Hader K's 3 on 9 pitches to finish off Brewers' win

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers reliever Josh Hader has been approaching perfect domination ever since he emerged as an elite bullpen ace last season. On Saturday, he finally reached it.

Hader recorded his first immaculate inning, striking out three straight St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth and finishing a 4-2 Milwaukee win. Hader threw nine straight fastballs. Tyler O’Neill fouled off Hader’s first pitch, the last time any St. Louis hitter made contact. O’Neill, Dexter Fowler and pinch-hitter Yairo Munoz all went down on three pitches.

“He’s throwing at such a high level right now and executing pitches at the top of the zone,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “When he executes those pitches, they’re hard to lay off and they’re hard to hit. It’s challenging. It’s just a different fastball than anybody has in the league.”

Brewers star Christian Yelich homered in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, making him the first reigning MVP to homer in the first three games of the season.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Hader became the first Brewers pitcher to record an immaculate inning since Mike Fiers on May 7, 2015. He became the

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