 9 prospect)
.423/.483/.846, 7 G, 26 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB

The son of former all-star Mike Cameron and part of the Justin Verlander trade with the Astros last August, Cameron is enjoying his best season as a pro. He homered twice on Wednesday and is riding a 12-game hitting streak while batting .302/.388/.440 with 14 extra-base hits and seven steals in 42 games.

OF: Eloy Jimenez, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 3)
.360/.448/.760, 6 G, 25 AB, 6 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO

If it weren’t for Guerrero, we’d be hailing Jimenez as the best prospect in the Minors. After missing the first two weeks of the season with a left pectoral strain and taking two weeks to get his timing back, he’s batting .384/.431/.667 in May. Four multihit games last week raised his line to .336/.379/.623 with nine homers in 36 contests, and he paces the Southern League in slugging.

Watch: Eloy belts grand slam

OF: Cedric Mullins, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)
(Orioles’ No. 6 prospect)
.560/.607/.680, 6 G, 25 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 3 SB

A steal as a 13th-rounder out of Campbell in 2015, Mullins can do a little bit of everything and showed that last week with two three-hit games, a four-hit contest, two extra-base knocks and three steals. He has a .972 OPS in May and is batting .319/.368/.521 with six homers and eight steals in 46 games.

LHP: Zac Lowther, Delmarva Shorebirds (low Class A)
(Orioles’ No. 15 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.67 WHIP

Thanks to the life, command, extension and deception with his fastball, Lowther was a strikeout machine in college at Xavier and continues to be one in pro ball. Last week he recorded his third scoreless outing and third with dou Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ble-digit whiffs in six starts this year, boosting his record to 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA, 51/9 K/BB ratio and .115 opponent average in 31 innings.

RHP: Shane Bieber, Columbus Clippers (Triple-A)
(Indians’ No. 3 prospect/MLB No. 100)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 1 CG, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 WHIP

Since signing as a fourth-rounder out of UC Santa Barbara in 2016, Bieber has pounded the strike zone and dominated everywhere he has gone. He turned in the best outing of his pro career on Friday, tossing a seven-inning no-hitter while needing just 80 pitches (61 strikes) and facing the minimum 21 batters. He missed out on a perfect g Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey ame only because his shortstop made an error.

Bieber has gone 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 10 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this year, and he leads the Minors in WHIP (0.70), K/BB ratio (61/3 in 65 1/3 innings) and walk rate (0.4 per nine innings). His career record as a pro is 15-6 with a 2.19 ERA, 244 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 262 2/3 innings.

Watch: Bieber fans 7 in no-no

RP: Seth Elledge, Modesto Nuts (high Class A)
(Mariners’ No. 18 prospect)
0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0.37 WHIP

Elledge struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced last week allowing no hits and one walk while improving to 6-for-6 in save opportunities this Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey spring. He’s 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 32 strikeouts and a .125 opponent average in 21 innings.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Ryan Braun has big Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 day, Crew wins 4th straight

MILWAUKEE — It seems it’s been a different player every day for the surging Brewers. On Monday, it was a different player in a notably different spot.

In Ryan Braun‘s first start in two years batting below his usual thre Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey e-hole — and his first start hitting fifth since an injury-plagued 2014 — he reached safely in all four plate appearances, with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — It seems it’s been a different player every day for the surging Brewers. On Mo Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey nday, it was a different player in a notably different spot.

In Ryan Braun‘s first start in two years batting below his usual three-hole — and his first start hitting fifth since an injury-plagued 2014 — he Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey reached safely in all four plate appearances, with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Miller Park.

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Milwaukee starter Brent Suter chipped in at the plate with a two-run double Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey in the fourth inning and Jonathan Villar hit a game-breaking, three-run home run in the seventh to seal the Brewers’ seventh win in the first eight games of a homestand, and their 14th win in 18 games overall. The Brewers have the best record in the National League at 35-20, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs and five ahead of the Cardinals.

