Making History Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back

Baseball is a funny game. You never know if this will be the day you will witness something historic. As the season began, I gazed over the schedule trying to imagine where the team would be and what drama would unfold for each game.

I have to admit, some games or series are easier to envision than others. And a road series in the middle of August in Milwaukee Wisconsin was about as far away from historic that I could find.

Through the years many things have linked the Diamondbacks and the Brewers. Such as the disastrous Richie Sexon trade that sent several of the Diamondbacks young players to the Midwest for a hard-hitting first baseman. At the time no one could have imagined Sexon would play just a subset of the 2004 season and open the doors for an epic failure and the team’s worst season in franchise history.

At no time could I have imagined the events that took place at Miller Park during the game on August 11, 2010. In the fourth inning the Diamondbacks trailed the Brewers 2-0. Milwaukee starting pitcher Dave Bush seemed in control.

Justin Upton led off the inning flying out to right fielder Corey Hart for the first out. First baseman Adam LaRoche came to the plate and history was set in motion. In the eighth pitch of the at-bat LaRoche hit a ball into the Diamondbacks bullpen for a line-drive home run cutting the deficit to 2-1 in favor of the Brewers.

The next batter was catcher Miguel Montero who swung at a 1-2 fastball hitting it into the second deck in right field for back-to-back home runs tying the game.

Still with one out third baseman Mark Reynolds came to the plate and hit a hanging curveball over the left field fence for Arizona’s third consecutive home run of the inning and a 3-2 lead.

After a coaching visit to the mound, Bush seemed to settle down to face Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew took the first pitch as a ball then hit an 88 MPH fastball to right center field for a home run.

For the seventh time in Major League Baseball history a team hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs. In a matter of four consecutive hitters the Diamondbacks went from losing 0-2 to winning 4-2.

It was the first time in franchise history that Diamondbacks players would hit four home runs in a row. I sat there in stunned silence having a hard time comprehending what had just happened.

The next time I look at a Diamondbacks schedule I’ll remind myself that you can never imagine what might happen once a team takes the field. It just might be the night that history is made.


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