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Today In Brewer History: Bill Travers' Bad Day

This day in 1977 was, by the numbers, one of the worst in Brewer franchise history. The Brewers and Indians played a doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium and the Indians swept both halves, winning the two games by a combined score of 26-9. The Indians rode a nine run fifth inning to a 12-4 win in game one, but the second game was the more notable one.

Bill Travers was the Brewer starting pitcher for the second game and it was clear early he didn't have much going for him: He allowed seven runs in the first two innings yet, for some reason, Travers was allowed to pitch into the eighth. His final line: 7.2 innings, 18 hits, 14 runs, all earned, four walks, four strikeouts, two home runs, two wild pitches and an HBP. He had allowed five runs in the eighth when he was lifted so Bob McClure could record the final out.

Travers' game score on this day was -13, the worst of seven sub-zero starts in Brewer history:

Pitcher Date Opponent Game Score
Bill Travers 8/14/1977 Indians -13
Yovani Gallardo 8/8/2007 Rockies -12
Jerry Augustine 5/11/1982 Royals -12
Jose Mercedes 5/4/1998 Padres -9
Sid Roberson 7/28/1995 Angels -4
Randy Wolf 7/21/2010 Pirates -3
Ricky Bones 9/29/1995 Red Sox -3

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