Milwaukee Brewers closer Devin Williams cashed in his 30th save of the year while slugger Tyrone Taylor continued to build on a strong month of August as the Brewers completed a weekend sweep of the Texas Rangers.


“The Airbender ” only needed three pitches to collect his second save against the Rangers in the last three days.


Devin Williams Earns 30th Save 


Williams entered the Sunday afternoons contest with two outs in the 9th after a throwing error allowed Marcus Semien to reach and a walk was issued to his All-Star middle infield partner, Corey Seager.


After two fastballs and an Airbender changeup, he got Nathaniel Lowe to flyout to left field for his 30th save in 33 chances.


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“It is like he has played the game for 50-years,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told when asked about his All-Star closer.


“He has great situational awareness.  He always knows what to do and how to get outs.”



Friday night the Brewers were up by five runs going into the ninth before a Rangers rally cut the lead to 9-6, forcing Counsell to call on Williams to shut the door. It wasn’t Williams’ easiest save. 


After giving up a Travis Jankowski double down the left field line, he got Marcus Semien to ground out before a great catch in center field on a deep fly ball retired Seager at the warning track.


Those 30 saves rank Williams in the top five among all Major League pitchers. Both his .139 batting average against and 0.95 WHIP are also among the lowest in baseball.


Tyrone Taylor batted .500 with a triple, two doubles, two RBI and scored four runs in three games against the Texas Rangers this weekend.



Tyrone Taylor Turned It Around 


Now, his average sits at .342 with a .658 slugging percentage, nine RBI and two home runs during the month of August.


“He (Tyrone Taylor) is finally at full strength,” said Counsell.


“Earlier this year he was not healthy.  Since he has shaken off the injuries, I think the trajectory will continue to go up for him.”


Taylor struggled to get off to a good start this season in part to missing all of April and June. During July, he was just 3-for-18 with one homer and zero walks.



The Brewers are 7-3 in their last 10 games and lead the National League Central by three games. Their offense ranks 27th in batting average and 26th in OPS but they find success thanks to one of the best pitching staffs in the Majors. Their .233 batting average against is tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the lowest in the Majors and their ERA ranks in the top 10.


This week they will host the American League Central-leading Twins who are still missing Byron Buxton for three more games before a weekend set with the Padres.


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