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Moose, Yelich power Crew past Marlins

June 06, 2019 - 4:55 pm
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MILWAUKEE -- The home run ball earned the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-1 victory over the last place Miami Marlins; it helped the Crew avoid the sweep in the three-game series.

The homers came early as Christian Yelich hit a 430 ft bomb to right field on the first pitch of his first at-bat in the bottom of the first off Marlins’ starter Caleb Smith. It was Yelich’s MLB-leading 23rd home run of the season and his 18th of the season at Miller Park. He earned himself two RBI on one swing as he knocked in Lorenzo Cain (who had a leadoff walk) in the process.

Two batters later, Mike Moustakas came to the plate and smashed an oppo-taco to left-field, adding the third run to an impressive first inning for the Brewers. Moose would go deep again in the third inning giving him his 18th home run of the season, tying him for the sixth most in the National League in his 11th career multi-home run game.

Freddy Peralta gave the Brewers exactly what they needed off the mound. After Chase Anderson went four innings on Tuesday and Jimmy Nelson went three innings last night, the Brewers were desperate for a strong performance from a starter. Peralta responded by going six innings and shutting down Miami’s lineup. He went nine up, nine down to open the game, and struck out eight straight in the second through fourth innings. His day ended with nine strikeouts and only one earned run.

The Marlins only run came in the sixth when pinch hitter Rosell Herrera hit a double and was later brought in on an RBI single from Miami 1B, and former Brewers prospect, Garrett Cooper.

The Brewers struck again in the bottom of the seventh when Cain singled to right and Yelich hit an infield single to third. A double steal put Cain on third and Yelich on second with Ryan Braun at the plate. Braun hit a hard ground ball down the first base line that was fielded on a dive by Marlins’ first baseman Garrett Cooper. He launched the ball to home plate, but it was not in time as Lo Cain scored at home plate giving the Crew a 5-1 lead.

Jeremy Jeffress came in to relieve Peralta and threw a strong seventh inning sending the Marlins 5-6-7 hitters down in order. He returned to the mound in the eighth and found himself in a bit of trouble. He gave up a double to pinch hitter Curtis Granderson, walked Garrett Cooper, and hit 3B Brian Anderson with a high, inside fastball to load the bases with just two outs. Counsell went back to the pen and brought Josh Hader to the mound to attempt a four-out save.

Hader came in and did exactly what Hader does; he sent clean-up man Starlin Castro back to the bench after blowing a fastball past him to end the inning. The Marlins threatened, but the score remained 5-1 entering the bottom of the eighth.

The Brewers’ closer would wrap-up the game and earn his 14th save of the season after striking out three of the five batters he faced. Milwaukee earned its 35th win of the season.