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Today In Brewer History: Torching Toronto

On this day in 1992 the Brewers closed the gap a bit between their third place club and the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays, and did it with a flourish. In front of over 50,000 fans in Toronto's SkyDome, the Brewers scored 13 runs in the first four innings en route to a 22-2 blowout.

The Brewers set an AL record with 31 hits in the game, and Kevin Seitzer (5-for-7) Scott Fletcher (5-for-6), Pat Listach (4-for-6) and Darryl Hamilton (4-for-7) combined for 18 of them. Paul Molitor drove in the game's first two runs with the day's only homer in the first inning, and 26 of the Crew's 31 hits were singles. Six Blue Jays pitched in the game, and the Brewers scored runs against each of them.

The big lead allowed the Brewers to take it somewhat easy on rookie pitcher Cal Eldred: He only threw 111 pitches in the game, working seven innings. The runs he allowed were his first in four starts in August.

The win on this day brought the Brewers within 4.5 games of the eventual World Champions for first place in the East, but they never really got much closer and finished the season in second place.

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

  • Brevard County Manatee Mike Roberts, who turns 24.
  • Burlington, WI native Braggo Roth, who would have turned 119. Roth played eight major league seasons between 1914-21 as a member of the Indians and five other teams.