Milwaukee Brewers Need To Channel History To Succeed At Fenway Park

By Tim Muma
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With the Milwaukee Brewers making a trip into Fenway Park this weekend, I thought it’d be interesting to see how they’ve fared in the historic stadium over the years. The Brewers own an 85-118 record on the road against the Boston Red Sox with their last few leaving much to be desired.

The Brewers are a miserable 1-7 in their last eight games in Fenway and 2-10 in the previous 12, so fond memories have been few and far between for the Crew.

There is, however, one contest that stands above the rest. In a season where the Brewers finished 74-88, a full 14 games behind the AL East champion Red Sox, the Milwaukee put together the franchise’s most complete game at historic Fenway Park.

On Apr. 16 in Milwaukee’s fifth game of the 1990 season, the Brewers annihilated Boston, 18-0.

The Brewers banged out 20 hits that day, including 4-for-4 games from 38-year-old Dave Parker and Greg Brock, who ended the year with just 91 hits. The two batted back-to-back in the lineup, combining for six runs, five RBI and five doubles. Milwaukee had nine doubles as a team.

The most amazing feat may have been their ability to cross the plate 18 times without hitting a single home run. Instead, the Brewers went an astonishing 14-for-22 (.636) with runners in scoring position and boasted seven hitters with at least two RBI in the game.

Brewers’ batters struck out only three times in 52 plate appearances and surprisingly went down in order on just seven pitches in the first inning. The next day, Milwaukee scratched out only two runs on three hits in a 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, apparently using up all their offense the previous game.

The lineup that day in Boston featured fan-favorite, Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount, the most despised Brewer of all time in Gary Sheffield and Mike “Tiny” Felder, the five-foot-eight outfielder with a cult following thanks to his diminutive size.

Others appearing in the contest for Milwaukee were former Brewers and Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum and one-time Red Sox skipper, and current manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona.

The pitching staff did its part to contribute to the blowout win, though staked to a 6-0 lead after three makes life easier. Teddy Higuera started on the hill and went 6.1 innings, but he was far from dominant. He struck out three and walked four while giving up just a pair of singles.

Tom Filer and Dan Plesac closed out the game, together tossing 2.2 frames with a strikeout, no walks and no runs on just 26 pitches.

The staff capped off one of Milwaukee’s eight shutouts in the club’s 203 games at Fenway Park and it marked the largest margin of victory between the two teams in Boston.

Now Milwaukee returns to Fenway as Boston receives its 2013 World Series rings, and considering all the circumstances, avoiding a sweep might be enough for Brewers fans to enjoy the weekend.

The 2014 group hopes instead to mimic the results of the 1990 club which took two of three in the series and outscored the home squad by a 31-8 margin. And keep in mind, the last time the Brewers visited the Red Sox, Milwaukee went on to win the NL Central and play in the NLCS — so they’ve got that going for them.

Tim Muma is a Milwaukee Brewers writer for Follow him on  Twitter @brewersblend, “Like” him  on Facebook, or add him  to your network on Google.

The Red Sox will get their World Series Championship rings when they play the Brewers today. Be a part of history and grab your Red Sox tickets to see the ring presentation ceremony.

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