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Brewers Win A Wild One, As Christian Yelich Goes 6-For-6 With A Cycle

Milwaukee Brewers v Cincinnati Reds

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This game had EVERYthing, man. Everything except for decent pitching performances, but I’ll take it. Christian Yelich went 6-for-6 with a cycle, and I’ll tell ya what — I think we’ve got another late entry to the National League MVP discussion. Not yet a frontrunner, but you’d just be flat out incorrect to not include him in the conversation.

He’s having a career year in his debut season with the Brew Crew, and they’ve needed it as Milwaukee continues to scratch and claw their way into a postseason spot. After tonight, Yelich now leads the National League in batting average (.319), and is third in OPS (.943) behind Nolan Arenado (.955) and Matt Carpenter (.964).

At the time of me writing this, we’re still waiting to see what the Dbacks do out in San Francisco, but they currently have a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning. Regardless, the Brewers will keep their second spot in the National League Wild Card race. The Cardinals lost to the Pirates earlier on Wednesday, so now the Brewers are a half-game back of the top Wild Card spot.

But back to this game for a minute. I needed a cigarette after this one. A combined 25 runs were scored, and the Brewers needed every last one of their 13 runs to pull off the victory. The Brewers scored two, the Reds scored one. The Brewers scored three, the Reds scored four. The Reds scored three, the Brewers scored four. It was nuts. A combined NINE home runs — four for the Brewers, five for the Reds — were hit in this game.

In the top of the seventh, Yelich completed his cycle with a game-tying triple that capped off a four-run inning for Milwaukee. Mike Moustakas clubbed a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, but the Reds tied it right back up with the speedy Billy Hamilton, who also homered in this one, coming in to score on a wild pitch. Tied at 11 in the 10th inning, Jesus Aguilar launched his 30th home run of the season to give the Brewers their lead back, and an RBI base knock by Erik Kratz made it a two-run cushion for Jeremy Jeffress, who has been outstanding this year.

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Jeffress, working his second inning of relief, gave up an absolute BOMB to Brandon Dixon in the bottom of the 10th, but the Brewers were able to hang on and win this one by a ridiculous score of 13-12. That was a big boy win for the Crew.