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CHICAGO — It didn’t produce the run the Brewers needed against Yu Darvish, but for struggling right fielder Domingo Santana, perhaps it was a start.

Santana’s double in the sixth inning of Friday afternoon’s 3-2 loss to the Cubs was his first extra-base hit in four weeks, since his RBI double in the Brewers’ second game of the season at San Diego on March 30. It snapped a string of 17 straight singles for Santana, which is one of the most surprising developments of the opening month for Milwaukee considering he was one of the 19 qualifying National League hitters with a slugging percentage north of .500 in 2017, and he tied for 21st with 59 extra-base hits. After hitting 30 home runs a year ago, Santana is still seeking his first.

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CHICAGO — It didn’t produce the run the Brewers needed against Yu Darvish, but for struggling right fielder Domingo Santana, perhaps it was a start.

Santana’s double in the sixth inning of Friday afternoon’s 3-2 loss to the Cubs was his first extra-base hit in four weeks, since his RBI double in Deshaun Watson Jersey the Brewers’ second game of the season at San Diego on March 30. It snapped a string of 17 straight singles for Santana, which is one of the most surprising developments of the opening month for Milwaukee considering he was one of the 19 qualifying National League hitters with a slugging percentage north of .500 in 2017, and he tied for 21st with 59 extra-base hits. After hitting 30 home runs a year ago, Santana is still seeking his first.

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It’s not for a lack of opportunity. Santana entered the day third on the team with 94 plate appearances.

“He hasn’t driven the ball yet, no question,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He hasn’t gotten the ball in the air a lot. It’s hopefully coming. Obviously, home runs, doubles, extra-base hits come from hitting the ball in the air, generally. We’ve seen a lot of ground balls from him. Last night, he hit a couple balls hard on the ground. But, yeah, he’s searching for it a little bit. Getting through the month of April without too many extra-base hits is not something you’re expecting from him.”

Santana is actually hitting fly balls at the same rate — 27.7 percent last season, 27.3 percent through Thursday — and has essentially the same average launch angle, according to Statcast™. It was 10.5 degrees last season and 10.4 percent through Thursday.

What’s missing are the line drives. Santana’s line-drive rate has fallen from 30.1 percent in 2017 to 16.4 percent this season entering Friday. His hard-hit percentage has fallen, too, from 37.7 percent las Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey t season to 32.2 percent this season.

Still, Santana has hit a higher percentage of hard-hit balls than some really good NL hitters, including Charlie Blackmon (30.5 percent), Anthony Rizzo (30.4 percent), Yoenis Cespedes (29.1 percent), Eric Hosmer (28.8 percent) and Starling Marte Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey  (26.3 percent).

“Like anything, it’s swinging at the right pitches, putting the right pitches in play,” Counsell said. “When you get a pitch to hit, not missing it. He’s missed a couple good pitches to hit and he’s put a couple of the wrong balls in play, and that’s the way you end up in this spot. But we also know he can have a week where he hits five home runs, very easily.”

Counsell continued, “Look, we all want some success. It’s important. It’s important for confidence. He’s a mellow, quiet kind of guy and that’s how he’s always handled his business, and I think that keeps him on an even keel pretty good. He knows that he’s just got to keep working through it and it’ll come. Power and driving the ball and hitting the ball hard has really been a staple of his game, and it’ll come.”

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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Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey Corbin Martin Brett Adcock dominate in Minors

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

Astros prospects Corbin Martin and Brett Adcock were about as locked in and dominant as a duo could be in Class A Advanced Buies Creek’s 4-0 win over Frederick.

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

Astros prospects Corbin Martin and Brett Adcock were about as locked in and dominant as a duo could be in Class A Advanced Buies Creek’s 4-0 win over Frederick.

The pitchers, Houston’s Nos. 10 and No. 28 prospects, combined for 14 strikeouts over nine scoreless innings.

Martin got the start, giving up one hit and striking out five over five innings, continuing what has been an early season trend. The right-hander has been nothing short of spectacular this season, giving up just one unearned run across 19 innings (four games, three starts).

Video: Top Prospects: Corbin Martin, RHP, Astros

While Adcock hasn’t been quite as good as Martin this season, he’s off to a strong start as well. After striking out nine over four frames, the lefty has a 1.65 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

Other top prospect performances from Friday’s action:

No. 7 overall prospect Nick Senzel (Reds’ No. 2) hit his second homer of the season for Triple-A Louisville. Senzel, who got off to a slow start this season, hit a two-run blast in the first inning and ultimately finished with a season-high three hits in a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance.

Senzel clears the fences

• No. 43 overall prospect Austin Meadows (Pirates’ No. 2) fell just short of the cycle but still put together one of his best games of the season, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs for Triple-A Indianapolis. Meadows singled in the first, hit his first homer of the year in the fourth, collected an RBI single in the fifth and drove in another run with a double in the sixth.

Meadows cracks first 2018 homer

Athletics prospects James Naile (No. 24) and Wyatt Marks (No. 25) put together strong outings for Triple-A Nashville and Class A Beloit. Naile, despite giving up one run in seven innings, was stuck with a loss, but that hardly takes away from the fact that the right-hander turned in a quality start and has allowed one run or fewer in four of his five starts. Marks, who picked up his third win of the year for Beloit, matched his season high with nine strikeouts Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey  in just 4 2/3 innings. The 2017 13th-round Draft pick threw 43 of his 66 pitches for strikes, walked one and gave up two hits.

