Monday, August 15. What a night. I have called a lot of baseball games, I have never seen anything like the game I witnessed Monday in a 3-0 Brewers win versus the Dodgers at Miller Park.
A triple play and four double plays behind shutout pitching from Randy Wolf and John Axford. There are 27 defensive outs in a 9-inning game. The Crew was able to secure 11 of those 27 outs…on FIVE pitches!!!
The Brewers now own a six game lead, their largest at this point of season since they led the AL East on August 27, 1982 by 6 ½ games, a lead that would evaporate yet saved by a division clinching win on the final day of season. The only division title in franchise history to date.
After the game, the Brewers fortunes continued as they signed their top two first-round draft picks (Texas RHP Taylor Jungman and Georgia Tech LHP Jed Bradley).
…And then there is this from Elias:
The Brewers continued to roll with a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night, as we wondered, how many good things can happen to one team in one game? The Brewers’ pitching, batting and fielding all excelled:
Randy Wolf and John Axford combined for the shutout; Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart homered; and the Brewers made a triple play. There have been nearly 200,000 games played in major-league history, but the Brewers became the first team in major-league history – yes, the first – to earn a shutout win, hit at least three home runs, and execute a triple play in the same game.
The victory lifted the Brewers’ record to 71-51, marking the first time that they have gone 20 games above .500 this early in a season since 1982, when it took them only 110 games (65-45). And the win lifted Milwaukee’s home record to 45-15; you have to go back to 1998 to find the last time that a major-league team won 45 of its first 60 home games. (In that 1998 season, the Yankees started out 48-12 and the Padres started out 46-14 at home.)
Finally, the one-time Wall-Bangers have become Zero-Hangers. Milwaukee has won its last three games by scores of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-0 – the first time in franchise history that the team has won three straight games without scoring as many as four runs in any of them!