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08/08/12 1:05 AM ET
Henderson, Segura notch Major League firsts
Reliever earns save, top prospect drives in run in Brewers' win over Reds
By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- After the Brewers' 3-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday, reliever Jim Henderson was in the training room, talking about former Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman. Henderson and Hoffman share the same No. 51 jersey number, but that's about where their similarities, as of now, run out. Because while Hoffman finished his career with 601 saves, Henderson -- a 29-year-old rookie who spent 10 years in the Minors -- earned his first, in his first opportunity, on Tuesday at Miller Park. "It's something I didn't think about two weeks ago, for sure," Henderson said. "I just wanted to come up here and help as much as I could. If it's a save here, if it's pitching in the fifth inning, sixth inning, it doesn't matter. I'll go out there and do whatever they want." On Tuesday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wanted Henderson to close out and successfully cap starter Mike Fiers' eight-inning gem. Henderson did so with relative ease, retiring the Reds in order in the bottom of the ninth. Since being called up in July, Henderson has been a pleasant surprise for the Brewers, allowing just one earned run and six hits in seven appearances. "He's impressive so far," Roenicke said. "Hopefully we can continue to put him in some situations, whether it's the eighth or ninth, whatever we think we need. But if he keeps doing this, he's going to open up some eyes." Henderson wasn't the only Milwaukee rookie to record a first on Tuesday night. In his second game with the Brewers since being called up from Double-A Huntsville on Monday, Milwaukee's top prospect, shortstop Jean Segura, notched his first Major League RBI in the eighth inning. Coming to Milwaukee as part of the trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels, Segura has started his Brewers career going 0-for-7 at the plate. But his groundout with Rickie Weeks on third base drove in an important insurance run. "I know he's disappointed in not getting hits," Roenicke said. "But he's still helping us."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.