Blue Jays No. 10 prospect Sean Reid-Foley had everything working as he cruised through five scoreless innings with Double-A New Hampshire. The right-hander notched a season-high eight strikeouts and gave up just two hits as he fired 52 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

• A Braves pitching prospect puts up a gem seemingly every day, and on Friday it was No. 12 Kyle Muller. The lefty has given up one earned run or fewer in four straight starts after throwing six innings of one-run ball Deshaun Watson Jersey for Class A Rome. Muller fired 52 of his 88 pitches for strikes, yielded three hits and struck out six.

Brewers No. 11 prospect Mauricio Dubon wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 16 games as he hit his third homer of the season in the first inning for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 23-year-old finished 2-for-6 and has multiple hits in three straight games.

Mets No. 4 prospect Peter Alonso continues to rake for Double-A Binghamton as he went 3-for-4 in his third straight multi-hit game. Alonso also drove in three runs, two of which came via his fifth homer of the season and second in as many games.

Alonso belts two-run dinger

Orioles No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey, who has dealt with numerous injury issues over the past few years, put together his longest outing since July 25, 2015, throwing four innings for Double-A Bowie. Harvey cruised through the outing as he surrendered just two hits and struck out six without yielding a run.

• Phillies prospects Roman Quinn (No. 15) and Cole Irvin (No. 24) led Triple-A Lehigh Valley to a win with strong performances at the plate and on the mound. Quinn, hitting atop the IronPigs lineup, highlighted a five-run second inning with his first homer of the year — a grand slam — on his way to a 2-for-4 night. On the mound, Irvin picked up his first win as he put up nothing but zeros for six innings.

• Dodgers No. 13 prospect Gavin Lux set a career high with five RBIs in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga’s win over Lancaster. The 21-year-old is batting .286 on the year after going 3-for-5 with his first homer of the year. Lux drove in two with a the home run in the fifth inning, drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and came through with a two-run single in the ninth.

Pirates No. 16 prospect Calvin Mitchell continued to rake for Class A West Virginia, extending his hitting streak to 13 games with a 4-for-5 showing. Mitchell, who has boosted his average from .258 to .381 during the streak, had a pair of doubles and drove in a run in what was already his eighth multi-hit game this season.

Mitchell doubles again

Reds No. 21 prospect Keury Mella was nearly untouchable for Double-A Pensacola, and he absolutely needed to be as the Blue Wahoos clung to a 1-0 win. The right-hander, who has a 1.00 ERA through five starts, gave up just three hits as he struck out nine in seven scoreless innings. Mella threw 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes and only allowed one runner past second base.

Mella records ninth K

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey.

Eric Thames out 6-8 weeks after Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey thumb surgery

CHICAGO — Brewers first baseman Eric Thames underwent surgery on Friday to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will be sidelined 6 to 8 weeks, the team said.

That timetable was right in line with expectations, Brewers manager Craig Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey Counsell said Saturday morning. So was the post-surgery social media post, Counsell joked.

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CHICAGO — Brewers first baseman Eric Thames underwent surgery on Friday to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will be sidelined 6 to 8 weeks, the team said.

That timetable was right in line with expectations, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday morning. So was the post-surgery social media post, Counsell joked.

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“Step 1: Done!” Thames wrote on Instagram, with a photo of his hand in a heavy cast.

Thames had the procedure in Phoenix after a consultation with hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who performed the surgery. The timetable is consistent with most other players who have torn that ligament, including Mike Trout, who missed about six weeks last season, and Bryce Harper, who was sidelined two months in 2014.

The Brewers’ leader with seven home runs, Thames was injured diving for a ground ball in the eighth inning of a w Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey in over the Royals on Tuesday in Kansas City. Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Braun have started at first base in Thames’ absence, with Aguilar delivering one of the Brewers’ two sacrifice flies in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

Video: MIL@KC: Thames lays out to make a stop in the 8th

“Now it’s rehab time for Eric,” Brewers GM David Stearns said. “That’s a challenging time for a player, but I know he’s going to go at it full-force. We’re in that 6-8 week timeframe that you guys have talked about before, and that’s pretty standard for these types of injuries. I know Eric is going to push to get back as soon as he possibly can, but we’ll see how the rehab goes. The key for when Eric comes back is for him to be completely healthy.”

Thames will remain in Phoenix for the next 10 days or so before the Brewers make a decision about where to continue his rehab.

“I don’t think any of these guys like to sit around. The lack of activity can be frustrating,” Counsell said. “Jimmy [Nelson] is going through it right now. I think Eric’s time is short enough. He’s going to have 2-3 weeks of inactivity, but then he’ll be able to start doing enough where this will go by pretty fast.”

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


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Brewers struggle to plate Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey runs in loss to Cubs

CHICAGO — An error hurt. So did a stiff breeze off Lake Michigan. The Brewers have had to be inch-perfect to beat the Cubs so far in 2018, and on Friday afternoon, most of those inches worked against them.

Eric Sogard‘s misplay with two outs in the seventh inning spotted the Cubs the go-ahead run after the wind knocked down Christian Yelich‘s would-be grand slam, sending the Brewers to a 3-2 loss against their chief division rivals at Wrigley Field.

