Jesus Aguilar’s first time in the Home Run Derby came to an end quickly Monday night in Washington D.C.
The Milwaukee Brewers first baseman was the No. 1 seed in the annual MLB All-Star Game event, but he was ousted in the first round by Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins. The No. 8 seed, Hoskins hit 17 home runs in four minutes. Aguilar, the National League leader in home runs coming in, hit 11.
Some questioned Aguilar’s urgency as he never appeared to be in a hurry. First base coach Carlos Subero, who threw to Aguilar, told MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy they told Aguilar during his timeout with about 2 minutes left that he needed to get ready quicker, but by then it was too late.
Hometown star Bryce Harper won the event, besting Chicago Cubs’ outfielder Kyle Schwarber in the finals.
Aguilar will get a second chance to impress during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game and he’ll be joined by four of his teammates — outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, along with relievers Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress.
The Milwaukee Brewers have lost six straight games, the best record in the National League and their lead in the NL Central.
That was the result of an eight-game road trip that closed Sunday with an ugly 7-6 loss to Pittsburgh, which finished off its first-ever five-game sweep of Milwaukee. The Brewers led 5-3 heading into the ninth inning, but closer Corey Knebel couldn’t finish the Pirates off, as they scored two runs to send things to extras. There, Milwaukee got an RBI single from Brett Phillips only to watch Pittsburgh get a walk-off win courtesy of Josh Bell in an absolute downpour in the bottom of the 10th.
When Milwaukee left for its final eight games before the All-Star Game, it was 18 games above .500 and owned a 1.5 game lead on the Chicago Cubs in the division. The Brewers are now just 12 games above .500 and could be trailing by as many as 2.5 games by the time Sunday is over.
The collapse during the road trip can be blamed on several factors, including injuries and the fact the club had played 21 games in 20 days. But things won’t get easier after the much-needed all-star break. Milwaukee will host the red-hot Las Angeles Dodgers for three games and then welcome the Washington Nationals to town for three more games. Then its another road trip, this one out West, where the Brewers will play four games in San Francisco and four more against the Dodgers.
Before that, though, is the All-Star Game and there will be a heavy Milwaukee presence in Washington D.C. A club-record five players will take part in Tuesday’s game — pitchers Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress, first baseman Jesús Aguilar, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. Aguilar will also take part in the Home Run Derby on Monday.
The Milwaukee Brewers are limping into the All-Star break.
Manager Craig Counsell’s club has now lost four of its last five games after falling 7-3 at Pittsburgh Friday night.
Starter Junior Guerra got roughed up for one of the first times this season. He allowed three runs in the first inning and six on the night, making it just four innings, his shortest outing of the season. He fell to 6-6 on the year.
Milwaukee’s offense consisted of two solo home runs from pitcher Brandon Woodruff and third baseman Travis Shaw, along with a Hernan Perez single.
Perez was only in because outfielder Eric Thames was experiencing some tightness in his right hamstring.
The loss dropped the Brewers to 55-40 on the year, just a 1/2 game up on the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The Cubs could tie Milwaukee with a win Friday night in San Diego.
Milwaukee and Pittsburgh will play twice tomorrow as part of a double header to make up for a rainout earlier in the season.
There was good news and bad news for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
The lost for the second night in a row, and the third time in four games as they lost to the Pirates 6-3. That bad news was countered by the fact that Major League Baseball announced that reliever Jeremy Jeffress was added to the National League All-Star roster following the game.
In Thursday’s game, Wade Miley made his first start since early May as he was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game. Miley pitched five innings allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked five as well.
Jameson Taillon started for the Pirates and was fantastic. He pitched six innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out 10.
Offensively for the Brewers, Jesús Aguilar hit his league-leading 24th home run of the season in the fourth inning for the only run the Brewers were able to manage off Taillon. Milwaukee scored two runs in the ninth inning but the comeback attempt fell short.
These two teams play the second game of a five-game series on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Junior Guerra is the probable starter for Milwaukee while Nick Kingham starts for the Pirates. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. CT.
As far as Jeffress goes, he becomes the franchise-record fifth played named to the National League All-Star team. He joins Aguilar, Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, and Josh Hader.
On the season Jeffress is 6-1 with a 0.99 earned run average in 45 1/3 innings pitched for the Brewers.
The 2018 All-Star Game is set for Tuesday, July 17, in Washington, D.C.
Milwaukee will have a fifth all-star at next week’s midsummer classic in Washington D.C.
