On this day one year ago the Brewers hosted the Diamondbacks in an Independence Day matinee at Miller Park. The Brewers provided the early scoring on this day, running out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning. Five of those runs scored in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of home runs: A Corey Hart solo shot to lead off the inning and a grand slam for Shaun Marcum, the pitcher, with two outs.
Marcum's slam was the first (and to date only) home run of his major league career. It was also the only grand slam the Brewers hit in all of 2011. In fact, it had been over a year since the Crew's last slam and the team didn't hit another until Edwin Maysonet did it against the Cubs on May 12.
Unfortunately, Marcum's offensive heroics were not enough. The Brewers allowed at least one run in each of six consecutive innings and lost the game 8-6. It was their sixth of seven losses in an eight game stretch and dropped their record to 45-41.
Today is also the second anniversary of Yovani Gallardo straining his oblique and having to go on the DL in 2010. We covered that event in this space last year.