Yelich homers twice, Brewers beat Dodgers 5-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Braun stood in the on-deck circle, smiled and shook his head in disbelief as Christian Yelich crossed the plate after hitting his second home run of the game against Los Angeles on Saturday.

''I was just laughing. He is impossibly good right now,'' Braun said. ''He's making something that's incredibly difficult look really easy. You kind of shake your head. What he's doing is incredibly impressive.''

Yelich pushed his major league-leading home run total to 13 with a pair of solo shots, and Chase Anderson pitched five strong innings in a spot start as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Dodgers 5-0.

''It's getting to the point where it literally doesn't make sense,'' Braun said of Yelich's early season performance.

The Brewers, who ended the Dodgers' six-game winning streak, got on the board in the third when Yelich homered with two out against Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1), breaking the franchise record for home runs in March and April, set by Eric Thames in 2017.

Yelich hit Ryu's first pitch of the sixth into the right-field seats for a 2-0 lead. His 13 homers in the first month of the season matched the franchise record for home runs in single month, set by Prince Fielder in May 2007.

The reigning NL MVP had Brewers manager Craig Counsell shaking his head, too.

''I expected him to get off to a good start and continue what he was doing last year,'' Counsell said. ''He's surpassing anything we could draw up or imagine right now.''

The soft-spoken Yelich said he's not focused on his record-breaking accomplishments.

''I don't look at the records or anything like that. It's one day at a time and focus on the moment,'' Yelich said.

Braun added a three-run homer for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. His homer in the seventh off Caleb Ferguson came after Lorenzo Cain's two-out double and an intentional walk to Yelich, despite what would have been a difficult lefty-on-lefty matchup.

''I have a ton of respect for Ryan Braun but (Ferguson) has weapons to get lefties and righties out, so when you have a guy who's swinging a considerably hotter bat, you've got to take your chance with the other guy,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''We didn't execute a pitch and Braun took a good swing on it.''

Anderson got the call to fill the rotation spot of Freddy Peralta, who is out with a right shoulder injury. He allowed just one hit, a single to Joc Pederson to lead off the game. Anderson (2-0) retired 15 of the next 17 batters before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He walked two batters and struck out five.

Alex Claudio, Junior Guerra and Matt Albers combined to pitch four innings of one-hit relief.

Ryu, who had been dealing with a strained left groin, was activated from the 10-day injured list to start on Saturday. He gave up six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings while walking one and striking out nine.

REDEMPTION FOR ANDERSON

Anderson was the Brewers opening day starter in 2018, but by late season had been removed from the rotation and left off the playoff roster. His performance against the Dodgers offered some redemption. ''Going back to not making the post-season roster and being shut down last year. Being put in the bullpen to start the season. I knew that was the better move for the team,'' Anderson said. ''A lot of guys around here told me I handled it well, but inside it was tough to handle. But getting to this point and getting an opportunity to start today, I was grateful and thankful to come up big for the team and help us win.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Plans to have LHP Rich Hill (left knee MCL strain) make a rehab start on Monday at either Triple-A Oklahoma City or Double-A Tulsa have been scrapped due to the forecast calling for bad weather. Instead, Hill will pitch at extended spring training in Arizona on Monday.

Brewers: 3B Mike Moustakas left the game in the seventh inning with right-hand discomfort. . RHP Jimmy Nelson (right shoulder) will pitch Monday at extended spring training in Arizona. . Peralta reported no problems after a throwing session on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 2.57 ERA) will make his second start of the season after opening on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation. Kershaw is 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 career regular season starts against the Brewers.

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 5.23) will make his fifth start of the season and first against the Dodgers in the finale of the four-game series. He doesn't have a quality start, and opponents are hitting .280 against him. He made three relief appearances against Los Angeles in last year's NLCS.