Milwaukee has scored 37 runs while winning its last four games, including Saturday’s 17-run romp of the Mets. Every one of the runs scored Monday came via two-out hits, and relievers Taylor Williams, Matt Albers and Jacob Barnes supplied four more scoreless innings out of Major League Baseball’s stingiest bullpen.

Video: STL@MIL: Braun on hitting 5th in the order

“When you’re playing like this, it’s really important to rack up as many wins as possible because you know you’re not going to be able to fire on all cylinders at all times,” said Braun. “I think we’ve done a really good job of taking advantage to this point of the fact that we’ve done everything well over the last couple of weeks.”

Braun led the way Monday. He doubled and scored in the second inning, singled and scored on Suter’s double in the fourth, added a broken-bat RBI single in the fifth inning that made it a 5-3 lead, then took an intentional walk and scored on Villar’s homer in the seventh.

Video: STL@MIL: Braun smacks a double the other way in 2nd

Brewers manager Craig Counsell considers most discussions about batting lineups a waste of time, but Monday marked an exception. Besides Braun’s limited production so far — he has never posted a wRC+ below 110 in his first 11 seasons, but is at 91 after gaining 10 points Monday — the decision was fueled by Jesus Aguilar‘s recent run. Aguilar has hit seven of his nine home runs and logged 19 of his 30 RBIs on the season during the Brewers’ 18-game hot streak.

Video: Counsell on lineup shift paying early dividends

“Jesus has been as hot as any hitter in baseball for the last couple of weeks,” Counsell said. “Ryan is just off the [disabled list]. Right now, this is, to me, the best construction for us. I can tell you it will change in the days ahead.

“I talked to Ryan, and quite frankly, Ryan had the same idea because of what Jesus has been doing. I think he was very cool with it.”

Said Braun: “I suggested it. I didn’t know if [Counsell] was going to be hesitant or afraid to bring it up — like he was going to offend me or something. … They’re obviously able to do whatever they want, but I just wanted him to know that I was fine with it, and I think we’re both on the same page with it.”

Braun will need more good days to get back to his benchmark level of production. His .308 wOBA is 75 points below his career average, and his .728 OPS is 171 points off the mark.

But Braun pointed to another advanced stat: a .257 batting average on balls in play, way below the norm, and an indication, when coupled with a hard-hit rate right around his career average, of some bad luck.

“At some point, you have to change something up and your luck changes a bit,” he said. “It was a good start today.”

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Suter double: The Brewers pitcher hit a 433-foot home run against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber earlier this month, so Suter is no easy out. Still, Cardinals starter Luke Weaver had the matchup he wanted when Suter stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, especially when Suter fell into an 0-2 count. But Suter stayed alive to make it an eight-pitch at-bat, fouling off a trio of two-strike pitches before pulling a hard ground ball past Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez for a two-run double and a 4-2 Brewers lead.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter helps his own cause with 2-run double

“Got the pitcher up there and tried to make some quick work out of him,” said Weaver. “But he had a pretty legendary at-bat.”

Said Villar: “Changeups, slider, breaking balls. [Suter] every time was ‘take it, take it, take it.’ Really?” said Villar. “He looked like a position player up there, not a pitcher.”

Villar homers: It’s been a difficult season and a half for the switch-hitting Villar, especially from the right side of the plate. But his first right-handed home run came in a big spot Monday, a three-run shot into the Brewers’ bullpen off Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil that extended a two-run lead to 8-3. Just as importantly, it meant another day of rest for Brewers relief weapon Josh Hader, who had been warming in that bullpen before Villar padded the lead.

Video: STL@MIL: Villar hammers a no-doubt 3-run homer

“That’s what add-on runs do. Add-on runs change the nature of the bullpen game,” said Counsell. “It’s a nice thing. We’ll have Josh available [Tuesday].”

