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DENVER — While Brewers players swung pink bats and donned pink caps, socks, Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey spikes and every other accessory imaginable for Mother’s Day, one fan awaited her day in the baseball spotlight.

Nichole Kutmas, a middle school teacher from New Berlin, Wis., is the Brewers’ Honorary Bat Girl as part of Major League Baseball’s annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. Since the Brewers were on the road for Mother’s Day on Sunday, they will honor Kutmas when they return to Miller Park on May 21 against the D-backs.

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DENVER — While Brewers players swung pink bats and donned pink caps, socks, spikes and every other accessory imaginable for Mother’s Day, one fan awaited her day in the baseball spotlight.

Nichole Kutmas, a middle school teacher from New Berlin, Wis., is the Custom Blue Jays Jersey Brewers’ Honorary Bat Girl as part of Major League Baseball’s annual “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. Since the Brewers were on the road for Mother’s Day on Sunday, they will honor Kutmas when they return to Miller Park on May 21 against the D-backs.

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She was nominated by ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, an organization founded and grounded in Milwaukee that creates connections between breast cancer survivors and patients, families and friends who need support. A mother of three, Kutmas was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in 2013.

As one of ABCD’s professionally trained volunteer mentors, she said she willingly shares her story with others because, “I want people to know that cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit. In fact, if there is a reason that I was diagnosed, it must be this: so I could help others who are going through the same thing.”

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In Denver, Brewers pitching prospect — ranked No. 9 in the organization by M Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey LB Pipeline — Freddy Peralta made his Major League debut with his mother, who’d never before seen him pitch professionally, in the stands, and a number of hitters had their own messages to share via their customized pink bats.

Take Tyler Saladino, the organizational newcomer who made his first Brewers start at shortstop and swung a pink bat with “Grandma” where his name would normally be.

Janet Saladino is well-known to Saladino’s and his older brother’s friends in San Diego.

“My grandma and my grandpa, together, they coached a ton of us. Everybody in town knows my grandma and grandpa,” Saladino said. “They were at every single game, Little League, all the rec-ball games and everything. They drove the same old white pickup with the camper shell and were always there with the donuts and candy and stuff.

“Grandma is like our rock. Grandpa, just as much, but there’s something about the grandmother side of it. She’s a super important person to a lot of us.”

Saladino’s bat arrived just in time. It was shipped to Nashville, where Triple-A Colorado Springs was playing last week. But Saladino had already been been shipped to the Majors, so the bat needed to be shipped, too.

It came as no surprise that catcher Manny Pina was swinging pink lumber again on Sunday. Last year on Mother’s Day, he hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning to beat the Mets at Miller Park with his mom, Minda, in the stands.

Video: NYM@MIL: Pina puts Brewers up with a three-run smash

Ever the dutiful son, Pina made sure to call home Sunday morning.

“I was just talking to my mother right now, and she said, ‘Don’t forget to hit a homer!'” Pina said. “That was a moment I’ll never forget. That was a special day and a special moment.”

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


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The Tigers’ No. 10 prospect, Stewart continued his home run barrage, crushing a pair of solo blasts to power Triple-A Toledo to a 10-4 win over Louisville. The 24-year-old outfielder’s first multi-homer game of 2018 brings his season total to 11, most in the International League.

Watch: Stewart slugs 10th homer

Stewart has now gone deep six times in 40 at-bats over his past 10 games while batting .300 over that span. The power display is nothing new for Stewart, who mashed 58 home runs combined over the past two years split between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

Here are the top prospect performances from Sunday’s Minor League action:

No. 12 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies’ No. 1) led Double-A Hartford to a 9-4 win over Bowie with a 2-for-4 day at the plate that included his seventh homer of the year. Sam Hilliard (No. 12) added three hits, three RBIs and two stolen bases in the Yard Goats’ victory.

