Hader allowed two unearned runs on three hits and zero walks while striking out two during the ninth inning in his 21st save of the season to finish a 5-4 victory against the Braves on Wednesday. The game should have finished two batters earlier, but Brewers catcher Manny Pina committed a throwing error after a dropped third strike. That led to two runners scoring against Hader in the frame. Because of the blunder, though, Hader picked up an extra strikeout, and he still posted his 21st save. He is 21-for-23 in save chances with a 2.35 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 46 innings this season.
Hader blew his second save of the season in Friday's 10-7 extra-inning loss to the Giants, giving up two runs on two home runs over two innings while striking out three. Entering the game in the eighth inning to protect a 5-4 lead, Hader served up a pinch-hit solo shot to Tyler Austin and another homer to Brandon Crawford in the ninth to put the Brewers behind, only for Christian Yelich to bail the Milwaukee closer out in the bottom of the ninth with a triple and eventual tying run off Will Smith. Hader was dealing with back stiffness prior to the All-Star break that cost him a chance to appear in the Midsummer Classic, and his first appearance after the break suggests he may not be 100 percent yet.
Hader will not participate in the All-Star Game due to back stiffness, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The Brewers haven't placed Hader on the injured list but have listed him as day-to-day. He'll skip the midseason exhibition to rest, with his teammate Brandon Woodruff earning an All-Star nod in his place.
Hader walked one and struck out one in 1.1 scoreless innings to record a hold during a 7-6 victory over the Pirates on Friday. The Brewers turned to Hader in the bottom of the seventh while possessing a 2-1 lead. He recorded the final out of that frame and then made it through the eighth without allowing a hit. The Brewers scored four runs in their top of the eighth, so with a five-run lead, they elected to go with a different pitcher in a non-save situation for the ninth. That decision proved to be costly because the Pirates forced extra innings, but Hader is still 1-3 with 20 saves, four holds, a 2.09 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 43 innings this season.
Hader allowed two runs on two hits while striking out one batter, earning the hold against the Reds on Monday. Hader took the mound in the eighth inning with a 6-3 lead and served up a two-run shot to Eugenio Suarez. It was the seventh homer allowed by Hader this year and the first since June 1. Monday also broke Hader's 11.1-inning scoreless streak.