The final score on Friday was Milwaukee Brewers 3, Miami Marlins 2, but it would have been very different without the efforts of Stephen Vogt. Making his first start with the Brewers in Miller Park, Vogt delivered with the bat and the glove.
What Did Vogt Do At The Plate?
With the Brewers trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Stephen Vogt put them on the scoreboard by himself. On a 2-1 count from Marlins starter Edinson Volquez, Vogt blasted a sinker over the center field fence to cut the deficit in half.
Coming up again in the seventh, Vogt gave the Milwaukee Brewers the lead with yet another blast. With Domingo Santana on first, Vogt clubbed a four-seam fastball over the center field wall to put the Brewers ahead, 3-2.
Vogt is clearly fitting in with the Brewers clubhouse because he already has the team handshake down. He stopped to exchange an elaborate low-five with every teammate he saw.
This was the third multi-homer game of his career, and his first in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. However, he wasn’t done playing hero just yet.
What Did Vogt Do In The Field?
With the tying run on first with no outs, Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich slugged a line drive into left field. Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto attempted to go from first to home, but the relay throw caught up to him.
Vogt was in a great position to receive the throw and put the tag on Realmuto inches before he touched the plate. The tag kept the Marlins from tying the score and provided the much needed first out of the inning.
The play was challenged and upheld. Replays showed that Vogt had the tag on Realmuto before he could sneak his hand over the plate.
It seems like there’s a new hero every night when teams have seasons like the Brewers are. Last night was Stephen Vogt’s turn. In April, it seemed like it was Eric Thames turn. In May, Domingo Santana stepped up. Eric Sogard came out of nowhere in June. Could July belong to Stephen Vogt?
If nothing else, Vogt adds versatility to the Brewers lineup as a lefty platoon partner with Manny Pina. If he breaks out of his season long slump, he could end up as a key contributor to a division champion.