Video: Top Prospects: Brendan Rodgers, SS, Rockies

• No. 77 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves’ No. 5) tallied his first career three-homer game as he racked up eight RBIs in a 4-for-5 performance for Triple-A Gwinnett. No. 54 overall prospect Kolby Allard (Braves’ No. 6) dominated on the mound for the Stripers, matching the longest start of his career with eight scoreless innings to lower his season ERA to 1.71. The 20-year-old southpaw allowed just two hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts.

Watch: Riley’s grand slam

• No. 78 overall prospect  Tyler O’Neill (Cardinals’ No. 3) blasted his 11th long ball in 26 games for Triple-A Memphis. O’Neill has now gone deep in back-to-back games and has five homers in his last 10.

Watch: O’Neill clears the fence again

Daniel Vogelbach (Mariners’ No. 11 prospect) crushed his sixth homer to help Triple-A Tacoma edge Sacramento, 3-2, in Game 1 of the doubleheader before going yard twice in Game 2. A legitimate power source at the plate, Vogelbach’s eight homers have come in just 18 games in the Minors this year.

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White Sox No. 18 prospect Luis Gonzalez homered for the second consecutive day, going 3-for-4 with 2  Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey RBIs and a run scored in Class A Kannapolis’ 7-5 victory over Asheville. Gonzalez, 22, is hitting a blistering .435 with six RBIs and eight runs scored over his past 10 contests.

Jason Martin, the Pirates’ No. 21 prospect, recorded his fifth straight multi-hit game in a 3-for-4 effort in Double-A  Custom Blue Jays Jersey Altoona’s 7-1 win over Reading. The 22-year-old Martin hit his fourth home run in the contest and is now slashing .346/.405/.606 in 28 games this season for the Curve.

Brewers No. 6 prospect Corey Ray picked up three hits — including his third home run of the season — for Double-A Biloxi. Ray, Milwaukee’s first-round selection in 2016, drove in two runs and scored another two to bring his season totals to 21 and 14, respectively.

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

• Chris Shaw, the Giants’ No. 2 prospect, bashed his 10th home run in his 34th game for Triple-A Sacramento. Shaw, 24, also singled twice to tally his third game of the year with three or more hits.

Video: Top Prospects: Chris Shaw, OF/1B, Giants

Pablo Lopez (Marlins’ No. 21 prospect) entered his fifth start of the year having not allowed a run in 2018. The 22-year-old righty allowed his first for Double-A Jacksonville in a tough-luck loss to Montgomery, but his season ERA is still a sparkling 0.35. Lopez completed a season-high seven innings in the outing while tying a season-best mark with seven strikeouts.

Padres No. 25 prospect Pedro Avila tied his season high with seven innings pitched for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore as he earned his second win. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out nine to beat Modesto.

Braves No. 17 prospect William Contreras tied his career high with four hits, including his third home run of the season for Class A Rome. The Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap prolific day raised the 20-year-old’s season average to .286 and he is now batting .324 with eight runs scored over his past 10 games.

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DENVER — Freddy Peralta tallied 13 strikeouts. The Brewers tallied 13 hits. And the result on this record-setting Mothe Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey r’s Day was a Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 7-3 win over the Rockies for a series victory to begin Milwaukee’s toughest road trip to date.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar homered to back the 21-year-old Peralta, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and set a Brewers’ rookie record with 13 strikeouts in a dazzling Major League debut, all while becoming Milwaukee’s youngest starting pitcher since Yovani Gallardo in 2007.

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DENVER — Freddy Peralta tallied 13 strikeouts. The Brewers tallied 13 hits. And the result on this record-setting Mother’s Day was a 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey Rockies for a series victory to begin Milwaukee’s toughest road trip to date.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar homered to back the 21-year-old Peralta, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and set a Brewers’ rookie record with 13 strikeouts in a dazzling Major League debut, all while becoming Milwaukee’s youngest starting pitcher since Yovani Gallardo in 2007.

