Barnes tossed a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 12-4 victory over the Cardinals. Tuesday's game was well out of reach when Barnes entered the game, but he still locked up the victory without issue. It's been an up-and-down season for Barnes, who owns a 1.51 ERA over his 48 appearances, but he has done a good job keeping runs off the board, posting a 3.35 ERA overall and a 2.38 ERA since the All-Star break.
Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday. Barnes has a solid enough 3.61 ERA in 42.1 innings for the Brewers this season. Lately, though, he's been in something of a slump, posting an 8.74 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP over his last 12 appearances. He could be back up in a middle-relief role later in the season.
The Brewers recalled Barnes from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. Barnes should provide some middle-relief innings for the Brewers after beginning the season in a high-leverage role out of the bullpen. Some struggles led to a demotion on a couple of occasions, but he's also had some stretches of success on the mound en route to his 3.46 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 39 innings.
Barnes tossed a clean ninth inning Tuesday to lock down the Brewers' 4-0 victory over the Cubs. With the Brewers not in a save situation heading into the ninth inning and top relievers Corey Knebel and Josh Hader both pitching an inning-plus the previous day, manager Craig Counsell turned to Barnes to finish Tuesday's contest, and he delivered. Barnes spent over two weeks in the minors during May due to some struggles, but he has been lights-out since returning, allowing just three hits over seven scoreless innings while posting a 6:0 K:BB. He will mainly work in middle relief moving forward, but his return to form bolsters an already formidable Brewers bullpen.
Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday. Barnes will rejoin the Brewers' bullpen after spending the past two weeks in Triple-A, where he allowed two runs and posted a 4:4 K:BB over 4.1 innings of relief. The 28-year-old held a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings prior to his demotion earlier this month. Reliever Adrian Houser was optioned to Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.