The Milwaukee Brewers’ quest to win the NL Central is now in their hands. In the penultimate game of the season, the Brewers came back from a 3-0 deficit for the second day in a row to beat the Detroit Tigers.
If the Brewers win tomorrow and the Cubs lose, the Brewers win the NL Central. If the Brewers win and Cubs win, we get game 163 on Monday with loser heading to the Wild Card.
As if he had anything else to prove, Christian Yelich put his eight exclamation point on his MVP season. Yelich was the first Brewer to put runs on the board with a homer in the third inning. Then in the sixth, with the game tied 5-5, Yelich hamered a 425 foot solo-blast into right field for the game winning run.
Yelich is now two RBI short of a triple crown, trailing Javy Baez in that category and tied with Matt Carpenter for home runs. The last NL triple crown was Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937.
After Yelich drove in the game-winning run, it was up to the bullpen to carry the team the rest of the way. Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress combined for two perfect innings and six Ks.
Another great performance came from Jonath Schoop, who went 2-4 with a double, RBI and R. That RBI is what brought the Brewers back to 3-3.
While those players had good days, it wasn’t the most well played game, especially for starter Wade Miley. The reliable Miley was taken out after three innings as he gave up three runs, five hits and a walk. Counsell quickly rushed Miley out of the game and replaced him with Corbin Burnes.
Game 162 is set for 2:10 p.m. tomorrow. The Detroit Tigers will send Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 5.73 ERA) to the mound and Gio Gonzalez (9-11, 4.34 ERA) gets the ball for Milwaukee. In the words of Christian Yelich, “Let’s GOOOOOOOOOOO!”