Things normally go well for the Milwaukee Brewers when star reliever Josh Hader is on the mound. Monday night against the Miami Marlins wasn’t the case.
With the Brewers leading 2-1 in the seventh inning Hader was on the hill for Milwaukee with Miami’s Starlin Castro at the plate. Castro fouled off five pitches with two strikes before hitting a home run on the 11th pitch of the at-bat to tie the game at two.
Hader’s very next pitch also cleared the fence, this one off the bat of Miami outfielder Brian Anderson. Just like that the Brewers’ 2-1 lead flipped to a 3-2 deficit.
The Brewers ultimately tied the game in the top half of the eighth inning on a Travis Shaw RBI-single, but fell in the tenth as Bryan Holaday hit a walk-off single off of Milwaukee closer Corey Knebel.
Chase Anderson started on the mound for the Brewers. He pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run on eight hits while walking a pair and striking out four.
A day after being left off of the National League All-Star team, first baseman Jesús Aguilar hit his league-leading 23rd home run of the year in the fourth inning. Aguilar is up for the final vote for the last spot on the NL All-Star team.
The Brewers and Marlins will play the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday night. Jhoulys Chacin (7-3, 3.63 ERA) will be on the hill for Milwaukee while Miami will send Pablo Lopez (1-0, 5.73 ERA) to the mound. First pitch from Marlins Park in Miami is at 6:10 p.m. CT.