On this day in 2001 Geoff Jenkins was already coming off of a three home run game against the Expos, but he wasn't done. In a 10-0 Brewer win Jenkins hit two more long balls, bringing his total to five in two days. The two games raised Jenkins' batting line from .300/.380/.475 to .348/.416/.685.
Here's something that surprised me: Despite the fact that Jenkins is the second on the Brewers' all time list with 212 home runs, he only had ten career multi-homer games. Ten Brewers have more, and Prince Fielder has twice as many.
On this day in 2009, Yovani Gallardo performed a feat that's probably as impressive. Facing the Pirates, he pitched eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits, striking out 11. And while doing so, he hit a solo home run to provide the only Brewer run in a 1-0 victory. He's one of just three players that have ever done that.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 1977-86 Brewer Bob McClure, who turns 59.
- 2003 Brewer John Vander Wal, who turns 45.