CINCINNATI – The Milwaukee Brewers have been experiencing a deepening of all seasons, so it seems only fitting to hit the official halfway point on Friday night with a victory spurred on by a player
Keon Broxton, aced out of his starting job in the field after the off-season acquisitions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, quite literally did it all for the Brewers in an 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Broxton hit a pair of home runs, drove in four runs, scored three more and so made a terrific dive in the ninth inning in a game he had not started otherwise Yeli
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"That's great performance," manager Craig Counsell said. "I (Ji-Man) Choi game comes to mind (in Philadelphia.)" (Ji-Man) Choi game comes to mind )
"Especially with Yelich down, we're counting on Keon.
Considering how tough it was for Broxton to accept his demotion to Class AAA Colorado Springs in Spring Training, and the fact he had to wait a long time to get it back.
"Any opportunity I get, I'm going to try to make the best of." it, "he said.
"These guys have been going hard all year. Day after day, grinding.
"Certainly, I just can not help the team any way I can."
Certainly, nobody expected the type of outburst Broxton had in this one. But he had shown on the 13th 20-homer, 20-stolen base season in franchise history in 2017.
Playing in just his second game since rejoining the Brewers on Thursday when Yelich left in the first inning, Broxton reached on an infield single, scored a run and made a great catch in the gap in the game to help seal a 6-4 victory.
He made his impact early in this one by singling Ryan Braun in with the game's first run in the second inning, then homered to left-center in the fourth to make it 2-0.
Broxton narrowly missed drawing a bases-loaded walk in his third plate appearance in
That's right, when he and Orlando Arcia pulled off a double steal to move into scoring position, Broxton was caught by Tucker Barnhart after a swing and miss by Jonathan Vi llar.
Broxton got into a letter to allow Arcia to move to third. But Arcia then crashed into second place, coercing the Reds into throwing him out at second while Broxton raced home.
The play worked, and the Brewers had added what looked to be a valuable insurance run at the time.
That's a wild one, "Broxton said. "I was going on contact, so whenever Villar swung I was already on the move and did not put the ball in play, it was not, and then I slipped on the clay and that's why Barnhart threw it down to third.
"I went back, got a little rundown hoping Arcia would get to third.
"It was high adrenaline, and it was fun." I'm glad it worked out. "
In the next inning, Broxton capped a five-run outburst with a homer to right-center that put the game out of reach. Scooter Gennett
"I think it's probably one of my best games ever, honestly "From both sides of the ball to stealing bases and making plays on the basepaths to catching that ball there and making plays," Broxton said. "I definitely think it's one of my best games ever."
Chase Anderson, who was outstanding in his own right after allowing just two hits, had a run in six innings, so had praise for Broxton.  "It's pretty awesome," he said. Obviously, he's a big-league player, he's a kid of luck in spring training, he's a big league player
"To come up and do what he did tonight – two homers, great defensive plays, great baserunning to stay in that rundown to let Arcia get to second and then he scored – just an all-around game.
"The Brewers are going to need more from Broxton."
The Brewers are on their way to becoming sidelined, as are Ryan Braun
Counsel for Yelich and Brown for Saturday, with Cain also on the disabled list
"We do have on extra bench guy, so if we were two we'd still have three healthy guys on the bench, "Counsell said. "We'll see what Ryan's status is."
"If we're down those two guys we'll talk about it and see if we have to make a roster move."
Broxton's heroics helped the Brewers seal a 48-33 record at the 81-game mark, tops in the National League.
Counsel, usually not much for milestones, offered a quick synapsis of his team's standing.  "Look, we've earned this. We've earned where we're at, "Counsell said."
"It's been a successful first half of the season and now we've got to keep backing it up."