Brewers drop series opener to Marlins

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.