Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 18th In Red Sox Vs. Brewers History

The Red Sox and Brewers have met twice on June 18th. Once was in 1995 (Sox score three in the 7th for a 4-2 win at Fenway). The other was in 1973. And after looking into that game, wow, the rise and fall of the 1973 Milwaukee Brewers deserves a documentary or something.

On June 18th, 1973, the Brewers came home after an 11-1 road trip that took them from 5th place to 1st. They'd also won 14 of 15. And their fans were over the moon. During that night's game, the crowd was so enthusiastic, they basically caused Red Sox pitcher Don Newhauser to walk in three runs. In a row. Came in with the bases loaded and his team down 4-2, walked three guys, and was removed. George Boomer Scott hit two dongs against his old team (and compared the fire of the fans to Fenway's faithful), and the Brewers won their 10th in a row, 8-3. Jim Colborn got his 9th win on his way to 20. Carlton Fisk hit his 32nd career homer (on his way to 376), and Ray Culp took the loss for Boston.

Milwaukee newspapers were comparing the Brewers' run to old Milwaukee Braves championship seasons. They were on fire and Wisconsin was all on board. But then it all came crashing down. The Red Sox took the next three games of the series, and the Brewers went on to lose 14 of their next 19 games. They were two games under .500, and right back in 5th place.

They still were within 6 games of first, though. And on August 15th, though four teams were still ahead of them, they remained just 6.5 out, with a 59-59 record.

Twelve days later, they were 13.5 games behind. By mid-September they were 20 out. To add insult to injury, the Orioles clinched the division on their field. They finished the season losing 15 of their last 19.

On the last day of the season in Boston, they led the Sox 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the 8th. A Ben Oglivie sacrifice fly tied the game at 2, but Brewers catcher Charlie Moore disagreed with the call at the plate. He fired the ball toward the third-base dugout in disgust, and the Red Sox' Danny Cater came all the way around from first to score the winning run.

And the team with such high hopes in June finished in fifth, ahead of only the Indians, a season-low 23 games out of first place.


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