BrewCap: Yelich & Braun Power Brewers to Victory
THere’s something cool about the headline of the BrewCap today. Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich were the differences in this game. Braun is the last Brewers’ MVP winning the award in 2011. Yelich looks poised to be the next one in a couple weeks as he made another compelling argument on Tuesday night. Milwaukee Brewers routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-4, as the Crew pulled away late with five runs in the last two innings. With Chicago losing again, Brewers are 0.5 game back and their magic number is down to 1, a win and they’re in. A Colorado loss would also put them in the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Player of the Game: Ryan Braun – I have to give it to Braunie over Yelich. You could argue they both deserve it, but Braun had two huge homers in this game. The first one set the tone early on with Milwaukee jumping on St. Louis, 2-0, in the first inning. Braun added some much needed insurance runs for the Crew in the eighth inning with a two-run blast. This is the 31st multi-homer game, and the former MVP has three home runs in his last two games.
Silver Star: Christian Yelich – It’s pretty easy to make Yelich the number two guy in this equation. Yelich had a home run with six runs driven in. He had the hit of the game with a three-run triple in the fourth inning to put Milwaukee up 6-0 at the time. Yelich is making that final push for MVP in the last couple days. You can start to see the national writers get on the Yelich bandwagon. It’s a beautiful thing.
Honorable Mention: Corey Knebel – What a gritty performance by Knebel. After closing on Monday night, Knebel came into this one with his team up 7-4. Knebel got into a little trouble and put runners on throughout the inning. It was clear that Corey did not have it last night, yet, he figured it out just enough to get the three outs to keep the lead at three. Knebel has been so good in September.
Next up: Milwaukee will send Jhouyls Chacin to the mound. Chacin needs a good start. He’s been mediocre the last couple of starts, and Milwaukee could use a big one from him. He does not pitch well against St. Louis for his career but did pitch well the last time he faced the Birds. John Gant goes for St. Louis. He’s been a little shaky in September, but a good pitcher overall for the Cardinals. He does struggle against lefty power so look out.