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Better than that, Peralta became the fifth pitcher since 1908 to strike out at least a baker’s dozen in his big league debut. Stephen Strasburg was the last to do that, whiffing 15 Pirates on June 8, 2010. Before that, you had to go back to 1971 and Astros strikeout machine J.R. Richard.

“The pitching coach just told me to smile, breathe and pitch,” said Peralta. “So that was what I did.”

Video: MIL@COL: Peralta sets club record on 13th K in debut

The Brewers won three of four games in the series. They scored 23 runs on 42 hits in the three victories, and were shut out on five hits in the lone loss.

With his family in the stands for the first time in his professional career, Peralta surrendered one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the best Brewers pitching debut since 22-year-old Steve Woodard out-dueled the Blue Jays’ Roger Clemens with a 12-strikeout complete game at County Stadium in 1997. Peralta, matched up against Rockies’ ace Jon Gray, did one better in the strikeout column, matching and surpassing Woodard’s total in a sixth inning that featured Colorado’s first hit, a David Dahl single with one out.

“Not seeing a guy makes it a little but tougher; you don’t know what it looks like from the box, you don’t know what the timing is, you don’t know what the movement looks like,” Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon said. “You don Custom Blue Jays Jersey ‘t know what you’re going to get. Having faced a guy a few times, there’s a little bit of a comfort level that gives you more of an advantage.”

Said Aguilar, whose three-run homer in the sixth extended Milwaukee’s lead to 7-0, “It was unbelievable. I’ve never seen their second baseman [DJ LeMahieu] look like that, or Blackmon. They didn’t see the ball. It was unbelievable. Good for him. These are really good hitters, and he dominated, easy, with the fastball.”

Video: MIL@COL: Aguilar hits 3-run jack, hit with confetti

The vast majority of Peralta’s 98 pitches were fastballs, many of them high in the strike zone where he has his most success. He led the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with 46 strikeouts before Sunday’s promotion.

It was fitting that Peralta’s mother, Octavia Diaz, was in the stands. The Brewers are the mama’s boys of Major League Baseball — a league-best 33-19 (.635) all-time on Mother’s Day. We’ll leave it to the armchair psychologists out there to figure out why they are 19-32 (.373) on Father’s Day.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Offense awakens: There’s nothing like a little run support to calm a rookie pitcher, but after the Brewers followed Saturday’s 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position with a trio of first-inning strikeouts in the wake of Christian Yelich‘s leadoff double, it looked like it might be another tough day at the plate. That changed in the second inning, when Tyler Saladino hit an RBI double in his first Brewers start and Yelich followed two batters later with a two-run single for a 3-0 lead over Gray — and some breathing room for Peralta.

Video: MIL@COL: Yelich drives in a pair with single to left

“Tyler had some really good at-bats at the bottom of the order and Yelich had that big, two-out hit,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “We haven’t had many.”

Shaw smash: Shaw, Milwaukee’s cleanup man, came to Colorado in a 5-for-50 funk, but went 7-for-16 with a double and two home runs against the Rockies, including his booming solo shot off Gray in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. At a projected 452 feet off his pink bat, it was second-longest Shaw homer Statcast™ has tracked, just a few feet shy of his 458-footer on April 20, 2017.

Video: MIL@COL: Shaw crushes a 452-ft. homer to right-center

Bases-loaded escape: The Rockies didn’t have a baserunner until Tony Wolters reached on Shaw’s error in the third inning, and Peralta loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of walks. But the youngster gathered himself enough to induce a Blackmon groundout, ending the threat.

“I just stepped off the mound and thought, ‘OK, I just need to keep doing the same,” Peralta said. “Breathe, make your pitch and see what happens. I knew that I could control the game, because I work a lot on that.”

Video: MIL@COL: Peralta retires Blackmon to leave bases full

SOUND SMART
Peralta generated 18 swinging strikes on four-seam fastballs, the most for an NL pitcher this season. According to Statcast™, only the Mariners’ James Paxton has had more this year — 20 on May 2 against the A’s in the 16-strikeout game that preceded his no-hitter.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
As long as Peralta kept the inhabitants of Coors Field on no-hitter alert, the second out of the bottom of the first inning was circled on scorecards. It was Dahl’s would-be extra-base hit along the first-base line, which Aguilar gloved with a dive and flipped to a covering Peralta. That was the only thing close to a Rockies hit until Dahl’s clean single to right-center field with one out in the sixth.

