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Winning Vogt! 2 HRs lift Brewers past Marlins

June 30, 2017

MILWAUKEE -- Stephen Vogt, meet Miller Park.Three days after joining the Brewers in the wake of a waiver claim, the former A's All-Star earned a curtain call in his home debut by hitting a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning of Friday's 3-2

MILWAUKEE -- Stephen Vogt, meet Miller Park.
Three days after joining the Brewers in the wake of a waiver claim, the former A's All-Star earned a curtain call in his home debut by hitting a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning of Friday's 3-2 win over the Marlins.
Miami's Edinson Volquez finished a month that began with a no-hitter by logging a quality start, and Dee Gordon's squeeze bunt gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning before Vogt began to make his presence felt. His solo shot off Volquez in the bottom of the fifth halved the deficit, and a 420-foot shot off the batter's eye against David Phelps in the seventh gave the Brewers their first lead. A crowd of 35,549 coaxed Vogt to the top step of the dugout, where he raised his batting helmet in the air.
"First curtain call of my career, so that's pretty cool," Vogt said. "You don't have too many multi-homer [games] in Oakland unless you're Khris Davis."
With 49 home runs in June, capped by eight in the last two days, the Brewers matched their record for any month in franchise history. Led by Prince Fielder's march to 50 for the season, the 2007 Brewers hit 49 homers that September.
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"We were trying to go fastball up, and I threw it right down the middle," Phelps said of the Vogt go-ahead home run. "I've prided myself throughout my career as a guy that can command the baseball. I didn't do it tonight."
Upon further review: The Marlins nearly tied the game in a harrowing ninth. J.T. Realmuto worked a four-pitch walk from Brewers closer Corey Knebel to lead off the inning, and Derek Dietrich lined the next pitch to the wall in left center field. Brewers left fielder Hernan Perez got the baseball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who made a perfect throw home -- 156 feet, according to Statcast™ -- in time for Vogt to apply the tag on Realmuto for the first out of the frame. The call was confirmed after a Marlins challenge, and Knebel went on to record his 13th save.

"That was the biggest play of the game, obviously," Vogt said. "Everything had to go perfect, and it did."
"I was able to stay ready the whole game, and thankfully, Hernan made a great throw right at me and we were able to make a great play and get him at home," Arcia said. "I was surprised, especially since it was the catcher. But [Brewers first-base coach Carlos] Subero submitted a scouting report that their catcher could run, so we were ready for it."
Despite having to slow up to wait to see if center fielder Keon Broxton would catch the ball, Marlins manager Don Mattingly felt Realmuto would score easily.
"He can't just take off on that," Mattingly said. "It looked like he's a glove length away from catching that ball. You definitely can't just run there." More >
Squeeze me: Brewers starter Matt Garza dueled Volquez in a scoreless tie until Miami struck for two runs in a fifth inning that included a key single from Volquez himself, followed by a rare squeeze bunt. JT Riddle knocked a one-out RBI double before moving to third on Volquez's base hit. That set up Gordon's run-scoring bunt, which Garza tried to shovel home as the Marlins took a 2-0 lead. The Marlins had runners at second and third with one out after the squeeze bunt but could not add on.

"We kind of nicked them for a couple, but we left runners with a chance to score again, and you wonder if that comes back to get you later," Mattingly said.
"I saw him run after it, and I was like, 'Oh man, he's going to catch that.' Just kind of the way things are going. Fortunately, it carried out." -- Vogt, on Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich nearly making a leaping catch of his solo homer in the fifth. On Wednesday in Cincinnati, Reds right fielder Scott Schebler pulled back a would-be Vogt home run on a similar play.
Knebel's heart-thumping ninth inning saw him set a Major League single-season record. When he struck out Riddle for the second out, it gave Knebel a whiff in all 40 of his appearances this season, breaking Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter's relief record. Sutter set the mark with the Cubs in 1977. Knebel said he planned to give the record-setting baseball to his father.

"Forty straight appearances with a strikeout is unbelievable. It really is," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "It's something else, and he should be very proud of it for sure. It's consistency, is what it is. And it's bringing 'A' stuff to the game every single night. We've used Corey obviously quite a bit, too, but he's answered the bell every single night with plus, plus stuff."

Marlins:Tom Koehler will return to the big leagues for the first time since May 16 when he takes the mound Saturday, with first pitch at 4:05 p.m. ET. The righty was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury on May 18, and later optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 14. Prior to that, he was 1-2 with a 7.04 ERA in eight starts this season.
Brewers:Zach Davies will make his 17th start of the season, beginning at 3:05 p.m. CT on Saturday. The right-hander is coming off a win against the Braves on June 25, where he earned his fourth quality start by dealing seven shutout innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three career starts vs. the Marlins.
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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Gruman is a contributor to based in Milwaukee and covered the Marlins on Friday.