Another day, another Brewers win and one more closer to clinching the NL Central. The Milwaukee Brewers win their third straight, taking the final series of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 6-0 victory on Thursday.
Christian Yelich Out of Lineup Once Again
It’s the 12th in the last 13 games that Christian Yelich has not been in the Brewers lineup. Yelich has been experiencing back tightness that’s stayed around longer than expected. He last played at home on Roberto Clemente Day. Since then, the crew has played and continued on without the veteran outfielder in the lineup.
Wade Miley Pitches a Gem
Milwaukee’s pitching is always a topic of discussion when it comes to amazing performances, but Wade Miley continues to add to that as he worked six scoreless innings on Thursday, allowing three hits, two walks, and struck out seven, just one shy of his season best.
JB Bukauskas and Julio Teheran, who celebrated 10-years of service on Thursday, both took care of business in relief appearances, allowing Devin Williams to sit another day and help bring the Brewers to 21 games over .500.
Red Hot Milwaukee Brewers Offense
Even without Yelich in the lineup, the Brewers’ offense has been on fire. Blake Perkins, who was called up earlier this week, kicked off the scoring for the crew in the third inning with a solo-shot off Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. It was Perkins’ first home-run since June 17 at Pittsburgh; He returned to the club after being sidelined with an oblique injury going back to August 11.
Milwaukee tacked on another run in the fifth when Brice Turang was able to reach third on a Jordan Walker error, and Turang was then able to score off a Sal Frelick single. Frelick currently has an on-base streak of 17 games.
The sixth inning kicked off with a Willy Adames double, followed by a Rowdy Tellez single to left, and Adames scored on Andruw Monasterio’s single.
Victor Caratini, who hadn’t hit a home run since August 11, launched a three-run blast down the right-field line, bringing Milwaukee’s lead to 6-0. This marked the third-straight game where the Brewers have had a four-run inning.
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The Brewers will travel to Miami to take on the Marlins. Corbin Burnes will be on the mound for Milwaukee making his 31st start of the season. Burnes is looking for his first win since July 20. The Marlins’ starter is TBA.
Magic Number: 3
With the win over St. Louis today, the Brewers bring their magic number to seal the NL Central title to three. The Brew Crew could clinch the division as early as Friday in Miami with another win and a Chicago Cubs loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The number to clinch a playoffs spot is two.
Better get the champagne ready, because the Brewers are getting ready to celebrate this weekend.