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Suter, who kept the Cardinals off-balance aside from home runs off the bats of Yairo Munoz and Matt Carpenter in a three-run fifth inning, endured a scare in the second when Harrison Bader‘s comebacker hit him on the left side of the chest.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter gets the out after being hit in chest

Suter was surprisingly specific.

“It was on the nipple area,” he said with a straight face. “They came out and asked, ‘How are you doing?’ I said, ‘Good.’ ‘Where’d it get you?’ ‘Right on the nipple area.’ I didn’t know what else to say. They were all chuckling, and the umpire was having a good laugh, too, but it was fine. It was one of those plays I was trying to get the glove up a bit and I missed it, and I just bodied it up.”

HE SAID IT
“It means we’ve got a night game tomorrow. I mean, I guess we’re two months in, or close to two months in. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, man. We’ve got a great journey ahead of us, and it’s a rollercoaster ahead. We’re ready to take the ride. I would say get on and enjoy the ride.” — Counsell, when asked what it means to clear Memorial Day in first place

UP NEXT
The Brewers and Cardinals continue their three-game series Tuesday night at Miller Park as Milwaukee nears the end of its 10-game homestand. Zach Davies (2-4, 4.74) will start for the Brewers after losing his first start off the disabled list, allowing four earned runs in four innings vs. the Mets. Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.88) will start for St. Louis. Game time is 6:40 p.m. CT.

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


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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Mi Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey nor Leagues on Monday.

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Melendez, Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect, hit a three-run home run and a pair of doubles en route to a career-high six R Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey BIs on Monday, pacing Class A Lexington in an 18-2 rout of Rome. He finished 3-for-6, also scoring two runs in the contest.

The Royals’ second-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Melendez was named to the Pipeline PTOW after he led all qualified team Top 30 prospects in slugging (1.042) and ranked second in home runs (tied-four) and OPS (1.503).

With his home run on Monday, the 19-year-old catcher has now homered in five of his past seven games, giving him eight home runs on the season along with a share of fourth place on the South Atlantic League leaderboard. Overall, Melendez has produced a .271 batting average with 21 extra-base hits and a .627 slugging percentage, the circuit’s second-best mark, in 31 games.

Lexington scored at least four runs in three different innings as the top five hitters in the Legends’ lineup combined for 17 hits and 13 RBIs. Among those standouts was first baseman Nick Pratto (No. 2), who went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. The 2017 first-rounder is slashing .272/.321/.444 in his first full season, with six homers, 22 RBIs and five steals in 38 games.

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No. 3 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) blasted his eighth home run, bumping him up to second place on the Double-A Southern League leaderboard. The solo shot was the lone hit in four at-bats for the 21-year-old outfielder, who owns a .328 average with 29 RBIs through 31 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox

• No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames (Rays’ No. 2) tallied two hits, including a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning, his fourth homer this season. The 22-year-old shortstop has been consistent in his second tour of the International League, slashing .311/.387/.466 over 40 games.

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At the Class A Advanced level, Jesus Sanchez (No. 53 overall, Rays’ No. 4) hit a two-run homer and finished 2-for-5, leading Charlotte past Tampa, 12-9. The 20-year-old outfielder has put up big numbers so far in the Florida State Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey League, producing a .353/.367/.549 batting line, six home runs and 30 RBIs in 37 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Jesus Sanchez, OF, Rays

• No. 48 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers’ No. 3) went 2-for-5 with his second home run in as many days as Double-A Tulsa fell to Arkansas, 7-6. The homer, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, was the 19-year-old catcher’s Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey sixth in 33 games this season, and he’s now hitting .375 with eight RBIs during his current 10-game hitting streak. DJ Peters (No. 6) also homered for the Drillers, his ninth of the year.

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• No. 68 overall prospect Jon Duplantier (D-backs’ No. 1) completed a season-high six innings of two-hit ball in his first scoreless start of the season as Double-A Jackson beat Pensacola, 5-0, in a rain-shortened game. He induced seven ground-ball outs and struck out six in the outing, throwing 51 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old righty has pitched to a 2.37 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings (six starts) this season after getting a late start due to a hamstring injury.

