Today In Brewer History: Bill Taylor's Historic Blast

On this day in 1954 a Thursday afternoon crowd settled in for an epic pitching duel at County Stadium between Milwaukee Braves pitcher Gene Conley and Ruben Gomez of the New York Giants. Neither pitcher allowed a run in the game's first nine innings, sending the game to a tenth frame.

With one out in the top of the tenth, however, the Giants struck. Pinch hitter Bill Taylor hit a solo home run off Conley (who was still in the game) to give the Giants a lead they would not relinquish. Gomez finished the ten inning shutout with a 1-2-3 inning and the Giants won the game 1-0.

By homering in the tenth Taylor became the first NL player ever to provide a game's only run with a pinch hit homer (according to B-Ref). It was Taylor's first major league home run.

It's also worth noting that this entire ten inning game was played in two hours and 27 minutes. The shortest Brewer game in 2012 to date was two hours and 30 minutes.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2004 Brewer Jeff Bennett. He turns 32.

Today is also the second anniversary of Carlos Gomez scoring from first on a sac bunt in a ten inning win over the Cubs in 2010. We covered that event in this space last year.

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