DETROIT — Tigers ace Jack Morris came into today with an 8-6 record and 3.27 ERA. He had pitched eight complete games.
The Brewers barely had a chance to exchange pleasantries with Morris. He retired one of the six batters he faced before Sparky Anderson showed mercy and made a move to the bullpen. By then, the Brewers had scored four runs on four hits, the big shot being a two-run home run by Robin Yount, his fourth in seven games.
By the time the top of the second inning was over, Yount had driven in four of the Brewers’ six runs. His final two came on another home run, this a two-out, two-run inside-the-park shot to right.
In case you need reminding, Yount is hitting .317 with 11 home runs and 42 runs driven in. He’s now hit five home runs in his last seven games. And he trails Yankee Bucky Dent in the AL All-Star voting. After going 0-for-6 today, Dent’s average dipped to .140.
But this was more than a one man show. The Brewers’ mighty offense scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings. Cecil Cooper, who is hitting .332, also hit his 11th homer. Gorman Thomas hit his 14th.
But the proof that this “new and improved” Brewers team is to be reckoned with is in the pitching. Moose Haas pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on nine hits. Brewers’ pitchers have limited the opposition to three or fewer runs in five straight games. The Orioles were the last team to break threw on the Crew, scoring nine against them on June 14. Eight of those runs were off of Moose Haas.
There’s still room on the bandwagon. Hop aboard!