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Brewers’ Reliever Barnes Keeps Confidence Amid Slump

Antigo, WI, United States /

(St. Louis, MO) — Every relief pitcher runs into turbulence sometimes, and that’s what happening to Milwaukee’s Jacob Barnes this week. The 27-year-old right hander was “lights out” during the first month of the season, giving up just one unearned run in 12 appearances while striking out 15 and holding opponents to a .148 batting average. But on Monday night, Barnes lost a two-run lead for the Crew when he gave up a homer to Jeff Gyorko and an RBI single by Kolten Wong. On Tuesday, Barnes inherited two runners in the sixth, and he let both on a sacrifice fly and a single in Milwaukee 2-1 loss to the Redbirds. Barnes says he has not lost his confidence and manager Craig Counsell did not hesitate using him Tuesday, saying he had a good strikeout record against the right handed hitters he faced, but it didn’t work out.

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