MILWAUKEE — In the opening game of the most important series of the season so far against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers came up big in every way to pull to within a game.
It seems like we’ve had this discussion before. We’ve recapped games with gaudy offensive stats. We’ve gushed over the home runs and full team dominance. It happened again today. But this time, it just happens to coincide with a tone-setting game.
Shall we rattle off all of the impressive numbers from this game? Alright, try to keep up:
- Robin Yount went 5-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.
- Gorman Thomas went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. He now leads the AL with 21 home runs on the season.
- Cecil Cooper (17) and Ted Simmons (11) also hit home runs, giving the Brewers four on the game. Cooper’s home run was a grand slam in the seventh.
- The four homers give the Brewers 31 in their last 14 games, breaking the record of 29 set by the 1961 Yankees.
- Every Brewers starter had at least one hit. Four (Paul Molitor, Yount, Simmons, Thomas) had at least two hits.
- The Brewers were 6-for-12 (.500) with runners in scoring position.
- The Brewers have now won 13 of their last 16 games.
It’s downright silly. These weren’t the lowly Minnesota Twins that the Brewers embarrassed today. They were the Boston Red Sox, owners of the best record in the American League.
And it’s not just this game, but the Brewers have beaten the Red Sox in four of five games this season, averaging 9.6 runs per contest.
“I’ve never seen this kind of hitting for this long of a time in my entire career in baseball,” said manager Harvey Kuenn. And he’s seen a lot of baseball, and a lot of hitting.
Oh, and the Brewers actually got some decent pitching. Bob McClure threw a complete game to improve to 7-2 on the season. Asked if he had a goal to win 15 or 20 games this season, McClure’s response was simple.
“Really, my only goal is to help a winning cause and get us into the playoffs and the World Series,” McClure said, simply.
Damn, right, Bob. Damn right.
Game Notes: Bob McClure hasn’t lost since May 26. … Tony Perez singled in the fifth inning for his 2,500th career hit.