As we get ready to watch the Brewers play their first (and sorry, hopefully only) doubleheader of the 2011 season on Sunday, here’s a look at how they’ve fared in doubleheaders over the past five seasons. As you’ll probably notice, until last year, it wasn’t pretty.
2010 – Swept a September doubleheader in New York. The most notable thing about this one? Trevor Hoffman recorded the last save of his career — #601 — in the nightcap, but likely would have ended his career with an even 600 if John Axford didn’t work the first game for a save of his own. Game 1 // Game 2
2009 – The Brewers played no doubleheaders for the first time since 2005.
2008 – Boston swept a twin bill at Fenway as part of a 5-game losing streak for the Brewers that momentarily dropped them to last place in the NL Central. Rumors of Ned Yost’s demise the day after the series ended were greatly exaggerated. Game 1 // Game 2
2008 – Ned Yost’s last stand. The Brewers were swept in a Sunday doubleheader in Philadelphia, and Yost was finally fired the next day. I can still remember watching this game on MLB.TV and screaming at my computer screen when Yost used LOOGY Brian Shouse to intentionally walk Ryan Howard. The next batter, righty Pat Burrell, singled in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning. The batter after that, Shane Victorino, hit a three-run home run. The nail was in Ned’s coffin at that point, and there was still another game to play in the doubleheader. Brett Myers threw a two-hitter in the night cap. Game 1 // Game 2
2007 – As part of one of the most painful collapses in team history, the Brewers were swept by the Cardinals in a late-July doubleheader at Busch Stadium. Leading the division by as many as 8.5 games that year, the Brewers’ lead in the division was down to just a half game by the time they left St. Louis. Francisco Cordero gave up three runs in the 9th inning of the first game to blow a save and give the Cards a walkoff win, while Chris Capuano lost the second game as part of his too-oft-discussed personal losing streak. Game 1 // Game 2
2006 – Split a mid-September doubleheader in Pittsburgh that Baseball Reference says was attended by 11,627 people. The Brewers lost the first game to Ian Snell (back when he was the next big thing), but won the second thanks to Ben Sheets and his 8 innings of 2-hit, 0-walk, 10-strikeout work. Francisco Cordero worked the 9th for the save, and the Brewers won 2-1 in a game that lasted just 2:08. Game 1 // Game 2