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This may be July 2, but the Phils are not the only team that has had wild games featuring barrages of homeruns with the Chicago Cubs as the game on July 1st, 1999 between the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers will attest. 

                                 Steve Trachsel               Hideo Nomo

On paper this game figured to be something of a pitcher duel pitting Steve Trachsel, who has had some pretty good years with the Cubs and later the New York Mets against former rookie Japanese phenom Hideo Nomo who came up with the Dodgers, spent a few years in LA before going to Mets, Brewers, Tigers and Red Sox before headed back to LA and then to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005.

The game started off innocently enough.  Milwaukee scored 2 runs in their top of the 1st inning while the Cubs came back with 1 in the bottom of the 1st on Mickey Morandini’s solo homer, the first of 2 homers he’d hit in the game — 2-1 Milwaukee.

                             Mickey Morandini               Jose Valentin

But in the 2nd and 4th innings, the Brewers lit into Trachsel in a big way scoring 4 runs in the 2nd and 8 runs in the 4th, the latter featuring a 3 run homer by centerfielder Marquis Grissom and a 2 run shot by shortstop Jose Valentin, both with 2 outs in the inning.  This was the 1st of 2 homers that Valentin would hit in the game.  Sandwiched in between the Brewers 4 and 8 run outbursts, the Cubs scored 3 runs on a 3 run homer by 1st baseman Mark Grace in the bottom of the 3rd off of Nomo — 14-4 Milwaukee as both Trachsel and reliever Dan Serafini as well as Brewer’s starter Nomo were all chased.

Chicago added 2 more runs in their 4th inning to bring the score to 14-6.  Then, after a scoreless 5th inning for both teams, the Cubs erupted for 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th featuring Mickey Morandini’s 2nd homer of the game, also a solo shot, and a 2 run homer for Jose Hernandez — 14-12 Milwaukee. 

That was as close as the Cubbies came in this one as Milwaukee struck for 1 run in the 7th and another 4 runs in the 9th, featuring Valentin’s second 2 run homer of the game and pinch hitter Rich Becker’s solo shot.

                                                     Mike Myers   

Milwaukee reliever Mike Myers was awarded the win while Steve Trachsel, who got clubbed by the Brewers, was nailed with the loss.  Another wild game entered the recordbooks as there were 8 homers hit by the two teams, each team getting 4 round-trippers.  The Brewers scored their 19 runs on 21 hits.  The Brewers and the Cubs were destined to finish the 1999 season in 4th and 5th place respectively in the NL Central Division, both playing under .500 ball.


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