Brewers outfielder and odds-on favorite for the NL MVP Christian Yelich came into the 163rd game of the season -- the tiebreaker for the NL Central title -- with a shot to grab the Triple Crown. That is, leading the league in average, home runs and RBI. He had the batting title wrapped up, but needed at least a home run and at least two RBI.
He would grab one of the RBI in the third inning, getting his team the 1-0 lead:
Yelich also singled in the first and later added another single. He did not, however, hit a home run and he fell one RBI short of Cubs shortstop Javier Baez in his team's 3-1 win at Wrigley Field to win the NL Central title.
Still, this was Yelich's career year. In his first season with the Brewers, he ends the regular season having hit .326/.402/.598 with 34 doubles, seven triples, 36 home runs, 110 RBI, 118 runs and 22 stolen bases. He set career highs in all three slashes, triples, home runs, RBI, runs and steals -- some of those in blowout fashion.
Yelich's dream season will continue Thursday, when the Brewers play host to the NL wild card winner as the top NL seed.