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CHICAGO — An error hurt. So did a stiff breeze off Lake Michigan. The Brewers have had to be inch-perfect to beat the Cubs so far in 2018, and on Friday afternoon, most of those inches worked against them.

Eric Sogard‘s misplay with two outs in the seventh inning spotted the Cubs the go-ahead run after the wind knocked down Christian Yelich‘s would-be grand slam, sending the Brewers to a 3-2 loss against their chief division rivals at Wrigley Field.

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Brewers hitters are still searching for a crooked number to hang on the scoreboard against the Cubs, and Friday’s pitcher-friendly conditions did not help. The Brewers fell to 1-5 against the Cubs this season while scoring nine total runs, including four runs in the five losses.

Video: MIL@CHC: Counsell on the role of luck in 3-2 loss

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the Cubs were fortunate on Friday.

“Those guys are very good,” Maddon said. “The Brewers are very good.”

An error doomed the Crew, however. After Yelich settled for a ty Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey ing sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning, a pair of ground-ball singles gave the Cubs runners at the corners with one out in the bottom of the frame and prompted a call for Brewers reliever and designated escape artist Jeremy Jeffress. He struck out Albert Almora Jr. and induced a Javier Baez ground ball that should have ended the threat, but Sogard, who shares shortstop with slick-fielding Orlando Arcia, bobbled the ball for an error as the decisive run scored.

“I actually had it in my glove going into the slot, and then it just kind of popped out when I was sliding,” Sogard said. “I tried to stay with it and get him, but it didn’t work out.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Aguilar opens scoring with a sac fly to left

It was a costly misplay, especially in light of the conditions.

“In weather like this, there are not runs out there. I think it’s been pretty clear for both offenses,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You drive balls — when the first-inning ball that [Jesus] Aguilar hits is an out instead of a homer, when the bases-loaded ball is an out instead of four runs, it’s tough to score. That’s six [runs].”

Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision despite strong efforts. Chicago’s Yu Darvish blanked the Brewers after a wind-aided unearned run in the first inning through the end of the sixth, striking out eight batters along the way — including Manny Pina on a knee-buckling 64-mph curveball in the fifth.

Brewers starter Brent Suter found early trouble of his own when  Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale Almora, Baez and Anthony Rizzo delivered successive hits for a 2-1 lead to start the bottom of the first inning, drawing an early mound visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. Suter retired 12 of the next 14 batters, including nine straight from the second inning through the fourth before Darvish led off the fifth with a double.

Video: MIL@CHC: Suter strikes out Almora swinging

Facing another pass through Almora, Baez and Rizzo, Suter retired all three to complete his outing. He was charged with two earned runs on five hits in five innings, and he lowered his ERA from 6.15 entering the second inning to 5.34 by the end of the day.

The Brewers’ back-to-back losses to begin this series against the Cubs came after eight straight wins against the Reds, Marlins and Royals.

Video: MIL@CHC: Suter knocks a single in the 5th

“Look, he had a rough first inning. The ball wasn’t going where he wanted it in the first inning,” Counsell said. “But after that, his second time through the lineup was the best he’s pitched this year. … Hopefully he found something that he can carry forward.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Yelich said he could not have hit it much better. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh against Cubs left-hander Brian Duensing, Yelich smashed a slider — 107.5 mph off his bat, according to Statcast™ — right into the teeth of an easterly wind. It settled into right fielder Jason Heyward‘s glove at the warning track for a tying sacrifice fly.

Video: MIL@CHC: Yelich ties game on a towering sac fly

“That’s part of playing here,” Yelich said. “Some days it’s blowing in Deshaun Watson Jersey hard, some days it’s blowing out hard. Unfortunately for us, it was blowing in hard today. It sucks.”

Yelich is still seeking his first Major League grand slam.

“That’s clearly a home run on a normal day,” Counsell said. “But there’s luck involved in the game. We don’t want to acknowledge it, and a lot of times it’s pretty subtle. Sometimes it hits you in the face. Today was a day it hit you in the face.”

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
How’s this for changing speeds? To strike out Pina for the second out of the fifth inning, Darvish froze Pina with a 95 mph fastball followed by a 64 mph curveball.

Video: MIL@CHC: Darvish freezes Pina with nasty curveball

“I was never expecting him to throw that pitch,” Pina said. “He just threw that one all day, right? I was ready for a two-seamer in or a slider away, and he threw me that.”

HE SAID IT
“That’s the team we want to beat. That’s the team we need to beat. … When we play another team, we just play. When we face the Cubs, we just want to beat them for sure. We’ll see [Saturday].” — Pina

Video: MIL@CHC: Suter, Yelich, Counsell on Brewers 3-2 loss

UP NEXT
The Brewers are 3-0 in Junior Guerra‘s starts, and they will look to make it four in a row when the right-hander takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Saturday opposite Jose Quintana and the Cubs. Quintana, scheduled to throw his first pitch at 1:20 p.m. CT, has a 0.75 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers, and he has pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings against Milwaukee dating back to last July.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Brew Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey ers shut out by Cubs for fourth time

CHICAGO — Between the cold, the wind, the sun and Jose Quintana, Saturday afternoon was no fun for the suddenly struggling Brewers.

