Joe & Ebo Experience: R&R (Retirement/Resignation)

Death by conspiracy (0:00)

Best retirement/resignation story (8:06)

Badgers Hockey Insider Barry Richter (25:42)

Braun’s R&R (36:32)

Rodgers —->  Brown (50:26)

Joe & Ebo Experience: Full Exposure

Brewers expectations (0:00)

Ebo exposed? (9:59)

Brewers on the rise (17:47)

Greatest team ever assembled (31:14)

The more amazing feat (42:51)

Joe & Ebo Experience: Steroid Enhanced Edition

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An Announcement from 12′ (49:20)

The Joe & Ebo Experience: Is Ryan Braun the G.O.A.T?

0:00-7:14: Opening Segment

7:14-14:43: Scott Takes & Brewers

14:43-19:01: Gone in 60

19:01-31:00: Is Braun the G.O.A.T?

31:00-33:51: Action Zone

33:51-37:47: Wisdom from the Wizard

37:47-40:35: News of the Weird

40:35-53:17: Braun & the Packers’ Preseason

53:17-1:06:00: Packers’ Preseason continued

1:06:00-1:21:17: Yount, Braun, PEDs

1:21:17-1:29:55: Hundley preseason MVP, Browns are preseason super bowl champs

1:29:55-1:33:39: Meaningless Hall of Fame

1:33:39-1:40:57: Bye Ebo

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.

Last strikes: Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX – Nineteen last strikes for the 19 strikes thrown by Brewers reliever Josh Hader in the Brewers 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

1. The biggest moment of the day for the Brewers may have oddly enough come prior to the game when outfielder Ryan Braun was deemed unable to play due to back tightness. Braun was scratched from the lineup and Jonathan Villar was placed into the lineup.

2. Villar had a terrific day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored. There’s no predicting what Braun would have done, obviously, but Villar’s contributions were unexpected, to say the least. The home run, his second of the season, was a 401-foot blast just to the left of dead-center.

3. It’s very important (to be ready) because it’s simple when you work hard in the field,” Villar said of being unexpectedly inserted into the lineup. “When you don’t play, don’t worry, keep going, you never know what’s going on.”

4. The Brewers were able to strike first in the second inning on an Orlando Arcia double to center field. A few questionable plays and decisions led to the Brewers being able to get a pair across the plate.

5. After Manny Piña doubled down the left field line and Villar followed it up with a single to left field, Villar was all but picked off of first base. However, Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt failed to make a throw to second to nab Villar while in a run down. It appeared as if Goldschmidt was worried about the not-so-fleet-of-foot Piña scoring from third.

6. This created runners on second and third with two outs for Arcia, Milwaukee’s No. 8 hitter. With starting pitcher Junior Guerra on deck, the Diamondbacks decided to pitch to Arcia as opposed to walking him to face Guerra with two outs. That decision backfired as Arcia laced a 3-2 breaking ball into center scoring both runners.

7. “I thought we had good at-bats with guys in scoring position a bunch tonight,” manager Craig Counsell said after the win. “Starting all the way back in the second inning with Villar and Arcia having two great at-bats to give us a two-run lead.”

8. Early on, Guerra looked terrific on the hill. He didn’t allow a base runner until walking John Ryan Murphy in the third inning and had a no-hitter until the fourth when Goldschmidt knocked a single to right field.

9. When he reached the fourth inning Guerra looked human. He allowed a leadoff walk to Daniel Descalso to start the inning which was followed by a Paul Goldschmidt single. Descalso was able to score on a Steven Souza Jr. double to left, and Goldschmidt later scored on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Nick Ahmed.

10. That was all the damage the Diamondbacks were able to inflict on Guerra, other than the fourth inning he only allowed one base hit and a pair of walks. He pitched six innings allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out three and walking four.

11. “Really needed it,” Counsell said of the length Guerra was able to provide. “It was a lot of fastball tonight for sure. And it was a good fastball, it was a very good fastball tonight. There was a bunch of 95s up there, so probably his best fastball tonight. He just didn’t feel great with the split at times, so he stuck with the fastball and did a nice job of it.”

12. Hader came on in relief and held the lead for the Brewers, although he didn’t look like his usual self. Hader allowed two hits and struck out a pair on 31 pitches across two innings. He allowed more contact than usual to Arizona hitters but was still able to manage his way through two scoreless.

13. Think about that for a second, Hader pitched two scoreless innings and was thought of as not himself because he didn’t strikeout a majority of the batters he faced. Hader has become so dominant that it’s become the expectation that no one reaches base against him.

14. Tyler Saladino, pinch-hitting for Hader, then added extra insurance with an inside-the-park home run to center, past a diving A.J. Pollack all the way to the wall in the ninth. It was the 28th inside-the-park home run in franchise history, and the first since Arcia hit one last season.

