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Brewers' Christian Yelich homers after brother, just out of Marines, throws first pitch

Not long after Cameron Yelich threw out Friday night's ceremonial first pitch to his brother Christian Yelich, the Milwaukee Brewers' MVP candidate gave Cameron a moment to remember by launching a two-run homer in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers.

Cameron Yelich recently was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and made the trip to Milwaukee's Miller Park to see Christian play for the first time since 2016.

"I haven't seen him play since I was in the Marine Corps, so it's super cool to come out here and throw the first pitch with the Brewers," Cameron Yelich told MLB.com before the game. "I'm a little nervous. I haven't thrown a baseball in a little while."

Cameron Yelich joined the Marines out of high school and was promoted to sergeant earlier this year, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His service included stints in Japan, Korea and the Philippines in addition to training in Hawaii. He was serving with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, Weapons Company when he was discharged.

Christian Yelich sent some Brewers apparel to his brother and others on their base in Hawaii after he was acquired by the team during the offseason. In return, they sent him a Marine Corps flag that they signed. The flag is now part of the Brewers' weight room.

"I think what he's done is great," Christian Yelich told MLB.com. "It was a selfless four years, and I think he gained a lot from the experience, and we're all thankful for everybody that serves this country. To get a greater understanding of what military families go through, and the schedule was probably the most eye-opening thing, and I'm glad he's back."

Yelich, who has helped the Brewers clinch a playoff spot as they try to overtake the Chicago Cubs to win the National League Central, thanked his brother in person Friday night with his homer off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. He finished 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored as Milwaukee beat Detroit 6-5 to remain one game behind the Cubs.

The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the first Friday, and Yelich got two of them back on the first pitch he saw.

"He just continues to do things each night that are insane, really," manager Craig Counsell said. "He got up to nine straight times on base, two walks right after [the homer]. I don't know, if you are voting for somebody else on the MVP, at the month of September, you better look at his month of September. Don't make up your mind -- just look up the month of September. He's been amazing."

Cameron Yelich doesn't have a vote, but he made it clear he thinks his brother deserves the award.

"Crazy, crazy year. I'm super proud of him," he said. "Hopefully he gets that MVP. We'll see."