MILWAUKEE (AP) — The pitch from Bob Uecker was Darryl Strawberry Jersey , predictably, just a bit outside.The Milwaukee Brewers announcer is always good for a laugh, even before the first game of the NL Championship Series.“Bob will be throwing out the (ceremonial) first pitch tonight,” a press conference moderator said as Uecker walked to a podium a couple hours before the Brewers hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park.“I am,” the straight-faced Uecker joked quizzically.There is perhaps no better ambassador for Brewers baseball than the 84-year-old Uecker.Fittingly, he’s known by the nickname “Mr. Baseball.”In his 48th season calling Brewers games, Uecker is beloved in his hometown of Milwaukee for his dry wit and entertaining calls.The Brewers have two statues dedicated to Uecker at Miller Park, including one in the last row of the upper deck that commemorates one of Uecker’s commercials for Miller Lite in which he repeated the phrase “I must be in the front row!”He remains an important member of the Brewers, considered as much a part of the organization as MVP candidate Christian Yelich or veteran outfielder Ryan Braun.A Hall of Fame broadcaster, Uecker can relate to the current generation of players in different ways.First off, he’s a former major league catcher http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jacob-degrom-jersey , having played six years with three teams. His career ended in 1967, when the lifetime .200 hitter managed just a .150 average playing with the Phillies and Braves.“Well, I think for the most part they know that I played, and I think that’s where the relation really comes in,” Uecker said.“I’ve been on the same side where you’ve got a 10-game losing streak. You’ve got to talk to the press. It’s not sometimes the most pleasant thing, but you have to do it. And I know what that’s like,” he added.He also starred in the TV series “Mr. Belvedere” and the movie “Major League,” two sequels to the baseball franchise – though don’t get him started on the third one.“The third one stunk,” he said. “It was really bad. I could have played in that one.”But he is thoroughly enjoying the Brewers’ run to the NLCS in their first postseason appearance since 2011.“And I think the bottom line is that Bob … belongs in a baseball clubhouse. He fits. He gets it,” manager Craig Counsell said. “His sense of humor doesn’t have an age span.”__ SAN FRANCISCO — The hero of Tuesday’s win with the bat will be rewarded with two extra days off to rest his arm when the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres complete a three-game series on Wednesday night.Madison Bumgarner delivered a game-winning, pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 12th inning on Tuesday night Nolan Ryan Jersey , recording the first walk-off hit of his career.The single to left field through a drawn-in infield scored Gorkys Hernandez, who had led off the 12th with a triple.Article continues below ...The hit improved Bumgarner’s career average as a pinch hitter to .400 (4-for-10). The RBI was his first in that role.The RBI was the 58th of Bumgarner’s career overall, 21 more than any other pitcher since he debuted for the Giants in 2009.It wasn’t the first time this season that Bumgarner was chiefly responsible for a Giants win over San Diego. He threw eight innings of shutout ball the only time he pitched against the Padres in a 3-0 win on June 21.Nonetheless, the Giants have scratched Bumgarner from his scheduled start against San Diego on Wednesday in order for him to face the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.Right-hander Casey Kelly (0-2, 2.89) will face the Padres instead.The first-year Giant has gone up against the Padres twice in relief in his career, allowing just two hits and no runs in 3 1/3 innings without getting a decision. Both those appearances were for the Atlanta Braves in 2016.Tuesday’s dramatic win came a little more than 24 hours after the Giants made the first of what is expected to be a series of major moves before the start of the 2019 season on Monday, firing general manager Bobby Evans.Hunter Pence, a free agent at season’s end and high on the projected list of Giants castoffs, contributed two hits, including a home run, and scored three of the club’s five runs in Tuesday’s win.Pence has taken advantage of increased playing time since the team dealt Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees last month http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey , going 9-for-his-last-23 (.391) with one double, two homers and four RBIs in his last six games.The 35-year-old, an inspirational leader in two of the Giants’ three championships this decade, earned $18.5 million this season. His recent hot streak has raised his batting average to just .228.Pence has gone just 3-for-14 (.214) in his career against right-hander Luis Perdomo (1-6, 7.56), the Padres’ scheduled starter in Wednesday’s series finale.Perdomo will be making his first start since being recalled from the minors earlier this month. He hasn’t faced the Giants this season but has gone head-to-head with them on nine occasions in the past, seven times as a starter, while compiling a 2-0 record and 3.80 ERA.Tuesday’s loss was the Padres’ 11th in 18 meetings with the Giants this season and came despite out-hitting the hosts 12-9.San Diego opened the series with a 5-0 win on Monday night.