Today In Brewer History: A Speedy Slam

By this day in 1970 fans of the inaugural Milwaukee Brewers already knew their season wasn't going to provide much to cheer for. The Crew entered the game 13-30 on the season, and just 11,704 fans paid to watch their Sunday afternoon game against the Tigers. The fans that did appear, though, got to see history.

The Brewers gave up two runs in the top of the first but rebounded in a big way in the bottom half. Their first run scored on Ted Savage's RBI single, and a Hank Allen walk loaded the bases with none out. After Danny Walton and Jerry McNertney struck out, it looked like the Tigers might get out of it.

Second baseman Roberto Pena, however, had other ideas. He hit a ball to center that resulted in an inside-the-park grand slam and gave the Brewers a 5-2 lead. It was the Brewers' first slam since moving to Milwaukee, and one of just two inside-the-park slams in franchise history.

The Brewers allowed the Tigers to claw back into the game, but scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 9-7 victory.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 1972-73 Brewer John Felske. He turns 70, and we covered his birthday in this space last year.

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