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Is Brewers pitcher Josh Hader getting even better?

The two-time All-Star hit 100 MPH during an electric inning on Opening Day.
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Posted at 9:08 PM, Apr 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-02 22:08:34-04

MILWAUKEE (NBC 26) — Josh Hader has accomplished quite a bit in his still-young career. But on Thursday, he did something he's never done before.

He hit 100 miles per hour on the radar gun during an "electric" 10th inning.

"That's the hardest I've ever seen him throw," Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw said following the game. "That's going to be a problem for hitters if that consistently keeps happening."

Hader consistently touched 99 MPH as he struck out the side, stranding the potential go-ahead run at third base. The Brewers then won the game on a walk-off infield single from Orlando Arcia in the bottom of the 10th inning.

"He threw the ball as good as we've seen him throw it," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "And when you're talking about Josh Hader, there's a lot of well to go to. But that was pretty darn impressive."

It's hard to believe considering how accomplished he already is, but Hader is still only 26-years-old. He may just now be entering his physical prime.

"I've been working on my strength and being able to use my body efficiently on the mound," he said. "I think getting on a good throwing program and obviously making the scaps (scapulas) and the cuff (rotator cuff) stronger as well has played a big part in it."

Hader sounded surprised when asked about reaching 100 MPH. He said he didn't play the radar gun much mind, but did get a big boost from the roar of the home crowd at American Family Field.

"When you get these fans and especially (American Family Field), man, we get loud and that's a big adrenaline boost for us so excited to have fans back," he said. "The way were playing, making that comeback, that was huge. It's hard not to get a big adrenaline rush."

The Brewers resume their series with the Twins Saturday at 6:10 p.m.