Quintana extended his scoreless streak against Milwaukee to 24 innings in the Brewers’ 3-0 loss at Wrigley Field, where the only run before the seventh inning scored on a routine popup that turned into an RBI double. The loss left the Brewers on the brink of being swept in the four-game series on the heels of an eight-game winning streak.

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CHICAGO — Between the cold, the wind, the sun and Jose Quintana, Saturday afternoon was no fun for the suddenly struggling Brewers.

Quintana extended his scoreless streak against Milwaukee to 24 innings in the Brewers’ 3-0 loss at Wrigley Field, where the only run before the seventh inning scored on a routine popup that turned into an RBI double. The loss left the Brewers on the brink of being swept in the four-game Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey series on the heels of an eight-game winning streak.

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“We’ll have a bat ceremony tonight and try to figure out a way to score some runs,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who obviously hadn’t lost his sense of humor.

Video: MIL@CHC: Counsell on offensive struggles against Cubs

Chicago has dominated the season series so far. The Brewers are 1-6 against the Cubs while averaging 1.3 runs per game, including four of their five shutout losses.

In their 21 other contests, the Brewers are 15-6 against the Padres, Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey Cardinals, Mets, Reds, Marlins and Royals while averaging 4.7 runs per game.

“They’ve pitched well, and the conditions here are low-scoring. But we’ve got to have better at-bats, no question,” Counsell said. “More pressure and better at-bats. Eventually, you’ll break through if you keep doing that.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Brewers on 3-0 loss to the Cubs

Bundled up against 18 mph winds off Lake Michigan that made it feel like 37 degrees at first pitch, the Brewers mustered two hits and a walk in Quintana’s seven dominant innings while striking out seven times. The left-hander entered the day with a 7.78 ERA, but you wouldn’t know it from his work against Milwaukee, which amounts to 13 scoreless innings over two 2018 starts.

Quintana also pitched scoreless baseball in his final 2017 start against the Brewers, including a shutout at Miller Park last Sept. 24.

“We haven’t figured him out,” Counsell said. “It was difficult conditions, but I don’t think conditions had a lot to do with it. There wasn’t many balls we hit hard. For whatever reason, we haven’t been able to pressure him at all.”

Said Domingo Santana: “I mean, what are you going to say? He’s very good against us.”

Can a pitcher have an entire team’s number?

“Yeah, just like a hitter has a pitcher’s, too,” Santana said.

Brewers starter Junior Guerra was just as tough for six innings, allowing one run on three hits to leave him with a 0.82 ERA after four big league starts this season. One of those hits warranted an asterisk, as Javier Baez‘s fly ball to center field in the third inning would have been routine on most days, but turned into one of the handful of popups with which the Brewers struggled on Saturday.

Video: MIL@CHC: Cubs benefit from the sun and wind in win

Unable to see the ball in the sun, center fielder Lorenzo Cain called for help from right fielder Santana as shortstop Orlando Arcia charged in. The ball ticked off Arcia’s glove for what was ruled an RBI double.

“When I noticed [Cain motioning], that’s when I took off,” Arcia said. “At the last second, I kind of took my eye off the ball to see where Santana was, and when I looked up, the ball had moved again with the sun. That extra little bit, I missed it.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Baez skies an RBI double to center

Cubs defenders had no such trouble, in part because only five of the Brewers’ outs were on fly balls. The Cubs converted Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Team Color Navy Blue Jersey Sale  every chance.

“They played better defense than us, certainly,” Counsell said.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Cain stranded: After the Cubs scored in the bottom of the third, the Brewers missed a golden opportunity to answer when Cain led off the fourth with a double and took third on a wild pitch. Quintana held firm, striking out Christian Yelich and retiring Ryan Braun on a foul pop before Baez made a sparkling play at shortstop to rob Santana of a tying hit up the middle.

Video: MIL@CHC: Baez saves run with sliding stop in the 4th

“We love playing the Cubs,” said Santana. “It’s a very competitive series all the time, and it’s always good to win. At the same time, we’ve been grinding out there. The wind today helped them. The time we had a chance, Baez made a great play. We just have to keep grinding, keep going out there and playing hard.”

Momentary lapse: The Cubs tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh when pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella blooped a single over shortstop against Oliver Drake, marking the first earned runs against a Brewers reliever in nearly two weeks. Jason Heyward scored the second run on the play by hustling home when Arcia held the ball too long in shallow left field.

“I just tried to watch him the whole time to see if he was going to keep his eyes on me and se Deshaun Watson Jersey e if he was going to stay ready for me to move,” said Heyward. “As soon as he kind of looked away, I said, ‘I’m going.'”

Video: MIL@CHC: La Stella knocks in two on a single to left

Said Counsell: “Arcia just got a little lazy getting the ball in. I think he was frustrated he didn’t get to the ball. Unless I got it wrong, that’s what I saw.”

SOUND SMART
The 32-inning streak for Brewers relievers without an earned run was the third-longest in franchise history. The longest such streak for a Brewers bullpen was 35 1/3 innings in 2000.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Cain’s catch of a Willson Contreras line drive to right-center field in the fourth inning was special under any conditions, and remarkable in the wind. According to Statcast™, Cain had only an 11 percent catch probability, requiring he cover 91 feet in 4.6 seconds. Cain’s sprint speed was 29.9 feet/sec, just shy of 30 ft/sec considered elite. It was ruled a five-star catch.

