Christian Yelich reminds everyone of what he’s capable of as Brewers sweep the Royals
The brooms are back in town
I’ll never get tired of watching the Milwaukee Brewers sweep bad baseball teams. Keep the sweeps coming, bartender. The Kansas City Royals were exactly what the doctor ordered for the struggling Brew Crew.
Corbin Burnes led the Brewers to a relatively comfortable 5-1 win on Friday, leading into a stressful Saturday night. They saved the best for last as Joey Wiemer’s 9th inning sacrifice fly gave them a 4-3 walk-off win in a game that also saw Christian Yelich homer twice. The series wrapped Sunday with a comeback victory thanks to a seven run 3rd inning.
The Brewers will hit the road this week. The trip starts with three games against the St. Louis Cardinals and concludes with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Master Brewer Leaderboard (through 40 games)
(The Master Brewer Leaderboard is a season-long leaderboard tracking and ranking exceptional performances from Brewers players in the form of Master Brew Points 🍺, which at the end of the season will tally up to crown our Crewsing for a Brewsing Player of the Year.)
The “is Christian Yelich back?” question is the guessing game that will never end. We’re still a few weeks away from that conversation being relevant, but THAT WAS FUN. Yelich was incredible against Kansas City, finishing the series 5-for-11 with three homers, seven RBI, and four runs scored. Yelich’s double beers were well earned.
Corbin Burnes 🍺
It was another step in the right direction for Corbin Burnes. Burnes tossed six scoreless innings, working around two hits and four walks. He also tallied seven strikeouts. Given the starting pitching struggles otherwise in the series, Burnes providing a quality start was incredibly important.
Peter Strzelecki 🍺
Strzelecki has bounced back from his slump. Against Kansas City, Strzelecki provided two scoreless innings with no baserunners and three strikeouts.
Devin Williams hasn’t gotten much work lately, but when called upon in a tie game on Saturday night he delivered. Williams got the Brewers to the bottom of the 9th inning without breaking that tie, leading to Joey Wiemer’s walk-off moment.
Hoby Milner is another Brewers reliever who had been going through a bit of a rough patch, but he snapped out of it this weekend. Milner pitched a pair of clean innings in relief of Adrian Houser on Saturday, providing some stability to the middle of that game.
Owen Miller has settled into the Jace Peterson utility role seamlessly. His positional versatility was expected, but his bat has played much better than expected thus far. After a 5-for-12 series, Miller is now batting .314/.338/.443 across 74 plate appearances.
Brian Anderson only played the first two games of this series, but he managed to get on base with regularity. Milwaukee’s second BA finished the series 3-for-7 with a walk, two runs, and one RBI.
Rowdy had a similar series to Brian Anderson, it wasn’t flashy, but the man got on base. Rowdy’s line against the Royals was 3-for-10 with two walks and an RBI.
William Contreras is receiving a beer without getting a hit. How did he manage that? He walked three times on Friday and added another walk on Saturday. He had nine plate appearances and got on base four times. I’m not mad, I’m just impressed.
Leaderboard through 40 games
Devin Williams, Peter Strzelecki: 🍺x8
Christian Yelich, Brian Anderson: 🍺x7
Rowdy Tellez, Willy Adames, Bryse Wilson: 🍺x6
William Contreras, Corbin Burnes, Hoby Milner, Freddy Peralta, Joey Wiemer, Wade Miley, Brice Turang, Garrett Mitchell, Joel Payamps: 🍺x5
Owen Miller, Elvis Peguero, Victor Caratini, Eric Lauer: 🍺x3
Jesse Winker, Brandon Woodruff, Gus Varland, Javy Guerra, Colin Rea, Jake Cousins, Tyrone Taylor: 🍺x2
Mike Brosseau, Luke Voit, Matt Bush, Tyson Miller: 🍺