For the first time in American Family Field history, the Brewers will participate in a “real” double header featuring a pair of nine runs, as a result of a reconstituted Major League Baseball schedule due to the league being out of action.
By the time MLB and the players’ union reached terms in the spring, it was too late to start the season on time, necessitating the rescheduling of two series in Milwaukee that were originally scheduled to start the season.
One of those, against Arizona, has been moved to the end of the year and will now represent the final three games of the season. The other, against the Giants, was split between two points on the calendar. The Giants won a one-time 4-2 match in April, and the other two matches were turned into a double header on September 8 before the Brewers opened a three-game streak with the Reds.
The Brewers played a double in 2020 at home to face a wave of COVID-19 delays, even though those games were seven rounds each and didn’t take place with fans in the stands. Other than that, if you’ve wanted to watch two Brewers games in one day for the past two decades, you need to be on the road thanks to the home stadium roof that keeps out weather-related delays.
Before the new stadium, the Brewers had some amusing double heads in Milwaukee over the years, all the same. Keep this in mind.
May 22, 2000 vs Houston: The biggest Milwaukee Rally in the ninth inning ever
The Brewers rallied for an astonishing seven games in the ninth inning to tie the Astros, then win the game in the first leg by Jose Hernandez to win 10-9 – and that was just a 1.23 game when they trailed after seven games, but they made their biggest comeback ever in the ninth inning. With less than 4,000 fans. Next, Milwaukee won the Cup of the Night, 6-1, thanks to eight strong runs from Jason Beer and three RBIs by Jerome Burnitz.
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July 28, 1997 vs. Toronto: Steve Woodard
It will forever be remembered by the first performance of Steve Woodard, who threw eight runs and only allowed to double his lead Otis Nixon, who that year beat Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, in a thriller 1-0. Mike Fitters worked out in ninth to effectively score no hits with 27 straights before hitting. In the Cup of the Night, the Brewers switched to a three-way play in the fourth inning while leading 4-2 and ended up winning, 9-3. The Fetters would get twice the next night with another double header, giving the Brewers a 4-0 record over the course of 48 hours.
August 24, 1993 vs Auckland: the bench is empty
The Brewers made it through life by four runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth to win 9-2 in the first game, then won the Wild Night Cup in the thirteenth inning, 7-6. The teams combined for 35 strokes (21 for the Brewers) in Game Two and finally won the Dave Nilsson single. Singles player Pat Lestach, with two wins against Dennis Eckersley in the ninth inning, tied the Brewers to their last hit in a row.
But it will be remembered for something else, at least for those who stayed past midnight. After Eckersley relinquished the lead, he began to disintegrate into referees around the strike area, and netted an ejection with A manager Tony Larsa. They continued their protest, leading to Brewers manager Phil Garner being ejected to complain about the delay.
Larosa chased Garner and everything broke, resulting in nine players being sent off. Dickie Thon was handled by a much older athlete, and BJ Surhoff needed stitches to repair the wound after he was punched by former Brewers loyalist Edwin Núñez. The games ended just before 2 a.m.
August 14, 1992 vs Boston: Gombe played the hero for the last time, and Eldred just started
The first game was wild, featuring Jim Gantner’s solo race of the year (and the last of his career) to give the Brewers a 13-round victory, 8-7. This was his third Homer in five years and his first in 11 months. But she didn’t get that far even without Scott Fletcher’s two-stroke on Day 12 to re-tie the game (after the top hitters of the inning were retired). The Brewers tied the game 5-5 at the ninth on the sacrifice fly from Robin Yount.
Then came the night jump, with Cal Eldred allowing three hits in eight rounds and one walk en route to closing 1-0, with Yount’s first-half first counted in the only round.
August 9, 1988 v Boston: Joey Meyer v Clemens
Rookie baseman Joey Meyer led the ninth game against the Red Sox Roger Clemens with a blast that rebounded around the right field pole to give Milwaukee a 3-2 victory. “Go-e, go-e,” the crowd chanted as he cordoned off the bases, then demanded a curtain call in a game in which Paul Molitor scored his 1500th career goal. The cheers continued on Meyer’s first hit in the Cup of the Night, despite the Brewers losing, 5-1.
August 17, 1983 vs Boston: Final push for first place
The Brewers wobbled into number one with a Boston sweep, including a tenth-place double-exit single by Ted Simmons to give Milwaukee a 4-3 win. The Brewers scored five goals in the fourth inning of the Cup of the Night and won 5-1, giving the Brewers a half-game lead in the Eastern American League. But the team will falter from there, having finished 11 games by the end of the year, and at one point slipped as low as 14 en route to an 87-75 season. Though, to be fair, that had something to do with hot white Timor (what’s up with bird opponents and late season success?).
July 8, 1979 v Detroit: Oglivie’s Three-Day Homer (and More)
Ben Ogilvy served three times in the first game against the team he traded for the Brewers, and Milwaukee needed every one of those blasts in a 5-4 win. He didn’t finish, either, with the RBI doubling in the Cup of the Night as Milwaukee prevailed, 3-1, behind bowler Bill Travers.
July 11, 1976 vs Texas: Hank’s Amazing Swan
Beloved Hank Aaron, who played for 12 seasons with the Milwaukee Braves, returned to where he started in 1975 and 1976 in the final phase of his career. He launched his 755th and last home run on July 20, 1976, but his second-to-last finish was pretty special too.
The Brewers scored twice at the bottom of the ninth place to force the additions, and Aaron took Steve Foucault deep in the 10th round against the Rangers, giving Milwaukee a 5-4 win.
Nostalgic fans stayed put long after a mob of Brewers descended into the bunker, and Aaron returned five minutes later for a curtain call.
This was the second win of the day. The Brewers scored five runs in the seventh game of their opener to win 6-3.
August 1, 1971 vs. Washington: Bobby Mitchell’s first Homer career, then the second
The Brewers won both games, 4-3 and 3-2, thanks in large part to Bobby Mitchell. He made his first home career to lead in three thrilling rounds for teams in Game 1, then made his second home career two in the sixth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in Game 2.
They were only two of his teammates in the season and he wouldn’t clash with another until 1973. He only played in the second game because he was so successful in Game 1.
In the sign of a different era, the sum Playing times for both battles: 4 hours and 9 minutes.
May 10 1970 vs Washington: Two escorts in first double head
The first double header in the Milwaukee Brewers tradition is also the only one in franchise history to have finished with two wins, 6-5 and 7-6 wins. Wayne Comer’s RBI single won the match after Ted Kubiak led the ninth game with a tie in the first half, and Jerry McNertney broke the RBI singles tie 6-6 in Game nine. 10 wins in all.