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Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Josh Hader brushes off worst outing of season

Josh Hader

Milwaukee Brewers sensation Josh Hader brushed off a poor outing Monday that actually was his worst of the season.

Hader allowed four hits — more than double he had allowed in any previous outing in 2018 — including two homers as he blew a save in a 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. The home runs to Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson were back-to-back shots in the seventh. After entering with a 2-1 lead, Hader promptly allowed the back-to-back homers to put Milwaukee down 3-2. He settled in and was able to get out of the inning, while recording two outs in the eighth. Hader’s ERA jumped 0.33 points from 1.21 to 1.55.

Although Hader seemingly has been perfect most of the season, he says that’s just not a realistic expectation.

The NL All-Star team selection still has a whopping 85 strikeouts in 46.1 innings this season, along with seven saves and 14 holds. As great as he’s been, he’s showing that he is human.

Craig Counsell in awe of Josh Hader after dominant save

Josh Hader

Craig Counsell was in awe of Josh Hader after the Milwaukee Brewers reliever put together one of the most dominant appearances in recent memory.

Hader came on in the seventh inning of Monday’s Brewers-Cincinnati Reds game to protect a 6-5 lead. He went 2.2 innings, striking out eight and walking one. Yes, Hader recorded every out by strikeout.

The Brewers manager said after the game that “your mouth is kind of wide open” watching Hader work like that.

That was Hader’s fourth save of the season. It was his longest outing of the year, and he’s now up to 18 innings pitched for the season. The 24-year-old southpaw has allowed just four hits and five walks in those 18 innings, while striking out a ridiculous 39. He’s allowed three runs — two earned — for an ERA of 1.00. Oh, and the best part? The Brewers are 11-0 in the games in which he has pitched. It’s hard to beat that.