The reigning MVP started his magic in the third inning with his first home run off of Hyun-Jin Ryu, a solid opposite-field shot that gave Milwaukee the only run it would need. But of course, the spectacular Yelich wouldn’t stop there. He hit another solo homer in the sixth off Ryu, a bomb to right field.
With those two homers, Yeli broke and tied Brewers franchise records. He now has the most home runs hit in March/April and is tied with Prince Fielder for most homers in a month at 13. By the way, there’s still nine more games left in April.
Yelich went on to help his Menomonee Valley Nine brethren with just his presence. With Lorenzo Cain on second and first base open, the Dodgers walked Yeli in the seventh inning to face the floundering Ryan Braun. Little did Los Angeles know that Yelich was just setting up Braun to hit his fourth homer of the year (all four of his homers have scored three runs).
While Yelich is absolutely phenomenal, we all already knew that. Perhaps more exciting for the fanbase was Chase Anderson’s performance against the formidable Dodgers. In his first start since Sep. 18, 2018, Anderson only allowed three base runners and struck out five over five scoreless innings. He had not had a scoreless start over four innings since June 12, 2018 and only had two all of last season.
The bullpen held the Dodgers to a hit and three walks from there on, with four innings from Alex Claudio, Junior Guerra and Matt Albers.
Tomorrow we get to enjoy a playoff rematch when Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 2.57 ERA) goes up against Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 5.23 ERA). First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. And I’ll just leave this here for your enjoyment.