By Tim Muma on April 11, 2014
No one expected the Milwaukee Brewers to sweep both the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies on the road, yet that's exactly what they did. Of course, you can't complete a 6-0 road trip without some stellar performances and all-around contributions.
Here are five amazing facts that led to Milwaukee's terrific venture away from Miller Park.
The Brewers set a club record by getting a hit in 22 consecutive innings, starting with the seventh inning on Sunday in Boston and ending in the second inning Thursday in Philadelphia. The streak demonstrates the depth of the Brewers’ lineup and their ability to attack consistently. Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy had a hit in every game on the trip.
Opponents batted just .217 against the staff, and when they gave up a hit, it was usually a single. Only 15 of the 45 hits went for extra bases with never more than four in a game. The most interesting part was that the Crew gave up just three long balls (two solo), helping the staff boast a 1.93 ERA on the trip.
Gomez batted .452 with an .806 slugging percentage and 1.275 OPS. Braun’s average was “only” .381, but he slugged .905 during the stretch with a 1.296 OPS. The two combined for 22 hits (10 for extra bases), 15 RBIs, 12 runs, five home runs, three doubles and two triples. The pair reached base safely on 44 percent of their plate appearances.
The relievers were asked to pitch 21.2 innings over the six-game stretch and gave up a total of one earned run. Tyler Thornburg was the most impressive, tossing six shutout frames and striking out eight while not walking a batter. The pen now has an MLB-best 0.98 ERA with opponents batting only .158 on the year.
Ron's Wrecking Crew couldn't be stopped offensively, averaging 13 hits per game, including five of the contests featuring at least 11 knocks. The seven runs per game was spurred on by 22 doubles (almost four per contest), eight home runs and an .888 team OPS. The club raised their average from .184 to .284 during the road swing.
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