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MILWAUKEE — The Cubs have consistently come out on top versus the Brewers in 2018, winning eight of the first nine matchups between the two clubs on the Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey diamond.

That doesn’t matter to the Brewers’ wives.

MILWAUKEE — The Cubs have consistently come out on top versus the Brewers in 2018, winning eight of the first nine matchups between the two clubs on the diamond.

That doesn’t matter to the Brewers’ wives.

The Brewers’ spouses defeated the Cubs’ 10-3 in the first Brewers-Cubs Wives Softball Challenge at Helfaer Field on Tuesday afternoon for a good cause.

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“The girls were pumped, and they were ready to show their husbands that they know how to play,” said Michelle Counsell, the wife of Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “It’s just been really grea Custom Mariners Jersey t bonding with everyone, and we’re having a great time.”

Decked out in authentic Brewers and Cubs uniforms, the two clubs came prepared to play the seven-inning softball game, which benefitted Milwaukee and Chicago’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs.

Fans supported the cause by purchasing a Wives Softball Challenge ticket package, which included entry to the softball game and a Loge Outfield Box ticket to Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs at Miller Park. Jerseys and other memorabilia were also raffled off at the game for fans to win as money was raised for the local RBI programs.

Each team held several practices to work on hitting, fielding and throwing in the weeks leading up to the charity event, but a few players had prior softball experience, including the Brewers’ Kaycee Sogard.

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Sogard, the wife of Brewers infielder Eric Sogard, played collegiately as a middle infielder at Arizona State, where she met her husband. But currently pregnant, she was placed at first base, a position at which she scooped several low throws.

“I felt really kind of awkward because my belly is really big, but it was really fun,” Sogard said. “I haven’t really been on the field for a long time, except when Eric makes me hit him ground balls or play catch in the offseason.”

Sogard scored one of the Brewers’ five runs in the first inning — a frame that was abruptly halted due to a five-run limit — after the Cubs got on the board first with a run to open the game.

Milwaukee added two more runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth, including a run on one of the game’s savviest plays. Alyssa Vogt, wife of Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt, tripled to lead off the fourth inning and tagged up on Sogard’s line drive, which was caught by Paige Hartman, Kyle Schwarber‘s girlfriend.

The Cubs cut into the Brewers’ lead with two runs in the fourth, but they weren’t able to muster any more offense due to some solid infield defense from Milwaukee.

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Jessica Bryant — Kris Bryant‘s wife — was injured and managed the Cubs. Bryant didn’t have to argue, but Counsell — like her husband, who has been ejected three times this season — left the dugout to jokingly disagree with the volunteer umpires on a pair of calls. She even got one overturned.

Many players on the Brewers and Cubs were in the stands and on the field cheering on their significant others just 12 hours after the Cubs took Monday night’s series opener, 7-2, in 11 innings and moved into first place in the National League Central for the first time since May 1.

The Cubs wore T-shirts with a drawing of their wives, fiancées or girlfriends’ Custom Astros Jersey  faces and names on them in a show of support. Brewers third baseman Hernan Perez and pitcher Brent Suter coached the bases for Milwaukee, high-fiving and hyping up the players when they reached base.

“It was such a cool role r Houston Astros Custom Jersey eversal,” Suter said. “They’re always supporting us playing, and to be out here and cheer them on was really fun and for a great cause. It was a really good event, and I hope we do that every year.”

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich safe Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey in rundown

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich used his legs. Lorenzo Cain used his head. And the Brewers used the Cubs’ big mistake to double their lead Tuesday night on the way back to first place in the National League Central.

Cain’s baserunning brilliance helped the Brewers escape a rundown before Travis Shaw delivered the second of his two-run doubles in Milwaukee’s 4-0 win, the latest installment of an entertaining series between the NL’s top two teams.

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MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich used his legs. Lorenzo Cain Custom Astros Jersey  used his head. And the Brewers used the Cubs’ big mistake to double their lead Tuesday night on the way back to first place in the National League Central.

Cain’s baserunning brilliance helped the Brewers escape a r Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey undown before Travis Shaw delivered the second of his two-run doubles in Milwaukee’s 4-0 win, the latest installment of an entertaining series between the NL’s top two teams.

