SAN DIEGO -- Hopefully, Christian Yelich remembered to save some hits for the fans at home.Yelich, one of the Brewers' big offseason additions with fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain, matched his career high with five hits in the Brewers' 7-3 win over the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park. He logged
SAN DIEGO -- Hopefully, Christian Yelich remembered to save some hits for the fans at home.
Yelich, one of the Brewers' big offseason additions with fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain, matched his career high with five hits in the Brewers' 7-3 win over the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park. He logged four singles and a double, scored three times, drove in two runs and propelled himself toward Monday's home opener with his first multi-hit game in the books.
"It's always nice when you do it early. It takes a little pressure off," Yelich said. "But you don't really think about that too much during the game because you're just trying to put together quality at-bats."
They were quality at-bats from the start. He singled and Cain walked in the first inning before Travis Shaw put the Brewers on the board with an RBI double, making it three times in as many games that Milwaukee scored first. Two innings later, Yelich singled and Cain doubled before both scored on Shaw's double for a 3-2 lead.
After the Padres tied the game in the third, Yelich delivered a go-ahead double and scored on Cain's single for a 5-3 lead.
Yelich delivered another hit in the sixth, a single. It marked the eighth game of his career with at least four hits. He then added a fifth, tying his career high from Oct. 3, 2015, against the Phillies.
All of those hits came with Yelich behind or even in the count. There were three singles on 0-1 pitches, another single at 1-1 and the double on a 1-2 sinker from Padres starter Luis Perdomo.
"It's such a pretty swing. That's the swing you want to teach every kid who wants to play baseball," said Ryan Braun, who got to watch it all from the bench on a scheduled day off. "The top of the lineup has been special. Obviously, you can't keep up this pace, but I'm confident that they'll set the tone for us all year."
Yelich, who cost the Brewers four premium prospects in a Jan. 25 trade with the Marlins, including top prospect Lewis Brinson, embraces two clichés:
One, stay inside the ball. Two, good things happen when you put the ball in play.
"His bat to ball skills are unbelievable," said Shaw. "He finds a way to get the barrel to the ball every single time, no matter the count. It's fun to watch."
Said Yelich: "There's always a little luck involved. There were some ground balls that just missed people's gloves and find some grass out there. But yeah, it's a good feeling to get on base in front of the big boys like Lo Cain. It's putting pressure on the other team. Usually, good things happen when you do that."
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.