Stat of the Day: Vogelbach's big blast

May 9th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Brewers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 9: Brewers 2, Marlins 1 -- Vogelbach's hardest hit
Welcome to Milwaukee Brewers Mother's Day lore, Daniel Vogelbach. The Brewers' first baseman took a four-seam fastball in the fourth inning and shot it over the right-field wall on Sunday, breaking up a scoreless game with the solo home run. Statcast tracked the ball as having left the bat at an estimated 114.3 mph, which made it the hardest hit ball of Vogelbach's career by over a mph. The ball had a launch angle of 22 degrees and traveled just 357 feet, so every bit of that speed was necessary to give Vogelbach his third homer of the season.

May 8: Brewers 6, Marlins 2 --Houser does it all, again
Daniel Castano has met his nemesis, and his name is Adrian Houser. Just 11 days after Houser took Castano deep in Milwaukee for his first career home run, he did it again in Miami. Both were solo shots to right-center field. The last pitcher to take another pitcher deep twice in a season was Noah Syndergaard off Kenta Maeda in 2016, but those were both in the same game. The last to do it in two separate games was Bronson Arroyo off Glendon Rusch in 2006. With six strong innings, Houser also became the first pitcher in Brewers history and just the 15th in the modern era (17 times overall) to hit a homer, walk nobody and strike out 10 or more batters in a game.

May 7: Marlins 6, Brewers 1 -- Brewers slammed again
The Brewers have surrendered four grand slams in the last six days. The closest thing to a stretch like this in Brewers history was from Sept. 18-21, 1983, when Pete Ladd, Mike Caldwell and Rick Waits all surrendered slams in games against the Orioles and Indians. The Brewers managed to win two of those games, however. Brewers pitchers have already matched the dubious record for grand slams allowed in a month, with four, something that happened most recently in July 2010 to Chris Capuano, Manny Parra, Dave Bush and Carlos Villanueva. That was also the year the Brewers allowed their most grand slams in a season, with 10.

May 6: Phillies 2, Brewers 0 -- Woodruff first to eclipse 100 pitches
Brandon Woodruff became the first Brewers pitcher this season to surpass 100 pitches, crossing the club off a shrinking list of teams who have yet to allow one of their arms go that far. As of Woodruff's exit at the 103-pitch mark, only the Pirates (who were idle on Thursday) and the Blue Jays and D-backs (who had later games) had yet to see a starter go past the century mark. The A's are on the other end of the spectrum; they already have 10 starts of 100-plus pitches in 2021.

May 5: Phillies 5, Brewers 4 -- Another early slam
Three days after rookie Alec Bettinger surrendered grand slams in each of the first two innings of a loss to the Dodgers, Freddy Peralta surrendered another first-inning slam, marking the first time since 2013 that Brewers pitchers have allowed multiple first-inning grand slams in a season. In '13, there were three, off Wily Peralta, Alfredo Figaro and Kyle Lohse. The 1970 Brewers still hold the dubious franchise record with four; one apiece off Skip Lockwood, Bobby Bolin, Gene Brabender and Lew Krausse in the franchise's first year in Milwaukee.

May 4: Phillies 6, Brewers 5 -- Wong providing spark
Christian Yelich is back on the injured list and Lorenzo Cain is just getting back, but Kolten Wong has been doing his part to keep the Brewers offense moving. Including Tuesday, when he had two hits and reached safely three times, Wong has a hit in 10 of the 11 games he's started since returning from a stint on the 10-day IL for an oblique injury. He is hitting .395 (17-for-43) with five doubles, two home runs and nine runs scored in those games. The only game he didn't have a hit was May 2 against the Dodgers, when manager Craig Counsell rested Wong after one at-bat with the game out of hand in L.A.'s favor.

May 3: Phillies 4, Brewers 3 -- Going, going, gone deep
Lorenzo Cain thought that his first-inning home run against the Phillies, which sailed a Statcast-projected 446 feet, might have been the longest he's hit in the big leagues. But we checked the math. It was actually his third-longest home run since the tracking service debuted six years ago, but you can't fault Cain for forgetting the others -- they were both back in '15. The longest was a 458-foot solo shot at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 2, 2015, off onetime Brewer Randy Wolf, who was then pitching for Detroit.

May 2: Dodgers 16, Brewers 4 -- A debut derailed
With the roster decimated by injuries and the Brewers on Day 10 of 17 consecutive game days, rookie Alec Bettinger was asked to endure the worst Major League debut for a pitcher in franchise history, and one of the worst in baseball history.

The sport has tracked earned runs in the National League since 1912 and in the American League since 1913, and Bettinger is only the second pitcher ever to allow as many as 11 earned runs in his Major League debut. The other was Arnie Muñoz for the White Sox on June 19, 2004, against the Expos.

May 1: Brewers 6, Dodgers 5 (11 innings) -- Three in a row for Hader
Josh Hader did something he'd done only once before since he emerged as one of baseball's nastiest relievers in 2017: He pitched a third straight day. Hader also pitched for the fifth time in eight days and the fourth time in five days, but the three in a row was particularly notable since he'd only done that once before in his career, from July 30-Aug. 1, 2019, at Oakland. The third time wasn't a charm in that series; Hader had a blown save in a loss to the A's. But he got the job done Saturday against the Dodgers, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a game that went to extras.