Video: MIL@CHC: Cain runs down a fly ball for five-star grab

HE SAID IT
“Every day I come here, I think, ‘This park is way too small. It’s just not big enough.’ Then, you play on days like this weekend and you see it’s not too small. You’ll have Aprils like this where you can’t get balls out of the park. It becomes a different game. You play in both situations in this park. They’re different games. They have to be played differently.” — Counsell

UP NEXT
Zach Davies has won his last two starts while allowing two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings, and he will try to stay on a roll Sunday when he starts the finale of a four-game series against the Cubs. Davies is 4-1 with a 4.18 ERA in five career starts at Wrigley Field. Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood‘s first pitch is scheduled for 1:20 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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CHICAGO — The Brewers have reached decision time with veteran left-hander Wade Miley.

Miley, who was on the cusp of a spot in Milwaukee’s Opening Day rotation Deshaun Watson Jersey  before sustaining a groin injury in the final week of Spring Training, struck out 11 batters while allowing two hits in six scoreless innings for Double-A Biloxi on Friday night. It was a sparkling finale of Miley’s three-start rehab assignment.

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CHICAGO — The Brewers have reached decision time with veteran left-hander Wade Miley.

Miley, who was on the cusp of a spot in Milwaukee’s Opening Day rotation before sustaining a groin injury in the final week of Spring Training, struck out 11 batters while allowing two hits in six scoreless innings for Double-A Biloxi on Friday night. It was a sparkling finale of Miley’s three-start rehab assignment.

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Now, the Brewers have two days to add Miley to the Major League roster or offer him his release so he can sign elsewhere.

“We’ve got a decision to make,” Brewers GM David Stearns said. “We’re going to talk about it over the next 24-48 hours, and we’ll go from there. I think we’ve got a good understanding of what the timeframe is.

“Look, Wade did his job. He’s healthy and pitching well. We’ve also got some guys here who are pitching pretty well. So we need to talk through all of that. The good news is our starting group has come through very nicely. Having difficult decisions like this is a good thing.”

The Brewers have two starting pitchers who could be optioned to Triple-A or moved to the bullpen if they opt to make room for Miley. But Brent Suter pitched well against the Cubs on Friday — and the Brewers’ evaluators believe he’s been better than his 5.34 ERA — and Junior Guerra carried a 0.56 ERA into his fourth start of the season on Saturday.

Video: MIL@CHC: Suter strikes out Almora swinging

In the bullpen, the Brewers could free a roster spot by optioning Brandon Woodruff back to the Minors, but left-hander Boone Logan also made a rehab appearance for Biloxi on Friday and is nearing his return from a triceps injury, and All-Star closer Corey Knebel (hamstring) could be less than a week from beginning his own assignment. Spots are tight.

“[Miley] is making us make a tough decision,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We have starters pitching well. That makes it a tough decision. We have a pitching staff, pitching well. We have a bunch of guys pitching really well.”

Momentum for Logan, Knebel
Before Logan began a rehab assignment on Friday likely to span 3-4 outings, Knebel tested his left hamstring at Wrigley Field in the latest of a series of bullpen sessions. It might be his last. Knebel expects to face hitters on Monday in Cincinnati before departing for a Minor League assignment, which would put him back in the Brewers’ bullpen by the middle of May.

Stearns, however, suggested caution.

“I know he’s very excited about where he is right now,” Stearns said. “I think Corey would like one more good mound session and then a rehab — we’ll see how he feels after that mound session and Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey  see what our medical staff says and go from there. You guys hear me say it all the time, but the key is, when these guys get back, we want them to be healthy. We don’t want setbacks. And with a hamstring injury, we’re going to be pretty cautious.”

Video: Counsell and Stearns on Knebel’s timetable

Said Knebel: “I feel good, that’s the main thing. I definitely want to be 100 percent before I come back.”

Logan threw nine pitches, seven strikes, while working around a hit in his scoreless inning for Biloxi.

“He said he felt good after the outing. First time out on a rehab assignment, that’s what you’re looking for,” Stearns said.

Logan and Knebel will each have to pass a series of tests before making it back to the big league bullpen. Recovering from the first outing is an important Step 1, Stearns said. Then they will have to recover from back-to-back outings. Particularly in Logan’s case, the Brewers may want to see a multi-inning appearance.

Ortiz hits Double-A DL
Right-hander Luis Ortiz, the Brewers’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was placed on Double-A Biloxi’s disabled list Saturday with tightness in his left hamstring. Farm director Tom Flanagan said the injury is on the minor side, but Ortiz was scheduled to start Saturday night and the team needed the roster spot for a pitcher.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Since the end of last season, the National League Central has seen three Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey faces and one name change in the ninth inning.

The Cubs lost closer Wade Davis to free agency and installed Brandon Morrow in his place. The Cardinals’ ongoing search for a closer continued until they signed Greg Holland on Opening Day, then it eventually led them to Bud Norris. All-Star closer Corey Knebel returned for the Brewers, but his early-season injury forced manager Craig Counsell to get creative for the time being.

Since the end of last season, the National League Central has seen three faces and one name change in the ninth inning.

