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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Brewers Clobber Reds 11-0

From Sportsline.com:

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 home runs."

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 said.

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.


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