Yelich powers Brewers to dramatic 5-4 win over Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich led the way for the Milwaukee Brewers, from his first swing to the very last one for the game.

So it was a pretty typical day for the reigning NL MVP.

Yelich hit his fourth homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the ninth, lifting the Brewers to a dramatic 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

''What we're witnessing is greatness,'' Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun said. ''It's absolutely incredible.''

Ben Gamel led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double and advanced on Lorenzo Cain's infield single off reliever Jordan Hicks' glove. Yelich then hit a liner into the gap in left-center, driving in Gamel and Cain.

''We were just trying to find a way to push one across and tie the game,'' Yelich said. ''(Hicks) has great stuff. One snuck in the line, and Lo's deflected off his glove and we were able to pull it off.''

Yelich tipped his cap to Gamel.

''It's really hard to pinch-hit against a guy who throws that hard and has that good of stuff,'' Yelich said. ''(Gamel) was able to battle and sneak one in there. He got the whole thing started for us.''

Yelich tossed his helmet in the air in celebration as Cain slid face first across the plate, giving Milwaukee three wins its opening four-game set against rival St. Louis. Yelich's teammates rushed the field and doused the reigning NL MVP with Gatorade in a raucous celebration at second.

The 27-year-old Yelich hit .326 with 36 homers and 110 RBIs last year, leading the Brewers to the NL Central title. He is 6 for 12 with six walks and eight RBIs so far this season.

''I've never seen anyone this good at baseball for this long,'' Braun said. ''I mean, maybe (Barry) Bonds in his prime. As great as (Mike) Trout is. I've seen (Albert) Pujols. I've never seen anyone this good for this long.''

Yelich began his day with a long drive into the second deck in right against Michael Wacha, tying the major league record for homers in consecutive games to start a season. He also became the first player to win the MVP award and then homer in his first four games of the next season.

''Candidly, I can't recall a series like that,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''I've had some guys that are smoking hot against us, but I've never seen that kind of damage over four days.''

Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong homered for St. Louis, but Hicks (0-1) blew his first save opportunity of the season. Wacha struck out seven while pitching six innings of one-run ball.

The Cardinals got a scare in the ninth when Kolten Wong dove to steal second and got hit right below the left ear by Yasmani Grandal's throw. Second baseman Mike Moustakas quickly signaled to the Cardinals' dugout for help. Wong eventually got up and remained in the game.

Milwaukee right-hander Corbin Burnes struck out 12 in five innings in his first major league start. But Burnes was hurt by the long ball.

DeJong connected for a two-run drive in the fourth, and Carpenter and Goldschmidt added consecutive homers in the fifth. Goldschmidt also went deep three times Friday night.

The Brewers got two back in the seventh. With two out and a runner on first, left-hander Andrew Miller came in to face Yelich and walked him. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw then hit RBI singles before Miller struck out Jesus Aguilar swinging to end the threat.

Jacob Barnes (1-0) worked the ninth for the win.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress (right shoulder weakness) pitched an inning in Arizona on Saturday and is scheduled to go again on Tuesday. If the rehab goes as planned, he'll pitch at Triple-A San Antonio on Friday. ''We're ready to get him into games,'' manager Craig Counsell said.

QUOTABLE

''He's a good hitter,'' Miller said of Yelich, who homered off him Friday night. ''You can't go to one spot. There's no hole you can sit there and just go after and try to execute in one spot. You got to mix and match. It's a game of chess and he got me.''

GOLDSCHMIDT SETS CARDS RECORD

Goldschmidt's four homers are the most ever by a Cardinal in a series against the Brewers. Pujols (three times), Scott Rolen and Fernando Tatis hit three homers in a single series against Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright makes his first start of the season at Pittsburgh on Monday. His 13 career wins over the Pirates trails only Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants (20).

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies makes his first start in Cincinnati on Monday. He's looking to bounce back after he was hampered by injuries last season.

