It’s getting uglier and uglier for the Brew Crew.
On a night the Cardinals may have lost their ace to a torn Achilles the Brewers still couldn’t manage a victory, falling 5-3 to visiting St. Louis on Saturday at Miller Park. Kolten Wong hit an RBI triple in the top of the second and Matt Holliday belted a three-run bomb in the seventh as the Cardinals moved to 12-4 on the young season with a +28 run differential.
Milwaukee fell to 3-15 with a -50 run differential.
Both marks are the worst in the majors — by far.
Ryan Braun, who’s still owed $113 million, is batting just .230/.277/.279 through 65 plate appearances. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday night’s loss. Milwaukee will try to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday. If the Brewers do get swept, you’d have to wonder if manager Ron Roenicke is going to be on the team flight to Cincinnati afterward.
Your box scores from Saturday …
Indians 1, Tigers 4
Nationals 0, Marlins 8
Astros 9, Athletics 3
Mets 8, Yankees 2
Braves 5, Phillies 2
Blue Jays 2, Rays 4
Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Red Sox 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)
Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1
Rangers 1, Angels 4
Dodgers 11, Padres 8
Twins 8, Mariners 5
Giants 5, Rockies 4 (11 innings)
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.