Here are the Brewers’ five most exciting finishes of 2022.
August 16th – Brewers walk off the Dodgers in a wild 11-inning battle filled with big plays
This was a game jam packed with highlights and big plays on both sides. In the bottom of the 1st, Adames started the Brewers with a bang by hitting a two-run home run to take the lead out of the gate.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Christian Yelich launched a 451-foot home run, which would be his first home run since July 2nd. But in typical Dodgers fashion, they fought back with three solo home runs to force this game into extra innings.
All hope seemed lost in the bottom of the 10th when Chris Taylor made (another) miraculous diving grab to keep the Dodgers alive. But in a game where the Brewers never gave up, Victor Caratini came up clutch in the bottom of the 11th inning, muscling a fast ball into right field to score the winning two runs and take this one from Los Angeles.
Of course, late-game dramatics by Caratini were already nothing new to the Brewers this season.
July 4th – Victor Caratini blasts a three-run home run to walk off the Cubs
This was one of the most exciting games we have seen in recent years, so of course it had to be at the top of the list. A walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs on July 4th? How does it get any better than that?
Highlighted by Yelich’s game-tying walk in the bottom of the 9th and Brad Boxberger‘s shutdown 10th inning, this game was filled with memorable and high impact moments. And after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the game, Caratini redeemed himself with a walk off three-run home run to solidify this one as a true classic.
Unfortunately, there would be more heartbreak than exciting wins down the stretch as the Brewers would fall short of a fifth straight playoff bid. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t able to provide plenty of big moments before that.
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This will be another interesting offseason for Milwaukee. There is a plethora of young talent ready and waiting to make an impact in 2023, looming contact extensions for marquee players, and upcoming free agent decisions the team will need to make. Who knows who will be providing the exciting moments next season?