Christian Yelich didn’t waste any time putting the Brewers on the board as the team kicked off Game 7 of the NLCS on Saturday. After going homer-less since Game 1 of the NLDS, Yelich pounced on a 98.4-MPH fastball from the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler and plunked it over the center field fence for a 1-0 lead in the first inning:
While Yelich put up monster numbers during the regular season, including a .326/.402/.598 batting line, 36 home runs, and a 1.000 OPS, his power all but evaporated during the Brewers’ postseason run. Entering Saturday’s game, he’s collected just two extra bases — a two-run homer in Game 1 of the NLDS and a double in Game 6 of the NLCS — and maintained a sluggish .188 average over nine games so far.
Rookie Buehler has been a relatively easy target for batters in the playoffs after allowing a cumulative nine runs and two homers over his last two appearances. Things might get a little more tricky for the Brewers should Clayton Kershaw take the mound tonight; as Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts told reporters earlier today, Kershaw will be ready to step out of the bullpen at the first sign of trouble. For what it’s worth, however, playoff teams that score first have gone 21-6 this fall (h/t MLB Stat of the Day).
The Brewers currently trail 2-1 in the second following Cody Bellinger‘s two-RBI blast off of Jhoulys Chacín in the top of the inning.