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Broxton excels all over diamond against O's

Brewers' center fielder homers, makes great catch and escapes rundown
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MILWAUKEE -- From his hitting to his baserunning, Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton put on a highlight reel-worthy performance at Miller Park on Wednesday night.

Along with showing off his elite athleticism in the outfield and on the bases, Broxton hit a two-run homer off Orioles left-hander Jayson Aquino, leading the Brewers to a 4-0 win.

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MILWAUKEE -- From his hitting to his baserunning, Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton put on a highlight reel-worthy performance at Miller Park on Wednesday night.

Along with showing off his elite athleticism in the outfield and on the bases, Broxton hit a two-run homer off Orioles left-hander Jayson Aquino, leading the Brewers to a 4-0 win.

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Broxton got ahold of Aquino's 85.7-mph cutter down in the strike zone in the fourth inning and sent it a Statcast-projected 404 feet to center field with a 96.8-mph exit velocity off the bat.

"It was more of a slider-cutter," Broxton said. "I don't think he really had a good feel for it today. It was more hanging than anything. He had a good changeup. Surprised I didn't see more of those. I didn't get a fastball all day. I was just kind of sitting on stuff up and in the zone, and it worked out for me."

Video: BAL@MIL: Broxton cranks a two-run shot to left-center

He also proved his value defensively, robbing Orioles shortstop Ruben Tejada of a base hit in the fourth with a running catch in center field. Broxton's catch was a 5-star effort with a 21-percent catch probability, according to Statcast™. The speedy center fielder needed just 5.2 seconds to cover 97 feet for his fourth 5-star catch of the season -- the most in MLB.

"Lately, I've been playing a little more shallow than I usually have," Broxton said. "Just trying to limit the bloop hits that fall out in front of me and just make good plays on balls that are back. I'm way better on balls that are behind my head than coming in on balls, so I just take my chance right there. If it's high enough, I can run under it, and if not, it's a double either way."

Video: BAL@MIL: Broxton on the Brewers' 4-0 win, momentum

It's no wonder he ranks fifth in the Major Leagues in Sprint Speed, a Statcast™ metric that aims to more precisely quantify speed by measuring how many feet per second a player runs in his fastest one-second window. Broxton clocks in at 29.4 feet per second, trailing only Billy Hamilton, Byron Buxton, Bradley Zimmer and Franchy Cordero.

But his most impressive athletic feat of the game came during a second-inning rundown that resulted from a pickoff attempt at first base, where he dodged Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini and slid safely back to first.

• Broxton pulls Houdini to escape rundown

Broxton said his teammate Orlando Arcia gave him some rundown tips after his close call on Monday.

"I picked up some tips from him the other day," Broxton joked. "Just stick your move and don't get touched. Crazy things happen, so you just hang with them."

The successful night comes at a time when Broxton needed it most. He entered Wednesday's series finale 1-for-18. Prior to a bunt single Tuesday, he was 0-for-15 at the plate.

"Offensively, the big thing is to get him going, and when we get him going, we're dangerous offensively," Counsell said. "He ran the bases well tonight. He got out of the rundown. How we're doing that, I don't know. That's not coaching.

"He can affect the game in a lot of different ways. This was a good example tonight, for sure."

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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