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Jonathan Schoop hits Grand Slam in win for Brewers

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (USA) - Jonathan Schoop hit a grand slam homerun for Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday (September) to lead his new team to a 6-3 victory at home against San Francisco Giants. Schoop hit his grand slam after a heated argument in Miller Park.

...Jonathan Schoop hitting for the Netherlands...
...during the 2017 World Baseball Classic in Japan...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Milwaukee Brewers trailed 2-1 in the sixth inning, as Madison Bumgarner was dominating for the Giants. He gave up a runscoring double to Ryan Braun in the first inning, but thereafter, Bumgarner retired 15 consecutive hitters. With two outs in the sixth, Christian Yelich walked and Jesus Aguilar followed with a single. Hereafter, Bumgarner again faced Braun. The lefthander threw two high inside pitches, which resulted in some staring from Braun. With his next pitch, Bumgarner hit Braun on his shoulder and some exchanging of words followed. Players from Milwaukee emptied the dug-out, while the players of the Giants remained inside. Home Plate Umpire Tom Hallion issued a warning to both teams. Milwaukee's Manager Craig Counsell argued the warning and was ejected, which led to a heated argument with Hallion.

When the game resumed with the bases loaded, Bumgarner got to a 2-1 count on Jonathan Schoop, who then drilled his next delivery over the wall in leftfield for a grand slam homerun.

Schoop came to Milwaukee in a trade on July 31 with Baltimore Orioles. Before Sunday's game, Schoop batted only .216 as a player of the Brewers. For Schoop, this was his fourth homerun in the last 16 games.

For Milwaukee, this was the team's 14th win in 19 games. The Brewers are in second place in the National League Central Division behind Chicago Cubs. Besides that, the team also has a chance of winning one of the two Wild Cards for the Play-Offs.

The 26-year old Jonathan Schoop made his Major League-debut in 2013 and has played for Baltimore Orioles since then. Before before traded to Milwaukee, Schoop batted .244 for Baltimore, playing in 85 games. He hit 17 homeruns, scored 45 runs and batted in 40.

Schoop played for the Netherlands Baseball Team in 2011, 2013 and 2017. In 2011, he was a member of the successful squad that captured the title in the World Championship in Panama. In the other two years, Schoop participated with the Orange squad in the World Baseball Classic.

In the dug-outs of today's game were two Managers of the Netherlands National Team. The Bench Coach of Milwaukee is Pat Murphy, who led the Netherlands to the title during the 1987 European Championship. He returned as Manager of the Orange squad for the 2000 Olympic Games. In the dug-out of opponent San Francisco Giants was Bench Coach Hensley Meulens, who has been the Manager of the Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017. During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney (Australia), Meulens played for Murphy in the Netherlands squad.

(September 9)

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