Lorenzo Cain underwent cyrotherapy procedure on right thumb

It’s safe to say Lorenzo Cain has had a “down” year. He just hasn’t looked like himself lately. Cain has struggled at the plate compared to 2018 batting .253/.314/.357 with four home runs and ten stolen bases. He has contributed at a gold glove level defensively.

On Monday, we learned that an injury may be the reason for his struggles.

It’s a procedure that fellow teammate Ryan Braun has experienced multiple times and is considered minor. Cain will be out of the lineup in the series opener against the Seattle Mariners and could miss Tuesday’s game as well.

“Basically, what happened is his thumb is just – he was dealing with a lot of pain,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It just got to the point where we have to do something a little more to give him a chance to get past the pain. He’s dealing with it way too much. It has been affecting him, there’s no question about it.”

Hopefully this will get Cain back to the level we all know he can perform at.

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Brewers win fifth straight with 6-0 shutout of Nationals

The Milwaukee Brewers have tried to figure out Freddy Peralta’s early inning troubles. They may have found a way to counter it. Adrian Houser got the ball for the first two innings and then turned it over to Peralta for five more. The duo led the way on the mound leading to a 6-0 win over the Nationals for the team’s fifth straight win.

Lorenzo Cain got the offense on track in the seventh inning with a bases-clearing double. The Brewers scored all six of their runs in the seventh inning. Milwaukee is now a season-high-tying six games over .500.

Peralta finished the night with 80 pitches, giving up three hits and striking out five. Manager Craig Counsell said they may try using an “opener” again in Peralta’s next start if the bullpen lines up.

Next up, the Brewers will look for the sweep of the Nationals Wednesday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (4-1, 4.71 ERA, 45 SO) will get the start, opposite of Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.33 ERA, 22 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:10pm.

NL All-Star ballot first return released

Major League Baseball released the first return for voting for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game on Monday. The news was not good for the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite having the second-best record in the National League as of Tuesday, Milwaukee only had two players appear to be in the running for starting spots on the team.

Outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain were the two Brewers to make the list, coming in at 11th and 15th among National League outfielders, respectively.

Yelich had 163,575 votes as of Monday while Cain had 104,948. Bryce Harper was the leader among outfielders in the National League with 498,189 votes. The top three vote-getters among outfielders are selected as starters in the game. Atlanta’s Nick Markakis is currently second and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers is in third.

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Last strikes: Brewers 17, Mets 6

MILWAUKEE – Seventeen last strikes for the 17 runs scored by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17-6 win over the New York Mets on Saturday evening at Miller Park.

1. The game started about as poorly as possible for the Brewers. Starting pitcher Chase Anderson didn’t record his first out until his 29th pitch of the game, and the Crew trailed 3-0 before they came to bat.

2. Anderson was forced to make 46 pitches in the first inning and only lasted 3.2 innings before being pulled in favor of reliever Dan Jennings after allowing a Wilmer Flores single in the fourth. The final line on Anderson wasn’t great as he allowed five runs in the time he spent on the mound.

3. Luckily for Anderson, Milwaukee’s lineup certainly came to play on Saturday afternoon. After allowing three runs in the top half of the first, the Crew quickly struck back for three runs in the home half of the frame. They started putting up crooked numbers in the first inning and didn’t stop.

4. The Brewers scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings, three runs in the fifth, and finally exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning to take a 17-6 lead.

5. The top of the lineup for Milwaukee did quite a bit of damage. Lorenzo Cain finished the day 3-for-4 with a double as well as a pair of walks, three runs scored and an RBI. He grounded out in the first inning and then reached base in his next five plate appearances.

6. Cain now holds a six-game hitting streak in which he has batted .417 (10-for-24). Reaching base five times on Saturday also tied a career-high for the outfielder.

7. Christian Yelich was also outstanding for the Brewers. He was a home run short of the cycle, finishing 3-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, and three driven in.

8. It wasn’t just the top of the lineup that was productive, however. Every batter in Milwaukee’s lineup – with the exception of starting pitcher Anderson – finished the day with at least one hit and one run batted in.

9. Offensive outbursts like this don’t happen often, before Saturday Milwaukee’s season-high for runs in a game was 12. In fact, 17 or more runs had only been scored in two games in all of Major League Baseball this season prior to Saturday.

10. Milwaukee is now 8-2 in the last 10 games and 12-4 in the last 16. This marks the first time that the Brewers have been 13 games over .500 since August 27, 2014 when they were 73-60.

11. The Brewers have been playing great baseball as of late. There’s no questioning that. The best part for this team is that it all seems sustainable. Teams are going to go through peaks and valleys during the course of the 162-game season.

12. There will be a point again this season when Milwaukee losses two-of-three or three-of-four. Regardless of that, the Brewers certainly look like they’re for real.

13. The early season qualms about Milwaukee was that the team had feasted on weak competition and struggled against above .500 teams. At the time, that was true. Since the month of May started – the month that was littered with games against above .500 teams and playoff contenders – the Brewers have played their best baseball. Milwaukee has gone 16-7 in the month, with all but six of the games coming against teams that entered the day at or above the .500 mark.

