Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run at Miller Park Monday night, which isn't that unusual because he has 13 in 28 career games here. Paul DeJong followed that in the Cardinals' first with a homer at 462 feet, 19 feet farther than that of Goldschmidt.
But the two of them, and everybody else on the Cardinals, not to mention all the king's horses and all the king's men, were no match for reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Yelich took 55 minutes of extra batting practice in the afternoon before he took on the Cardinals, against whom he had homered four times in four games here at the start of the season.
He said he hadn't been "locked in." And then Yelich hit three homers, two of the three-run variety, and drove in a franchise-tying seven runs to lock out the Cardinals in a toe-to-toe slugfest the Brewers won, 10-7. It is the fourth time the Cardinals have lost to the Brewers in the first five games of the 10-pack they will have played by a week from Wednesday.
The Cardinals, after falling behind 6-3 in another ragged start by Dakota Hudson, had tied the game at 6 in the sixth. But Mike Mayers, before leaving the game with an apparent injury, allowed a single to Yasmani Grandal and walked Lorenzo Cain before Yelich hit his seventh homer of the season – with a drive to right.
In the eighth, Yelich even solved John Brebbia, who hadn't given up a run in 10 1/3 innings. This one, a shot to left center, counted only as one.
Counting the end of last season, in which Yelich drove in six runs in a game against them in St. Louis, Yelich has 21 RBIs and eight homers in his last seven games against the Cardinals. And in one of those games, on Sept. 26 of last year, the Cardinals walked him five times in five plate appearances. That may be the only way around this.
For good measure, right fielder Yelich also made a diving catch in the seventh to take away a hit from Kolten Wong.