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Brewers 12, White Sox 5: A veritable hit parade

A hit parade broke out Friday night at American Family Field.

The Milwaukee Brewers racked up a major-league season high of 23 hits, with eight of those coming in a six-run seventh inning, in racing past the Chicago White Sox, 12-5.

The victory moved them to a season-best 11 games over .500 at 34-23.

Christian Yelich had his first five-hit game since 2019, including his 300th career double, and an incredible eight starters had at least two hits as Milwaukee overcame a 2-for-16 effort with runners in scoring position that had left the team trailing, 5-4, entering the seventh.

BOX SCORE: Brewers 12, White Sox 5

For the game, the Brewers finished 9 for 27 with runners in scoring position.

"When you give yourself that many opportunities and you have traffic all night and you don't really capitalize on it, often times it comes back and bites you a little bit," said Yelich, who also drove in five runs. "But really, it's a credit to our guys just staying after it. 'Let's keep going, keep finding a way.'

"If we keep going out there and putting pressure on them, something good's going to happen."

The Brewers had just frittered away their second bases-loaded, one-out opportunity of the night in the sixth with Jake Bauers and Rhys Hoskins both striking out -- an instant replay of how a scoreless first inning ended for them.

But the tide finally turned in the seventh.

Sal Frelick and Blake Perkins each blooped singles to put runners on the corners for Brice Turang, who lined a single to right in an 0-2 count against Michael Soroka to tie it at 5-5.

William Contreras then greeted John Brebbia with a single to left field that made it 6-5, and an excuse-me, check-swing double down the third-base line by Yelich drove in two more as Milwaukee suddenly led, 8-5.

"It was a weird play," Yelich said of his second two-bagger of the night. "Slider kind of backed up on me, 3-2, and it was kind of a check swing because I saw it spinning out there and I accidentally hit it. It was going foul and then whatever kind of spin it had on it, it brought it back fair and I almost fell down going around first base.

"Made it to second. You'll take every hit you can get in the major leagues. But not the cleanest or the prettiest one."

The double was the 300th of Yelich's career and gave him his first four-hit game of the season. Two batters later, Bauers snapped his dry spell by beating out an infield single that scored Yelich.

A Frelick hustle double two batters later gave the Brewers 10 runs for the second time in three games.

In all, 12 batters came to the plate in the seventh.

A Turang single to start the eighth was followed two batters later by a Yelich single, his fifth hit. He last collected five hits in a game on Aug. 17, 2019 -- the year he finished as runner-up in MVP balloting in the NL -- and that game went 14 innings.

"A lot of things have to go right for that to happen," said Yelich of his five hits. He raised his average 28 points over the course of his six at-bats and finished the night with a .328 average and OPS of .970, both team highs.

It was also his fifth career game with at least five hits.

"Obviously, those are a lot of fun," he continued. "Getting one hit's hard every night, let alone not having it be at somebody five times. You have to get up five times in a game, too, which doesn't always happen. You just keep playing the game every night and you never really know what you're going to see out there or what's going to happen."

Brewers leftfielder Christian Yelich gets a double-barrel Gatorade bath after his five-hit, five-RBI night against the White Sox on Friday at American Family Field.
Brewers leftfielder Christian Yelich gets a double-barrel Gatorade bath after his five-hit, five-RBI night against the White Sox on Friday at American Family Field.

Yelich is the first Milwaukee player to rack up five hits in a game since both Luis Urías (5 for 6) and Jace Peterson (5 for 5) did it on Aug. 12, 2021 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Turang, William Contreras and Sal Frelick had three hits apiece as Milwaukee's total of 23 was its most since Aug. 2, 2010 and tied a franchise record for most in a home game (July 8, 1993 vs. Minnesota). It was also the fifth time in franchise history the Brewers had at least 23 hits.

Frelick was on base a career-high five times

The White Sox, owners of the worst record in baseball at 15-43, held leads of 3-1 and 5-4 as they twice came back against Brewers starter Tobias Myers and then his successor Hoby Milner in the fifth.

"I'm just proud of our guys that they stayed after it, they played all night after an exhausting series, four games at home versus the Cubs with a lot of emotion," said manager Pat Murphy, whose team became the first since Philadelphia on Aug. 31, 2022 to record 23 or more hits without homering.

"And then to come back today and be in that spot and not be squeezing too tight...we just kept playing."

White Sox lineup

Brewers lineup

  • Brice Turang 2B

  • William Contreras C

  • Christian Yelich LF

  • Willy Adames SS

  • Jake Bauers 1B

  • Rhys Hoskins DH

  • Sal Frelick RF

  • Joey Ortiz 3B

  • Blake Perkins CF

Brewers' upcoming schedule

Brewers vs. White Sox, 3:10 p.m. Saturday: Milwaukee LHP Robert Gasser (2-0, 1.96) vs. Chicago LHP Garrett Crochet (5-5, 3.68). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

Brewers vs. White Sox, 1:10 p.m. Sunday: Milwaukee RHP Freddy Peralta (3-3, 3.61) vs. Chicago RHP Nick Nastrini (0-4, 9.92). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers 12, White Sox 5: A veritable hit parade