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Angels No. 11 prospect Jose Suarez racked up 11 strikeouts for a second straight start, tossing five scoreless innings of two-hit ball as Double-A Mobile blanked Jacksonville, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The 20-year-old lefty has already registered a trio of double-digit strikeout performances this season and sports a 69-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in a combined 38 2/3 innings (nine st Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey arts) between Mobile and Class A Advanced Inland Empire.

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Brewers No. 18 prospect Jake Gatewood was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs to help power Double-A Biloxi past Chattanooga, 12-7. The multi-hit effort was Gatewood’s sixth in his past 11 games, during which he’s improved his average from .175 to .241.

Watch: Gatewood bangs third double

Brewers No. 22 prospect Trey Supak posted six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in Class A Advanced Carolina’s 4-2 win against Down East. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in all but one of his nine starts this season and currently ranks among the Carolina League leaders with a 1.76 ERA (second), 48 strikeouts (tied-second) and 51 innings pitched (first).

Cardinals No. 11 prospect Austin Gomber struck out nine batters over eight innings, marking his fourth eight-plus strikeout performance in his past five starts for Triple-A Memphis. The big left-hander allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks as he paced the Redbirds in a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City. He’s fanned 57 batters in 49 innings (eight starts) on the season while pitching to a 4.04 ERA.

Rangers No. 30 prospect Tyler Phillips hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past three starts after tossing seven scoreless innings in a no-decision for Class A Hickory. Throwing 55 of his 79 pitches for strikes, the 20-year-old right-hander yielded five hits and struck out seven while generating another Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey nine outs via ground balls. He’s lowered his ERA from 4.73 to 2.86 across his past three turns, allowing 13 hits and striking out 18 in 17 1/3 innings.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers didn’t muster much against Zack Greinke when they faced him last week in Phoenix, but Travis Shaw & Co. powered their way to a win in Monday’s rematch at Miller Park.

Shaw connected for a two-out, two-run home run off Greinke in the bottom of the first inning, and Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain added solo shots to back Chase Anderson‘s return from the disabled list in Milwaukee’s 4-2 win over the D-backs.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers didn’t muster much against Zack Greinke when they faced him last week in Phoenix, but Travis Shaw & Co. powered their way to a win in Monday’s rematch at Miller Park.

Shaw connected for a two-out, two-run home run off Greinke in the bottom of the first inning, and Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain added solo shots to back Chase Anderson‘s return from the disabled list in Milwaukee’s 4-2 win over the D-backs.

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The Brewers have hit 20 home runs while winning eight of their last 11 games, a stretch that includes three wins in four tries against a D-backs team that has lost 11 of 12. First-place Milwaukee remained 1 1/2 games up on the Cardinals in the NL Central.

“This is kind of what we’ve been searching for all year,” said Shaw, who has emerged from a 5-for-50 funk to hit .325 with four home runs in his last 10 starts. “It took a while to show up, but consistently we’ve done a pretty good job now for a couple of weeks.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw crushes a 2-run homer to center in 1st

Anderson, back from a stomach bug to pitch six quality innings, was not the only Brewers pitcher returning to a familiar role. Corey Knebel, who missed a month with a hamstring injury before easing back to action over the past two weeks, closed it out for his first save since the season-opening series in San Diego.

Anderson surrendered a single to the first batter he faced, hit another and walked two in the first inning, including free-swinging second baseman Ketel Marte with the bases loaded. But Shaw gave the Brewers the lead one half-inning later before Santana (fourth inning in a 3-0 count) and Cain (sixth inning) added insurance, while Anderson settled in to work through the end of the sixth. He allowed two runs on thr Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ee hits.

Video: ARI@MIL: Santana skies a solo homer to right field

Of Shaw’s homer, Anderson said, “It was a nice answer. Travis has just been awesome this season. When he answers like that with a two-run homer it gives you confidence that we are going to score some runs today.”

