Last strikes: Phillies 4, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE – Seventeen last strikes for the 17 strikes thrown by reliever Jacob Barnes in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at home to the Philadelphia Phillies.

1. The Brewers bullpen has been very good for the better part of the 2018 campaign. The weight has been carried mostly by Josh Hader, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress. Dan Jennings, Taylor Williams, and Jacob Barnes have been good as well, mostly in lower-leverage situations.

2. Boone Logan has not been part of the success of that group. Logan entered Saturday’s contest with an ERA north of 5.00 and it only climbed from there as he allowed a run in 1/3 of an inning against Philadelphia. Logan also allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth.

3. “It’s left-hander, switch-hitter who you want hitting right handed, pitcher’s spot and left-hander,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said of the situation that Logan was inserted into. “That’s a spot where we’re down one in the game and that’s a spot Boone’s got to be able to get outs in.”

4. Logan has appeared in 16 games this season and has allowed seven runs in 10.2IP. He hasn’t been an effective pitcher at the major league level since 2016 in Colorado. Logan spent last season in Cleveland allowing 13 runs in 21 innings before tearing his lat muscle on July 19 and spending the remainder of the season on the 60-day DL.

5. “He’s got 10 innings, so we don’t have a big sample, but these are the outs that we need him to get there’s no question,” Counsell said. “This is his job and it has to be his role to get these outs.”

6. The position that he holds in the bullpen isn’t one of the utmost importance, but if his struggles continue it would be logical for the Brewers to move on from him. Financially, he’s owed $1.8MM this season and has a team option worth $2.12MM for 2019. If his option is not picked up the Brewers would owe him $625k.

7. Junior Guerra started the game on the hill for the Crew Saturday and took the loss. He wasn’t bad but wasn’t the pitcher the Brewers had become accustomed to watching take the ball every five days, either.

8. “I thought he pitched well,” Counsell said. “A couple home runs got him. He was a little bit cruising. I thought the last couple innings there was a tad bit of fatigue in him, but he gave us a chance.”

9. In general, the pitching for the Brewers wasn’t great Saturday. Milwaukee walked a season-high 10 batters while allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

10. Guerra went five and 1/3 innings Saturday allowing three runs on four hits. He also walked three which led to more traffic on the base paths than Milwaukee would like. The right hander also gave up two home runs, including a 431-foot blast to Rhys Hoskins of Philadelphia that might still be going had it not collided with the Stadium Club in left field.

11. Hoskins also hit a foul ball in this area on Friday night. It was to the left of the foul pole but was a sight to behold nonetheless. He kept the ball fair on Saturday and it was one of the more impressive home runs that Miller Park has seen this season, also the longest home run hit to straight-away left field in the venue this season.

12. Despite all this, and the lack of offensive production for most of the game, the Brewers had a chance to tie things up late. In the eighth inning Hernán Pérez doubled down the left field line and Eric Sogard was hit by a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate with one out.

13. The Brewers squandered the opportunity as both Eric Thames and Christian Yelich struck out swinging to end the threat and what would be Milwaukee’s best chance to even things up late.

14. The Brewers entered the day tied for their season-high in games above .500 at 15. Each time the Crew has reached that mark the next game has been a loss. Milwaukee has not been 16 games above .500 since August 19, 2014 when the record was 71-55.

15. Ryan Braun collected two hits on the afternoon and recorded his 200th career stolen base in the fifth inning. Braun becomes the fourth active player to reach at least 200 home runs and 200 steals. He joins Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips, and Hanley Ramirez in that group.

16. Braun is also the only active player to amass at least 300 home runs and 20 steals and the 24th all-time. Braun is in third-place all time in Brewers’ history in stolen bases trailing Paul Molitor (412) and Robin Yount (271).

17. This three-game series wraps up on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park. Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA) heads to the mound for Milwaukee and Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.27 ERA) will start for Philadelphia. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. CT.

Brewers ink reliever for 2018 season

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Boone Logan to a one-year deal for the 2018 season. The deal also includes a team option for the 2019 season.

Logan has spent 12 seasons in Major League Baseball with five different teams. In 2017 Logan was with the Cleveland Indians where he pitched in 38 games. He finished the season with a 4.71 earned run average and 28 strikeouts over the course of 21 innings pitched.

Logan was placed on the disabled list with a strained left lat muscle in July and did not return to action during the season.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million guaranteed for the 2018 season, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.