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Christian Yelich sets new franchise home run record

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Brewers outfielder and reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich is off to a hot start this season. He punctuated his Opening Day performance with a first-pitch, three-RBI home run off of the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas, then mashed a late-game solo shot off of Andrew Miller in the eighth inning of Friday’s 9-5 loss.

So, it seemed only fitting that Yelich extend that streak again on Saturday. In the first inning, he pounced on an 0-1 sinker from Dakota Hudson right out of the gate, lifting it 396 feet out to left-center field to put the Brewers on the board:

With his third home run in as many games, the 27-year-old became the first-ever Brewers player to go yard in each of the club’s first three games of the season (h/t MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy). If he can eke out just one more homer in Sunday’s series finale, he’ll be the first to complete the feat since Trevor Story collected four home runs for the Rockies in 2016 — just the sixth to do so in MLB history. If he can then carry that streak all the way through Monday’s series opener against the Reds, he’ll be the first and only player on that list.

All together, the Brewers have collected eight home runs against the Cardinals this weekend, including a pair of Opening Day solo shots by Mike Moustakas and Jhoulys Chacín, Ryan Braun‘s three-run dinger on Friday, and another two long balls from Moustakas and Travis Shaw on Saturday. (It’s not as if the Cardinals haven’t tried to return the favor, though, especially with Kolten Wong‘s two-homer effort on Thursday and a stunning three-homer performance from Paul Goldschmidt on Friday.)

The Brewers currently lead the Cardinals 4-2 in the top of the seventh.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.