MILWAUKEE — Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn’t hit much in a Brewers uniform, but defense doesn’t go into a slump.
Bradley delivered the Brewers’ first bona fide home run robbery of the year in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Braves at American Family Field, leaping at the center field wall to pull back Ozzie Albies’ deep fly ball in the seventh inning.
“That was an incredible play and it keeps a run off the board,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We continue to play good defense but that was a beautiful catch by Jackie. Almost the most nonchalant home run rob you’ve ever seen. It almost looked nonchalant for him.”
That play kept the Brewers within a grand slam of the Braves, but before they scored any runs they needed a hit. Bradley was 0-for-2 and the Brewers were hitless against Atlanta right-hander Ian Anderson at the seventh-inning stretch, dropping Bradley’s batting average to .163 through his first 123 Brewers at-bats. Daniel Vogelbach broke up the no-hit bid with a single to open the bottom of the seventh, and Bradley worked a walk in the inning to load the bases, but the rally fizzled after only one run.
A former Gold Glove Award winner in Boston, he has mostly been manning the corners since center fielder Lorenzo Cain returned from a stint on the injured list, but Bradley got the start in center on Saturday when Cain had a scheduled day off.