MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers hit so many home runs in
the fourth inning Saturday that manager Ned Yost lost track.
"You don't really sit there and count them down," he said.
"There was some confusion on the bench if there were four or five
There were definitely five -- which tied a major league record --
to spark a seven-run fourth in Milwaukee's 11-0 victory over the
Cincinnati Reds. Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy
and Prince Fielder all connected, marking the first time in 40
years that a team hit five homers in one inning.
The last club to do it was the Minnesota Twins on June 9, 1966,
in the seventh against the Kansas City Athletics. Three other teams
have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949
Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants -- all against
Cincinnati as well.
"I guess it could seem unreal," Reds manager Jerry Narron
Miller went 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBI, and Dave
Bush pitched a four-hitter with a season-high nine strikeouts for
his second career shutout and fourth complete game.
"It was definitely one of my best," Bush said. "I mostly had
good command. I was throwing strikes."
Bush (2-1) struck out five straight Reds in the third and fourth
and walked two batters overall. His other shutout was a two-hitter
on Oct. 1, 2004, with Toronto against the New York Yankees.
Brandon Claussen (1-2) gave up nine runs and eight hits in
three-plus innings. He failed to get an out in the fourth while
giving up the first four Brewers home runs in the inning.
"It happened fast," Claussen said.
Milwaukee sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Hall led
off with a homer, Rickie Weeks followed with a single to extend his
hitting streak to a career-high 10 games and Miller hit a two-run
shot to left.
Bush singled, and Clark and Hardy followed with back-to-back
homers, chasing Claussen.
"I was actually thinking about hitting another one," Hall
Claussen said he will do his best to forget the performance.
"I am not that bad a pitcher," he said. "I am in the major
Hall, meanwhile, said he will never forget Saturday.
"We won't take it for granted," he said.
Yost called the home run outburst "coincidence."
"It's kind of a treat," he said. "We had a big crowd out, and
they got to see something special. You never know when you are
going to wake up and come to a ballgame and see some history."
Miller, a catcher known more for his defense than his bat,
matched a career best with four hits. His three doubles gave him
eight in his last four games.
His bases-loaded double in the second drove in three and put
Milwaukee up 3-0.
"It was just a fun game, and a much-needed game," Miller said.
"I have never been a part of that. It was just a great all-around
game for everybody."
The Brewers, who started the season 5-0, had lost five of six.
The loss snapped the Reds' three-game winning streak, which had
pushed them five games above .500 for the first time since July
"We finally put together some good offense and great
pitching," Yost said. "It's beautiful."
Claussen tied a big league record for most home runs
allowed in one inning by a pitcher. He is the fourth Reds pitcher
to do so, joining Mario Soto, Jeff Austin and Jose Acevedo. ...
Miller has driven in five runs two other times, including June 8,
2004, against the Reds. ... LHP Eric Milton (left knee discomfort),
who had been scheduled to start Sunday for the Reds, was sent back
to Cincinnati before the game to see team physicians. RHP Aaron
Harang, originally slated to pitch Monday against Washington, will
instead pitch Sunday. ... Reds RHP Paul Wilson will make a rehab
start Wednesday for Class-A Dayton. Wilson has been in extended
spring training after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff
and frayed labrum in his right shoulder last June. Wilson was 1-7
with a 7.77 ERA in nine starts for the Reds last year.