8/14/2013 8:30 P.M. ET
Henderson goes extra mile for last two saves
By Dave Sessions / Special to MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Jim Henderson has worked harder than usual for his last two saves, both of which required him to record the last out of the eighth inning before getting through the ninth. He had never recorded a four-out save before Aug. 6 in San Francisco, but he did it for the second consecutive appearance Tuesday against the Rangers, getting Ian Kinsler to line out with the bases loaded.
Though it's increasingly rare for closers to pitch more than an inning, Henderson isn't complaining. It helped that he had a week off between appearances.
"I think just the situation last night was pretty high-leverage with the bases loaded, so I was happy to get the opportunity to come in," Henderson said." You're fired up in that situation, for sure, so nothing much changes as far as the attitude and the mentality when you go out there."
Henderson earned his seventh consecutive save and 17th of the season on Tuesday. He saved both ends of a doubleheader in Chicago against the Cubs on July 30 and has not allowed a run in his past 11 appearances. During that stretch, he has yielded just four hits in 11 innings, striking out 16 and walking five while holding opponents to a .108 average.
Those are impressive numbers for a second-year pitcher who only became a closer this season. Henderson is embracing the role, and the mentality that goes with, more and more as his career unfolds.
"I find I have been getting a little more amped up, especially the last four or five appearances," Henderson said. "Big moments, back-to-back saves on the same day in Chicago. It was exciting. I've been fired up. Now, I'm looking forward to the ninth inning every time, the nerves are starting to go away and now I'm just getting more aggressive."
Segura displays wheels for unconventional steal
ARLINGTON -- Of his 35 stolen bases this season, Juan Segura's second steal on Tuesday night had to be one of his most memorable -- and least conventional. The Brewers botched a bunt play, leaving Segura in no-man's land halfway between third and home, but the Rangers then made a couple of wide throws on the rundown and Segura was able to steal home.
It was just another highlight in a breakout season for the 23-year-old first-time All-Star shortstop, who entered Wednesday's game leading the National League in hits (144), third in the Majors in steals and seventh in the NL in batting average (.312). He extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 performance Tuesday.
For Segura, 40 steals seems a foregone conclusion this year, though he believes he can do more at some point in his career.
"I've always been an aggressive runner," Segura said. "It's a part of my game, stealing and running. … One of my goals is 50 [steals]."
Unlike some fellow young teammates who are simply trying to impress management and make a statement about their readiness to play in the Majors, Segura doesn't need to worry about stepping up his game in the final six weeks of the season. He only wants to maintain his success.
"The season is going well for me, right now, and I just want to keep it going," Segura said. "Just keep playing the way I am right now, just focus and do some of the little things better. I just want to keep it up and finish strong."
Roenicke believes Brewers will finish strong
ARLINGTON -- The Brewers won six of nine games through Tuesday, and though they sit at 15 games below .500, manager Ron Roenicke said he has seen a number of positives in recent weeks from his mostly-young lineup.
It may not be enough to get back to .500, but Roenicke believes his team has a strong finish coming.
"I think we can get it going," Roenicke said. "How good that is without having the veterans in there, it's hard to think we could go on runs like we did the last two years. It's not impossible, but there are some young guys who'd really have to put it together, the pitching staff would have to keep it going. They've been doing a nice job so far, so we'll see what happens."
The pitching staff, or more specifically the bullpen, has been a highlight for Milwaukee all season. Brewers relievers have a 2.88 ERA, fourth-best in the Majors behind two likely playoff teams (Atlanta and Pittsburgh) and a contender in Kansas City.
"They've been really good, and they've been used a lot," Roenicke said of his bullpen. "I tried to take care of them at the beginning and at the start of the season, our starting pitchers weren't pitching that well, so they were used a lot. They held together and really have maintained that through the whole year."
Aramis back in lineup as designated hitter
ARLINGTON -- Aramis Ramirez, back in the lineup for the second day after missing more than a month with a knee injury, was at designated hitter on Wednesday. Manager Ron Roenicke removed Ramirez from the game to start the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday, but only as a precaution.
"We could have thrown him out there a couple more innings, but the timing worked out well," Roenicke said. "He was good, so he'll be back DHing today and hopefully gets through that OK and he'll be able to go back to third base tomorrow."
Roenicke said Ramirez made progress in each of his three at-bats Tuesday, despite an 0-for-3 night.
"The first at-bat, he swings at the first pitch he sees, pops it up," Roenicke said. "Next one, I thought it was a pretty good swing, popped up, and the last one [a flyout to center] was a really good swing. He just missed hitting that a long way."
Roenicke doesn't want Gennett focused on homers
ARLINGTON -- A day after hitting two home runs for the first time in his Major League career, second baseman Scooter Gennett found himself moved from No. 9 to No. 7 in the Brewers' lineup, though not because he is expected to produce more power.
"He's just not a guy that you want to think about hitting home runs," manager Ron Roenicke said. "If he decides to hit line drives and once in a while he gets one, great, but I think there's a lot of people who think this guy can hit, so it's nice seeing him do well."
Roenicke said he wants to get the message to Gennett that he should not be looking to increase his power output.
"I haven't yet, but that conversation will happen as soon as I get him alone," Roenicke said.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.