The Cubs lost closer Wade Davis to free agency and installed Brandon Morrow Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey in his place. The Cardinals’ ongoing search for a closer continued until they signed Greg Holland on Opening Day, then it eventually led them to Bud Norris. All-Star closer Corey Knebel returned for the Brewers, but his early-season injury forced manager Craig Counsell to get creative for the time being.

The Pirates kept their lights-out lefty closer, but even he offers a different look these days — the former Felipe Rivero now goes by Felipe Deshaun Watson Jersey Vazquez. Then there’s Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias, the steady hand at the back of an often-unstable Cincinnati bullpen.

Here’s a look at the lay of the ninth-inning land across the NL Central.

Brewers
Who’s the closer? Mr. Committee

How is it working out? Surprisingly well, considering the Brewers’ initial concern when Knebel, a 2017 All-Star, went down with a left hamstring injury on April 5. After a few shaky ninth innings immediately after the injury, Counsell’s bullpen has ably covered Knebel’s absence. Matt Albers, Jacob Barnes and Josh Hader have all logged saves, including a series of two-inning saves for Barnes and Hader. Three weeks later, it’s still a by-committee approach. Through Wednesday’s win over Kansas City, Milwaukee’s eighth straight, the relievers had not allowed an earned run in their past 28 innings.

How secure is he? Mr. Committee’s tenure could be nearing an end. Knebel got back on the mound for the first time on Saturday, and while the Brewers plan to be extremely cautious during this phase of his rehab because he was injured while pitching, there is hope he could return to the ninth inning sometime in mid-May.

Video: MIL@KC: Hader K’s Moustakas, Perez to strand a pair

Who’s next in line? Some fans have pined for Hader, a strikeout machine, to be installed in the role. But Counsell loves the flexibility to pick Hader’s spots. If Knebel were to remain out and Counsell wanted a more permanent solution in the ninth, he would more likely use Barnes or Jeremy Jeffress, who was Milwaukee’s closer when he was traded to Texas at the 2016 Trade Deadline. Jeffress is currently flourishing as the Brewers’ “sixth-inning closer,” often entering games with runners aboard in relief of the starting pitcher — a role that can be as important as the closer in Counsell’s view.

Cardinals
Who’s the closer? Norris

How is it working out? Norris wasn’t the Cardinals’ first choice to close, but he’s taken the job and run with it. Norris entered Thursday with five saves in as many opportunities along with a 2.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. The Cards first named Luke Gregerson their closer, gave Dominic Leone a couple chances to claim the job then signed Holland to pitch the ninth. But Norris has emerged, for now, as their guy in the ninth inning.

Video: CIN@STL: Norris retires Pennington to shut the door

How secure is he? The job still seems set up for Holland whenever he’s ready. The Cardinals signed him to a one-year, $14 million deal, but he walked four in his season debut and hasn’t seen any real high-leverage work since then as he works through what the club is calling his “Spring Training phase.”

Who’s next in line? St. Louis has plenty of experienced options with Norris, Holland and Gregerson. The Cards value 21-year-old righty Jordan Hicks, but it seems like he’ll be more of a “super” setup man, pitching multiple innings.

Cubs
Who’s the closer? Morrow

How is it working out? Quite well. Morrow didn’t record his first save until April 7, but it was due to a lack of opportunity, not performance. Morrow locked down four saves with seven strikeouts and only four hits allowed over his first eight appearances, and he’s yet to be charged with an earned run.

Video: STL@CHC: Morrow strikes out Bader to cap a Cubs win

How secure is he? This is Morrow’s job, and it’s hard to imagine anything changing that aside from an injury or big-time acquisition. He was promised the closer’s job when he signed a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December, and they haven’t wavered since then.

Who’s next in line? Manager Joe Maddon has said the Cubs are grooming Carl Edwards Jr. for the ninth inning, so it would probably fall to the lanky right-hander. Other candidates include right-hander Pedro Strop and, if he gets beyond the struggles that began last season, left-hander Justin Wilson.

Pirates
Who’s the closer? Vazquez

How is it working out? It’s going to take a while for Vazquez to erase the effects of Opening Day — four runs on three walks and a hit with only two outs recorded — from his record. But the lefty followed that outing with a two-save day on April 1, the first two of seven straight scoreless appearances. He then allowed two runs ( Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Team Color Navy Blue Jersey Sale one earned) in a non-save situation last Saturday.

Video: PIT@MIA: Vazquez earns save to seal Pirates 1-0 win

How secure is he? Vazquez is not going anywhere. The Pirates committed to him (he was then going by Rivero) over the offseason by signing him to a long-term contract extension. The job belongs to Vazquez for the foreseeable future.

Who’s next in line? With Vazquez unavailable on April 2, veteran setup man George Kontos recorded his second career save. Kontos remains Pittsburgh’s eighth-inning man, so he’d be the guy. But keep an eye on hard-throwing right-hander Michael Feliz, currently the Pirates’ seventh-inning setup man, who has been excellent since an Opening Day blowup.

Reds
Who’s the closer? Iglesias

How is it working out? Iglesias has been a lights-out closer without many save situations to convert. He entered Thursday with three saves in four opportunities, recording an overall 1.74 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in nine appearances.