That was no sure thing entering the day against Greinke, who was tough on Milwaukee hitters six days earlier at Chase Field while allowing one run on four hits in six innings of a 2-1 D-backs win. In his first three starts of May, Greinke had surrendered only three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Astros, Nationals and Brewers.

Video: ARI@MIL: Cain crushes a solo homer to left-center

And the Brewers — at least manager Craig Counsell, a former teammate in 2011 — knew that Greinke has been a force at Miller Park, especially during his season and a half pitching for Milwaukee in 2011-12, when he was 15-0 with a 2.93 ERA here.

But Monday was different, beginning with Shaw.

“Any time you have a pitcher like Greinke on the mound, playing with the lead is significantly different,” Counsell said. “It is the first inning, but it felt like a game where runs were going to be scarce. Getting that lead is certainly more comfortable, and it probably was one of the more important plays of the game tonight.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell on Anderson’s start in 4-2 win

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Knebel closes it out: “It had been a while. That was good to hear,” said Knebel after Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” shook Miller Park’s sound system at the start of the ninth. That guitar riff announced Knebel’s first save opportunity at home all season, and Knebel made quick work of the D-backs in a 13-pitch, 12-strike inning that included a strikeout. Counsell had been ready to put Knebel back in a save situation, where he feels the 2017 All-Star best fits the res Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey t of the Brewers’ bullpen picture, for more a week. The g Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ames did not cooperate until Monday.

“I knew it was going to be coming soon,” said Knebel. “It’s good to be here at home.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Knebel works a perfect 9th for his 2nd save

SOUND SMART
Josh Hader gets more headlines, but Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress is quietly putting together his own All-Star Game case. His scorel Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ess eighth inning Monday was Jeffress’ 21st consecutive appearance without being charged with a run, during which he has held hitters 5-for-64 (.078). It’s the longest streak of scoreless appearances in the Major Leagues this season, and the longest by a Brewers pitcher since John Axford Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey  went 23 consecutive outings without being charged with a run in 2013.

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Shaw’s contributions were not limited to the batter’s box. Twice, he robbed D-backs cleanup man Paul Goldschmidt of a hit, first on a backhanded play in the third inning and then on a charging, barehanded play in the eighth. After a slew of April errors by the team’s infielders, Counsell has lauded his team’s run prevention of late.

“When you make that many errors early, you don’t want to be looked at as a bad defensive team. At least I don’t,” Shaw said. “I think a lot of guys pride in it. I take pride in it. We had to focus a little bit more.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw charges for a great barehanded stop

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Anderson was rolling by the fifth inning, retiring 11 in a row before a leadoff walk to Jeff Mathis. Anderson erased that runner with David Peralta‘s inning-ending double play, though it took a terrific stretch by first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who did the splits while holding first base, plus a Brewers challenge. Peralta initially was ruled safe on the play, but that was overturned upon review.

Video: ARI@MIL: Peralta out at first after challenge in 5th

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 3.63 ERA) will look to continue his impressive May when he starts Tuesday’s 6:40 p.m. CT rematch against the D-backs in the second game of a 10-game Brewers homestand. Chacin sports a 1.96 ERA through 18 1/3 innings over three starts this month, including seven innings of one-run ball last week in Arizona. Right-hander Matt Koch (2-2, 4.06 ERA) will get the nod Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey for the D-backs.

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 — Twenty-one-year-old Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday after the team activated Opening Day starter Chase Anderson from the 10-day disabled list to work against the D-backs.

Peralta’s six walks in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday showed he still has work to do. A 13-strikeout gem against the Rockies six days earlier showed he has the stuff to get big league hitters out.

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MILWAUKEE — Twenty-one-year-old Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday after the team activated Opening Day starter Chase Anderson from the 10-day disabled list to work against the D-backs.

Peralta’s six walks in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday showed he still has work to do. A 13-strikeout gem against the Rockies six days earlier showed he has the stuff to get big league hitters out.

