Aug. 6th – Yelich motors around for inside-the-park homer
Going into Milwaukee’s August 6th game against the Chicago White Sox, many Brewers were still struggling to find their footing, offensively. But none of those players were more notable than former MVP, Christian Yelich.
Through his first eight games played on the season prior to that day, Yelich had just three hits on the season to go with a frightening .088/.162/.206 slash line. 16 of his 37 plate appearances to that point had resulted in strikeouts.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell decided to give Yelich his first day off of the season on August 5th before inserting him back in the three hole on the 6th. That day to clear his head showed immediate results for the team’s best slugger.
Yelich drew walks in his first two plate appearances on the day, though the Brewers still found themselves down 2-1 going into the fifth. That was when Yelich provided one of the more entertaining plays of the entire 2020 season.
Inside-the-park home runs are already one of the more exciting plays that can happen in a baseball game and often begin when an outfielder gambles on a tough catch and loses. But few expect it to be the result of an outfielder getting caught in the foul netting like a fish!
Aug. 29th – Urias wipes out attempting celebratory Gatorade bath
Almost exactly a month after the aforementioned Brewers’ extra inning win against the Pirates in July, it was time for another Milwaukee comeback attempt from a late game deficit, this time at home. After this one, Pittsburgh would probably end up having nightmares of pitching to Sogard in the ninth.
This game featured multiple lead changes and three combined blown saves. But after Avisail Garcia put the Brewers ahead with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth, a Milwaukee win seemed all but inevitable.
That was because Milwaukee closer Josh Hader hadn’t given up a hit or a run all season coming into that game. So naturally, he would go on to walk in two runs after walking five Pirates total in the inning, giving Pittsburgh a 6-5 lead once the smoke had cleared after his first blown save in 2020.
The Brewers still had a chance to deploy their “secret weapon” in the ninth, though. And after Jace Peterson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the frame, Sogard came to the plate looking to come through in a big spot once again, which is exactly what he did.
It was an exciting moment for Brewers fans, as most walkoff wins are. But we didn’t add this game to our list because of the game-winning homer. It was what happened afterward that had many fans playing a certain video on loop.
Luis Urias had already began endearing himself to Brewers fans as one of the few consistent hitters at that point in the season. Unfortunately, it’s probably a postgame blooper that he’ll most remembered for in 2020.