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Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers continued their dominance against the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-4 victory Tuesday night securing the series win.

Pitchers who rake, and pitch

Brandon Woodruff had his best start of the season, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs off seven hits while striking out six. He didn’t find trouble until the sixth inning, not allowing a run through the first five. He got a nice ovation from the fans at Miller Park as he exited in the sixth after his 94-pitch outing.

“I thought his stuff was really good tonight. Slider was good to righties, his change was good to lefties. His fastball was obviously located very well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Woodruff also helped his own cause, smacking a two-run double down the right-field line giving the Brewers a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The 26-year old has been unconscious at the plate for a pitcher with an OPS of 1.750. To put this into context, Christian Yelich has an OPS of 1.246.

The Brewers’ pitching staff leads MLB in average. Freddy Peralta mentioned Monday night that they have a competition when it comes to getting hits.

“It’s fun. We take it in the cage when [we’re] hitting stuff, we take it pretty serious,” Woodruff said, “A good competition. We usually play games with each-other and stuff and try to see who can beat each other and I hate to say it but Freddy hasn’t won yet, so we got to get him some more wins.”

The competition between teammates seems to be working as Milwaukee continues to get production from the ninth spot in the order.

An offensive third inning

Milwaukee scored five of their eight runs in the third inning as they batted around the order. Cain got it going blasting a leadoff homer to left.

Braun hit a double down the left-field line. Then, Yasmani Grandal stayed hot launching a two-run dinger to right.

Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar hit back-to-back singles. Orlando Arcia followed with a walk which brought Woodruff to the plate with the bases loaded and you know what happened next.

Why do they keep pitching to him?

I’m shocked that the Cardinals keep pitching to Yelich. The Brewers for sure aren’t complaining and neither am I. But, am I surprised? Absolutely.

Yelich was asked if he is surprised the Red Birds keep pitching to him.

No. I mean, it’s baseball. I got out three times today, too. Struck out twice. That’s the game of baseball. You have to be ready to go and see how the game plays out.

He is posting ridiculous numbers against the Cardinals this season. It’s hard to expect him to keep up this pace but somehow, he does. With two outs, and two on, in the fifth inning, Yelich homered to right-center giving the Brewers an 8-0 lead.

It was his eighth home run in six games against St. Louis this season, which is the most ever by a Brewer in a single season against the Cardinals.

Next up, the Brewers (12-6) will look for the series sweep of the Cardinals (9-8) on Wednesday afternoon. Corbin Burnes (0|110.05 ERA21 SO) will get the nod for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Michael Wacha (0|05.28 ERA17 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm.

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Brewers 10, Cardinals 7: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | Christian Yelich’s three home runs and seven RBIs power the Brewers to a 10-7 victory against the Cardinals on Jackie Robinson Day, Monday night. Milwaukee has now won four of the last five over St. Louis this season, combining to hit 12 home runs.

Freddy struggles again

Freddy Peralta struggled in the first inning allowing two home-runs. Paul Goldschmidt launched a first-pitch fastball to deep left-center field. Paul DeJong followed immediately with a homer of his own.

It would’ve been even worse for Peralta if it wasn’t for Lorenzo Cain making a home run saving catch in the second inning. It’s a shame that Cain didn’t win a Gold Glove last season but he’s showing to be a top-candidate again early this year.

Peralta went 3.1 innings, gave up three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out three. This is the third time in four starts Peralta has failed to make it through the fourth inning. 11 of his 14 runs given up this season have come in the first inning. He has a career 11.57 ERA (18.2 IP, 24 ER) in the first inning.

“I just didn’t feel it, I didn’t feel 100% today,” Peralta discussed, “Those are things that are going to happen, you’re not going to feel 100% every day and you’ve got to find a way to work through it and I just didn’t feel it today.”

Milwaukee decided to put their confidence in the young guys for this season’s pitching staff. So far, it hasn’t gone the way you’d like to see but Peralta and Corbin Burnes have a lot of potential and it’s worth it to stay patient with them.

Bats come alive in the 2nd

Six hits led to six runs as the Brewers took the lead 6-2 in the second inning. Mike Moustakas got the crew started with a solo-shot to right-field off Dakota Hudson. Eric Thames would then reach base with a single. Ben Gamel drove Thames home to tie the game 2-2.