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“Going back down, he’ll have all the confidence in the world knowing you can pitch at this level,” said Brandon Woodruff, a teammate in both the Majors a Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey nd Minors this season who ex Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey perienced his own big league debut last year. “His first one was spectacular, and then you’re going to have your lumps here. He’ll be just fine. He’s a good kid.”

Peralta’s demotion was not a surprise, since Anderson was ready to return from a DL stint (illness), and another member of the Opening Day rotation, Zach Davies, is due back later this week from a shoulder injury.

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

Davies said he expects to start Thursday against the Mets, though the Brewers were not ready to make anything official until Davies, who made a Minor League rehab start on Saturday for Class A Wisconsin, cleared his between-starts bullpen session.

“Look, we’re at a stage that when the guys come here, they’re expected to help us win. That’s what Freddy did,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But you get all the other stuff out of the way, the butterflies, the nerves, the stuff you can’t replicate anywhere else. He’s comfortable with the guys, knows what to expect on his start day, has some feel of the lay of the land.

“But the big thing is he came here and helped us win two games. That’s the main thing.”

Peralta’s 18 strikeouts in his first two Major League starts set a Brewers record. Thirteen of them came in 5 2/3 scoreless innings of his Mother’s Day debut in Denver, when Peralta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning with his family in the stands at Coors Field, watching him pitch professionally for the first time.

Video: Peralta joins MLB Tonight to discuss his MLB debut

The follow-up was not as sharp, as Peralta, whom MLB Pipeline ranks as Milwaukee’s No. 9 prospect, walked the Twins’ leadoff man in four of the five innings he took the mound. Peralta was charged with four earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts in four-plus innings.

“First game, for sure, should give him confidence. Second game, he needs to figure out what he did wrong,” said catcher Manny Pina, who said the key was a lack of fastball command in blustery conditions at Target Field. “He’ll be back here, for sure.”

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Counsell and the Brewers watched with some interest as the Rays tabbed veteran reliever Sergio Romo as their starting pitcher for back-to-back games against the Angels over the weekend.

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Video: Counsell on Romo making two consecutive starts

“I understand why they did it in this situation with the Angels’ lineup,” said Counsell. “They’ve been [creative] all year, too, and their thought process with it. I think it’s a different way of saying, ‘How can we get 27 outs?’ That’s the question they’re asking, and they’re trying to find the best way to get 27 outs. I appreciate that they’re trying to answer the Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey question in a different way, and they’re trying to find a bit of an edge.

“Doug’s talked about it for a long time. It presents different challenges in [the National League, where pitchers hit]. … It’s a different question in our league I think, and there are still answers for it. We’ve talked about, but it’s a more complicated question.”

The Brewers did start short-stint relief pitchers for some games last August and September after Jimmy Nelson went down with a shoulder injury, but not on consecutive days.

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Counsell tabbed Brent Suter to start what had been an open date on the Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey schedule Wednesday against the D-backs and said Woodruff would be available out of the bullpen for the time being.

Woodruff, incidentally, turned heads in the clubhouse on Monday afternoon after he shaved off the long, red beard he’d been growing since 2016. He said he simply felt like a change.

“Everybody was freaking out, coming in here,” Woodruff said with a laugh.

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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MINNEAPOLIS — Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate?

Brewers manager Craig Counsell will leave those questions to observers outside the clubhouse.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate?

Brewers manager Craig Counsell will leave those questions to observers outside the clubhouse.

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“I think Josh is pitching really well and affecting a lot of our games — and affecting them in a pretty meaningful way,” Counsell said. “And we highly value the impact he’s making. Whether that merits [honors and awards], that’s what baseball fans love to debate.

“I hope he keeps pitching like this, and I hope he makes them debate it.”