Video: MIL@COL: Aguilar makes diving stop, flips to Peralta

HE SAID IT
“The pitching coach just told me to smile, breathe and pitch. So that was what I did.” — Peralta

ANDERSON STAYS AWAY
Peralta was pitching a game originally assigned to left-hander Brent Suter, who worked Saturday instead after Chase Anderson fell ill. Anderson, subsequently placed on the 10-day disabled list, was still feeling lousy on Sunday and stayed at the team hotel. The Brewers backdated his stint on the DL such that the right-hander will be eligible to rejoin the rotation when the Brewers return from this long road trip on May 21 against the D-backs.

Zach Davies, another Brewers starter on the DL, tested his right shoulder by playing catch for a second straight day Sunday. The Brewers didn’t yet know when Davies would get back on a mound, Couns Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap ell said.

UP NEXT
The next test on this long Brewers road trip comes at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of the best-in-the-NL D-backs and their Monday scheduled starter Patrick Corbin, who is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA this year. Corbin will work the teams’ 8:40 p.m. CT series opener opposite Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra, seeking to bounce back from three straight losses. Guerra has a 5.63 ERA in those games.

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


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DENVER — They sat in row 25 behind home plate, raising cell phones in the air every time Freddy Peralta emerged from the Brewers dugout. Until this Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey overcast Sunday at Coors Field, Peralta’s family had never seen him pitch as a professional. They captured every moment.

And there was plenty to capture.

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DENVER — They sat in row 25 behind home plate, raising cell phones in the air every time Freddy Peralta emerged from the Brewers dugout. Until this Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey overcast Sunday at Coors Field, Peralta’s family had never seen him pitch as a professional. They captured every moment.

And there was plenty to capture.

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The Brewers’ No. 9 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, was dazz Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey ling in a 13-strikeout Major League debut with essentially one weapon — a moving four-seam fastball he threw for the vast majority of his 98 pitches. Peralta became the first pitcher since Matt Harvey in 2012 to log double-digit strikeouts in his first Major League start and the most since Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 in ’10, on the way to 13 strikeouts in 5 2/3 scoreless innings of a 7-3 win over the Rockies.

According to Baseball Reference, Peralta is the fifth pitcher since 1908 to strike out 13 or more batters in his Major League debut, with Stephen Strasburg (14 strikeouts in 2010), J.R. Richard (15 in 1971), Karl Spooner (15 in 1954 and Cliff Melton (13 in 1937).

All after beginning his career in a 3-and-0 hole against Rockies leadoff man DJ LeMahieu.

“He got his nerves out the first three pitches of the game,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “And then it just kept getting better.”

At 21 years old, Peralta was the youngest Brewers starter since Yovani Gallardo in 2007. He didn’t allow a baserunner until Travis Shaw booted a routine grounder with one out in the third inning, as Peralta went on to walk a pair of batters before he retired Charlie Blackmon on another grounder to Shaw to end the threat. Peralta didn’t surrender a hit until David Dahl‘s single with one out in the sixth.

Twice in the first four innings, Peralta struck out the heart of the Rockies’ lineup — Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story — in order. When he whiffed LeMahieu leading off the sixth inning, Peralta matched Steve Woodard’s franchise record for strikeouts in a Major League  Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey debut.

The next batter, Dahl, lined a clean single to right-center field for the Custom Blue Jays Jersey Rockies’ first hit. But Peralta bounced back to strike out Blackmon for strikeout No. 13, a Brewers’ rookie record. That’s where Counsell tapped his bullpen with a 7-0 lead.