With two outs, Peralta would help his own cause blooping one to shallow center, scoring Gamel. Brewers pitchers improved to an MLB-best 10-27 after Peralta’s single. I’m a DH guy but even I have a hard time not changing my mind when I see Milwaukee’s pitchers at the plate.

Cain singled putting runners on the corners and the 2018 NL MVP would come to the plate. Yelich launched his sixth dinger of the season on a three-run blast to left-center giving the Brewers a 6-2 lead.

Give Yelich the MVP today

I don’t even know what to say. Yelich hit not one, not two, but three homers Monday night and finished with seven RBIs. Last year’s NL MVP tied the Brewers franchise record for HRs and RBIs in a game.

The amount of damage he’s done against the Cardinals has been incredible. He has now homered in six straight games with an at-bat against St. Louis dating back to 9/25/18, becoming the first player since at least 1908 to do so. Yelich has now hit seven of his eight home runs against the Cardinals this season and 13 homers in 22 games against the Red Birds since joining the Brewers.

“They’re a great pitching staff. They’re a great team,” Yelich said about the Cardinals, “I feel like they always pitch you tough in my career. Baseball is just a weird game. It’s one of those weird stretches and sometimes you just can’t explain things.”

His first homer Monday night snapped an 0-9 skid and left his bat at an estimated 114.1 mph, according to Statcast. That’s his hardest hit home-run in the Statcast era (since 2015).

“It’s still incredibly fun to watch, and incredible to watch,” Craig Counsell said, “And it’s so rare when you watch things like that, it doesn’t get boring. He’s doing incredible things. The second home run, the pitch he hit, how do you hit that pitch out? I think that’s what everyone is saying. It’s special to see it.”

It’s getting to the point where we expect Yelich to come up with big hit after big hit but as Counsell said, it will never get boring.

Next up, the Brewers (11-6) will take on the Cardinals (9-7) in the second of a three-game set. Brandon Woodruff (1|16.00 ERA20 SO) will take the bump for Milwaukee. St. Louis will counter with Jack Flaherty (1|02.93 ERA18 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Trout robs Yelich of HR, Angels hit three to beat Brewers 5-2

The Milwaukee Brewers’ pitchers struggled keeping the ball inside the park Monday night. The Los Angeles Angels hit three home-runs. None of them came from Mike Trout.

Tommy La Stella and Andrelton Simmons each went yard off starter Jhoulys Chacin. He only allowed one more hit in 6 1/3 innings of work but took the loss. Justin Bour hit the team’s third dinger in the eighth off reliever Chase Anderson on a two-run drive to right field.

Offensively, the Brewers had a chance to score a few more runs. In the third inning, Christian Yelich sent a deep drive to center field but Trout jumped at the wall and made the catch, robbing the home run. Yelich smiled and tipped his hat to Trout.

Next up, the Brewers (8-3) will play the second of the three-game series with the Angels (5-6) Tuesday night. Freddy Peralta (1-0, 3.27 ERA, 14 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Los Angeles will send Matt Harvey (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6 SO) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 9:07pm.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took the series against the Cubs with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

Yelich shows no signs of slowing down

Christian Yelich got the offense going early blasting his fifth dinger of the season on a two-run home run in the first inning off a first-pitch fastball from Kyle Hendricks. It was his 100th career home run and first homer against the Cubs as a member of the Brewers.

Yelich also drove in Milwaukee’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He finished the day with three RBIs. He talked about going yard for the 100th time in his career.

I remember my first one, so 99 later it’s pretty cool. It’s something that’s cool that you really just try and appreciate afterwards. I didn’t really know a whole lot in the moment until they were telling me it was 100.

Davies deals

Zach Davies was terrific in his second start of the young season. He cruised through Chicago’s lineup allowing no runs on three hits through the first five innings. He almost got through the sixth but allowed a two-run homer with two outs to Wilson Contreras before being pulled. Davies said after the game that him going into the sixth inning was the plan.

That was the plan for me. Coming up with short starts the last couple of games it was my job to at least get into the sixth inning and I felt like I could’ve gone another hitter to finish that inning off but better match-up, better decision in that situation to do something else. So that was my mindset going in is try and get weak contact, try and get early contact and be in the game as long as I could.

