Brewers' Yelich homers again, Hader has immaculate inning

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich and Josh Hader, breakout stars during Milwaukee's surprising run to the NL Championship Series last year, are managing to look even better in 2019.

Yelich became the first MVP to homer in the first three games of the following season, Hader closed things out with an immaculate inning and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Saturday night.

After a making a sliding catch in right field for the first out of the game, Yelich got Milwaukee on the board in his first at-bat, sending a hanging slider from Dakota Hudson (0-1) to left for a 1-0 lead.

''He's swinging the bat really good,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''Two opposite-field homers in the last two days.''

Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas went deep in the third for Milwaukee, spoiling Hudson's first career major league start after 26 relief appearances as a rookie last season.

''Those guys are really strong,'' Hudson said. ''A lot of veteran hitters over there. They knew what they could do and they took the ball the backside. It wasn't like they were hitting a ton of mistakes. They knew what they wanted and executed and put a good swing on it.''

The right-hander was charged with four runs - three earned - seven hits and two walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings.

''He competed really well, he went after it,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''I really appreciate the way he dealt with adversity. He went right back at it. So, it's a really good trait. Dakota's going to be more than fine.''

Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-0) held St. Louis to two runs and struck out five over five innings. The Brewers' bullpen took over from there with four scoreless innings, capped by Hader's perfect ninth - nine pitches, all fastballs, for three strikeouts.

Center fielder Tyler O'Neill was the only player to make contact. He fouled off Hader's first offering before coming up empty on the next two pitches. Hader drew three straight swings and misses from Dexter Fowler and two more after pinch-hitter Yario Munoz looked at strike one.

''It's as good an inning as you can have,'' Counsell said. ''You can't have a better inning than that. He's had a great start to the season.''

Including his two-inning, four-strikeout performance on opening day, Hader has thrown 30 pitches, all of them fastballs.

''The way we look at it is, why change something or why try to fix something that's not broken?'' Hader said. ''We were just trying to attack the zone and continue to read the swings and what we see. That was one of the big things, continuing to attack with our strengths.''

YELICH CHASING HISTORY

Yelich is the 35th MLB player and first Brewer to homer in three straight games to start a season.

The major league record for a home run streak to start a year is four games. Five players have accomplished that feat: Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016).

WONG STAYS HOT

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong recorded his second multihit game Saturday, going 2 for 3 with a double. Through three games, Wong is 6 for 10 with a walk, two home runs and four RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader got a day off after going 2 for 8 with a home run through the first two games of the season. With Bader out, Tyler O'Neill made his first start of the season.

Brewers: OF Ryan Braun was left out of the starting lineup but appeared as a pinch-hitter, flying out to left in the sixth.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha is 5-0 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) against Milwaukee, including a 2-0 mark and 3.80 ERA in five appearances (four starts) at Miller Park.

Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes makes his first major league start Sunday in the series finale. Burns opened eyes as a rookie last season, going 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 30 relief appearances then allowing just a pair of runs over nine postseason innings.