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  • W: J. Barnes (1-0)L: J. Hicks (0-1)
  • HR: STL - P. Goldschmidt (4), M. Carpenter (1), P. DeJong (1), MIL - C. Yelich (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B31211100.250.333.500.8339.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B41111022.375.4441.1251.5695.0
J. Martinez RF40000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
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M. Ozuna LF31100111.294.333.353.6862.5
P. DeJong SS41121021.235.278.471.7486.0
Y. Molina C40000020.067.176.133.310-1.0
K. Wong 2B40200010.571.6001.0711.6715.5
H. Bader CF40000022.167.167.417.583-1.0
M. Wacha P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
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A. Reyes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Fowler RF10000001.100.357.100.4570.0
  • a-popped out for Wacha in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF51200001.353.389.412.8014.0
C. Yelich RF22231300.500.6671.5832.25014.0
R. Braun LF40110013.308.308.538.8461.5
T. Shaw 3B30110123.231.375.462.8372.0
J. Aguilar 1B40100023.167.167.167.3330.0
M. Moustakas 2B30000110.333.467.9171.3830.5
H. Perez SS40100022.250.250.250.5000.0
M. Pina C21000103.000.500.000.5002.0
a- Y. Grandal PH-C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Burnes P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Williams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- B. Gamel PH11100000.200.333.400.7333.0
  • a-grounded out for Pina in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Albers in the 7th
  • c-doubled for Barnes in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter
  • HR - M. Carpenter, P. Goldschmidt (4), P. DeJong
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (2), P. Goldschmidt (7), P. DeJong 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez, M. Ozuna, P. DeJong, H. Bader, D. Fowler
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain, C. Yelich, B. Gamel
  • HR - C. Yelich (4)
  • RBI - C. Yelich 3 (8), R. Braun (4), T. Shaw (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun (4), T. Shaw
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Shaw 3 (3), J. Aguilar 3 (3), C. Burnes 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Pina
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha6.04114711.501.3315.5
A. Reyes (H, 1)0.20111105.400.60-1.5
A. Miller (H, 1)1.02111109.002.00-0.5
J. Hicks (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)0.132200013.502.25-10.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha6.0
A. Reyes (H, 1)0.2
A. Miller (H, 1)1.0
J. Hicks (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Burnes5.064411237.201.4010.0
M. Albers2.00000200.000.677.0
T. Williams1.00001104.501.502.5
J. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.010000013.502.009.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Burnes5.0
M. Albers2.0
T. Williams1.0
J. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Wacha
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 96-59, A. Reyes 20-12, A. Miller 22-13, J. Hicks 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 7-3, A. Miller 1-1, J. Hicks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 25, A. Reyes 3, A. Miller 6, J. Hicks 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Burnes 87-59, M. Albers 21-16, T. Williams 15-9, J. Barnes 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Burnes 2-1, M. Albers 2-2, J. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Burnes 22, M. Albers 6, T. Williams 4, J. Barnes 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B31211100.250.333.500.8339.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B41111022.375.4441.1251.5695.0
J. Martinez RF40000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Ozuna LF31100111.294.333.353.6862.5
P. DeJong SS41121021.235.278.471.7486.0
Y. Molina C40000020.067.176.133.310-1.0
K. Wong 2B40200010.571.6001.0711.6715.5
H. Bader CF40000022.167.167.417.583-1.0
M. Wacha P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- D. Robinson PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Reyes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-popped out for Wacha in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF51200001.353.389.412.8014.0
C. Yelich RF22231300.500.6671.5832.25014.0
R. Braun LF40110013.308.308.538.8461.5
T. Shaw 3B30110123.231.375.462.8372.0
J. Aguilar 1B40100023.167.167.167.3330.0
M. Moustakas 2B30000110.333.467.9171.3830.5
H. Perez SS40100022.250.250.250.5000.0
M. Pina C21000103.000.500.000.5002.0
a- Y. Grandal PH-C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Burnes P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Thames PH10000011.143.143.143.286-0.5
T. Williams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- B. Gamel PH11100000.200.333.400.7333.0
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  • a-grounded out for Pina in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Albers in the 7th
  • c-doubled for Barnes in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter
  • HR - M. Carpenter, P. Goldschmidt (4), P. DeJong
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (2), P. Goldschmidt (7), P. DeJong 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez, M. Ozuna, P. DeJong, H. Bader, D. Fowler
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain, C. Yelich, B. Gamel
  • HR - C. Yelich (4)
  • RBI - C. Yelich 3 (8), R. Braun (4), T. Shaw (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun (4), T. Shaw
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Shaw 3 (3), J. Aguilar 3 (3), C. Burnes 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Pina
