MILWAUKEE – Six hundred and thirty-six days.
This is how long the Brewers fans have risen from their seats in this stadium and applauded a Christian Yelich home run. A crowd of 12,392 started again Thursday, when Yelich hit a laser beam on the right field wall for a three-run homerun in a 7-4 win over the D-backs at American Family Field.
The last time he walked around the bases here in front of real live fans – sorry, cardboard cutouts – the place was called Miller Park. Yelich hit a three-point homerun in a September 6, 2019 victory over the Cubs that kicked off the winning streak that sent Milwaukee to the National League’s Wild Card Game. Things haven’t been quite the same for Yelich since then.
But it has been a week of new beginnings. Earlier on this homestand, Yelich changed his walk-in tune. On Thursday, he swung a blonde Louisville Slugger bat instead of the black wood he’s always used with the Brewers, and in his second batsman, four batsmen after Jackie Bradley Jr.’s home run at the start of the third inning went Giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, Yelich connected with a first pitch change from D-back starter Jon Duplantier and sent it to 107.9 mph from the start, per Statcast. He flew just far enough to cross the right-field fence to make it 4-0.
Luis Urías and Avisaíl García also scored the Brewers’ sixth victory in their last seven games.
The D-backs have lost 14 straight road games, tying their franchise record.