Last call

Last call

• Sean Halton made his first Major League start Saturday, with Roenicke opting to sit right fielder Norichika Aoki against Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano.

"Nori hits lefties usually so well, I don't like to take him out," Roenicke said, "but this guy [Liriano] is really good against lefties."

• Roenicke had a good chat with outfielder Caleb Gindl after optioning him back to Triple-A on Friday to clear space for right-hander Tyler Thornburg. Gindl made a number of misplays in left field during his brief stay in the big leagues.

"Defensively, he did not play the type of defense that Gindl is capable of playing," Roenicke said. "I could see that right away. He is a good right fielder, he is learning how to play left field. It is not as easy as everybody thinks going from right to left … and when he made that first mistake, he really didn't play confident after that, and he was disappointed in that.

"I told him, 'I know what the feeling is when you make a mistake. You don't want to make another one, and instead of playing confident, you play to not make a mistake. You can never play well when you do that.'"

• Brewers players filled out their All-Star ballots on Saturday, which will help set the reserves and injury-replacement starters for the July 16 Midsummer Classic.

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