Video: ATL@CIN: Iglesias retires Flaherty to earn the save

How secure is he? There are no obvious replacements to take Iglesias’ spot, and he hasn’t done anything to shake the Reds’ confidence in him as their closer. For all of Cincinnati’s bullpen issues, Iglesias posted a 2.51 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP with 175 strikeouts in 154 1/3 innings over 100 appearances from 2016-17.

Who’s next in line? With Michael Lorenzen on the Reds’ crowded disabled list, the job would most likely fall to sinkerballer Jared Hughes at this point. Hughes, an NL Central veteran, is off to a solid start with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over his first 13 appearances. If the situation called for a left-hander, Cincinnati could turn to Wandy Peralta instead.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.


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Brewers win streak e Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey nds at 8 with loss to Cubs

CHICAGO — After winning eight in a row against a trio of last-place teams, the Brewers faced a stiffer test Thursday against Kyle Hendricks and the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Hendricks pitched seven shutout innings, Kyle Schwarber homered off Chase Anderson in the sixth and was the only player from either team to touch third base, and Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez made highlight-reel catches for the Cubs to send the Brewers to a 1-0 loss in the opener of a four-game series, denying Milwaukee a ninth straight victory.

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CHICAGO — After winning eight in a row against a trio of last-place teams, the Brewers faced a stiffer test Thursday against Kyle Hendricks and the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Hendricks pitched seven shutout innings, Kyle Schwarber homered off Chase Anderson in the sixth and was the only player from either team to touch third base, and Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez made highlight-reel catches for the Cubs to send the Brewers to a 1-0 loss in the opener of a four-game series, denying Milwaukee a ninth straight victory.

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It was the Brewers’ fourth shutout loss this season. Three of those shutout losses have come in five games against the Cubs.

“Three different guys,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, referring to losses started by Chicago’s Jon Lester and Jose Quintana earlier this month at Miller Park before Hendricks’ gem Thursday. “They’ve pitched some good games against us, for sure.”

Schwarber’s seventh home run came off tough-luck loser Anderson, who navigated seven innings on 82 pitches and limited the Cubs to that lone run on five hits. He continued a stretch of high-qua Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Alternate Red Jersey Sale lity outings for Brewers starters, who own a 2.41 ERA over the team’s last 12 games.

And with Jacob Barnes‘ scoreless eighth inning behind Anderson, Brewers relievers have not allowed an earned run in their last 28 innings.

“That’s the foundation of this, that we pitch well and prevent runs,” Counsell said. “So that continuing puts us in a good spot, for sure.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Counsell on Anderson’s great start in loss

Asked whether there was any moral victory in the way the Brewers have pitched lately, Ryan Braun said, “We’re way past the point of moral victories in a loss. We’re not in that place as an organization. We want to win.”

The Brewers, who outscored the Cubs 31-5 while winning the teams’ final four Wrigley Field matchups a year ago, mustered four baserunners in seven innings against Hendricks — all on two-out hits, including a Braun double in the first inning that nearly cleared the left-field wall. Hendricks struck out five and benefitted from slick defense when Almora made a running catch of Lorenzo Cain‘s deep drive to center field with two outs in the sixth inning and when Baez made a leaping catch of Braun’s line drive leading off the seventh.

Video: MIL@CHC: Almora Jr. leaps for a catch on the track

“[Hendricks] is always good against us and he was on top of his game tonight, so you know you don’t get many opportunities,” Braun said. “Leading off the inning there, if that ball gets over Baez’s head, it’s a baserunner to start the inning, maybe even a double. I hit it hard. But he’s an incredible defender and got all the way up to make a play. Just a very well-pitched game with good defense all the way around. Fun game.”

“It was just a really tightly, well-played baseball game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

The Brewers entered the night riding eight straight wins over the Reds, Deshaun Watson Jersey Marlins and Royals, each of whom reside at the bottom of their respective divisions. It was Milwaukee’s longest winning streak since an 8-0 run from June 28-July 5, 2015.

“The Cubs are a good team. They won the World Series in ’16 and the division last year,” Anderson said. “We just didn’t swing the bats like we wanted to tonight and I made one bad pitch. It was a great game all the way around.

“Our team is going to Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey  score runs. I have no doubt in my mind.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
A big part of Anderson’s breakthrough last season was limiting the long ball, from 28 home runs allowed in 2016 to 14 home runs in 10 1/3 fewer innings in 2017. After Schwarber connected with a low, inside cutter for a line-drive shot over the ribbon board in right field, Anderson has surrendered seven home runs in his first six starts this season.

“You know, one pitch to Schwarber, I feel like if it’s up two, three inches, he either pops it up or doesn’t hit it,” Anderson said. “I kind of put it where he likes it. Just one mistake.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Schwarber rips a solo homer in the 6th

Is he worried about the elevated home run rate?

“Not really. If I’m pitching deep in games, it doesn’t really matter,” Anderson said. “If I give up one run every time I go out there, I feel like I can give the team a chance to win, so it doesn’t really matter.”

SOUND SMART
Thursday marked the seventh 1-0 result in 335 matchups between the Brewers and Cubs. Chicago has won six of those games. The only Brewers win was July Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey 5, 2004, at Miller Park, when Counsell homered off Cubs starter Matt Clement with one out in the bottom of the first inning, and Ben Sheets, Luis Vizcaino and Dan Kolb combined on a six-hitter with 17 strikeouts.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Braun hadn’t appeared at first base since starting the first two games of the regular season at the position, but he looked right at home in the second inning. Braun made a diving stop to rob Jason Heyward of a hit down the line with two runners aboard and two outs, keeping the Cubs off the scoreboard against Anderson. It was the first true defensive gem of Braun’s tenure at first base.

