MILWAUKEE – Another day, another game for Christian Yelich's record books.
Or, rather, two for the record books.
Yelich hit his 12th and 13th home runs in the Major Leagues in a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers at Miller Park, moving away from Cody Bellinger and the Khris of the A.A.
MILWAUKEE – Another day, another game for the record books of
Or better, two for the record books.
Yelich hit his 12th and 13th home runs in the Major Leagues in a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers at Miller Park, moving away from Cody Bellinger and Khris Davis from the A. A at the top of the league leaderboard. MLB Yelich took exclusive possession of a Brewers home run record and part of another.
His twelfth home run set a Brewers record for home runs before the end of April, beating Eric Thames's 11th in April 2017. And when Yelich landed the left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu again in the sixth inning with his 13th homer, tied for Prince The Fielder franchise record for home runs in any month. Fielder hit 13 homers in May 2007 on his way to 50 that season.
Now, a major league record is well within reach of Yelich. The home run mark before May 1 is 14, established by Albert Pujols in 2006 and matched by Alex Rodriguez in & # 39; 07.
Yelich, who had an initial advantage thanks to four games in March (he scored a home run in all of them), has plenty of time to get there. The Brewers have nine more games in April on the calendar.
Three of the remaining April games are at home. Yelich has hit all home runs this season in home games, giving him 35 homers in 87 games at Miller Park over the past two years.
Even when he was not hitting the bat on Saturday, Yelich hit the game. In seventh place, after Lorenzo Cain scored a two-out double, the Dodgers opted for left-hander Caleb Ferguson, who intentionally walked Yelich to face right-handed hitter Ryan Braun, who is frozen for the last time. Three hits in 38 minutes. -the bats after running out of hits in their first three climbs, but has the ninth-best OPS in Major League history against left-handers.
Braun had the Dodgers pay with a three-run homer to the Brewers' bullpen for a 5-0 lead.
That was a welcome help. Before Braun deepened, 21 of the Brewers' last 25 runs and 13 of the last 14 were driven by Yelich or by one of Milwaukee's biggest impact pitchers. If Yelich starts receiving Barry Bonds treatment, as Cardinals manager Mike Shildt suggested earlier in this stay at home, the batters behind Yelich will have to start hitting the bat.
It should not be forgotten while the hitters played in the Home Run Derby was the performance of point opener Chase Anderson and the three relievers who combined for a two-hit shutout. Anderson gave the Brewers five scoreless innings in 82 pitches after sailing with 34 pitches first. After Joc Pederson opened the game with a single, Anderson retired 15 of 17 batters without allowing another hit.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him Twitter and Instagram and like him on facebook.