There's something about the St. Louis Cardinals that brings out the best in Christian Yelich.
The right fielder continued Monday night with his first minutes of the season setting fire to the enemies of the Milwaukee Brewers Central Division, hitting home runs and driving in seven runs to trigger a 10-7 win at Miller Park.
It was Yelich's first three-home run game, and he also set a career record with his seven RBIs. In five games against San Luis so far this year, Yelich is hitting .563 with a homer seven times, driving 15 runs and scoring nine times.
Mike Moustakas also hit a home run for the Brewers, who have won four of five against the Cardinals this season and eight of nine in total.
It was Yelich who gave the Brewers a four-run lead with his first three-run shot in the second inning, only to see the bullpen return it all in the sixth.
Frustration was replaced by jubilation in the bottom half of the frame with another hit by Yelich. After Yasmani Grandal hit a single with one out and Lorenzo Cain walked, Yelich drilled a fastball by Mike Mayers to the right to make it a 9-6 game.
After Junior Guerra and Jacob Barnes joined to keep the Cardinals off the board in the seventh and eighth, Yelich hit his third game homer to the left. That came off John Brebbia, and he won a call from the curtain of what was left of the crowd.
The three-homer game was the 21st in franchise history and the first since Aaron Hill did it on May 7, 2016 in Cincinnati, and the seven RBIs also tied a franchise record reached 12 times. Jesús Aguilar achieved that feat for the last time on July 7, 2017, at Yankee Stadium.
Marcell Ozuna finished the scoring with a first-pitch homer to Josh Hader in the ninth.
There were many fireworks at the beginning of this.
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The first inning featured consecutive homers by Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong out of starter Freddy Peralta, whose problems in the first inning would have been even worse had it not been for Cain's jump on the wall in a drive by Matt Carpenter.
That gem kept the Cardinals' lead at 2-0, and after a 1-2-3 first, the Brewers offense started working against right-hander Dakota Hudson.
Moustakas started with an initial homer to right field. Eric Thames followed with a single, and two batters later, Ben Gamel tied it to draw at 2-2.
A groundout by Orlando Arcia moved Gamel to second, and Peralta singled to center, his first hit in five at-bats this season, to give the Brewers the 3-2 lead. Peralta finished in second place on the play when center fielder Tyler O & # 39; Neill threw a wild shot home.
Then, Cain hit a single, with third base coach Ed Sedar holding Peralta in third place with Yelich defeated. That turned out to be a prudent decision, since Yelich took a Hudson sinson on the other side and left the center to the left two pitches later to turn it into a 6-2 game.
The six-race outburst was the Brewers' biggest single in an inning this season.
St. Louis had a comeback race in the third, as he charged in a Goldschmidt outing on a Yadier Molina double. Peralta avoided additional damage with a Drew Robinson punch and a growl from Dexter Fowler.
Peralta and Matt Albers combined in a goalless quarter and Alex WIlson threw a 1-2-3 in the fifth place before Alex Claudio got into the hot water by allowing a single out to Fowler in the sixth and then a couple of walks to load the bases.
At the time everything was said and done, the Cardinals had tied it at 6-6 and home referee Ron Kulpa had been eliminated from the game after being hit in the mask by a fastball of Guerra.
This marked the third time in a week that the Brewers had their game delayed by an injury to a home referee. Jerry Meals took over from Kulpa after a delay, and with only a few pitches in his new role, he also took a shot off the mask at a foul tip.
However, he was able to remain in the game.
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WRAP: Anyone heading to Miller Park this week for the remaining six games of the home stay, be careful: it might be a little cold inside when it arrives (assuming it is before the game) since the team's goal is to keep the roof Open as much as possible so that the sun falls on the playing surface. Ceiling will be be closed for games.
TAKE A BREAK: The Brewers were left without three regulars, as Grandal, Ryan Braun and Jesús Aguilar were all out of the lineup. Grandal entered the game in a double change in the sixth, and the rally began in that frame by single.
It was the second consecutive game out of the lineup for Braun, and one scheduled for that because of the pitchers' confrontation with Hudson. He missed Sunday's game in Los Angeles due to a back injury. Braun saw the action as a pinch hitter in the seventh and struck out.
THE PITCHERS CAN RAKE: The Peralta single in the second and the double hit by Brandon Woodruff in the fourth was the tenth and eleventh in the season for the Milwaukee pitchers. The Brewers came leading the majors with a collective average of .346 of their pitchers, along with a base percentage of .414 and a homer. Woodruff's appearance was the first of a Milwaukee pitcher since Jhoulys Chacin on August 12 in Arizona, and the first hit as a hitter of a Milwaukee pitcher since Yovani Gallardo on May 27, 2014 against Baltimore (also double) .
ARMED AND DANGEROUS: The launch of O & # 39; Neill's second entry, which was almost as wild as any player in a major league game will see it, certainly took him to all the realms of sports fans on Monday night. He also left him in the bank, since he was taken out of the game in the next inning with what was described as pain in his right arm.
This year: 11-6
Last year: 8-9
Year to date: 293,395 (36,674 average)
Last year: 274.185 (34,273 average)
Tuesday: Brewers against cardinals, 6:40 p.m. Milwaukee RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 6.00, 4.22) against RHP Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.93). TV: FS Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620.