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  • W: C. Anderson (2-0)L: H. Ryu (2-1)
  • HR: MIL - R. Braun (4), C. Yelich 2 (13)
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C. Bellinger RF-1B30000102.407.484.8521.3361.0
D. Freese 1B-3B40000011.241.389.483.872-0.5
C. Taylor 2B30000010.173.271.269.540-0.5
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b- A. Verdugo PH-RF10000000.354.367.6671.0340.0
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M. Muncy 2B10000000.246.325.522.8470.0
  • a-struck out for Y. Garcia in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Gale in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41100031.301.379.446.8251.5
C. Yelich RF33222100.361.455.8801.33414.0
R. Braun LF41131010.186.219.400.6197.5
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T. Shaw 3B10000000.188.291.261.5520.0
H. Perez 2B40100011.273.314.485.7990.5
M. Pina C40200002.222.333.278.6113.0
O. Arcia SS30000013.209.264.358.622-0.5
C. Anderson P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- B. Gamel PH10000011.256.356.333.689-0.5
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Thames PH-1B10000000.250.282.500.7820.0
  • a-struck out for Anderson in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Claudio in the 7th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 3 (3), A. Pollock, C. Bellinger 2 (2), E. Hernandez
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain (6), M. Pina
  • HR - C. Yelich 2 (13), R. Braun (4)
  • RBI - C. Yelich 2 (31), R. Braun 3 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Yelich (9), R. Braun 3 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, M. Pina 2 (2), O. Arcia 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (L, 2-1)5.26221923.100.985.5
D. Floro0.20000000.000.750.0
C. Ferguson0.22331113.271.45-5.5
Y. Garcia1.00000107.451.343.5
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (L, 2-1)5.2
D. Floro0.2
C. Ferguson0.2
Y. Garcia1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.01002503.001.1321.5
A. Claudio (H, 6)2.01000203.861.036.0
J. Guerra1.00002001.381.001.0
M. Albers1.00001106.231.272.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.0
A. Claudio (H, 6)2.0
J. Guerra1.0
M. Albers1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Ferguson
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 92-62, D. Floro 10-6, C. Ferguson 11-7, Y. Garcia 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 4-4, C. Ferguson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 24, D. Floro 2, C. Ferguson 5, Y. Garcia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 82-51, A. Claudio 24-17, J. Guerra 29-15, M. Albers 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 4-6, A. Claudio 2-2, J. Guerra 2-1, M. Albers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 18, A. Claudio 7, J. Guerra 5, M. Albers 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Turner 3B20000221.274.382.301.6831.0
A. Barnes C00000000.229.367.375.7420.0
C. Seager SS40100014.244.352.385.7360.5
A. Pollock CF30000101.238.305.369.6741.0
C. Bellinger RF-1B30000102.407.484.8521.3361.0
D. Freese 1B-3B40000011.241.389.483.872-0.5
C. Taylor 2B30000010.173.271.269.540-0.5
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Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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R. Gale C20000000.100.100.100.2000.0
b- A. Verdugo PH-RF10000000.354.367.6671.0340.0
H. Ryu P20000020.000.143.000.143-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Y. Garcia in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Gale in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41100031.301.379.446.8251.5
C. Yelich RF33222100.361.455.8801.33414.0
R. Braun LF41131010.186.219.400.6197.5
J. Aguilar 1B30000110.145.250.177.4270.5
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M. Moustakas 3B30100021.239.349.549.8990.0
T. Shaw 3B10000000.188.291.261.5520.0
H. Perez 2B40100011.273.314.485.7990.5
M. Pina C40200002.222.333.278.6113.0
O. Arcia SS30000013.209.264.358.622-0.5
C. Anderson P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- B. Gamel PH10000011.256.356.333.689-0.5
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Thames PH-1B10000000.250.282.500.7820.0
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  • a-struck out for Anderson in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Claudio in the 7th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 3 (3), A. Pollock, C. Bellinger 2 (2), E. Hernandez
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain (6), M. Pina
  • HR - C. Yelich 2 (13), R. Braun (4)
  • RBI - C. Yelich 2 (31), R. Braun 3 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Yelich (9), R. Braun 3 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, M. Pina 2 (2), O. Arcia 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (L, 2-1)5.26221923.100.985.5
D. Floro0.20000000.000.750.0
C. Ferguson0.22331113.271.45-5.5
Y. Garcia1.00000107.451.343.5
Total8.08552113---
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (L, 2-1)5.2
D. Floro0.2
C. Ferguson0.2
Y. Garcia1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.01002503.001.1321.5
A. Claudio (H, 6)2.01000203.861.036.0
J. Guerra1.00002001.381.001.0
M. Albers1.00001106.231.272.5
Total9.0200580---
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson (W, 2-0)5.0
A. Claudio (H, 6)2.0
J. Guerra1.0
M. Albers1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Ferguson
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 92-62, D. Floro 10-6, C. Ferguson 11-7, Y. Garcia 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 4-4, C. Ferguson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 24, D. Floro 2, C. Ferguson 5, Y. Garcia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 82-51, A. Claudio 24-17, J. Guerra 29-15, M. Albers 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 4-6, A. Claudio 2-2, J. Guerra 2-1, M. Albers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 18, A. Claudio 7, J. Guerra 5, M. Albers 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Braun homered to left center, Cain and Yelich scored05
  • 6TH INNING
    Yelich homered to right02
  • 3RD INNING
    Yelich homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Albers relieved Junior Guerra
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock grounded out to second
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bellinger out at second
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Yimi Garcia
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Junior Guerra pitching
    • Alex Verdugo hit for Rocky Gale
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to first
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Muncy grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pederson walked
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Pederson to second
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Seager flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Barnes catching
    • Yimi Garcia pitching
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shaw popped out to shortstop
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pina flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Travis Shaw at third base
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger popped out to second
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freese grounded out to third
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Taylor struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Floro Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arcia flied out to shallow center
    • Caleb Ferguson pitching
    • Max Muncy at second base
    • Eric Thames hit for Alex Claudio
    • E. Thames: Thames grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain doubled to right
    • C. Yelich: Yelich intentionally walked
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun homered to left center, Cain and Yelich scored
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Alex Claudio pitching
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pederson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Seager singled to right
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Pollock flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Yelich homered to right
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun grounded out to third
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • M. Moustakas: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to right, Aguilar to second
    • Dylan Floro relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pina flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Taylor popped out to shortstop
    • R. Gale: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gale grounded out to third
    • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ryu struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina doubled to deep left
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • Ben Gamel hit for Chase Anderson
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Pollock grounded out to third
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar grounded out to third
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ryu struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pederson lined out to right
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • C. Seager: Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager fouled out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • C. Anderson: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Yelich homered to left center
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Taylor flied out to deep right
    • R. Gale: Strike looking, Gale flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to third
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas singled to left center
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pina singled to left center, Moustakas to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia lined out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pederson singled to left center
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pollock walked, Pederson to second
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich flied out to deep center
    • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)