Milwaukee Brewers: Top Five Moments of the 2017 Season
By David Gasper
The Milwaukee Brewers are apparently just a bunch of momma’s boys. It seems like every time the Brewers play on Mother’s Day, something magical happens. And 2017 was no different.
Bill Hall hit a walk off home run on Mother’s Day back in 2006. Martin Maldonado hit a walk off homer in extra innings on Mother’s Day in 2015. Manny Pina can now add his name to the list of special Mother’s Day moments, even though it wasn’t a walk off.
But it wasn’t just Pina, it was the whole team. The Milwaukee Brewers were getting absolutely slaughtered by the New York Mets. They were down 7-1 when the Racing Sausages came out, but those Sausages must have brought the comeback train because all of sudden, the Brewers bats came alive.
In the bottom of the sixth, Keon Broxton hit a two run shot to cut the deficit to four. But in the top of the seventh, future Brewer Neil Walker hits an RBI single to put the Mets up 8-3. But a Jonathan Villar homer and a Jesus Aguilar double cut the deficit to two. The Brewers just kept on chipping away at the Mets lead until the eighth inning where Milwaukee took the lead for good.
Hernan Perez gets the two RBI single and sets it up for Manny Pina to hit a three run bomb to take the lead. The Crew went from a 7-1 deficit to an 11-9 lead in the span of three innings. Every player in that lineup was able to deliver in clutch moments.
This game epitomized the first half Milwaukee Brewers. There was lackluster pitching as shown by the nine runs allowed, but the offense just started mashing and gifted the team a victory. For the first six innings, this was a game the Brewers had no business winning. The lineup made up for the poor pitching and carried the team like they did the entire first half.
In case you want to take a trip down memory lane, here is Bill Hall’s Mother’s Day walk-off from 11 years ago against the New York Mets.
The Milwaukee Brewers should play the New York Mets on Mother’s Day every year.
The improbability of this comeback coupled with the clutch home runs that defined this first half Brewers team puts this Mother’s Day Miracle at the second spot on our list of top moments of the season.