Today In Brewer History: Slam, Then Slam Again

Shaun Marcum, who in this picture doesn't seem to understand what he's supposed to do with that bat, had the Brewers' only grand slam in 2011. On this day in 1980 they hit two in one inning.

Earlier this week the Brewers played a game against the Cubs where they got off to a pretty good offensive start, scoring five in the first inning. That's nothing compared to this day in 1980, though, when the Brewers scored eleven runs in the first two frames of an 18-1 win over the Red Sox.

Most of the game's offensive highlights came in the second inning when two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Cecil Cooper, who hit a grand slam to give the Brewers a 6-0 lead. A double and two walks later, Don Money also hit a grand slam to expand the lead to 10-0. Robin Yount followed with another homer to make it 11-0.

The Brewers scored eighteen runs in the game despite having just 14 hits, and no Brewer had more than two. Gorman Thomas tacked on the fourth homer of the game as the Crew put up five more runs in the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Lary Sorensen didn't actually need that much help as he and three Brewer relievers held the Sox to one run on eight hits.

With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • 2011 Helena Brewer Max Walla, who turns 21.
  • 2000 Brewer Matt Williams, who turns 41.
  • 1960-61 Milwaukee Brave Charlie Lau, who would have turned 79.
  • 1953 and 1962 Milwaukee Brave Johnny Antonelli, who turns 82.
  • Woodland, Wisconsin native, UW-Madison alum and Hall of Famer Addie Joss, who would have turned 132.

Today is also the third anniversary of a game in 2009 where Brewer pitchers walked ten opposing batters en route to an 8-5 loss to the Cubs. Jeff Suppan issued four of those walks with the bases loaded. We covered that event in this space last year.

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