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  • W: B. Woodruff (1-0)L: D. Hudson (0-1)S: J. Hader (2)
  • HR: MIL - M. Moustakas (2), C. Yelich (3), T. Shaw (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40000022.154.214.154.368-1.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40110021.417.5001.1671.6671.0
P. DeJong SS40100001.231.286.308.5932.0
M. Ozuna LF41200011.286.286.357.6434.5
Y. Molina C40000012.091.231.182.413-0.5
T. O'Neill CF40000032.167.167.333.500-1.5
D. Fowler RF30000111.111.385.111.4960.5
K. Wong 2B31310000.600.6361.3001.9366.0
a- Y. Munoz PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Hudson P10000002.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Leone P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Wong in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Mayers in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF40100112.333.385.333.7181.5
C. Yelich RF51111014.400.5381.3001.8385.5
T. Shaw 3B31211111.200.333.500.8337.5
Y. Grandal C41000012.000.000.000.0000.5
M. Moustakas 2B31221100.444.5451.2221.7689.0
E. Thames 1B40000044.167.167.167.333-2.0
B. Gamel LF30000110.000.200.000.2000.5
O. Arcia SS40000003.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Woodruff P202000001.0001.0001.0002.0002.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Braun PH10000000.333.333.6671.0000.0
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Pina PH00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
Z. Davies PR0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Ju. Guerra in the 6th
  • b-walked for Wilson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong, K. Wong
  • SH - D. Hudson
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (6), K. Wong (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (3), K. Wong (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, P. DeJong, M. Ozuna, D. Fowler, D. Hudson 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Yelich (3), T. Shaw, M. Moustakas (2)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (5), T. Shaw, M. Moustakas 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, C. Yelich 3 (3), T. Shaw, E. Thames 2 (2), O. Arcia 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna
FIELDING
  • E - P. Goldschmidt
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (L, 0-1)4.17432636.232.08-2.0
M. Mayers1.21001200.001.202.0
D. Leone2.00002100.000.674.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (L, 0-1)4.1
M. Mayers1.2
D. Leone2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff (W, 1-0)5.06221503.601.4015.5
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.00000103.380.753.5
A. Claudio (H, 1)0.21000000.001.20-1.0
A. Wilson (H, 1)1.10000200.000.004.0
J. Hader (S, 2)1.00000300.000.0011.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff (W, 1-0)5.0
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.0
A. Claudio (H, 1)0.2
A. Wilson (H, 1)1.1
J. Hader (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Mayers
  • IBB - M. Mayers
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 88-51, M. Mayers 28-14, D. Leone 31-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 23, M. Mayers 7, D. Leone 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 100-64, J. Guerra 13-7, A. Claudio 6-4, A. Wilson 17-13, J. Hader 9-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 2-8
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 22, J. Guerra 3, A. Claudio 3, A. Wilson 4, J. Hader 3
  • Balks - B. Woodruff
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40000022.154.214.154.368-1.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40110021.417.5001.1671.6671.0
P. DeJong SS40100001.231.286.308.5932.0
M. Ozuna LF41200011.286.286.357.6434.5
Y. Molina C40000012.091.231.182.413-0.5
T. O'Neill CF40000032.167.167.333.500-1.5
D. Fowler RF30000111.111.385.111.4960.5
K. Wong 2B31310000.600.6361.3001.9366.0
a- Y. Munoz PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Hudson P10000002.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Leone P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Wong in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Mayers in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF40100112.333.385.333.7181.5
C. Yelich RF51111014.400.5381.3001.8385.5
T. Shaw 3B31211111.200.333.500.8337.5
Y. Grandal C41000012.000.000.000.0000.5
M. Moustakas 2B31221100.444.5451.2221.7689.0
E. Thames 1B40000044.167.167.167.333-2.0
B. Gamel LF30000110.000.200.000.2000.5
O. Arcia SS40000003.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Woodruff P202000001.0001.0001.0002.0002.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Braun PH10000000.333.333.6671.0000.0
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Pina PH00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
Z. Davies PR0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Ju. Guerra in the 6th
  • b-walked for Wilson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong, K. Wong
  • SH - D. Hudson
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (6), K. Wong (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (3), K. Wong (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, P. DeJong, M. Ozuna, D. Fowler, D. Hudson 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Yelich (3), T. Shaw, M. Moustakas (2)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (5), T. Shaw, M. Moustakas 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, C. Yelich 3 (3), T. Shaw, E. Thames 2 (2), O. Arcia 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna
FIELDING
  • E - P. Goldschmidt
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (L, 0-1)4.17432636.232.08-2.0
M. Mayers1.21001200.001.202.0
D. Leone2.00002100.000.674.5
Total8.0843593---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (L, 0-1)4.1
M. Mayers1.2
D. Leone2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff (W, 1-0)5.06221503.601.4015.5
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.00000103.380.753.5
A. Claudio (H, 1)0.21000000.001.20-1.0
A. Wilson (H, 1)1.10000200.000.004.0
J. Hader (S, 2)1.00000300.000.0011.5
Total9.07221110---
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff (W, 1-0)5.0
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.0
A. Claudio (H, 1)0.2
A. Wilson (H, 1)1.1
J. Hader (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Mayers
  • IBB - M. Mayers
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 88-51, M. Mayers 28-14, D. Leone 31-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 23, M. Mayers 7, D. Leone 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 100-64, J. Guerra 13-7, A. Claudio 6-4, A. Wilson 17-13, J. Hader 9-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 2-8
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 22, J. Guerra 3, A. Claudio 3, A. Wilson 4, J. Hader 3
  • Balks - B. Woodruff
  • 4TH INNING
    Wong doubled to left, Ozuna scored, Fowler to third24
  • 3RD INNING
    Moustakas homered to left center, Grandal scored14
    Shaw homered to center12
    Goldschmidt singled to left, Wong scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Yelich homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • T. O'Neill: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Kolten Wong
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Wilson Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, DeJong lined out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to center
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Leone Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gamel flied out to right
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Arcia lined out to left
    • Manny Pina hit for Alex Wilson
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pina walked
    • L. Cain: Ball
    • Cain walked, Davies to second
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Yelich popped out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Alex Claudio pitching
    • K. Wong: Wong reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • Jose Martinez hit for Mike Mayers
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to shallow center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter flied out to center
    • Alex Wilson relieved Alex Claudio
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dominic Leone pitching
    • Y. Grandal: Grandal flied out to left
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep right
    • E. Thames: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Junior Guerra relieved Brandon Woodruff
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina popped out to first
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fowler lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Braun hit for Junior Guerra
    • R. Braun: Braun lined out to left
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cain singled to right
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Yelich fouled out to third
    • T. Shaw: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong doubled to left
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas walked, Shaw to second
    • Mike Mayers relieved Dakota Hudson
    • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Ball, Shaw to third, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • B. Gamel: Gamel intentionally walked
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Arcia lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna singled to right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Molina flied out to deep center, Ozuna to second
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill fouled out to first
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ozuna stole third, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong doubled to left, Ozuna scored, Fowler to third
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hudson grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Woodruff: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Woodruff singled to left center
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Woodruff out at second
    • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Wong singled to shallow center
    • D. Hudson: Wong to second on balk, Hudson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wong to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt singled to left, Wong scored
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw homered to center
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal safe at first on 1st baseman Goldschmidt fielding error
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas homered to left center, Grandal scored
    • E. Thames: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ozuna singled to left
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Molina flied out to deep center
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, O'Neill struck out on foul tip
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fowler lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gamel grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Arcia: Arcia grounded out to second
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Woodruff singled to left
    • L. Cain: Foul, Cain grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter lined out to right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to center
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong lined out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Yelich homered to left
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw singled to left
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal reached on fielder's choice to first, Shaw out at second
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas singled to left, Grandal to second
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Thames struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)