A rare thing happened in baseball on Wednesday: Christian Yelich struck out twice looking in a game.
Yelich went 2-for-4 in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, but the two outs he made were (gasp) strikeouts in which he didn’t swing the bat.
For the first time since September of 2017, when Yelich was with the Miami Marlins, the outfielder struck out looking more than once in a game, speaking to his confidence in the batters box and good sense of the strike zone.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 16, 2019
The strikeouts happened in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively. Both, according to MLB’s pitch tracker, were legitimate strikes. So yes, this actually happened.
Yelich, the reigning National League MVP, is off to another torrid start with the Brewers, batting .333 with 16 homers and 38 RBI. His 1.167 OPS ranks second in the majors, behind only Cody Bellinger.
In 137 at-bats this season, Yelich is now up to 29 strikeouts.
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