14. This team is going to almost certainly finish the month in first place in the National League Central Division, which is arguably the best in baseball. Four of the five teams in the division are above .500. But the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates all trail Milwaukee by four games.

15. Any of those four teams would be the division leaders in other divisions across baseball. Instead, they’re trying to chase down the Brewers.

16. It’s a long season, that’s not something that’s to be forgotten. With that being said, the Brewers are here for the long haul.

17. The Brewers and Mets will wrap up this four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. CT. Milwaukee will send right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 3.32 ERA) to the mound and the Mets will counter with righty Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.32 ERA).

Last strikes: Brewers 12, Marlins 3

MILWAUKEE – Nineteen last strikes for the 19 pitches thrown in relief by Milwaukee reliever Taylor Williams in the Brewers 12-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.

1. Offensively, the Milwaukee Brewers had been able to get by with just two runs in each of the past two games. Granted, both of them turned out to be victories for Milwaukee. But that’s not a recipe for consistent success.

2. Sure, a team has never in the history of baseball lost a game while not allowing a run. But it’s not realistic for this pitching staff, or any for that matter, to keep opposing offenses off the board on a nightly basis.

3. Thursday night saw the offense break out. The Brewers scored seven runs in the sixth inning against the Marlins. Milwaukee had not scored that many runs in a single game at Miller Park this year.

4. The Crew entered the bottom of the fifth inning trailing Miami 3-2, thanks to a pair of home runs by former Brewers farmhand and current Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson. He was greeted with cheers as he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat in the third inning. Roughly 75 seconds later those cheers turned to boos as he circled the bases following his 429-foot no-doubt blast to center field.

5. Brinson again homered off Anderson in the fifth inning to give the Marlins a brief lead. It marked his first career multi-homer game, and the first two of this season. It’s rather fitting that it happened in Miller Park, considering Brinson was the top prospect in Milwaukee’s system prior to trading him to Miami in exchange for outfielder Christian Yelich.

6. “He put two good swings on balls, that’s for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said following the game. “He had a nice game.”

7. “Kudos to him,” Brewers starter Chase Anderson said regarding Brinson’s home runs. “I made a mistake and he took care of it the way good hitters do. I’m sure he played this game today with a little extra adrenaline playing his former team. But you tip your cap, he hit the ball hard twice.”

8. That was about the only thing that went well for the Marlins. The Brewers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to immediately take the lead back. They were able to keep Miami off the board in the sixth before the flood gates opened for the Brewers offensively.

9. The inning started with catcher Jett Bandy lacing a ground-rule double down the left field line and advancing to third on a ground out off the bat of Eric Sogard. Bandy then scored on a Lorenzo Cain double, his second of the night. Yelich and Domingo Santana followed with back-to-back walks to leave the bases loaded. After a Travis Shaw strike out, Jesus Aguilar delivered with a two-run single to center.

10. “I think [Aguilar’s] base hit was kind of the one that broke it open,” Counsell said following the game. “Obviously, Lorenzo [Cain] had great at-bats all night. We had good at-bats up and down the lineup tonight but I thought that [Aguilar’s] two-out hit there was kind of the one that really broke it open.”

11. Ryan Braun, who was out of the starting lineup for the second night in a row, was called up as a pinch-hitter in the pitcher’s spot. He delivered with his second career pinch-hit home run. Braun slugged a no-doubt bomb into the home bullpen in left-center field.

12. “It was a good spot for [Braun to pinch-hit] and I think his 1,000th RBI. Really cool way to get it,” Counsell said about Braun’s at-bat.

13. “It’s special, for one you’ve got to play a long time to reach that goal,” outfielder Lorenzo Cain said of Braun’s milestone. “He’s been a consistent, great hitter his entire career. I’m definitely happy for him. We definitely need him to get where we want to be.”

14. Braun’s home run did mark a special milestone, as he reached 1,000 career RBIs with the blast. Fewer than 300 players in the history of baseball have amassed that many in a career. Braun is the ninth active player to reach the mark, and the second Brewers player to do so, joining Robin Yount, who finished his career with 1,406 runs batted in.

15. “It’s a cool number, it’s a special number for sure,” Braun said. “I’ve said many times that the biggest challenge in this game is longevity and consistency and you can’t get to a number like that unless you’ve played for a while and had a lot of success.

16. “It also speaks to being fortunate to being on a lot of really good offensive teams. It’s a result of having really good teammates, having a ton of opportunities. First five or six years I had Prince Fielder hitting behind me so people never wanted to walk me to get to him. You’re just given a lot of opportunity. But it’s definitely a pretty cool number.”

17. Suddenly the Brewers held an 11-3 lead after Braun’s home run. The offense was as alive as it had been all year. To cap things off, Orlando Arcia stepped to the plate after Braun and went deep as well to give Milwaukee some unnecessary extra insurance.

18. No offense is going to score 12 runs on a regular basis. While remembering that, the Brewers did show what they’re capable of offensively on Thursday night with the offensive outburst. This isn’t going to be a regular thing for the Brewers, but this should be far from the only time it happens.

19. Milwaukee and Miami continue this four-game series on Friday night at Miller Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. CT. Jhoulys Chacin is the probable starter for the Brewers and Trevor Richards is slated to start for the Marlins.