With a franchise-record five Brewers headed to Washington D.C. for the 2018 MLB All-Star game, Brewers fans could relax a bit about the team’s recent struggles and enjoy the game. Relief pitcher Josh Hader was joined by Jeremy Jeffress as an injury replacement, and Cain, Yelich and Aguilar all entered the game as substitutes.
Getting into the action during the seventh inning of a 2-2 game, Jeremy Jeffress threw 15 pitches and looked comfortable on the mound. After walking Nelson Cruz to start the inning, Jeffress recorded three straight outs before handing the ball off to teammate Josh Hader for the eighth inning. Unfortunately for Hader, his All-Star debut was a rocky one. Hader allowed four hits against five batters, including a three-run home run by former Brewer Jean Segura to make the game 5-2 going to the bottom half of the inning.
As for the position players, Final Fan Vote winner Jesús Aguilar saw the plate twice and nearly homered, but was unable to reach base. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich had three at-bats each, but while only Yelich was able to register a hit, he made it count. Following Hader’s slip up, Yelich smashed a solo home run to left field off of Astros pitcher Charlie Morton to get the NL some momentum back. That momentum would bring the stadium back to life, and when another former Brewer, Scooter Gennett, went deep to tie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning, the stadium erupted.
Although the Crew and their temporary teammates were unable to complete the comeback in extra innings, the All-Star game did not disappoint after the electric Home Run Derby to kick things off on Tuesday. A record 10 home runs were hit, four more than the previous record, which was set in 1971. The Brewers will get back in action on Friday when they host the Dodgers.