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Ryan Braun delivers six hits in historic 18-inning game

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The Brewers and Mets battled for 18 long innings on Saturday night, setting an all-time record for the longest game (by innings) in Miller Park history. For the majority of the game’s five-hour, 22-minute runtime, they traded goose eggs on the scoreboard — thanks to eight consecutive scoreless innings from the Mets’ bullpen, and 14 from the Brewers’ — until Ryan Braun won it in the bottom of the 18th with a walk-off two-run single that just slipped between Pete Alonso and Robinson Canó:

The hit not only propelled the Brewers to a hard-earned victory, but represented a career high for Braun as well. It was his sixth hit of the night, preceded by base hits in the fourth, sixth, and ninth, and two doubles in the 14th and 17th. (Funnily enough, it was also a historic night for the Miller Park racing sausages, who came out to entertain the remaining members of the 39,565-person crowd on three separate occasions.)

While both a triple and home run evaded him for the cycle, he’s the first MLB player to collect six hits in a single game since his teammate and former NL MVP, Christian Yelich, did so in a 10-inning win for the Brewers last August. According to Baseball Reference, Braun hadn’t delivered as many as five hits in a game since 2010.

After an exhausting night of weird baseball — during which, it should be said, both teams depleted their benches of reserve players — the Brewers and Mets will go toe-to-toe again on Sunday for the series finale. Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies is currently positioned to go for the sweep against lefty Jason Vargas at 2:10 PM EDT.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.