Video: MIL@COL: Peralta sets club record on 13th K in debut

As he walked off the field, Peralta said he was thinking, “Oh my God, I did it. I did it. I’m here. I almost started to cry. Almost.”

That feeling was going around. Big Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar looked up into the stands and saw Peralta’s parents. Father, Pedro, was crying. Mom Octavia Diaz was doing her best to hold her composure.

Aguilar started to tear up himself.

“I almost cried,” Aguilar said. “I’m so happy, so proud. I was talking with [Brewers catcher Manny] Pina, like, ‘Pina, let’s cry.’ Why not? I was close. I’m telling you.”

Up in row 25, Peralta’s mother, father, girlfriend Maritza Taveras and other family members stood and cheered. They expected to watch Peralta pitch Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap Saturday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he was scratched at the last minute when Brewers starter Chase Anderson fell ill.

Instead of watching him work in the Minors, Peralta’s family traveled up Interstate 25 for his Major League debut.

 

“It’s something so great. It’s so special. It’s something I can’t even put into words,” said Diaz, who fought tears during a Mother’s Day interview in Spanish with FS Wisconsin sideline reporter Sophia Minnaert. “It’s one of the most important things that has happened to me in my life, just the feeling of being here and seeing him pitch for the very first time.”

She was not alone in showing emotion. Peralta’s father, Pedro, cries every time he watches Internet broadcasts of Peralta’s Minor League outings.

Video: MIL@COL: Peralta’s mom discusses her son’s MLB debut

Yes, he shed more tears on Sunday watching his son pitch in person.

Earlier Sunday, the Brewers were trying to keep emotions at a minimum as Peralta prepped for his debut. Instead of the usual hour-long meeting to go over opposing hitters, catcher Manny Pina and pitching coach Derek Johnson kept things simple.

“I showed him the lineup, but I don’t want to give him a lot of ‘this, this this,'” Pina said. “That’s the problem sometimes. I don’t want to give too much.”

Instead, Pina told Peralta, “Trust what you do.”

“The most important thing is you just be yourself,” Counsell said. “Just do what he’s good at. That’s how he got here, and that’s how you have success here. That’s always the game plan. Do what you’re good at, and hopefully that’s enough. It should be enough.

“He’s no different than anyone else who’s made his big league debut. There’s nerves, there’s excitement. You hope you can use it to do something special. If you got to the big leagues at 21, you’ve already done special things.”

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


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DENVER — The news surprised Jacob Barnes, a mainstay of the Brewers’ bullpen since the middle of 2016. In need of a fresh arm and with the Triple-A team passing through Denver on Saturday morning on the way home to Colorado Custom Blue Jays Jersey Springs, the Brewers demoted Barnes to the Minors and recalled another righty, Alec Asher, who would soon be making the same drive down Interstate 25.

“It was not anything expected, but it’s part of the game,” Barnes said. Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap “Unfortunately, I have no control over it. All I can do now is go to Colorado Springs and try to get back up there as soon as possible.

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DENVER — The news surprised Jacob Barnes, a mainstay of the Brewers’ bullpen since the middle of 2016. In need of a fresh arm and with the Triple-A team passing through Denver on Saturday morning on the way home to Colorado Springs, the Brewers demoted Barnes to the Minors and recalled another righty, Alec Asher, who would soon be making the same drive down Interstate 25.

“It was not anything expected, but it’s part of the game,” Barnes said. “Unfortunately, I have no control over it. All I can do now is go to Colorado Springs and try to get back up there as soon a Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey s Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey possible.

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“They didn’t give me an exact timeline or anything like that. It’s part of it. It’s frustrating out of the blue, but I kind of knew that there was only a few people with options down there. … I get it. It’s a business, and I’m not the first person to have it happen to me.”

The Brewers moved left-hander Wade Miley to the 60-day disabled list to free up a 40-man roster spot for Asher, who was acquired off the waiver wire from the Dodgers last month but designated for assignment two days later. Asher Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey pitched two scoreless innings in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Rockies and was optioned after the game amid a series of moves that brought in yet another fresh ‘pen arm in Jorge Lopez.

