Brewers’ Hernan Perez makes the best of a 16-run deficit
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Hernan Perez, surprise Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Some see a 16-run deficit as a tragedy. We see it as the perfect opportunity to put a position player on the mound. Perez got the nod Tuesday, sitting the Miami Marlins down 1-2-3 in the ninth while showing off a series of delightful deliveries he researched on YouTube during the game. Of course, this is old hat for Perez, who has now made six appearances as a pitcher. Despite the implications, we're kind of rooting for a seventh, preferably with a division title already in hand or something.
Jimmy Nelson, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Nelson has been on the shelf since blowing out his shoulder while diving back to first base in September 2017. He returns to the mound Wednesday night on his 30th birthday, with the Brewers looking to avenge that big loss to the Marlins. He looked solid during five appearances with Triple-A San Antonio, allowing just three hits and no earned runs in five innings during his final minor-league appearance. A healthy Nelson should help stabilize a Brewers rotation that's looking a little thin past Zach Davies and Brandon Woodruff, particularly with late signing Gio Gonzalez on the injured list.
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Keston Hiura, Brewers second baseman (↓ DOWN)
With Travis Shaw healthy, Hiura, 22, is back in Triple-A. The Brewers' decision-makers had few options that didn't involve demoting Shaw or designating Jesus Aguilar, but the decision did not … uh … sit particularly well with Brewers fans. It's hard to argue the point. The Brewers' top prospect was hitting .281 with five home runs and an .865 OPS in his first 17 games for Milwaukee after hitting .333 with 11 home runs down in Triple-A. He'll no doubt be back at some point.
Travis Shaw, Brewers third baseman (↑ UP)
Shaw's return was always going to be a little awkward. Sidelined with a wrist injury after hitting just .174 in 41 games to start the season, Shaw's rehab stint in Triple-A didn't inspire a ton of confidence either. Still, he provided a minor bright spot during that loss to the Marlins, going 2-for-3 with a double in his first major-league at-bats since May 13.
Moose exited Saturday's game after taking a pitch to his right hand, but was back in action Tuesday after further testing revealed limited damage. It's a welcome development for the Brewers. Moustakas has three home runs in his last four games, and is 6-for-18 at the plate over that span.
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Chase Anderson, Brewers pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Anderson had been sharp since returning to the Brewers' rotation on April 20, and had the group's second-lowest ERA over that span. So much for that. The Marlins shelled the veteran right-hander Tuesday, knocking Anderson out after four innings with seven hits and three home runs. He took the loss, even though reliever Taylor Williams came up in and gave up eight earned runs during a disastrous turn in the fifth.
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