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“Flat-out brilliant,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “I’ve never seen anything like that. He knew exactly what he was doing. I had no idea what he was planning on doing, but it was amazing. You talk about seeing the court, seeing the floor, as a basketball analogy. That’s seeing the field and understanding what’s happening.”

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Cain was more understated.

“It was a nice play,” he shrugged.

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

Yelich was at second base after a walk and an errant pickoff throw by Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood, whose troubles were just beginning. Cain was up next and hit a grounder over the mound that was picked up by second baseman Javier Baez.

Yelich was caught off the bag, so Baez threw to third to initiate a rundown. Yelich did his part by eluding the Cubs while Cain trotted toward second.

“At that point, we were in pretty good shape,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

But when it became apparent Yelich had a chance to get back to second base, Cain alertly recognized that first base had been left unoccupied. He even pointed at second  Custom Mariners Jersey to let Yelich know what he was thinking, then retreated to first.

Everybody was safe.

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“I kind of had a feeling something was up when I saw him standing a foot off the bag,” Yelich said with a grin. “I was like, ‘What are you doing?'”

Cain had a plan.

“I heard him yelling, ‘All the way back! All the way back!’ He was yelling at me, pointing at the bag,” Yelich said. “I just kept running hard and got there. That’s a really smart play. He said it’s something he’s practiced before, which is unbelievable. I guess if you think about it, it happens a lot. There’s a lot of throws in a rundown. Things kind of get chaotic and you can lose track of the bases sometimes.

“It was a great job on his part. He choreographed the whole thing, really.”

Cain had practiced that play in Kansas City, where he came of age after the Brewers traded him to the Royals in a prospect package for Zack Greinke.

Somewhere in his years with the Royals, Cain worked through that exact scenario with longtime first-base coach Rusty Kuntz. Cain just never had a chance to put it into action.

It can work, Cain said, “as long as the guy in front of you is hustling. I just kind of peeked back and saw that [Cubs first baseman Anthony] Rizzo wasn’t covering first. I guess he went home or somewhere.”

Said Rizzo: “We were just talking about it. I have to read [catcher] Willson [Contreras]. Willson was at third, so I’m the one who is supposed to protect home. [Yelich] kind of stopped halfway; they ran back. It was just a freak play.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Chatwood on his outing, Cain’s baserunning

“Rules of engagement,” Maddon said, “are run the runner hard, see the numbers on his back, grass to grass, dirt to dirt, the infielders get on the same side so you’re not throwing across the runner nor are you going to cross in front of him and get interference. Those are the rules. We had it going well until the very end. We had too many people at second base and did not cover first, and that’s what broke down.”

Chatwood wound up with the baseball at second base, surrounded by third baseman Kris Bryant, center fielder Albert Almora Jr. and rig Houston Astros Custom Jersey ht fielder Jason Heyward. Almora put his hands on his head.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of anything like that,” Chatwood said. “It happens.”

Shaw cashed in with his second double for a 4-0 lead.

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

Those runs represented something of a windfall after the Brewers were outscored by a 36-11 margin while losing eight of their first nine matchups with the Cubs this season, including seven in a row before Tuesday.

“Every run was huge tonight,” Cain said. “The Cubs have had our number this season, so to get runs off them was huge.”

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 — Brewers reliever Matt Albers was placed on the 10-day disabled Houston Astros Custom Jersey list on Tuesday, the day after surrendering five earned runs in the 11th inning of a 7-2 loss to the Cubs.

Albers (3-2, 3.45 ERA) has a right shoulder injury, and reliever Jorge Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers reliever Matt Albers was placed on the 10-day disabled Custom Mariners Jersey list on Tuesday, the day after surrendering five earned runs in the 11th inning of a 7-2 loss to the Cubs.

Albers (3-2, 3.45 ERA) has a right shoulder injury, and reliever Jorge Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.

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“He reported some soreness after the game,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He said it has been there for a little bit. We’ve got to just shut him down and try to get him better.”

In his first year with the Brewers, Albers has allowed at least one run in three of his four appearances in June after not allowing a run in 18 of his first 21 games. Albers allowed a home run to Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo on the first pitch of the 11th inning on Monday night, jump-starting a five-run outburst for the Cubs in the series opener.

