MILWAUKEE – The 2019 Brewers waited until the seventh inning of their 96th game to hit their first grand slam, and of course it was Christian Yelich who did it.
Yelich's slam capped a six-run outburst in a 13-1 win over the Braves at Miller Park on Tuesday that had
MILWAUKEE – The 2019 Brewers waited until the seventh inning of their 96th game to hit their first grand slam, and of course it was
Yelich's slam capped a six-run outburst in a 13-1 win over the Braves at Miller Park on Tuesday that had contributions from all corners of the lineup card ̵1; all after president of baseball operations David Stearns said the team's play over the two weeks leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline would help dictate whether he fortifies the roster.
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The Brewers' most lopsided victory this season was just their third in 11 games, but that only scratched the surface of how badly they needed a night like this. They had not won a game by more than two runs in more than a month, since a 6-3 win in 14 innings on June 12 in Houston. They had not won by more than three runs since five days before that against the Pirates at home, which was also the last time Milwaukee managed to score in double digits.
"It was nice to be on that side of one of those games, "Yelich said. "I think we needed it. There was a lot of frustration, obviously, over the last few weeks or so. We definitely needed that one. "
Can one game make a lasting difference?
" It does not hurt, "Yelich said.
Tuesday was the ultimate team effort.
Yelich also walked twice and scored three runs to pace a balanced offensive attack. Rookie
"We're looking to celebrate things, for sure. "We know how important these games are," said Woodruff, who saw the Brewers improve to 15-4 when he takes the mound. "We're trying to put it all together. … Hopefully tonight is the start of a good run. "
For all of the hitting, Counsell had two defensive plays and one baserunning play circled on his scorecard. All was in the fifth, when third baseman Moustakas and shortstop
"The game really swung, to me, in the fifth inning," Counselell said. "That's a maybe 2-3 run swing, and the game is really different if we do not make those plays."
"You just have to go right off the bat," Yelich said. "You have to trust your instincts and your initial read. You can hesitate when you do something like that. I actually thought he was going to get me. "
But he did not. It was a rare night in which everything went right.
"We're capable of doing that – playing in all three phases of the game," Yelich said. "The good thing is, as bad as we've played the last 3-4 weeks, we're still right there. We really are. We've been fortunate to where we're right in the middle of the race, not in a terrible spot. We're very fortunate, and if we get things back going like the way we're capable of, we'll be all right. "
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and like him on Facebook.