15. “[It’s a] good feeling, yeah, because it got by him,” Saladino said.” And then it’s like time to kick it in gear kind of thing at the same thing. Everything you got, kind of turn it on. It doesn’t happen very often, so you have to dig a little bit deeper than normal.”

16. Saladino’s inside-the-park home run was also the first pinch-hit inside-the-park home run in Brewers’ franchise history.

17. “Yeah, I can’t remember the last time I had to do something like that. There’s no way to get ready for that, it’s just everything you’ve got.”

18. The win gives the Brewers the most wins in the National League, tied with the Atlanta Braves. The Brewers also have the second-best winning percentage in the league behind Atlanta. The saying is that a team cannot win the division early in the season, but it can certainly be lost then. The Brewers are doing more than enough to not lose it right now.

19. Milwaukee and Arizona are back in action on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Az. Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 4.00 ERA) is on the hill for the Brewers while Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.70) gets the start for the Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 8:40 p.m. CT.

Last strikes: Brewers 5, Pirates 3

MILWAUKEE – Fourteen last strikes for Milwaukee pitcher Josh Hader’s streak of 14 consecutive outs recorded via strikeout that was snapped in the 5-3 Brewers win on Saturday night.

1. Josh Hader is human, it turns out. It also turns out that Ryan Braun – who has come through in a few big moments this year already – is clutch, as well.

2. Hader entered in the eighth inning and promptly struck out Pittsburgh’s Sean Rodriguez looking to open the inning. Everything was normal, considering that was his 11th consecutive out recorded via strikeout.

3. Things went awry after that when he walked Gregory Polanco and then allowed a game-tying home run to Starling Marte. After things seemed over with Hader on the hill and the Brewers holding a 3-1 lead, it was suddenly tied.

4. Quickly rebounding to form, Hader retired the next two batters, Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson, to run his strikeout streak to 13 in a row and end the inning.

5. In the bottom half of the eighth the Brewers were able to create some magic that was capped off by Braun’s go-ahead double. Domingo Santana doubled to left field before Orlando Arcia struck out while attempting to bunt Santana over to third. Manny Piña then grounded to shortstop and after having a runner on second base with no outs, Santana was still standing there with two outs and it looked like an opportunity would be wasted.

6. Eric Sogard stepped to the plate and worked a four-pitch walk to extend the inning for Braun. With a 2-2 count, Braun connected with a slider from George Kontos sending it into center field scoring both Santana from second and Sogard from first.

7. Just like that, Hader’s mistake was erased, and the Brewers were in position to win once again.

8. The ninth inning was less eventful for Hader. He opened it up by striking out Francisco Cervelli looking, his 14th consecutive out recorded via strike out.

9. That’s where the streak ended.

10. Elias Diaz stepped into the box and popped out to second base ending the streak. While all outs count the same, it was mighty impressive to see Hader continually blow hitters away to the point where making any contact throughout the at-bat was considered a minor victory. The game then ended with a Jordy Mercer lineout to shortstop.

11. This was a nice bounce back win for Milwaukee after Friday night’s loss to Pittsburgh. It was only the sixth win of the season for the Brewers against a team over the .500 mark, which seems startling.

12. Jhoulys Chacin started the game on the mound for Milwaukee, which can be easily forgotten considering the late-game action, but he was terrific for the Brewers. He pitched six innings, allowed just one run on three hits while striking out four.

13. Chacin has certainly struggled at times this year, but if Milwaukee continues to receive performances like this one from a back of the rotation pitcher like Chacin, then they’ll be in a very good spot at the end of the season.

14. The Brewers and Pirates are back in action Sunday afternoon for the third and final game of this series. Chase Anderson (3-2, 3.38 ERA) is slated to start for the Brewers and Chad Kuhl (3-2, 5.01) is starting for the Pirates. First pitch from Miller Park is set for 1:10 p.m. CT.

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.

Brewers use Braun’s heroics to beat Cardinals 5-4

The Milwaukee Brewers entered the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals trailing for the second consecutive day. Tuesday’s outcome was much different than Monday’s however.

While St. Louis opened the game with back-to-back home runs from Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham, the Brewers closed the game with back-to-back home runs from Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. A game that started and ended with back-to-back home runs had never happened in Major League Baseball history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Yelich was facing a 2-2 count with two outs in the ninth when he crushed a Dominic Leone pitch to center field to tie the game at four. The very next pitch thrown by Leone ended the game, courtesy of Braun depositing it over the left field wall.

Newly acquired reliever Dan Jennings is credited with the win. He pitched one scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Leone is tagged with the loss after attempted to complete a five-out save, he did strikeout two.

The Brewers and Cardinals will square off in the rubber match of a three game series on Wednesday at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 6:40 CT.