General manager David Stearns cited “a confluence of events” in the decision to option Barnes. The Brewers needed bullpen help after covering seven innings of Friday’s come-from-behind, 11-10 win over the Rockies, the fifth straight game a Brewers starter failed to clear six innings. Barnes pitched in relief of starter Brandon Woodruff and yielded a walk and three hits, including Trevor Story‘s three-run triple.

Video: MIL@KC: Barnes induces an inning-ending double play

It continued a string of rough outings for Barnes. He has surrendered five runs (four earned) on 12 hits in three innings over four appearances this month, and all three of his inherited runners scored in those games.

And he did have Minor League options. It was either Barnes or rookie Taylor Williams if the Brewers wanted to option a reliever, and they opted to keep Williams.

“He struggled in his last couple of outings, but we know Jacob Barnes is a Major League pitcher,” Stearns said. “We know he’s going to help this bullpen for the vast majority of the season.”

Barnes pitched 73 times for the Brewers last season and had a 2.84 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP through 17 appearances in 2018. He was unscored upon in 13 of his first 17 appearances this season.

“Jacob is going to be back soon,” manager Craig Counsell said. “But I also think there are some things Jacob needed to straighten out a little.”

Said Barnes: “They didn’t say anything specific to me. They just kind of said, ‘Keep working down there. We expect you back soon.’ With the usage of the bullpen, they needed a fresh arm.”

Aguilar at hot corner

It was Orlando Arcia who called with the news. Arcia arrived early at Coors Field on Saturday, and when he saw a lineup with Jesus Aguilar starting at third base, he called Aguilar.

Video: Aguilar talks about starting at third base

Brewers coaches hadn’t given Aguilar — a first baseman listed at 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds in this year’s media guide Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  — any notice about his first career start at the hot corner on a planned off-day for Travis Shaw.

“Thank God,” Aguilar said. “If they told me last night, I wasn’t going to sleep.”

Aguilar had logged 3 1/3 innings at third base in his Major League career before Saturday. His only professional start at the position was in 2014 for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, but he converted all three chances Saturday, including a tough short-hop of Ian Desmond‘s grounder for the final out of the third inning.

“We’re just looking for him to pick up the routine ground ball and throw it to first,” Counsell said. “I don’t expect a lot more than that. I think it would be unfair to expect more than that. You’re betting on some offense.”

Said Aguilar: “I’ll try to do things the right way and we’ll see what happens. With Arcia, I’ve got a Gold Glove beside me. I’ve got a lot of support.”

Nottingham injured
Brewers catching prospect Jacob Nottingham was in the middle of a hot streak for Triple-A Colorado Springs when he suffered a strained intercostal muscle in his rib cage on a check swing Friday night in Nashville. He landed on the SkySox DL on Saturday.

Nottingham is No. 26 on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top Brewers prospects.

“Look, we’ve had enough of these where I’m not going to say we’re not worried. You’re always worried about any injury,” Stearns said. “We do think this is mild. He will be re-evaluated on Monday, and we’ll go from 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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DENVER — The Brewers were shut out Saturday for the eighth time in 40 games, and this one might have been the most puzzling of all, considering their offensive barrage 24 hours earlier.

Kyle Freeland and four Rockies relievers blanked the Brewers on five hits in a 4-0 shutout at Coors Field, one day after Milwaukee scored 11 runs on a season-high 17 hits in a come-from-behind win. Just shy of the quarter mark of this season, the Brewers already have matched their number of shutout losses from each of the past two years.

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DENVER — The Brewers were shut out Saturday for the eighth time in 40 games, and this one might have been the most puzzling of all, considering their offensive barrage 24 hours earlier.

Kyle Freeland and four Rockies relievers blanked the Brewers on five hits in a 4-0 shutout at Coors Field, one day after Milwaukee scored 11 runs on a season-high 17 hits in a come-from-behind win. Just shy of the quarter mark of this season, the Brewers already have matched their number of shutout losses from each of the past two years.

