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.