As depressing as it was to watch the Brewers drop another game, extending their current four game slide, shortstop Jean Segura again provided the Milwaukee faithful with a reason to keep tuning in as the youngster tied a franchise record with six hits in the game. Segura continues to demonstrate his excellent contact ability, shooting the ball to all fields. He joins former Brewers Kevin Reimer and Johnny Briggs with six hits in a game.
Reimer’s six hit game came in the second game of a doubleheader against the Oakland A’s on August 24, 1993. Milwaukee won the game 7-6, pounding out 21 hits in 13 innings, in a five hour game Tony LaRussa probably would have enjoyed if it wouldn’t have meant the Brewers swept the doubleheader.
John Briggs was the first Milwaukee Brewer with six hits in a game, on August 4, 1973. The six hits came in a 9-4 win over the Cleveland Indians, and like Reimer, Briggs hit four singles and two doubles in the game.
Even though Segura is the third Brewer with six hits in a game, he’s the first to do it in Miller Park. However, he’s not the first player with six hits in a game at Miller Park, and we have to rewind to 2002 and the infamous Shawn Green game.
It was May 23, 2002 and the Brewers record currently stood at 15-31. Davey Lopes had been fired a month earlier and Jerry Royster was a lame duck with a rotten team lurching towards a franchise worst 56-106 record.
Green had been a disappointment up to that point in the season, hitting .238/.344/.396 with five home runs. Glendon Rusch and an assortment of relievers helped Green get back on track as he ended up hitting four home runs, a double and single in the 16-3 over the Crew. That game would raise Green’s batting line to .265/.364/.494 and send him on his way to a .285/.385/.558 season with 42 home runs, and his 19 total bases still stands as a major league record for most total bases in a game.
Unlike Green though, Jean Segura hasn’t had any trouble at the plate to this point in the season. Segura passed Joey Votto for the top batting average in the NL, raising his average to .365, and combined with a .400/.569 OBP and SLG, looks like a strong All-Star candidate come July