With 45,304 in attendance for Opening Day at Miller Park, Jhoulys Chacín would take the hill for his first time as the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day Starter. Chacín would come out of the gates hot, striking out the side in the first inning. However, after successfully starting off the second inning with two outs, Chacín would walk his first batter. Kolten Wong drew blood first with his two-run home run, followed by a Harrison Bader solo shot.
Facing a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the second, Mike Moustakas would hit the Brewers first home run of the season off of a 1-2 count. After a three up three down third inning for the Cardinals, Milwaukee looked to take the first lead of the 2019 season. After an Orlando Arcia groundout, Jhoulys Chacín would single to left field, followed by a Lorenzo Cain single to center field. The reigning National League MVP would step up to the plate and start right where he left off. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Yelich would hammer a 413-foot, three run homerun, to center field giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead.
Bats on both sides would stay quiet until the bottom of the fifth inning, where Pitcher, Jhoulys Chacín would smash a 405-foot home run to left-center field giving the Brewers a 5-3 lead. After beginning the top of the sixth with a Goldschmidt walk and a Dejong strikeout, Counsell made his first call to the bullpen for Junior Guerra. After giving up a single to Marcell Ozuna, Guerra would settle down and get the final two outs of the inning.
The Brewers would go three up, three down in the sixth. In the top of the seventh Kolton Wong would hit his second home run of the day to right field, tightening the lead to 5-4. The Brewers scored zero runs in the seventh inning, though Eric Thames would hit a single as a pinch hitter.
Josh Hader would come in for relief of Junior Guerra in the eighth inning and proved once again he is a force to be reckoned with. Hader struck out the side, while consistently hitting 97-98 mph. In the bottom of the eighth, Christian Yelich walked and Ryan Braun singled, however, a double play and flyout would end the inning.
With Knebel and Jeffress both out with injuries, Counsell called Hader’s number again to get the last three outs. Josh would get Yadier Molina to flyout center field, followed by striking out Marcell Ozuna. With two outs in the ninth inning, Josh Hader would face pinch hitter Josè Martínez. (Before the at-bat, Martínez was 2-3 with a home run vs Josh Hader in his career.) After ball one, Hader threw a 94-mph fastball right down the plate to what looked to be a certain home run. However, Lorenzo Cain made a leaping catch at the warning track, much like the one in Game 2 of the NLCS in 2018, to seal the victory for Milwaukee. The Brewers will face the Cardinals in Game two of the four game series tomorrow at 7:10 CT.
C. Yelich. 1-2, HR, 3RBI, 2BB, R
M. Moustakas 1-3, HR, RBI, R
J. Chacin W, 5.1 IP, 3H, 3ER, 7K, 2BB
J. Hader SV, 2 IP, 0H, 0ER, 4K, 0BB