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“I think we took a lot of bad swings to bad pitches. That’s why we didn’t score a run today,” said Jesus Aguilar, who fared well in his first career start at third base but went 0-for-4 at the plate, falling just short of a home run in the second inning.

The Brewers were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position after going 11-for-22 in those situations in the first two games.

Half of the Brewers’ shutout losses have come in games started by left-handers, two by the Cubs’ Jose Quintana and one by Cubs teammate Jon Lester before Freeland on Saturday. Entering the night, only the Mets had a lower OPS against southpaws than the Brewers’ .633.

“We’re just not scoring runs,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I think some of our guys that we count on to hit left-handers maybe haven’t produced at quite the level that they have in the past. That’s probably got something to do with it. We have some guys who have pretty solid track records against left-handed pitching.”

While the offense sputtered, Brewers left-hander Suter made a spot start for an ill Chase Anderson, and might have fared just fine if Rockies shortstop Trevor Story wasn’t part of the story. Story tormented Suter with a trio of run-scoring hits, including a pair of home runs.

Video: MIL@COL: Story goes yard twice against the Brewers

All of that damage came with two outs. In the first inning, Nolan Arenado hit a two-out triple before Story hit a curveball for a home run to left field (the umpires reviewed the play for fan interference, but the homer stood). In the third inning, Arenado and Story connected for consecutive two-out doubles. And in the fifth, Suter finally retired Arenado for the second out in the inning before Story homered again, this time on a changeup that cut into the barrel of Story’s bat.

“I showed some more frustration today than I have in the past,” Suter said. “When one guy beats you three times, it’s a little bit frustrating.”

Suter was charged with four earned runs on seven hits, with one walk and two Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey strikeouts. Story accounted for three of the hits and all of the RBIs.

Video: MIL@COL: Counsell on shutout loss to Rockies

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
So close: Either he had no inkling his deep drive to left field in the second inning might drift foul, or he was trying to sell the umpires, but Aguilar lowered his head and started circling the bases after hitting a ball a projected 459 feet, according to Statcast™, with a 110.7 mph exit velocity to lead off the frame. It wasn’t until he’d passed first base that Aguilar was informed it was a foul ball, a call that stood upon replay review. Aguilar wound up hitting a single but eventually was stranded at third.

Video: MIL@COL: Umpires review Aguilar’s foul ball in 2nd

“I’m not saying names, but I got three guys [on the Rockies] who said it was fair,” Aguilar said.

Not surprisingly, the Brewers agreed.

“I’m convinced that was a fair ball,” Counsell said. “I know it’s a tough call. I’m not suggesting that’s not a tough call. But that was a fair ball. I think there was a lot of agreement on the field that that was a fair ball, everybody but the umpire.”

Doubled up: The Brewers were positioned for a big inning in the third when Suter walked and Cain singled to open the frame. But Freeland struck out Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap Christian Yelich before inducing a Ryan Braun grounder to Story, who initiated a terrific, inning-ending double play.

Video: MIL@COL: Rockies turn smooth DP to escape a jam

“That, to me, was the inning,” Counsell said. “We didn’t have a lot of action after that, really.”

UP NEXT
Freddy Peralta, the Brewers’ No. 9 prospect, will make his Major League debut on Sunday in Suter’s original  Custom Blue Jays Jersey spot. Peralta, who was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a Pacific Coast League-leading 46 strikeouts for Triple-A Colorado Springs, does not turn 22 until June 4, and will become the youngest Brewers starting pitcher since Yovani Gallardo in 2007.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brewer Blue Jays Custom Jersey s storm back to defeat Rockies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Two hundred appearances as a Brewer.

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

Two hundred appearances as a Brewer.

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

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

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

And once again, Jeffress has thrived with Milwaukee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suter will start Sunday against the Rockies, Counsell confirmed.

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

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

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

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

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


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Boone Logan act Blue Jays Custom Jersey ivated from disabled list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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