This day in 2003 wasn't a very notable one for Ben Sheets: In a start against the Braves he allowed five runs on eleven hits, walking one and striking out six over seven innings. Fortunately, it didn't matter: Richie Sexson carried the Brewers to victory anyway.
The Braves hadn't even come to bat yet when Sexson hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead. He expanded the lead to 4-0 with a solo shot in the third, and after taking a break to double in the fourth he homered again in the sixth to give the Brewers an 11-5 advantage. All told, he went 4-for-5 in the game with a double, three home runs, four runs scored and five RBI. It was the second and final three-homer game of Sexson's Brewer career, and after leaving Milwaukee he never had another one.
Sexson's three homer game overshadowed an excellent offensive performance from John Vander Wal, who went 3-for-6 with two more home runs and a double, driving in six. Vander Wal played in 1372 major league games over his 14 year career, but that was one of only two games where he homered twice.
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