Cain delivers another 'unbelievable' showing

Brewers center fielder finishes homer shy of cycle, creates two early runs

August 2nd, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- didn't get his cycle, but he did drive the bus.

That's a phrase Brewers manager Craig Counsell uses a lot to describe Cain, who followed a do-it-all effort against the Dodgers on Tuesday with a busy Wednesday night on the basepaths in a 6-4, 10-inning loss at Dodger Stadium.

The Brewers fell a game back of the Cubs in the National League Central standings, but you couldn't blame Cain. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and was a home run shy of the cycle in a performance that did include a Little League homer -- plus a scamper all the way from second base to home on a wild pitch.

"Man, I've seen everything this guy has done. It's unbelievable," said former Royals teammate Mike Moustakas, who was reunited with Cain in Milwaukee last week. "He's an unbelievable baseball player. Good things happen to guys who play hard and play the game the right way. He's definitely one of those guys."

Cain led off the game by hitting a triple and scoring on a throwing error charged to Dodgers second baseman -- the only blemish on Dozier's three-hit Dodgers debut -- for a quick 1-0 Brewers lead.

In the third inning, Cain doubled and then scored from second base on Rich Hill's wild pitch, when catcher couldn't find the baseball. Grandal, too, would atone. He hit a pair of home runs, including a walk-off shot in the 10th.

Cain walked in the fifth and singled in the seventh to move a home run shy of the cycle. His chance came with the game tied at 4 in the ninth against Dodgers closer , but Cain flied out just shy of the warning track in right-center field.

After Cain drove in Milwaukee's only run and robbed a Dodgers home run in a 1-0 win on Tuesday night, Wednesday's performance was another one-game microcosm of what Cain has brought to Milwaukee since signing a five-year, $80 million contract in January. Cain entered Wednesday with the National League's highest Wins Above Replacement (5.3 per, while leading the NL with 17 Defensive Runs Saved.

"He's been doing it all year," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Four times on base and a couple extra-base hits tonight. He created some runs all by himself."