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Stats aplenty from Brewers' 20-run win

Stats aplenty from Brewers' 20-run win

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' 20-0 win over the Pirates on Thursday capped a 36-1, three-game thrashing and gave the armchair statisticians plenty to think about. We ticked off some of the records and statistical oddities in the hours after the series finale, but they kept on trickling in Friday as the Brewers prepared to play the Cubs at Miller Park.

Here are some more bits of trivia to keep the conversation going around the water cooler:

• We knew it was the largest run differential in a three-game series since the Tigers outscored the Twins, 45-10, in 1993. But the Elias Sports Bureau noted further that it was the largest National League series blowout in 109 years, since the Brooklyn Dodgers posted wins by scores of 25-6, 16-2 and 9-2 over the Reds at League Park in Cincinnati in 1901. That's a 40-run margin, for those scoring at home.

Since 1900, only one other series was decided by a margin of more than 35 runs. Boston outscored St. Louis by 36 runs in 1950 by a total score of 56-20.

• According to unofficial Brewers historian Mario Ziino, the Brewers set a club record for the fewest runs allowed in a three-game series. They had allowed two runs in a series five times:

July 5-7, 2004, vs. Cubs: 1-0, 4-2, 4-0
Sept. 22-24, 1992, vs. Angels: 3-2, 3-0, 4-0
May 26-28, 1980, vs. Mariners: 11-1, 4-1, 7-0
May 23, 25, 1980, vs. Twins: 5-0, 4-0, 3-2
September 26-28, 1975, vs. Tigers: 3-0, 5-2, 7-0

• But they did not set a franchise record for scoring runs in a series. That mark is 40, matched most recently in 1999 against the Cubs. Here is the list, courtesy of Ziino, with the number of runs, date and opponent, and the scores of each game:

40 -- June 29-July 1, 1999 vs. Cubs; 17-6, 4-5, 19-12
40 -- April 7-9, 1978 vs. Orioles; 11-3, 16-3, 13-5
36 -- April 20-22, 2010 at Pittsburgh; 8-1, 8-0, 20-0
35 -- Sept. 12-15, 1998 at Cubs; 13-11, 12-15, 10-11
32 -- July 15-17, 1996 vs. Tigers; 9-10, 20-7, 3-2
31 -- July 6-8, 1990 vs. Angels; 8-9, 3-4, 20-7
31 -- April 7-9, 1978 at Blue Jays; 15-4, 2-3, 14-5
30 -- June 15-17, 2009 at Indians; 14-12, 7-5, 9-8
30 -- April 14-16, 1990 at Red Sox; 9-5, 3-4, 18-0
30 -- May 30-June 1, 1980 at Red Sox; 3-5, 19-8, 8-5

• Speaking of close calls, the Brewers fell six hits short of their franchise record. Here is a rundown of the most hits by the Brewers in a single game:

August 28, 1992 at Blue Jays: 31 hits in 22-2 win
April 22, 2010 at Pirates: 25 hits in 20-0 win
July 8, 1993 vs. Twins: 23 hits in 15-3 win
June 10, 2007 at Rangers: 22 hits in 9-6 win
May 15, 2001 at Phillies: 22 hits in 14-10 win
April 2, 1996 at Angels: 22 hits in 15-9 win
June 14, 1992 at Mariners: 22 hits in 14-4 win
July 28, 1991 at Twins: 22 hits in 11-2 win
April 18, 1983 at Red Sox: 22 hits in 14-0 win
May 31, 1980 at Red Sox: 22 hits in 19-8 win

• Wednesday's 8-0 win and Thursday's 20-0 win gave the Brewers back-to-back shutouts in the same series for the 15th time in the franchise's 42 seasons. They also accomplished that feat in each of the past two seasons:

June 5-6, 2009 at Braves: 4-0 (Yovani Gallardo started), 3-0 (Jeff Suppan)
August 8-9, 2008 at Nationals: 5-0 (CC Sabathia), 6-0 (Ben Sheets)

• With 13 singles, seven doubles, one triple and four home runs on Thursday, the Brewers set a club record with 46 total bases (the previous record for a nine-inning game was 39 total bases, and the record for an extra-inning game was 40 total bases). The 12 extra-base hits tied a club record set in a 10-inning game at Philadelphia on May 15, 2001, and matched in a nine-inning game on July 6, 2008, in, you guessed it, Pittsburgh.

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