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha6.04114711.501.3315.5
A. Reyes (H, 1)0.20111105.400.60-1.5
A. Miller (H, 1)1.02111109.002.00-0.5
J. Hicks (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)0.132200013.502.25-10.0
Total8.0955691---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha6.0
A. Reyes (H, 1)0.2
A. Miller (H, 1)1.0
J. Hicks (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Burnes5.064411237.201.4010.0
M. Albers2.00000200.000.677.0
T. Williams1.00001104.501.502.5
J. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.010000013.502.009.0
Total9.07442153---
PITCHERSIP
C. Burnes5.0
M. Albers2.0
T. Williams1.0
J. Barnes (W, 1-0)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Wacha
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 96-59, A. Reyes 20-12, A. Miller 22-13, J. Hicks 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 7-3, A. Miller 1-1, J. Hicks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 25, A. Reyes 3, A. Miller 6, J. Hicks 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Burnes 87-59, M. Albers 21-16, T. Williams 15-9, J. Barnes 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Burnes 2-1, M. Albers 2-2, J. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Burnes 22, M. Albers 6, T. Williams 4, J. Barnes 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Yelich doubled to left center, Gamel and Cain scored45
  • 7TH INNING
    Shaw singled to shallow left, Yelich scored, Braun to third43
    Braun singled to left, Pina scored, Yelich to second42
  • 5TH INNING
    Goldschmidt homered to left center41
    Carpenter homered to center31
  • 4TH INNING
    DeJong homered to left, Ozuna scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Yelich homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jacob Barnes relieved Taylor Williams
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Molina grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong reached on an infield single to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Bader lined out to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Wong stole second, Ball, Fowler grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ben Gamel hit for Jacob Barnes
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gamel doubled to left
    • L. Cain: Cain reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gamel to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Yelich doubled to left center, Gamel and Cain scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Taylor Williams pitching
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to center
    • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, DeJong struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Miller Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas flied out to left
    • H. Perez: Perez grounded out to shortstop
    • Dexter Fowler in right field
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • Yasmani Grandal hit for Manny Pina
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grandal grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Albers Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Bader grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Drew Robinson hit for Michael Wacha
    • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Robinson popped out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Reyes pitching
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina walked
    • Eric Thames hit for Matt Albers
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cain flied out to shallow right
    • Andrew Miller relieved Alex Reyes
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked, Pina to second
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Braun singled to left, Pina scored, Yelich to second
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw singled to shallow left, Yelich scored, Braun to third
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Matt Albers relieved Corbin Burnes
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Wacha struck out on foul tip
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter homered to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt homered to left center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Yelich walked
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun flied out to right
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: DeJong homered to left, Ozuna scored
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong popped out to second
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Aguilar to second
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Pina lined out to left
    • C. Burnes: Foul, Ball, Burnes grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wacha struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • C. Burnes: Strike looking, Burnes grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Cain doubled to left
    • C. Yelich: Yelich intentionally walked
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong singled to left
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wong stole second, Wong to third on catcher Pina throwing error, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Perez singled to left
    • M. Pina: Pina grounded out to second, Perez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter doubled to deep right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cain grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich homered to right
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Braun fouled out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Shaw walked
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)