We've all been watching Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder power the Brewer offense for most of 2011, so we've gotten somewhat used to seeing two bats carry an offense. Ten years ago today, though, Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz took it to another level in a game against the Diamondbacks.
The fun started in the second inning, when Burnitz hit a solo homer to lead off the frame and tie the game at one. Then Sexson and Burnitz went back-to-back to lead off the fourth, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The duo went back-to-back again in the sixth to give the Crew a 6-2 lead, and Sexson finished off his trifecta with a two run shot in the ninth to complete a 9-4 Brewer victory.
The Brewers have only had 16 three homer games in franchise history, which comes out to roughly one every 2.5 years. Yet somehow, on this single day in Arizona, back-to-back hitters in the lineup did it on the same day. And the team they did it to went on to win the World Series.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2011 Brewer Wil Nieves, who turns 33.
- 1998-2001 and 2009 Brewer David Weathers, who turns 42.
- 1977-80 Brewer Dick Davis, who turns 58.