“That guy has probably taken away a solid 10 to 12 extra-base hits from me over the years,” said Braun. “There are very few guys I would want to take an extra-base hit away from more, because of all the ones he’s taken from me.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Braun dives to make a great play at first

HE SAID IT
“A good start, I think it eases a lot of pressure. Your team has already played at a high level — you’re not trying to get there, or work your way there, or churn your way there. But you know, the show goes on every day, and you have to show up every day and put it together. You’ll have to face tough times as well. But I feel like we’ve already weathered some difficult stuff and put ourselves in a good position early. It marches on from this day forward.” — Counsell, on Milwaukee’s April winning streak

UP NEXT
With veteran left-hander Wade Miley scheduled to make what could be his final rehab start later in the day at Double-A Biloxi, Brent Suter‘s start against Yu Darvish and the Cubs on Friday has added importance. Suter, 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his five starts this season, is one of the Brewers pitchers vulnerable to being optioned to the Minors if the team opts to add Miley to the Major League roster. First pitch at Wrigley Field is scheduled for 1:20 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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Braun at 1st base; Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey Thames nears thumb surgery

CHICAGO — While Eric Thames headed to Phoenix for a second opinion on his injured left thumb, Ryan Braun dusted off his first-base mitt Thursday for his first game at the position in nearly a month and looked like he never left.

Braun’s diving stop to end the second inning of the Brewers’ 1-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field robbed Jason Heyward of a base hit down the line with two outs and two runners aboard. It was the highlight of what turned into a busy night at Braun’s newest position.

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CHICAGO — While Eric Thames headed to Phoenix for a second opinion on his injured left thumb, Ryan Braun dusted off his first-base mitt Thursday for his first game at the position in nearly a month and looked like he never left.

Braun’s diving stop to end the second inning of the Brewers’ 1-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field robbed Jason Heyward of a base hit down the line with two outs and two runners aboard. It was the highlight of what turned into a busy night at Braun’s newest position.

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“That play against Heyward was  Men’s Nike Houston Texans 4 Deshaun Watson Elite Team Color Navy Blue Jersey Sale nice,” Braun said. “That guy has probably taken away a solid 10 to 12 extra-base hits from me over the years. There are very few guys I would want to take an extra-base hit away from more, because of all the ones he’s taken from me.

“It was a big play in the game. Chase [Anderson] was pitching great, [Cubs starter Kyle] Hendricks was on top of his game. Neither team was going to get a bunch of opportunities.”

Braun will occasionally spell Jesus Aguilar at first base as the Brewers move forward without Thames, who tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb diving for a ball Tuesday night in Kansas City and is likely to require surgery.

Thames was examined Thursday morning by Brewers head physician William Raasch and is scheduled for a visit with Dr. Don Sheridan, a Phoenix-based hand specialist, on Friday.

Thames could undergo surgery at that time, Brewers GM David Stearns said, after which the team will have a better idea of a timetable for his return.

“I think this is pretty standard protocol. When you have an injury, get multiple opinions,” said Stearns. “It’s still likely going to be a surgical outcome. If it is, we will get that rolling pretty fast.”

Surgery would sideline Thames at least six weeks, though it depends on the severity of Thames’ ligament tear, the method used to repair it and general variances in how players heal. Similar surgeries have produced a range of timetables, from Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the short end at 39 days from date of injury to date of return in 2016, to then-Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie needing 95 days in 2015.

While Thames and Brewers medical personnel moved toward a decision, the rest of the team played on against the Cubs. Without Thames’ left-handed bat in the mix, manager Craig Counsell will rely on more subtle criteria to determine the right mix of playing time between Aguilar and Braun.

“[It is an adjustment for Braun] just in the fact he hasn’t been there for three weeks now,” Counsell said. “But this is why we have done this. In case things happen, we have places we can go. I anticipate him and Jesus will kind of share time over there, and Braun will still definitely see some outfield time.”

Last call
• Returning to the scene of his Sept. 8 right shoulder injury, Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson mimicked throwing off one of Wrigley Field’s bull Deshaun Watson Jersey pen mounds Thursday afternoon, a routine Nelson said he’s been doing for months. He is not quite ready to actually throw off a mound, but he is getting close.

“He is progressing through his throwing program,” Stearns said. “I think he is progressing well, but we’ll keep taking it a step at a time. He may not be too far away.”

• The Brewers are getting their first look at the latest round of Wrigley Deshaun Watson Women’s Jersey Field renovations, which include a batting cage, weight room and video room off an expanded dugout. The visitors’ clubhouse, however, remains quaint for one more year.

“They’re doing a nice job of modernizing an old ballpark. Give them credit,” Counsell said.

• Right-hander Cody Ponce, ranked No. 14 on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top Brewers prospects, was scratched from a scheduled start at Double-A Biloxi and placed on the disabled list with knee irritation, according to farm Deshaun Watson Clemson Jersey director Tom Flanagan. The Brewers don’t expect him to miss more than one turn in the rotation, Flanagan said.

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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