Brewers’ Keston Hiura lives up to the hype in debut
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Keston Hiura, Brewers second baseman (↑ UP)
Happy Keston Hiura Day. The Milwaukee Brewers' top prospect made his MLB debut Tuesday after tearing up the minor leagues, and made good on the hype. Drafted just two years ago, Hiura went 2-for-3 with a walk in a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Hiura was batting .333/.408/.698 with 11 home runs down in Triple-A before the call-up, a few months after posting similar numbers in the Arizona Fall League, so this isn't exactly a surprising turn of events.
Aaron Rodgers, Game of Thrones extra (↑ UP)
The Green Bay Packers quarterback made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in "The Bells," the penultimate episode of the HBO series. It … uh … well, he probably isn't in the finale.
Travis Shaw, Brewers second baseman (↓ DOWN)
The citizens of Ding Dong City are in an uproar. Hiura presumably got the call due to their mayor's struggles. Shaw has just 22 hits in 135 at-bats this season, and was batting just .163 with four home runs when the Brewers placed him on the 10-day injured list with a wrist strain earlier this week. Can you vote to recall the mayor of a fictional city? TBD.
The Milwaukee Bucks (↑ UP)
The Bucks are finally back in action Wednesday night, a week after wrapping up their second-round series with the Boston Celtics in five games. Up next: Kawhi Leonard and the reenergized Toronto Raptors, fresh off one of the most thrilling buzzer beaters in playoff history. Is it better to spend a week resting up for the conference finals, or to roll in fresh off a heart-stopping Game 7? We're about to find out.
Ryan Braun, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
Braun has hit home runs just about everywhere over the years, but he's been particularly good at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. He smacked another Tuesday against the Phillies, and is now hitting .406 with an .804 slugging percentage, a 1.257 OPS and 14 home runs in 36 career games there. Those changes Braun made to his swing last winter seem to be paying off. He's up to nine homers on the season, third on the Brewers behind Mike Moustakas (10) and Christian Yelich (17).
Brandon Woodruff, Brewers pitcher (↑ UP)
Woodruff rakes, obviously, but he's also on one of the better runs of his major-league career at the moment. He went six innings Tuesday, walking five and striking out five while allowing just one hit. Woodruff hasn't allowed more than one earned run in a single game since April 21, and has a 1.23 ERA over his last four starts. He also picked up another hit, pushing his batting average to .350 in 20 at-bats this season.