The Milwaukee Brewers powered their way past the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-2 victory tonight at Miller Park.
Home runs continue to be the name of the game for Milwaukee, especially the MVP. Christian Yelich started the scoring with a first-inning homer. Yelich’s now homered in all three games, the first reigning MVP to do so and the first Brewer to do it.
3 games, 3 homers for @ChristianYelich. pic.twitter.com/CN5bIBkM01— MLB (@MLB) March 30, 2019
Not only did Yelich get the Brewers on the board, but he also helped a couple of little girls get a dog.
The cute kids with the sign saying a Yelich dinger would earn them a new puppy? They're definitely getting a new dog. @Brewers #Brewers https://t.co/mXHpyiQMQE— JR Radcliffe (@JRRadcliffe) March 31, 2019
Unfortunately, the Cardinals would tie the game up in the third because of stupid, stupid Paul Goldschmidt. It all started with a Kolten Wong single in the third inning — another jerk the Brewers just can’t get out. After a sac bunt, Goldschmidt was able to drive in Wong with a base hit. At least it wasn’t a homer.
But our heroes had an answer to this in the third. Travis Shaw hit his first bomb of the season, helping encourage voters to vote for him as Mayor of Ding Dong City on Tuesday. Then Mike Moustakas went yard with Yasmani Grandal aboard, his second of the year. The three runs brought the Brewers up to 4-1.
ICYMI: Here's the Mayor checking in from earlier tonight. pic.twitter.com/m0Yxusq9gb— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 31, 2019
The Brewers have now scored 14 runs over these last three games and only ONE of those runs didn’t come on a home run. That was yesterday’s Grandal sac fly, so the Brewers still haven’t scored on a hit in play.
Kolten Wong attempted to will the Cardinals back to victory with a one-run RBI double. Woodruff kept the Cards at bay, not allowing any other Devil Birds to cross home plate.
Woodruff was fantastic in his first start of the season. He threw 100 pitches over 5 innings, struck out five while allowing six hits, two runs and walking one. The only rough patch was in the fourth inning mentioned above. There were multiple times Woodruff could have gotten out of that inning, but an at-bat against Dexter Fowler did the most damage. Fowler ate up a ton of pitches, was saved by dropped foul tip and Woodruff was pinched on ball four, which was a borderline strike in the eyes of the Brewer faithful.
After Woodruff left the game, the bullpen took over and dominated, only allowing one base runner (stupid Kolten Wong). BUT the story of the game was Josh Hader throwing an IMMACULATE INNING! With only nine pitches, Hader struck out Tyler O’Neill, Dexter Fowler and Yairo Munoz. It looked next to effortless as Hader cut down hitters with easy 97 and 98 mph heat.
Josh Hader. Immaculate Inning.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 31, 2019
All Fastballs. pic.twitter.com/cQySlibSun
Junior Guerra, Alex Claudio and Alex Wilson helped set up Hader by working three scoreless with three Ks and only one hit. A good recovery session for the bullpen after a rough outing yesterday.
The Brewers try to take the series tomorrow. Corbin Burnes takes the mound against Michael Wacha. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.