With the Brewers trailing 4-3 and down to his team’s last strike, Christian Yelich launched a game-tying solo home run to right-center field off of Cardinals reliever Dominic Leone. With the very next pitch, Ryan Braun walked the Brewers off winners with a solo home run to left-center against Leone.
Yelich was also responsible for kickstarting the Brewers’ rally in the eighth, when they scored twice to get back in the game. He led off the frame with a ground-rule double, then scored on a one-out single by Travis Shaw. Shaw later came around to score on a Jonathan Villar two-out single.
As Jon Morosi notes, Braun’s walk-off home run was his first since September 13, 2011, when he hit one off of Matt Lindstrom of the Rockies. The Brewers are now 4-1.
And as MLB Stat of the Day notes, Tuesday’s game between the Cardinals and Brewers was the first game in baseball history to both start and end with back-to-back home runs. The Cardinals’ Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham opened up the game with homers off of Brewers starter Chase Anderson.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.