Hader shuts the door

Is there a better hitter/pitcher duo in MLB than Yelich and Josh Hader? There might not be.

The Brewers found themselves in a jam in the seventh inning. Then, Hader would trout out to the mound. He would get Kris Bryant to pop-out and followed it by striking-out Anthony Rizzo in an eight-pitch at-bat to keep the Brewers ahead 4-2.

Manager Craig Counsell would keep Hader in for the remainder of the game as he recorded his fifth save of the season on his 25th birthday. Counsell shared his thoughts on the decision to send Hader back out for the ninth inning.

To get to that spot was the big spot. After Rizzo gave him the tough at-bat, I wasn’t sure we were going to get him through the ninth. But he had an efficient eighth, so he went back out there.

Hader has already had some incredible moments through the first 10 games of the season. This is just another one he can add to the list.

8-2 to start the season

Counsell shared his thoughts on the great start to the year.

We’ve started the season in a consistent way. You win three series, it’s a good start to consistent baseball. I think we’re very capable of that. I think at times that we’ve shown – and what I like – is that we can win games in different ways. That’s the way a deep team should be able to do it. You don’t have to count on one part of the team to get victories. We can get victories from different guys on the roster and areas of the roster. That’s what we’ve done.

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Brewers 5, Cardinals 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers took the opening series from the Cardinals three games to one with a 5-4 walk-off victory Sunday afternoon.

Yelich may not be human

Christian Yelich is a cheat code. He isn’t fair. He is playing PlayStation 4 while the rest of the league is playing Sega Genesis and may very well be the best hitter in MLB today.

Yelich became the sixth player in Major League history to homer in each of his team’s first four games of a season. He is the first MVP to do it.

The home run came off the first pitch in his first at bat against Michael Wacha. He is currently on pace for 162 home runs this season.

Corbin Burnes is impressed by what Yelich is doing. “Being one of the best hitters in baseball and you already have four homers at this point in the season it’s pretty special,” Burnes said.

Burnes K’s 12

In his first career start, Burnes mowed down the Cardinals’ hitters, striking out nine through the first three innings. His nine consecutive outs via strikeout tied a Brewers franchise record.

However, the fourth and fifth were a different story. The strikeouts were still there for Burnes, but he gave up four runs on three homers. Paul DeJong blasted a two-run dinger in the fourth. Then, Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt led off the fifth with back-to-back home runs.

“I’d take it away as a good day. Overall, I threw the ball really well. Command-wise, stuff-wise, it was all there,” Burnes explained, “That’s a good hitting lineup and you make mistakes they’re going to make you pay for it. I just happened to leave three fastballs right over the middle to three really good hitters and they took advantage of it.”

Burnes finished with 12 strikeouts, one shy of Freddy Peralta’s club record for strikeouts in a first MLB start.

“It’s a good outing,” Counsell stated, “To show the stuff, to strikeout 12 hitters, that’s a good outing. His location wavered a little bit but there’s a lot to work with there to strike out 12 in five innings and he’s going to keep getting better from here.”

Are you kidding me Yelich? Seriously, are you kidding me?

Ben Gamel led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double. Lorenzo Cain followed with an infield single. Then Yelich hit a liner into the gap in left-center, driving in Gamel and Cain.

“If there’s a bag open. He’s on it,” Burnes said after being asked what he would do if he had to pitch to Yelich. Yelich did walk three times on Sunday, one being intentional, but St. Louis decided to pitch to him in the game’s biggest moment.

Ryan Braun shared his thoughts on Yelich.

I’ve never seen anyone this good at baseball for this long. I mean, maybe Bonds in his prime. As great as Trout is. I’ve seen Pujols. Like, I’ve never seen anyone this good for this long. I think everybody should take the time to appreciate it, because what we’re witnessing is greatness.

“He’s making really hard stuff look pretty easy,” Counsell said.

Milwaukee recorded their first walk-off win of the season and first regular-season walk-off win since 9/3/18 vs the Chicago Cubs. It was the fifth career walk-off hit for Yelich.

This team keeps feeding us special moment after special moment. This is going to be a fun season everyone.