Brewers’ Hiura keeping up with Yelich in second half
The rookie returned to the lineup June 28 and has been on a tear since the All-Star break.
Hiura is hitting .400/.474/.780 this month. His 1.254 OPS since July 1 is fifth in the National League, just behind Yelich.
The Brewers will go up against another rookie Thursday when the Brewers visit the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Right-hander Merrill Kelly, who made his MLB debut as a 30-year-old earlier this season, is tied for third amongst rookies with nine quality starts. He has a 3.93 ERA and a 1.273 WHIP through 19 starts.
The Diamondbacks have a few hot hitters of their own.
Center fielder and second baseman Ketel Marte is hitting a major-league-leading .341 since May 1, while shortstop Nick Ahmed has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games, tied for the third-longest active streak in the majors.
The Brewers are riding a four-game winning streak against the Diamondbacks heading into their first meeting of 2019.
Milwaukee had a 1.70 ERA in six games against Arizona last season. Brewers starter Zach Davies will look to keep that trend going.
Davies allowed just two hits in his last start, a win over the San Francisco Giants, and hasn’t allowed an earned run since the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 30.
He’s up to 16 consecutive innings without an earned run, tied for the longest active streak amongst MLB starters.
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