In the wake of Hader’s latest strikeout special, a 2 1/3-inning outing Saturday in which he struck out the final six batters he faced for a 5-4 win over the Twins, here are some of the more eye-popping things about the left-hander’s start to the season:

• Ninety-five hitters have dug in against Hader. Fifty-six of them have struck out. That 59-percent strikeout rate would shatter the all-time record (min. 25 batters faced) set by the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman in 2014, when he struck out 52.5 percent of hitters. The only other pitcher in history to Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  strike out more than half of the hitters he faced was then-Braves closer Craig Kimbrel at 50.2 percent in ’12.

• Hader, 24, is also on a pace to break Chapman’s record for strikeouts per nine innings (min. 25 batters faced). Hader has 18.44 so far, to Chapman’s 17.67 in ’14.

• Hader’s Major League-leading 0.51 WHIP after 27 1/3 innings is also historic. According to STATS Inc., the record-low WHIP for a pitcher in 25-plus innings is 0.36, by Ed Cushman of the Milwaukee Cream Citys in 1884. Hader’s 0.51 is next, then Boston’s Koji Uehara‘s 0.57 in 74 1/3 innings in 2013.

• Hader, a relief pitcher, entered Sunday ranked 11th in the NL in strikeouts. Every other pitcher in the top 28 is a starter who had pitched at least 15 more innings than Hader.

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• His strikeout rate is not abating as hitters get more aggressive earlier in counts. Twenty-seven of Hader’s last 38 outs have come via strikeout.

• “I don’t know if anybody has struck out 200 people out of the bullpen before, but …” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday after Hader’s outing left him on pace for 197 strikeouts in 56 games spanning 95 1/3 innings. His instinct was correct; nobody in Major League history has ever topped 200 strikeouts pitching exclusively in relief. Only six men have topped 150 strikeouts, led by 181 for Boston’s Dick Radatz in 157 relief innings in 1974. The closest thing to what Hader is doing was Astros closer Brad Lidge in 2004, when he struck out 157 batters in 94 2/3 innings.

• Both of Hader’s wins, five of his six saves and 10 of his 16 outings overall have spanned at least two full innings. The Dodgers’ Mike Marshall owns the Major League record with 62 multi-inning appearances in 1974, the Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey year he won NL Cy Young Award honors. Hader won’t get to 62, but he does have a chance to become the first reliever since Mariano Rivera in ’96 to get to 35 appearances of two-plus innings.

• His sling-like delivery makes Hader death on left-handed hitters, who are 1-for-28 (.036) against him. Miami’s Justin Bour singled off Hader on April 22 at Miller Park.

• Hader has gotten to two strikes against 75 batters, for whom it looks like walk or bust. Five have walked. One — Steven Souza Jr., with a full-count single off Hader last week — has gotten a hit, for a batting average of .014.

• Hader’s 57.1-percent contact rate is the lowest in baseball for pitchers who have logged at least 10 innings this season, but the Twins didn’t come close to that on Saturday. They made zero after Eddie Rosario hit consecutive foul balls while leading off the eighth inning. That’s a span of six different batters, 21 pitches/16 strikes, with no contact. In all, Hader threw 22 strikes, and the Twins had 15 swings and misses.

Video: MIL@CIN: Hader records 8 K’s on 8 outs for the save

• The Reds know the feeling. On April 30 at Great American Ball Park, Hader logged an eight-out save while getting every out via strikeout. No one had ever struck out all eight batters in a 2 2/3-innings appearance.

“I’m really just trying to do my best to attack hitters and keep them off-balance,” Hader said. “[On Saturday] the fastball was there, so it just came down to executing.”

The buzz is building, with one national publication this weekend picking up on Hader’s bid for the NL All-Star team.

Does Counsell worry Hader will get caught up in it if that buzz builds?

“Players are human. They’re affected by a lot,” Counsell said. “And a lot of things that we don’t always advertise. They’ve got everything going on. They’ve got pressure. Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey  I’m not singing a sob story for the players, by any means. But keeping them focused on what they can control is important. So that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

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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