Thanks to an injury, reliever Jeremy Jeffress will join his teammates — Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader and Jesús Aguilar — as part of the National League roster.
“Words can’t express how I feel right now,” Jeffress tweeted. “[All-Star Game] bound. Thanks to the Brewers and fans for believing in me.”
Jeffress was among several players that probably should have been selected to begin with. Now in his third stint with the Brewers, the righty has an ERA of just .99 and is 6-1 coming out of the bullpen.
His success shouldn’t be a huge surprise, though, as he’s always pitched better with Milwaukee than with any other team. His ERA over six seasons with the Crew is 2.24, while his six seasons elsewhere it’s just 4.76.
Milwaukee’s five selections are the most in franchise history and the most on the NL roster this year.
After originally being left off of the 2018 National League All-Star Team when the rosters were announced on Sunday night, Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar will be taking his rightful place on the team in Washington, D.C. next week.
Aguilar was one of five players in the NL to be put up for the Final Vote for the last spot on the team. Aguilar was up against St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter, San Francisco’s Brandon Belt, Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Washington’s Trea Turner.
In the American League Seattle shortstop Jean Segura was the winner of the final roster spot.
Aguilar totaled a near-record 20,229,498 votes since the tallying began on Sunday. That’s the second-highest number of votes since the Final Vote was introduced in 2002. The record is held by Justin Turner of the Dodgers who totaled 20,819,242 votes to be elected to the 2017 All-Star Game.
Aguilar entered Wednesday with the National League lead in home runs at 23 and a batting average of .302. He becomes the fourth member of the Brewers to be honored as an All-Star selection this season joining outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain as well as relief ace Josh Hader.
The 2018 All-Star Game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on July 17.
Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich spent the first five seasons of his major league career in Miami with the Marlins. On Tuesday night he looked right at home.
Yelich went 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and four runs driven in during Milwaukee’s 8-4 win over Miami. His two-run double in the top of the ninth inning gave the Brewers some extra insurance as they closed out the Marlins in the bottom half of the frame.
Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin was credited with the win on the night. He pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. Reliever Corbin Burnes made his MLB debut by pitching two perfect innings with a strikeout. He earned the first save of his career.
Miami starter Pablo Lopez was roughed up early on as he allowed five runs in six innings on the mound. All five runs were earned and given up within the first two innings of the game. Lopez allowed five hits and struck out six on the night.
Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw also had a pair of runs batted in one Tuesday. He had a solo home run in the eighth inning that pushed Milwaukee’s lead to 6-4.
Milwaukee and Miami close out the three-game series on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Freddy Peralta (4-1, 2.14 ERA) will start for the Brewers while Dan Straily (3-4, 4.55 ERA) will take the mound for the Marlins. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. CT.
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.
The Milwaukee Brewers have the best record in the National League and are off to their best 90-game start in team history. Yet, when the rosters for the MLB All-Star Game rosters were revealed Sunday night, the club had three players make it but none as a starter.
Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, along with reliever Josh Hader, were named to the team as reserves. For Cain, it’s his second selection after going in 2015 with the Kansas City Royals, while Yelich and Hader are first-time selections.
As for first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who leads the NL in OPS, is tied for the NL lead in home runs and tied for third in RBI, he’s at the mercy of the fans as he’ll be part of MLB’s Final Vote. The other options for the NL team include San Francisco’s Brandon Belt, St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter, Los Angeles’ Max Muncy and Washington’s Trea Turner.
Three all-stars are the most Milwaukee has had on the roster since 2014.
The injuries keep coming for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The club announced Sunday that outfielder Ryan Braun (back strain) and catcher Manny Piña (left biceps strain) both were placed on the 10-day disabled list. It’s the second stint this year for both players and it continued a season in which Milwaukee has been hit hard by the injury bug. Only two players, third baseman Travis Shaw and shortstop Jonathan Villar, that started on Opening Day haven’t spent time on the DL or been sent to the minors.
Infielder Nate Orf took Braun’s roster spot, while Jacob Nottingham took Piña’s.
Orf had just been sent down on Friday after making his major league debut on Monday. Nottingham is back in the majors after getting to play in three games back in April. He was batting .303 with 10 home runs for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
It wasn’t all bad news on the injury front, though, as centerfielder Lorenzo Cain was activated off the disabled list, with starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson being sent back to Triple-A to make room.
The Brewers also announced that left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski had been designated for assignment and righty Corbin Burnes was called up from Triple-A.