The first sign of trouble for the veteran reliever may have been on Rizzo’s homer, according to Counsell, who said in his postgame news conference he thought Albers threw a changeup. Instead, it was an 88 mph fastball — down 2.5 mph from his fastest in his last appearance on Friday in Philadelphia.

“It is a very tough call,” Counsell said. “Everybody’s got something going on and you play with things. If you’ve played as long as Matt has, you know yourself pretty well. He got to the point where it was affecting him out there on the field, and it’s just time to take a break.”

Lopez has split time between the Major Leagues and Triple-A this season, last appearing with the Brewers on May 24 against the Mets. He was available to pitch in Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs.

Kratz providing unexpected jolt on offense
Since making his Major League debut with the Pirates in 2010 at age 30, Erik Kratz has bounced around professional baseball. Kratz has Major League stops with Toronto, Kansas City, the Yankees, two stops each in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and a bunch of stints in the Minors, before playing with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate earlier this season.

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

It hasn’t always been smooth-sailing for Kratz, who turns 38 on Friday, with all those teams — especially at the start. So when he had three home runs and 10 hits in six games with the Brewers, it’s pretty special.

Asked what it means to find some early success, Kratz said: “A lot. And that’s for any player; first time traded or 10th time traded. I went into two different teams at two different times in my career and started both teams 0-for-15. I felt it. I got a hit in my 16th at-bat both times. … I learned from that Custom Astros Jersey  time, just like I’m learning from this stretch of at-bats, too. You’re just trying to put together good at-bats all the time.”

While those starts with the Astros and Pirates were not ideal, Kratz’s first two weeks in Milwaukee have been on the other end of the spectrum.

Kratz hit his third home run in six games Monday, a third-inning blast that ended Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana‘s streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings against the Brewers. After hitting one home run in 117 Major League plate appearances over the past three season Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey s, Kratz has three homers in 23 at-bats for Milwaukee.

“It’s important for guys like Erik,” Counsell said. “It just helps put everybody at ease and the player at ease. He’s made a major contribution when he’s been in there.”

Milwaukee acquired Kratz from the Yankees for future considerations on May 25, looking for an upgrade over slumping backup catcher Jett Bandy. Kratz has certainly outperformed expectations, with an OPS of 1.370 in six games and a “really nice job” defensively, according to Counsell.

Counsell also believes Kratz will continue to improve his game-calling ability with the Brewers’ staff.

“It’s going to keep getting better because you’ve caught more pitches from the guys and you’ve been in the meetings more,” Counsell said. “It’s always harder when you’re hearing it for the first time.”

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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Lorenzo Cain seeking Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey All-Star nod

MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain either leads all National League position players or just the NL outfielders, depending on your preferred version of wins above Houston Astros Custom Jersey replacement, but he trailed 14 of his peers, including Brewers teammate Christian Yelich, when the first round of NL All-Star Game balloting results were released Monday.

Cain was 15th among NL outfielders with 104,948 votes, while Yelich was 11th with 163,575 votes, after the first 10 days of balloting. The top three outfielders will start the 89th All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain either leads all National League position players or just the NL outfielders, depending on your preferred version of wins above replacement, but he trailed 14 of his peers, including Brewers teammate Christian Yelich, when the first round of NL All-Star Game balloting results were released Monday.

Cain was 15th among NL outfielders with 104,948 votes, while Yelich was 11th with 163,575 votes, after the first 10 days of balloting. The top three outfielders will start the 89th All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

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The Nationals’ Bryce Harper (498,189 votes), Braves’ Nick Markakis (494,206) and Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (351,780) were in the top three spots as of Monday.

Cain an Custom Astros Jersey d Yelich were the only Brewers among the leaders at their position in this initial update.

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Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was just happy to be back.

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

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

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

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

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

Video: Rays receive Choi, Brewers receive Miller in trade

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

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

Miller has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

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

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


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Erik Kratz hits third Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey Brewers home run

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Ryan Braun robs Willson Contreras Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey of home run

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contreras offered a round of applause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

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

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

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

Harrison hits walk-off homer

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

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

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

Sosa blasts second homer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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