MILWAUKEE -- Keon Broxton waited all season to get back to the big leagues. And with Milwaukee's outfield close to full health again, he knows his stay could be short, so he's making the most of what could be a limited opportunity.Broxton made the highlight reel again Wednesday, reaching an
MILWAUKEE -- Keon Broxton waited all season to get back to the big leagues. And with Milwaukee's outfield close to full health again, he knows his stay could be short, so he's making the most of what could be a limited opportunity.
Broxton made the highlight reel again Wednesday, reaching an arm's length over the wall in the ninth inning to rob Twins second baseman James Dozier of a certain home run in the Brewers' 3-2, sweep-clinching victory.
"That was incredible," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
The 28-year-old hit 20 home runs and stole 21 bases for the Brewers in 2017, but has spent this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs after the team added Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich during the winter, creating a log jam in the outfield.
Broxton finally joined the team on June 26 when Cain was placed on the disabled list, and quickly made an impression. He reached base four times, homered twice, scored three times and drove in four in a victory Friday at Cincinnati -- a game in which he also turned a baserunning blunder into a scoring opportunity -- then capped it all off with a diving grab to rob Scooter Gennett in the ninth inning.
A few days later, he crashed into the wall at Great American Ball Park to take extra bases away from Scott Schebler, then, in the series opener Monday, reached over the wall to pull back a Joe Mauer home run.
"He's making a play a day," Counsell said. "Sometimes it feels like you're exaggerating, but he's really making a play a day."
Wednesday's catch, though, might have been his most impressive, because of the effort required and the eventual impact on the game's outcome.
"Dozier hit more of a line drive than a pop fly, so I had minimum time to get back there to the wall," Broxton said. "I got back there, I saw it was still pretty high, I had to jump higher than I usually had to -- so yeah, that was definitely one of the best that I've ever made."
It turned out to be a crucial play, too, as Eduardo Escobar followed with a home run to right, drawing the Twins within a run before closer Corey Knebel got out of the inning and earned his 10th save of the season.
"It was fun, that was a fun play to make right there, and to especially help out the pitcher," Broxton said. "My big thing is just watching the pitcher's reaction after that happened. That's my satisfaction. It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad I could be in position to make it."
Broxton also inadvertently stole the spotlight from teammate Nate Orf, who recorded his first big league hit an inning earlier with a home run to left. Orf had played alongside Broxton at Colorado Springs until his own call-up this weekend, and didn't mind sharing the spotlight.
"That was amazing," Orf said. "I've watched him do athletic stuff and make plays all year. To see him do it at that moment ... that was one of the best plays I've ever seen. But in the ninth inning, to get the team the win, that was just awesome."
Andrew Wagner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.